BTS control the Hot 100 songs chart in America this week with their just-released single “Butter,” which wastes absolutely no time rising to the peak position. The cut opens in first place, giving the band their fourth leader on the important tally. Perhaps even more impressive than the fact that the South Korean septet has now snagged four No. 1 smashes is that they’ve done so in less than a year.
According to Billboard, BTS’s accumulation of their first four No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 is the fifth-fastest in history, when looking at all groups and solo musicians.
From the moment they scored their initial champion on the Hot 100 until this frame, just nine months have passed. BTS landed their debut ruler last year with “Dynamite,” which opened in first place with an even more impressive start than their latest winner. Just a few weeks after that historic moment, they returned to the summit alongside Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo on “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat),” which catapulted to the peak after BTS joined the fun. Before 2020 ended, they were back at No. 1 with their own Korean-language single “Life Goes On.”
The record for the fastest accumulation of a musical act’s first four No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 goes to The Beatles, who managed the feat in an astonishing four months. The Fab Four sent a quartet of tunes to the penthouse on the still-new chart back in 1964.
Starting that same year and running into 1965, The Supremes joined The Beatles by landing four No. 1 hits in less than 12 months, as they charted their smashes in just seven months and one week. Decades later, Justin Timberlake would almost replicate the girl group’s showing, as he needed just seven months and two weeks to do the same.
The Jackson 5 required just two weeks fewer than BTS in which to rack up their first four No. 1 singles on the Hot 100, as they sent that many tracks to the summit in 1970 alone.
Two other artists have also managed to surge to the Hot 100’s peak position for the first four times in their career in less than a year, but the pop singers required more time than the names mentioned above. Both Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul managed the feat, though Carey did so in just under 10 months, while Abdul accomplished the showing in exactly one year (to the day).