BTS, Twice and Epik High were named on “The 50 Best Songs of 2021” by Rolling Stone, a popular American popular culture magazine.
Rolling Stone released “The 50 Best Songs of 2021” on its official website on December 6 (local time).
Rolling Stone reported,
“This year, the pop-music world felt more wide open than ever. Our list of 2021’s best songs includes a beautiful indie-pop celebration of queer love, a reggaeton star tucking into some sweet Eighties synths, a self-celebrating pop-rap smash that scandalized the American right, a Lorde track that sounds like it could’ve been a Nineties U.K. club hit, and unforgettable anthems that pushed the boundaries of K-pop, rock, and country.”
Twice was included in “The 50 Best Songs of 2021” with their first English single “The Feels”, which was released simultaneously worldwide on October 1. Rolling Stone praised,
“Nine-piece girl group Twice specialize in energy, bright colors, and fun choreography — even by K-pop’s high standards. Disco-pop track “The Feels” was the group’s first original English-language single and it deservedly caught the attention of the Western market. “The Feels” is a radiant burst of disco energy, with a masterfully slick bass line, an ingenious vocal arrangement, and one of the year’s most effervescent choruses: “Boy, I, Boy, I, Boy, I know, I know you got the feels,” will be replaying in your head all day.”
The title track “Rosario (Feat. CL, ZICO)” in Epik High‘s 10th full album “Epik High Is Here 上, Part 1” (released on January 18) ranked 40th in the list. Rolling Stone introduced,
“Leave it to a trio of K-pop vets to show just where the genre is headed. On “Rosario,” a track from Epik High’s landmark 10th studio album, the hip-hop group teams up with singer CL and rapper Zico and shuns the heavy-handed production and boisterous refrains of most K-pop songs in favor of something with a little more musical depth.”
BTS‘ English single “Butter” (released on May 21) was also selected as one of “The 50 Best Songs of 2021”. Rolling Stone was unsparing in praise,
“BTS celebrate the power of silky beats, sunburst harmonies, party raps, and jump-up choruses with such unguarded joy it makes everyone else on the pop charts seem drab by comparison. “Butter” rides a Chic-loving disco groove similar to their megahit “Dynamite,” yet where that song was about their triumph as a group, this one gives everyone a chance to shine — and the addition of a killer Megan Thee Stallion remix only added to the good time.”