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Best Japanese Music Artists

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. (157 items)


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    Hotel Holidays in the Sun, From Me to You, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE

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    BABYMETAL

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    Hankou Seimeibun, Nil, Cockayne Soup

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    Encore Show, BABY ACTION, TEMPTATION BOX

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    Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari, My Song Your Song, Barādon

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    Kimi Tsunagi Five M, Fanclub, Sol-fa

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    Golden Coast, FLOW THE MAX !!!, Game

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    Perfume ~Complete Best~, GAME, Fan Service [sweet]

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    Arashic, Here We Go!, Arashi Number One: The Storm Calls The Storm

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    Tokyo Rock City, Timeless, BUGRIGHT

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    Kaze wo Atsumete, Utai Sarishi Hana, Sora Ippai ni Kanaderu Inori

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    stand by me, A Hydrangea Blooms, Hitohira no Hanabira

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    Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, Koko ni Ita Koto, Kamikyokutachi Labrador RetrieverBillboard Japan Music AwardsHot 100 Single Sales of the Year

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    Sweet?, paint pops, Sentimental Macchiato

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    Kumo o mo Tsukamu Tami, ∠ Trigger, Romantist Egoist

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    The Living Dead, Jupiter, Flame Vein

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    Play, Genius 2000, Style

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    True Song, NEW WORLD, Need Your Love

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    Tokyo Rock City, Natural, musiQ

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    Guitarissimo, Faith, Faraway / Kiss you

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    LOVE, TRUE, Yes

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    Killer Show, Anima, the WORLD Ruler

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    Alice in Wonderland, Alpha, WHITE PRAYER

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    Thank you, Love, to LOVE

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    SAMPLE BANG!, GIFT of SMAP, BIRDMAN〜SMAP 013

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    DON'T TRUST ANYONE BUT US, BRING YOUR BOARD!!, RIOT ON THE GRILL

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    Sing to the Sky, First Message, Ayaka’s History 2006–2009

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    Nice, Solosolo, FEVER*FEVER

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    La Collection des Singles, Beast of Blood, Merveilles

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    Mō Sagasanai, Yureru Omoi, Eien

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    Hikaru Monotachi, Rappa Renshūchū, Otona Jelly Beans

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    Sosv1, Rie fu, Urban Romantic

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    A Song for ××, appears, Connected

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    Kimi Yuki, Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo, Battle and Romance

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    Seifuku no Me, Gomen ne, Summer

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    The Changing Same, Life Is..., SENTIMENTALovers

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    Seifuku no Mannequin, Guruguru Curtain, Kimi no Na wa Kibō

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    Everybody Go, Kis-My-1st, Good Ikuze!

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    Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE

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    one Sexy Zone, Sexy Summerに雪が降る, Sexy Second

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    Sound Track From Film "Mabuta No Ura", Altar, Rock Dream

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    Second Morning, Rainbow 7, Ai no Dai 6 Kan

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    Life, Tokyo Rock City, IV - Zero

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    Magnya Carta, Gokutama Rock Cafe, Antic Cafe

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    Gou On Progressive, Tokyo Rock City, G∞VER

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    Spitz, Fake Fur, SazanamiCD

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    JUST A HERO, PSYCHOPATH, Moral

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    Naminori Kakigōri, already, Perapera Perao

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    The Brilliant Green, TERRA2001, Los Angeles

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