bands/musicians Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members  

Derrick Deane
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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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568 172
Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

2
574 175
Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

3
578 171
Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

4
494 147
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

5
392 126
Haruna Kojima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

6
369 132
Tomomi Itano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

7
364 131
Yuki Kashiwagi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

8
346 129
Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

9
346 137
Jurina Matsui is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

10
298 129
Sakura Miyawaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

11
276 132
Haruka Shimazaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

12
284 141
Sayaka Akimoto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

13
236 113
Yui Yokoyama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

14
238 109
Sayaka Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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215 116
Sae Miyazawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

16
235 135
Minami Minegishi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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74 22
Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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181 108
Rie Kitahara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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165 109
Tomomi Kasai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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110 66
Juri Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

21
153 106
Anna Iriyama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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127 84
Aki Takajō is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

23
138 101
Rina Kawaei is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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133 99
Asuka Kuramochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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160 125
Rino Sashihara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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115 87
Mako Kojima is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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94 74
Miho Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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86 74
Miori Ichikawa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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73 66
Erena Ono is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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100 91
Rena Katō is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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112 105
Tano Yuka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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87 78
Mai Oshima is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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82 75
Ami Maeda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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81 75
Karen Iwata is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

35
76 74
Yuria Kizaki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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63 68
Nana Owada is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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49 55
Manami Oku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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41 45
Nana Fujita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members

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34 54
Nagisa Shibuya is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rank Your All-Time Favorite AKB48 Members
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