The Number One Hits Of 2021

December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Willow
Taylor Swift
Willow is the lead single from Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album, “Evermore”, released as a surprise follow-up to her previous album, “Folklore”. The song, produced by Aaron Dessner and Swift, features indie-folk and pop elements. The enchanting music video, directed by Swift, continues the Cardigan music video, further exploring the theme of the power of music and memory.
January 2, 2021 – January 8, 2021
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey
In 2019, Mariah Carey released a new music video for All I Want for Christmas Is You, celebrating the song’s 25th anniversary. The single has broken several records, including being the first song to reach over one million downloads during the holiday season and entering the top 10 in multiple countries year after year.
January 9, 2021 – January 22, 2021
Mood
24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
Mood was produced by Omer Fedi and KBeaZy. The song’s catchy melody and relatable lyrics about relationship struggles resonated with listeners worldwide. The music video, directed by Sebastian Sdaigui, features colorful visuals and dynamic animation effects that add to the song’s playful vibe.
January 23, 2021 – March 19, 2021
Drivers License
Olivia Rodrigo
Drivers License was Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single and a massive success. The emotional ballad, produced by Dan Nigro, showcases Rodrigo’s powerful vocals and songwriting skills. The music video, directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen, takes viewers on a nighttime drive that mirrors the song’s introspective lyrics.
March 20, 2021 – March 26, 2021
What’s Next
Drake
What’s Next is a track from Drake’s 2021 EP, “Scary Hours 2”. The song, produced by Supah Mario and Maneesh, features Drake’s signature introspective lyrics and confident delivery. The music video, directed by Theo Skudra, includes stunning aerial shots of Toronto’s CN Tower and snowy landscapes, highlighting the artist’s hometown pride.
March 27, 2021 – April 2, 2021
Up
Cardi B
Up, produced by DJ SwanQo and Yung Dza, showcases Cardi B’s distinctive flow and assertive lyrics. The music video, directed by Tanu Muino, features elaborate choreography, bold fashion choices, and captivating visuals that complement the song’s energetic beat.
April 3, 2021 – April 9, 2021
Peaches
Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
Peaches is a track from Justin Bieber’s 2021 album, “Justice”. The song, produced by Shndo, HARV, and Andrew Watt, features smooth R&B and pop sounds. Daniel Caesar and Giveon provide soulful guest vocals, complementing Bieber’s performance. The music video, directed by Colin Tilley, showcases the artists on a road trip through a colorful, dreamlike landscape.
April 10, 2021 – April 16, 2021
Montero (Call Me by Your Name)
Lil Nas X
Montero (Call Me by Your Name), produced by Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi, and Roy Lenzo, is an unapologetically bold track showcasing Lil Nas X’s unique style. The music video, directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, features stunning visual effects and explores themes of identity and self-acceptance. The song’s title refers to the artist’s real name, Montero Lamar Hill, and the 2017 film “Call Me by Your Name”.
April 17, 2021 – April 23, 2021
Leave the Door Open
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)
Leave the Door Open is the debut single of Silk Sonic, a duo composed of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. The song, produced by Mars and D’Mile, is a soulful, romantic ballad with strong 70s R&B influences. The music video, directed by Mars and Florent D├ęchard, showcases the artists’ smooth vocals and chemistry as they perform in a vintage recording studio.
April 24, 2021 – May 7, 2021
Rapstar
Polo G
Rapstar, produced by Synco and Einer Bankz, features introspective lyrics that delve into Polo G’s experiences with fame and success. The music video, directed by Ryan Lynch, includes scenes of the rapper reflecting on his journey while surrounded by the trappings of wealth and luxury.
May 8, 2021 – May 21, 2021
Save Your Tears
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande
Save Your Tears is a remix of a track from The Weeknd’s 2020 album, “After Hours”, featuring guest vocals from Ariana Grande. The song, produced by Max Martin, Oscar Holter, and The Weeknd, explores themes of heartbreak and longing. The animated music video, directed by Jack Brown, features both artists as futuristic characters in a surreal world.
May 22, 2021 – May 28, 2021
Leave the Door Open
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)
Silk Sonic’s debut album, “An Evening with Silk Sonic”, was announced alongside the release of Leave the Door Open. The project brings together Bruno Mars’ signature retro sound and Anderson .Paak’s soulful vocals create a captivating musical experience.
May 29, 2021 – June 4, 2021
Good 4 U
Olivia Rodrigo
Good 4 U is a pop-punk-infused track from Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, “Sour”. The song, produced by Dan Nigro, showcases Rodrigo’s versatility as a singer and songwriter. The music video, directed by Petra Collins, features the artist in various high school settings, reflecting the emotional turmoil of a tumultuous breakup.
June 5, 2021 – July 23, 2021
Butter
BTS
Butter is an upbeat, dance-pop track showcasing BTS’s infectious energy and vocal talent. The song, produced by Rob Grimaldi, Stephen Kirk, and Ron Perry, features English lyrics, making it more accessible to a global audience. The music video, directed by Yong Seok Choi, highlights the group’s synchronized choreography and playful charisma.
July 24, 2021 – July 30, 2021
Permission to Dance
BTS
Permission to Dance, produced by Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran, and Jenna Andrews, is a lively and uplifting pop track encouraging listeners to let go of their worries and enjoy the moment. The music video, directed by Yong Seok Choi, features BTS dancing in various locations while spreading positivity and joy.
July 31, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Butter
BTS
In addition to its commercial success, Butter has received numerous accolades, including winning the Song of the Summer award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. The song’s catchy melody and feel-good lyrics have contributed to its widespread popularity.
August 14, 2021 – September 10, 2021
Stay
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber
Stay, produced by Charlie Puth, Omer Fedi, and Blake Slatkin, is an emotional and heartfelt track that showcases the raw vocal talent of both The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber. The music video, directed by Colin Tilley, features the artists navigating a world frozen in time, reflecting the song’s themes of longing and desperation.
September 11, 2021 – September 17, 2021
Butter
BTS
BTS performed Butter at several high-profile events, including the 2021 Billboard Music Awards and the United Nations General Assembly, further solidifying the song’s global impact.
September 18, 2021 – September 24, 2021
Way 2 Sexy
Drake featuring Future and Young Thug
Way 2 Sexy, produced by TM88, Too Dope, and Kanye West, is a standout track from Drake’s 2021 album “Certified Lover Boy.” The song features guest verses from Future and Young Thug, adding to its star-studded appeal. The tongue-in-cheek music video, directed by Dave Meyers, features the artists in various humorous and over-the-top scenarios, embracing the song’s playful nature.
September 25, 2021 – October 8, 2021
Stay
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber
Stay marked a significant milestone for The Kid Laroi, becoming his first solo number-one hit on the US charts. The song’s success has further solidified his status as a rising star in the music industry.
October 9, 2021 – October 15, 2021
My Universe
Coldplay and BTS
My Universe, produced by Max Martin, is a collaborative track between British rock band Coldplay and South Korean superstars BTS. The song, which features lyrics in both English and Korean, emphasizes themes of unity and love. The visually stunning music video, directed by Dave Meyers, transports viewers to a futuristic, intergalactic setting where both bands unite to share their message of hope and unity.
October 16, 2021 – October 22, 2021
Stay
The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber
Stay has been praised for its catchy melody, introspective lyrics, and the seamless blending of The Kid Laroi’s and Justin Bieber’s distinct vocal styles. The song has become a fan favorite, garnering millions of streams and views across various platforms.
October 23, 2021 – October 29, 2021
Industry Baby
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
Industry Baby, produced by Take a Daytrip and Kanye West, is a powerful and confident track that showcases Lil Nas X’s and Jack Harlow’s charisma and talent. The music video, directed by Christian Breslauer, is set in a fictional prison and features both artists breaking free from confinement, symbolizing their defiance and perseverance in the face of adversity.
October 30, 2021 – November 26, 2021
Easy on Me
Adele
Easy on Me, produced by Greg Kurstin, marks Adele’s triumphant return to music after a six-year hiatus. The emotional ballad showcases her powerful vocals and raw songwriting skills. The black-and-white music video, directed by Xavier Dolan, features Adele in a serene countryside setting, reflecting the song’s introspective nature.
November 27, 2021 – December 3, 2021
All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)
Taylor Swift
All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) is a re-recorded version of the track from Taylor Swift’s 2012 album, “Red”. The new version, which includes additional lyrics and an extended running time, provides a fresh perspective on the song’s themes of heartbreak and loss. The accompanying short film, written and directed by Swift, stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, bringing the song’s emotionally charged narrative to life.
December 4, 2021 – December 24, 2021
Easy on Me
Adele
Easy on Me is the lead single from Adele’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, “30.” The album explores themes of self-reflection, growth, and healing, with Easy on Me setting the tone for the introspective journey that the album provides.
December 25, 2021 – January 14, 2022
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey
All I Want for Christmas Is You has become a holiday staple since its release in 1994. The song, co-written and co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, has consistently re-entered the charts during the festive season, reaching the number-one spot multiple times. The track’s enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless appeal and Mariah Carey’s lasting influence.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 2021 include:
Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, BTS, Cardi B, Chris Stapleton, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Giveon, Glass Animals, J. Cole, Jack Harlow, Juice WRLD, Justin Biber, Kanye West, The Kid LAROI, Lil Baby, Lil Dirk, Lil Nas X, Luke Combs, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Olivia Rodrigo, Pop Smoke, Post Malone, Rod Wave, SZA, Taylor Swift, Travis Scott, 24Goldn, The Weeknd, and Young Thug.
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