40 best 21st-century pop songs: BTS ranks higher than Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, another Kpop song included

Recently, TimeOut magazine ranked the 40 best Pop songs of the 21st century. Is your favorite artist on this list?

Recently, America’s TimeOut magazine has picked the 40 best Pop songs of the 21st century. The 21st-century hits selected by TimeOut were released between 2000 and 2021 and can be considered the songs that contribute the most to the prevalence of popular music over the last two decades.

Of course, the song that ranks 1st place can spark controversy because everyone has in their hearts their most favorite track of the 21st century. However, TimeOut’s pick will surely please many people. The champion of this ranking is ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’, Beyoncé’s global “super hit”. Whether you like it or not, this is a worthy song of being #1: “The anthem of single gals everywhere, no one could resist Queen Bey’s leotard and signature dance moves…”

The 2nd and 3rd place on the list are already familiar hits: Rihanna and Jay-Z’s ‘Umbrella’ ranks 2nd while Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ ranks 3rd. Going through this list makes fans feel nostalgic. Even though we’re now in 2021, playing these old songs on repeat would still not make us feel bored or outdated!

‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears takes the 4th place, a legendary hit with both iconic melody and MV. 5th place is well-deserved for Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, 6th place is Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’, 7th place is Amy Winehouse’s ‘ReHab’, and The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ takes the 8th spot.

The list appears a lot of familiar names that you’ve probably heard of once, such as Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ (#11), Justin Timberlake’s ‘SexyBack’ (#12), Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ (#12). #13), Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ (#14), Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ (#15),…

Notably, BTS‘s ‘Dynamite’ suddenly appeared at #23 on the list, ahead of Harry Styles’ ‘Adore You’ (#24), Ariana Grande’s ‘no tears left to cry’ (#25), Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ (#25). #27), ‘Levitating’ by Dua Lipa (#35),…

TimeOut wrote about ‘Dynamite’ as follows: “The K-pop supergroup has taken over the world and it doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping. This is the group’s highly anticipated English song, pop bubblegum which is perfectly calibrated, explosive, and feverish from the start, achieving a steady track record over the years. 20 years after N’SYNC said goodbye in ‘Bye Bye Bye’, a “new kingdom” was born and raise the flag”.

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Besides ‘Dynamite’, Kpop has one more representative that is not surprising also on this list: PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ holds #39. If BTS brought Kpop to the “top” in the US market, it is ‘Gangnam Style’ that is the stepping stone to start a strong Kpop era of “attacking” in the United States. An addictive tune with the “horse dance”, it’s not surprising that ‘Gangnam Style’ made this list.


(As voted by Time Out Magazine)

  1. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyoncé
  2. “Umbrella” – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
  3. “Shake it Off” – Taylor Swift
  4. “Toxic” – Britney Spears
  5. “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
  6. “Firework” – Katy Perry
  7. “ReHab” – Amy Winehouse
  8. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
  9. “Dancing on My Own” – Robyn
  10. “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
  11. “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira featuring Wycleff Jean
  12. “SexyBack” – Justin Timberlake
  13. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
  14. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  15. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga
  16. “Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
  17. “Starships” – Nicki Minaj
  18. “Royals” – Lorde
  19. “Party in the U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus
  20. “Bad Guy” – Billie Eilish
  21. “Good as Hell” – Lizzo
  22. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell
  23. “Dynamite” – BTS
  24. “Adore You” – Harry Styles
  25. “No Tears Left to Cry” – Ariana Grande
  26. “Drivers License” – Olivia Rodrigo
  27. “Sorry” – Justin Bieber
  28. “Titanium” – David Guetta featuring Sia
  29. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  30. “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  31. “Milkshake” – Kelis
  32. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
  33. “Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child
  34. “Work It” – Missy Elliott
  35. “Levitating” – Dua Lipa
  36. “American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
  37. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
  38. “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
  39. “Gangnam Style” – Psy
  40. “Crazy” – Gnarls Barkley
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