"Waste" is the fourth song overall by a K-pop act to reach the ranking. Rapper PSY's smash "Gangnam Style" hit No. 10 on Pop Songs in 2012.
The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992 (and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017), measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 167 mainstream top 40 stations.
Radio Disney led all Pop Songs reporters with 85 plays for "Waste," making it the station's most-played song, in the week ending Nov. 25.
Like BTS, Aoki adds his third Pop Songs entry. "Delirious (Boneless)," with Chris Lake and Tujamo and featuring Kid Ink, hit No. 33 in 2014, and "Just Hold On," with Louis Tomlinson, reached No. 35 in March 2017.
Among prior chart honors for BTS, "Fake Love" became the first top 10 for a K-pop group on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, reaching No. 10 in June, while the seven-member act's Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer arrived as the first two No. 1s for a K-pop act on the Billboard 200 albums chart in June and September, respectively.