Last summer, the world-dominant pop group BTS and their huge fan base let out a deep sigh of satisfaction when Billboard announced that the band’s single “Dynamite” debuted at No.1 on the Hot 100. The band and their millions of listeners had hoped for years that one day the septet would reach the top of the Most Important Song chart in the USA. , and finally, it happened. “Dynamite” would continue to dominate the charts for three non-consecutive frames and live in the top 10 longer, helping musicians make history in multiple ways.
For a while, it looked like “Dynamite” would remain not only BTS’s biggest hit, but the gem of their discography, as it quickly became their flagship song for millions of people. Now, less than a year later, it’s clear that while the song will be remembered as a super smash and favorite among many, this was just the beginning of the group’s dominance over the Hot. 100.
As the first anniversary of “Dynamite” hits number 1 on the Hot 100 approaches (it arrives in early September), BTS has a lot more to celebrate than just one track. Over the past 12 months, the group has scored an incredible five chart highs on the competitor roster, and this represents one of the fastest accumulations of a leading quintet in Billboard the story. The disco cut opened a lot of doors for the act, and he’s not even the longest-serving champion in the group anymore, although he’s still a relatively recent winner.
Shortly after opening “Dynamite” in first place, BTS returned to the top of the Hot 100, this time as a star actor. The South Korean superstars recovered their second rule in the scoring alongside Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 on “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” just two weeks after the departure of their first leader. Before the end of 2020, the group landed a third No.1, this time with a Korean smash, which many thought was an impossible feat. The act’s “Life Goes On” opened atop the Hot 100, becoming one of the very small number of foreign-language top names in the ranking’s half-century history.
Three # 1 hits would be enough for most musicians to call it a career, but 2021 has proven to be even more impressive for BTS.
The group topped the Hot 100 from early June until this week, when they were finally replaced to the throne by Justin Bieber and “Stay” from The Kid Laroi. BTS easily debuted with their latest summer hit “Butter” at No. 1 on the charts, and it quickly proved to be much more stable than “Dynamite,” which a few months earlier was touted as a historic win for the world. ‘act. So far, “Butter” has controlled the list for nine non-consecutive images, making it the longest-running No.1 hit of 2021.
In the middle of his run for No.1, “Butter” was replaced atop the Hot 100, but only by another BTS giant. The group has become one of a relatively small group to trade one top of the charts for another, which is a feat that even many of the biggest names in the music business have failed to achieve. The septet’s B-side single “Permission to Dance” also started at No.1 on the Hot 100, and after a spin in the limelight, it pulled out to allow “Butter” to continue its impressive streak. Now this cup has tripled BTS ‘previous best performance in terms of total weeks at the top of the leaderboard.
In 2020, BTS ruled the Hot 100 for a total of five weeks thanks to their success with three hit singles. In 2021, the band doubled that number with one track less, which shows just how solid “Butter” has been. For a while, it emerged that BTS may have peaked with “Dynamite,” and if that had been the case, it would still have been a career high for the seven-member vocal lineup, that few names could hope to match. In just a few months, the group showed that even after reaching historic highs and rewriting chart annals, they could still break their own records and do what little before they had.
Right now, “Butter” is BTS’s biggest hit in the US in many ways, but that could change in the weeks, months, or years to come. The group is hotter than ever, their global popularity is undeniable and now they have the institutional backing in America to turn whatever they release next into another major smash.