My Japanese Music Playlist + Anime

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In this article I want to present my list of favorite Japanese songs. Most are songs that probably played in some anime or game. I want to talk about all the songs, arts and share a complete ranking that will help you find what to listen to.

When it comes to music I'm a little different from most people, it's usually the instrumental touches, rhythms and soundtracks that catch my attention in a song and not letter or singer's voice. One of the main reasons I like Japanese music so much, where they exaggerate in different instrumentals from the repetitive everyday.

Take any Brazilian or international popular music, they will always have the same instruments and the same rhythms. Already the japanese songs distance themselves from the traditional and use great mixtures of rhythms and even classical music instruments.

My playlist of japanese songs + anime

Favorite Japanese singers, songwriters and bands

I usually don't like just one singer, songwriter or musical group. I usually just like one or two songs from each random band, because that song kind of played a part in crucial moments in my life.

Quickly listing favorite Japanese bands, songwriters and singers in ranked order. I can't say precisely my taste, I usually listen to 3 songs of each at most, but the first ones on the list are usually more songs.

  • Hiroyuki Sawano;
  • Goose House;
  • Yuzu;
  • LiSA;
  • ClariS;
  • MISIA;
  • Mai Kuraki;
  • Hikaru Utada;
  • Rimi Natsukawa;
  • Sayuri;
  • Mika Kobayashi;
  • Mika Nakashima;
  • 7!!;
  • SID;
  • RheNa;
  • May.J
  • Amer;
  • ayaka;
  • PornoGraffiti;
  • Yui;
  • Yui Horie;
  • Good
  • Yoko Takahashi;
  • CHiCO;
  • Mashiro Ayano;
  • GREeeN;
  • ASCA;
  • Eir Aoi;
  • Miura Jam;
My playlist of japanese songs + anime

My Favorite Japanese Songs

I always find a song and listen to it like 1,000 times until I get sick of it. There are songs I can't get enough of and are forever marked as the endings and openings of the 2011 Hunter x Hunter anime, all of them are epic, especially Yuzu's.

HitoriGoto and irony by Claris are also on my Playlist for a long time. From Sayuri I heard thousands of times Heikousen and Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna. the closing of Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso, orange out of 7!! is another one that shudders.

The song I've been listening to the most lately is unlasting by Lisa, ending of Sword Art Online Alicization 2. Previously I also listened to a lot Niji no Kanatani and also from the same anime.

Another 2 very popular songs that I love and have always found among the most sung in Karaoke are Zankoku na Tenshi no teeze of Evangelion and Sekai wa koi ni ochiteiru by Ao Haru Ride.

In 2018 during my trip to Japan I discovered two songs that I listen to constantly to this day. Its about oh no katachi [アイノカタチ] by MISIA and also traditional Okinawan music Shima Uta [島唄], by the voice of Rimi Natsukawa.

Before these songs I love most songs and OST tracks composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, mainly the ones sung by Mika Kobayashi and Mizuki, mainly the ones from the anime Aldnoah.Zero and the game Xenoblade X.

Goose House is another band that I really liked, they do several Covers and have perfect original songs like Oto no Naru Houe from Silver Spoon and Hikaru Nara from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

Japanese songs from my Playlist

Of course, there are many other Japanese songs that are or have been on my playlist for some time and that marked me in some way. I will list below some songs that were left out and that I strongly recommend listening.

Remembering that they are not in order of favorites or anything, I just put the ones I found in the apps I use, or the ones that came to my mind. can have more songs i didn't remember TT - Sad...

Responsive Table: Scroll the table to the side with your finger >>
Name of the songband/singerAnime/Media
ALIEZfeat. mizuki mZk Aldnoah.Zero
a little painOlivia Lufkinnana
Fantastic FutureTamura YukariHenNeko
Oh! Rival!pornograffiti Detective Conan
Try AgainMai KurakiDetective Conan
chikai Hikaru Utadakingdom hearts 3
Yuki no HanaMika NakashimaReLife
Kiss of DeathMika NakashimaDarling in the Franxx
friendshipOkazaki Ritsuko Sukitte II na yo
againYuiFullmetal Alchemist
blue birdKOBUKUROBakuman
periodChemistryFullmetal Alchemist
Love Dramatic Masayuki SuzukiKaguya-Sama
Ref:rainamerKoi wa Ameagari
KisekiGREeeNclassical
Natsu MatsuriwhiteberryTraditional
departmentMasatoshi OnoHunter X Hunter
Ichiban no TakaramonoYuiangel beats
My Dearest supercellGuilty Crown
unravelTK from LingTokyo Ghoul
Guren no YumiyaLinked HorizonShingeki no Kyojin
rainSIDFullmetal Alchemist
UseSIDFullmetal Alchemist
the WORLD nightmaredeath note
Brave HeartMiyazaki AyumiDigimon
Moonlight Densetsumoon lipsSailor Moon
God knowsAya HiranoSuzumiya Haruhi
NandemonaiyaRADWIMPSKimi no na wa
Todokanai Koiuehara reindeerWhite Album 2
Bouken Desho DeshoHirano AyaSuzumiya Haruhi
Flavor of LifeHikaru UtadaHana Yori Dango (D)
Sorairo DaysSaenai HeroineGurren Lagann
Only my RailgunfripSide NOrailgun
Yuukyou SeishunkaAli Project Code Geass
Chasing the World may'nAccel World
unfinishedKOTOKOAccel World
KanadeSukima Switchfamous
Let Me HearLas VegasKiseijuu
Kanashii UreshiiFrederic Koi to Uso
Fukashigi no CarteMany artistsSeishun Buta
Sparkle RADWIMPSKimi no na wa
Uragiri no Yuuyake Theater BrookDurarara
FatimaKanako ItoSteins;Gate
Bravely YoureadCharlotte
days of dashSuzuki KonomiSakurasou
君が夢を連れてきたMany artistsSakurasou
prayerOh KayanoNo game No life
This GameKonomi SuzukiNo game No life
BBThe YatouUchuu Kyoudai

Ranking of the best Japanese songs

To end this article, we are going to share a Ranking of Favorite Japanese Songs of All Time by Popular Opinion. We're not going to put them in order of most popular, but in alphabetical order.

  • 366 niche – HY · 2008
  • Ayaka Hirahara · 2004
  • Ai no Katachi – Misia 2018
  • Aiuta – Greeeen · 2007
  • anata ni aitakute – Dreams Come True 1989
  • Arigatou – Ikimono-gakari · 2010
  • Aruiteikou-Piano Intro Version- – Ikimono-gakari · 2012
  • Ashitaga Kurunara – JUJU · 2009
  • Beginner – AKB48 · 2010
  • Best Friend – Kiroro · 2002
  • Clock Strikes – One Ok Rock 2013
  • Futatsu no Kuchibiru – Exile 2009
  • Hana – Orange Range · 2004
  • Hanaha Saku – Kiroro · 2018
  • Hitohira No Hanabira – Stereopony · 2009
  • Hotaru – Maiko Fujita · 2019
  • Hyakuman-kai no 'I Love You' – Rake 2011
  • Ijime, Dame, Zettai – BABYMETAL · 2013
  • jun-ai rhapsody – Mariya Takeuchi · 1994
  • Kataomoi – Aimer · 2016
  • KETSUI NO ASA NI – Aqua Timez · 2006
  • Kimi No Subeteni – Spontania · 2008
  • KIMINIUTATTARABUSONGUKARAOKE – Lil'B · 2008
  • Kiseki – Greeeen · 2008
  • Koi Suru Fortune Cookie – AKB48 · 2014
  • Koibito yo – Mayumi Itsuwa · 1980
  • Koko ni shika sakanai hana – Kobukuro 2005
  • Konayuki – Remioromen · 2005
  • Love Forever – Miliyah Kato · 2009
  • Love so sweet – Arashi · 2007
  • Lovers Again – Exile · 2007
  • Mirai E (lyrics E Translation) – Kiroro · 1998
  • Nandemonaiya – Radwimps · 2016
  • Nokoribi – Mayumi Itsuwa · 1989
  • Obokuri – Eeumi – Ikue Asazaki · 2008
  • Please Stay With Me – Yui · 2010
  • PONPONPON – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu · 2011
  • Sakura Anatani Deaete Yokatta – RSP · 2009
  • Sakurairo Mau Koro – Mika Nakashima · 2005
  • Soba ni Iru ne – Thelma Aoyama · 2008
  • Sparkle – Radwimps · 2016
  • Sukiyaki – Kyū Sakamoto · 1962
  • Sunao Ni Naretara – JUJU · 2008
  • Tomorrow never knows – Mr. Children · 1994
  • Towa ni Tomo ni – Kobukuro · 2004
  • Uchiagehanabi – Daoko · 2017
  • WINDING ROAD – Kobukuro · 2012
  • Yuki no Hana – Mika Nakashima · 2003
  • 心の友 – Mayumi Itsuwa · 1991
  • 抱いて – Tatsuya Ishii · 1998

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