The year 2021 has been filled with ups and downs, but the world of pop culture has had some standout moments. From the debut album of Olivia Rodrigo to The Weeknd’s mesmerizing Super Bowl halftime show, many moments have made a significant impact. Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ series and the long-awaited ‘Black Widow’ film were some of the must-watch moments for fans. Simone Biles gave some memorable performances at the Tokyo Olympics, cementing her as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. BTS continued their success dominating the charts, while Netflix’s Korean thriller ‘Squid Game’ became a global phenomenon. These pop culture moments kept us entertained and fully engaged in 2021.
10 Best Pop Culture Moments of 2021
2021 has been a year full of surprises, both good and bad. However, there are some moments that have stood out in the world of pop culture. From music to movies to TV shows, these moments have left an impact on us all. Here are the 10 best pop culture moments of 2021.
1. Olivia Rodrigo’s Debut Album ‘Sour’
Olivia Rodrigo made a splash in the music industry with her debut album ‘Sour’. The album, which features hits like ‘Drivers License’ and ‘Good 4 U’, quickly rose to the top of the charts and solidified Rodrigo as a top pop artist. ‘Sour’ showcases Rodrigo’s raw talent and emotional range, making it a standout album of 2021.
2. The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime show was one for the books. The Canadian artist performed a medley of hits, including ‘Blinding Lights’ and ‘Starboy’, in a mesmerizing performance that included a choir and dazzling visuals. The performance was a highlight of the 2021 Super Bowl and cemented The Weeknd as one of the top performers of our time.
3. ‘WandaVision’ Takes the World by Storm
‘WandaVision’, Marvel’s first original series for Disney+, took the world by storm in 2021. The show, which stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and Vision, respectively, takes viewers on a wild ride through television sitcoms and superhero action. Its unique storytelling and brilliant performances made ‘WandaVision’ a must-watch show of 2021.
4. Lil Nas X’s Controversial Music Video for ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’
Lil Nas X’s music video for ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ caused quite a sensation when it was released in 2021. The video, which features Lil Nas X being sent to hell and giving Satan a lap dance, sparked both praise and criticism from fans and critics alike. Regardless of the controversy, ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ showcased Lil Nas X’s creativity and fearlessness as an artist.
5. ‘Black Widow’ Finally Gets Her Own Movie
Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’, starring Scarlett Johansson, finally got her own movie in 2021. The film delves into the backstory of Natasha Romanoff and features a star-studded cast, including Florence Pugh and David Harbour. ‘Black Widow’ was a long-awaited addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and did not disappoint.
6. Simone Biles Dominates the Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles made headlines in 2021 for her incredible performances at the Tokyo Olympics. The gymnast, who has won numerous gold medals in past Olympics, faced criticism and pressure leading up to the event. However, Biles rose to the occasion and wowed audiences with her flawless routines, earning her several medals and cementing her legacy as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.
7. ‘Dune’ Brings Epic Sci-Fi to the Big Screen
‘Dune’, based on the classic novel by Frank Herbert, was one of the most anticipated movies of 2021. The film, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa, brings the epic sci-fi story to life with stunning visuals and an all-star cast. ‘Dune’ is a must-see movie for any sci-fi fan.
8. Bridgerton Takes Netflix by Storm
‘Bridgerton’, Netflix’s hit series based on the novels by Julia Quinn, took the streaming world by storm in 2021. The show, which follows the lives of aristocrats in 19th century London, was praised for its diverse casting and steamy romance scenes. ‘Bridgerton’ was an instant hit and has already been renewed for a second season.
9. BTS Dominates the Billboard Hot 100
BTS continued their reign over the music industry in 2021, dominating the Billboard Hot 100 charts with hits like ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’. The K-pop group has broken numerous records and has solidified their place as one of the top musical acts in the world. BTS’s success in 2021 has been nothing short of impressive.
10. ‘Squid Game’ Becomes a Global Phenomenon
‘Squid Game’, Netflix’s Korean thriller series, became a global phenomenon in 2021. The show, which follows a group of contestants competing in a deadly game, has captivated audiences with its intense storyline and shocking twists. ‘Squid Game’ has become one of the most-watched shows on Netflix and has even inspired Halloween costumes and memes.
These are just a few of the pop culture moments that have left an impact on us in 2021. Whether it’s through music, movies, or TV shows, these moments have kept us entertained and engaged with the world around us.