BTS and Rosé (BLACKPINK) are the only two Kpop representatives whose songs are at the top of the best songs in the first half of 2021 as voted by Billboard staff.
When 2021 has passed halfway, it is also the time when reputable music sites will have the opportunity to summarize the journey of artists and their new music products. Recently, Billboard also posted an article titled: ‘The 50 Best Songs of 2021 So Far: Staff Picks’
Because it is Billboard’s selection, of course, most of the songs on the list are by US-UK artists. However, many fans are still very happy when it is rare to have 2 Kpop representatives on this list. And perhaps we can also somewhat predict them to be BTS and Rosé (BLACKPINK). Let’s take a look at the rankings of these songs!
39th (in the top 50): Rosé (BLACKPINK) – ‘On The Ground’
Billboard’s comment: If you couldn’t get enough of BLACKPINK in late 2020, Rosé was here to serve in early 2021 — and she did it with the substance on her first solo single.
It would’ve been easy to croon about romantic yearnings as the world was still in lockdown, but no, Rosé instead delivered an empowering and thoughtful song about finding purpose within yourself. And to top it off, the infinitely hummable tune is perfect for dancing around in your living room or belting out in the shower — alone.
28th (in the top 50): BTS – ‘Butter’
Billboard’s comment: Nothing succeeds like success, and after the explosive chart performance of “Dynamite” in 2020, BTS decided to return to the formula — English-language lyrics, classic ’80s pop maximalism, a simile-based chorus hook — for this year’s “Butter.”
If anything, the K-pop septet sounds even tighter this time around, building on the song’s early chorus and strutting groove with myriad late-appearing hooks that continue to raise the stakes until they ensure that every last pair of dress shoes at the wedding reception is squarely on the dancefloor. Like J-Hope eating an entire pad of the titular food stuff at video’s end, it seems like it should be too much of a good thing, but it gets a smile anyway.
Top 10 on Billboard’s early 2021 song chart (Staff’s Pick):
10th place: Girl in Red – ‘Serotonin’
9th place: Lil Nas X – ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’
8th place: Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon- ‘Peaches’
7th place: SZA – ‘Good Days’
6th place: Pooh Shiesty feat. Lil Durk – ‘Back in Blood’
5th place: Kali Uchis – ‘Telepatia’
4th place: Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby – ‘Levitating’
3rd place: The Weeknd & Ariana Grande – ‘Save Your Tears’ (Remix)
2nd place: Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Silk Sonic – ‘Leave the Door Open’
1st place: Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Drivers License’
What’s your thought on Billboard’s staff chart and the rankings of ‘Butter’ and ‘On The Ground’? What is the best song in the first half of 2021 for you? Please share your opinion.