K-pop anthems have made a notable presence at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics , with a plethora of Korean bangers being played during the games to pump up the mood – despite the lack of live spectators. More than 10 K-pop acts – including BTS, Blackpink , Exo, NCT 127, Seventeen, Ateez, Itzy and Oh My Girl – have been heard during the world’s biggest sporting event since its opening on July 23, furthering the international K-pop invasion and helping Korea boost its global soft power. Global sensation BTS’ 2020 smash hit Dynamite – the septet’s first song to conquer the Billboard Hot 100 chart – was featured during the archery mixed team event on July 24, where Korean archers An San and Kim Je-deok clinched a berth in the quarter finals after defeating Diya Siddique and Md Ruman Shana of Bangladesh. Would-be Olympians? 5 Korean stars who trained to be athletes first Another new anthem by the seven-piece act, Butter , was also the background music for the women’s boxing match between Uganda and Japan on July 25. The upbeat number was repeated during a rugby game between South Korea and New Zealand on July 26. Girl group Blackpink’s Lovesick Girls , the lead track off the quartet’s first full-length album released last year , was played during the women’s volleyball match between Turkey and China on July 25. Meanwhile Oh My Girls’s May release Dun Dun Dance moved air during Team Korea’s volleyball games with Japan and Brazil, which took place on July 31 and July 25, respectively. In addition, many other tracks such as Exo’s Don’t Fight the Feeling , Winner’s Really Really , Seventeen’s Very Nice , Itzy’s Don’t Give a What , Tomorrow X Together (TXT)’s Magic and Twice’s Feel Special were included in the Olympics playlist. Who’s the smartest Korean idol? IQ scores ranked, from BTS’ RM to Song Joong-ki This is no coincidence: K-pop tunes are believed to be big mood-lifters that can help the Olympics capture the attention of more young people. In fact, once a K-pop anthem is featured in a game, it immediately generates buzz on multiple social media platforms such as Twitter, and there are even some accounts counting how many times these tracks have been played. “Frequent use of K-pop songs in a mega-event like the Olympics imply that K-pop is now a familiar genre to people across the globe,” says music critic Han Dong-yoon. “Most of them include English lyrics and are bright and uplifting … They are also likely to suit the tastes of numerous young athletes.” It is usually a job for the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the sports federations to select the tracks for each event, but there are some athletes who make a song request. “I asked the committee to play a BTS song for our event,” said gold-medal-winning Korean archer Kang Chae-young, after winning the women’s team event with An San and Jang Min-hee on July 25. But on the day, Blackpink’s 2016 smash Boombayah was featured. Why is ‘genderless’ fashion the K-pop style statement of the moment? She’s far from the only one, with a number of athletes already admitting that they are fans of K-pop . Among them are Korean table tennis player Shin Yu-bin and archer An San, who revealed they were fans of BTS and girl group Mamamoo, respectively. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .