BTS’s ‘Butter’ Ties As The Longest-Running No. 1 Hit In America In 2021
After stepping away from the spotlight for a short break, BTS’s “Butter” is in charge of the Hot 100 once again. The tune vaults from No. 7 to first place, recapturing the throne on the most important songs chart in the largest music market in the world…and in doing so, the tune ties an important current record.
Now that it’s back at No. 1, “Butter” earns its eighth cumulative week atop the Hot 100. That means that BTS’s chart champion is now tied as the longest-running leader of the year on the ranking, matching the eight-week run enjoyed by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.” That tune, the singer-songwriter’s first proper single, debuted as high as a cut can climb on the list and held there for eight turns in a row.
The returning champion that is BTS’s “Butter” helps the band make history on the Hot 100 this frame as they become the first musical act in the half-century-long tenure of the tally to replace themselves atop the list twice in a row. Last week, the band’s new single “Permission to Dance” debuted at No. 1, shoving previous ruler “Butter” down to seventh place. Now, the tracks have coincidentally swapped spots with one another, with their fifth and most recent champion dipping half a dozen spaces while the other rebounds just as many.
At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a real race for the No. 1 space on the next Hot 100, so there’s already a good chance that “Butter” will hold atop the roster. If the smooth tune does end up running the show for at least one more frame, the catchy summer smash will break out of its tie with “Drivers License” and become the longest-running leader so far in 2021.
Both “Butter” and “Drivers License” stand as the longest-running Hot 100 No. 1s since spring of 2020 when Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” which ruled for 11 frames in a row.