bands/musicians The Best Japanese Rock Bands  

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Japanese rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good Japanese rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top Japanese rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Japanese rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all Japanese rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest Japanese rock bands of all time, since the most famous Japanese rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Japanese rock music.

You can click on the Japanese rock band names to see more information about that particular notable Japanese rock group. If they're near the top of the best Japanese rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Japanese rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Japanese rock band names themselves.

List artists range from Plastic Tree to cali≠gari. Have your voice heard by voting on the best artists on the list. The order is decided by votes. The list has artists like Boom Boom Satellites and The Alfee so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in Japanese rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new Japanese rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of Japanese rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into Japanese rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good Japanese rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent Japanese rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best Japanese rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Japanese rock musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Japanese rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
One Ok Rock Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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X Japan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
X Japan Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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My First Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Stereopony Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scandal New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Mucc Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Malice Mizer Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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Fishmans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Fishmans Rock music, Experimental rock, Dub

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World's End Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Nujabes Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Les Rallizes Dénudés is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Les Rallizes Dénudés Noise rock, Garage rock, Avant-garde

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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Band-Maid Hard Rock, Heavy Metal - Band-Maid, stylized as BAND-MAID and formerly as BAND-MAID®, is a five-piece, all-female Japanese rock group, signed to Gump Records

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Ryuichi Sakamoto Soundtrack, Synthpop, New Wave

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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Boredoms Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Gackt Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Mono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Mono Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Cornelius Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Shibuya-kei

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OOIOO is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
OOIOO Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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Melt-Banana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Melt-Banana Noise rock, Experimental rock, Japanoise

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melt... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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Happy End is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Happy End Folk rock, Avant-garde music

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WHITE ASH is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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The Kiddie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
The Kiddie Rock music, Pop rock

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Plastic Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Plastic Tree Japanese rock, Alternative rock

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cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
cali≠gari Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Yoko Ono Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music

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Bo Ningen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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DOOM is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
DOOM Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Japanese rock

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Boom Boom Satellites is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Boom Boom Satellites Rock music, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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The Alfee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
The Alfee Folk music, Japanese rock, J-pop