Number 1 Songs of 2021

Most of the world would agree that 2021 was a troubling year of historical proportions. But luckily, even if the music industry itself was adversely affected, many of the musicians we know and love did their best to at least drop something that we could feel. And it is the most-successful of those outings which we are here to chronicle, the tracks that actually managed to reach the apex of the world’s most prominent music chart (the Billboard Hot 100). 

Some of these songs are by artists who have already been firmly established in the game, while others may be from entertainers who suddenly found themselves hitting it big. But either way, this list proves that the coronavirus pandemic is not the only thing that will be remembered from 2021.

List of Number 1 Songs of 2021

Number 1 Songs in the United States

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

Despite the materialism usually associated with Christmas, the only gift Mariah Carey truly desires is to be in the loving company of that special person she adores.

2. “Mood” by 24kGoldn (ft. Iann Dior)

A song that deals with finding oneself trapped in the web of a very toxic relationship.

3. “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo

The long and short of this song’s lyrics is that Olivia Rodrigo is deep in her feelings because her sweetheart has parted company with her.

4. “What’s Next” by Drake

When it comes to rapper Drake’s calendar, there’s no point asking “what’s next” simply because for the most part, he is always busy chillin’.

5. “Up” by Cardi B

This is a classic example of a braggadocious track presented to us by the one and only Cardi B, who is currently one of the rap game’s most successful and sexualized personalities.

6. “Peaches” by Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon)

This song can be considered your traditional love song. That said, it has a tiny slice of some gangsta twist incorporated into it.

7. “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X

This is a bonafide gay love song. It is one in which Lil Nas is doing his utmost best to persuade his romantic interest to accept his homosexuality.

8. “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak)

The narrator of this track is intentionally leaving his door open to allow a special romantic interest to make their way through to him.

9. “Rapstar” by Polo G

In this song, rapper Polo G lets us know that he is a certified “rap star”. However, he also lets the world know that prior to blowing up and becoming this successful, he was actually happier.

10. “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd and Ariana Grande

The Weeknd has come to the sad realization that he did his former romantic partner wrong and that she is still habors a great deal of anger towards him because of what he did to her.  

11. “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo

Here, we find our singer congratulating her former boyfriend in a very sarcastic way for moving on with his life and finding a new girlfriend.

12. “Butter” by BTS

To a certain degree, BTS gets somewhat braggadocious in this track as they tout their ability to be incredibly smooth on both the dance floor as well as the romantic scene.

13. “Permission to Dance” by BTS

Even in very trying and gloomy times, BTS is encouraging their fans and the world in general to remain positive.

14. “Stay” by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber

This lyrics of “Stay” focus on a person who messed up his romantic relationship with his partner and is now now entreating them not to leave him.  

15. “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake (ft. Future and Young Thug)

Drake and his boys use this track to tout their awesome ability to be sexy which, by implication, has a lot to do with how they lavishly spend the giant piles of money they have made over the years.

16. “My Universe” by Coldplay and BTS

Chris Martin is comparing his feelings for the song’s addressee as well as how they make him feel to an astronomical phenomenon.

17. “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow

This song finds Lil Nas X bragging big time about his incredible success in the music industry as well as his proven longevity in the game.

18. “Easy on Me” by Adele

This tune finds singer Adele apparently asking for some sympathy as well as empathy, primarily from her own son, in terms of her divorce from his father.

19. “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift fell so deeply in love with a man who contrastingly more or less played big time with the singer’s heart.

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