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The Best Japanese Music Artists

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Japanese music can encompasses a wide number of genres and artists. For some, music of Japan could signify the traditional music that's associated with Japanese history. For others, it can allude to Japanese bands and Japanese pop singers. While traditional Japanese music is obviously different than the Western influenced Japanese bands that emerged during the last century, Japanese music artists' sound varies and thus, generations of Japanese people are attracted to the sounds that come from their native land. No matter what your definition is - either old or new - Japanese bands and singers are some of the most popular in the world. 

So, what are the best Japanese bands? On such a widely defined list of Japanese music artists has to include the likes of the GazettE, YUI, Nightmare, Alice Nine, NEWS, SMAP and Stereopony. While some of these Japanese bands are from the new generation, they're still considered to be some of the best that Japan has to offer. These Japanese bands have catchy songs and have charted multiple times. This includes all good Japanese music and the best Japanese music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Japanese bands. The music of Japan varies widely, so pick who you think should be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best music of Japan bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest music of Japan 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 music of japan bands that you might've heard of. (158 items)


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    Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by Derrick Deane
    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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    Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop Labrador RetrieverBillboard Japan Music AwardsHot 100 Single Sales of the Year

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    Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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  12. 12
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

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    Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Eurobeat

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    Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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    miwa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

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    Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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    Rock music, J-pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, J-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Ska, Rock music, J-pop

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    Nogizaka46 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

    Pop music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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    HKT48 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

    Pop music, J-pop

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    Pop music, J-pop

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    Pop music, J-pop, Music of Japan

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    added by thenumber244
    Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Ballad

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    Kis-My-Ft2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

    Pop music

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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Teen pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    NMB48 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

    Pop music, J-pop

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    Not Yet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

    Pop music, J-pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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    Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Music of Japan

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, Rock music

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    Folk music, Japanese rock, J-pop

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Music of Japan

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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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