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Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members 

Derrick Deane
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Updated June 14, 2019 30.4k votes 3.6k voters 32.8k views 39 items

AKB48 is one of the biggest and most popular music groups in Japan and throughout Asia. Ten years after the group began in a small theater in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, the J-Pop group has grown to become one of the biggest acts in the world. As the number of members continues to grow (eclipsing 100) and sales for each single continue to grow, we've compiled a list of all the AKB48 members past and present for you to vote on.

The annual "senbatsu sousenkyo" or general election to see which members will be included in the upcoming singles and who will claim the center position are wildly popular throughout Japan and have begun to spread into China, Indonesia, and other neighboring Asian countries. During the 2014 election, 35,000 Chinese votes ended up making the difference from current center Mayu Watanabe and runner-up and former center, Rino Sashihara.

Big names within the Japanese music and movie scene trace their time back to AKB48 and were in AKB48 heavy rotation, including former centers Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Oshima, who moved on to budding acting careers. Other former members like Mai Oshima, Sayaka Akimoto, and Mariko Shinoda have moved on to careers in TV comedy, modeling, and variety shows.

This list of AKB48 members includes performers who at one time or another were a part of AKB48. While AKS may shift performers between various groups, this list is comprised of AKB48 performers. Let's find out which AKB48 member is the "best" of all-time. Will it be the appointed ace Acchan, the fan favorite Yuko or ace Mayuyu? Vote below and share the list with your friends to see who the best members of AKB48 are!
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Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
Yūko Ōshima
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Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
Mayu Watanabe

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Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Sakura Miyawaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Yuki Kashiwagi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Jurina Matsui is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
Jurina Matsui
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Haruna Kojima is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Tomomi Itano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Sayaka Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Haruka Shimazaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Sayaka Akimoto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Minami Minegishi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Yui Yokoyama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Juri Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Sae Miyazawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Rino Sashihara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Miho Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
Miho Miyazaki
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Rie Kitahara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Tomomi Kasai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Asuka Kuramochi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Mako Kojima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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Rina Kawaei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members