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BTS’s ‘Butter’ Was The Only Song To Sell One Million Copies In America In 2021

BTS scored the bestselling song of 2021 in America, and now that all the numbers have been tabulated and made public, it’s clear that nobody else stood a chance when it came to competing with the South Korean pop band. In fact, the biggest hit of the past year outpaced every other title by a massive margin, even other smashes by the same septet.

“Butter” by BTS has been named the bestselling song of 2021 in the U.S., and it wasn’t even close. According to MRC Data’s annual year-end report, the catchy cut sold a whopping 1.889 million copies throughout the year. It’s incredibly rare for any title to come even close to that sum these days, so it’s not entirely shocking that “Butter” wrapped 2021 as the only single to hit one million pure purchases.

As if that wasn’t enough of an accomplishment for BTS, “Butter” was also the only song to sell half a million copies. The No. 2 bestseller of 2021, Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like,” missed reaching that mark by just 1,000 copies. “Butter” outsold the runner-up smash more than three and a half times over, easily outpacing the country track.

2021 marks the second year in a row that BTS has landed the only million-seller in America. The same band’s “Dynamite” ended 2020 as the only track to hit that important sales sum. Now, the seven-member vocal outfit has demonstrated once again that they can truly sell like nobody else in the business.

“Butter” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in early June, and it ended up ruling the all-encompassing ranking of the most-consumed tunes in the U.S. for 10 nonconsecutive frames. The single performed well on streaming platforms and eventually at radio, but it was fans buying it in enormous numbers that played the biggest role in sending it right to the peak position on the tally.

BTS’s bestseller ruled over Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart for a record-tying 18 weeks, though not all in a row. “Butter” is now on the same level as “Dynamite” for the most frames atop the purchase-only list, with both tunes hitting that 18-week mark in 2021. The cut started at No. 1 on the tally with an eye-popping 242,800 copies. It went on to sell at least 100,00 copies in eight different weeks, and it was one of just three tracks to sell at least that many units in one frame. The other two were also by BTS, as their solo smash “Permission to Dance” and their Coldplay collaboration “My Universe” were massive sellers upon their arrivals as well.

On January 7, Gaon officially released its yearly album, digital, download, and streaming charts for 2021.

As the yearly charts are based on accumulated weekly data since the beginning of January 2021, albums and songs released earlier in the year have more weekly scores included in their results.

BTS topped the album chart for 2021, with 2,999,407 copies recorded for their single album “Butter.”

NCT swept three out of the next four spots on the chart: NCT 127’s “Sticker” came in at No. 2 for the year with 2,427,559 copies, followed by NCT DREAM’s “Hot Sauce” at No. 3 with 2,097,185 copies.

SEVENTEEN’s “Attacca” took No. 4 with 2,059,073 copies, and NCT’s “Universe” rounded out the top five with 1,630,715 copies.

The top 50 albums on the 2021 chart (listed with the number of copies recorded) are as follows:

BTS – “Butter” [2,999,407]
NCT 127 – “Sticker” [2,427,559]
NCT DREAM – “Hot Sauce” [2,097,185]
SEVENTEEN – “Attacca” [2,059,073]
NCT – “Universe” [1,630,715]
SEVENTEEN – “Your Choice” [1,462,405]
Stray Kids – “NOEASY” [1,303,106]
BTS – “BE” [1,049,496]
NCT DREAM – “Hello Future” [1,025,005]
EXO’s Baekhyun – “Bambi” [996,850]
NCT 127 – “Favorite” [934,986]
TXT – “The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE” [877,917]
TXT – “The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE” [775,121]
Stray Kids – “Christmas EveL” [743,047]
ATEEZ – “ZERO : FEVER Part.3” [737,124]
TWICE – “Formula of Love: O+T=<3” [714,955]
BLACKPINK’s Lisa – “LALISA” [708,475]
THE BOYZ – “THRILL-ING” [642,992]
THE BOYZ – “MAVERICK” [642,369]
aespa – “Savage” [574,445]
TWICE – “Taste of Love” [559,093]
BLACKPINK’s Rosé – “R” [516,915]
ATEEZ – “ZERO : FEVER Part.2” [514,515]
ITZY – “CRAZY IN LOVE” [500,124]
BTS – “Love Yourself: Tear” [458,050]
Super Junior – “The Renaissance” [442,742]
MONSTA X – “NO LIMIT” [424,618]
BTS – “Love Yourself: Answer” [411,822]
IU – “LILAC” [402,864]
NCT – “RESONANCE Pt. 2” [393,900]
BTS – “Love Yourself: Her” [391,160]
EXO’s D.O. – “Empathy” [380,178]
Red Velvet – “Queendom” [363,602]
ASTRO – “All Yours” [360,911]
BTS – “Map of the Soul: Persona” [358,154]
MONSTA X – “One of a Kind” [352,734]
BTS – “Map of the Soul: 7” [345,192]
ITZY – “GUESS WHO” [339,940]
Kang Daniel – “YELLOW” [320,114]
ASTRO – “SWITCH ON” [310,979]
SHINee – “Don’t Call Me” [307,859]
WayV – “Kick Back” [276,132]
NCT DREAM – “Hello Future” (Kit version) [269,641]
IVE – “ELEVEN” [268,396]
EXO’s Kai – “Peaches” [265,201]

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