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The beauty and culture of cities like Tokyo have inspired some truly great songs about Japan. Whether it's about being big in Japan, or you feel like you're turning Japanese, these are the best songs about Japan as a subject, ranked by your votes. 

With technology and economic competition, Japan was a big influence in the 80's. The decade saw a huge trend in crafting  great songs about Japan, none more awesomely pop than "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors and "Mr. Robot" by Styx. Even crusaders U2 crafted great songs about Japan with "The Unforgettable Fire" - inspired by an art exhibit by Hiroshima's survivors. A few of the best Japan songs over the decades also include The Flaming Lips' awesome "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 1 (and pt.2) " and the foot-stomping classic "Woman from Tokyo" by Deep Purple.

Which of these do you think is the best song about Japan? Vote your favorite to the top and add your own favorites in the comment section below.
 

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Turning Japanese The Vapors

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Mr. Roboto Styx

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Big in Japan Alphaville

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Godzilla Blue Öyster Cult

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Woman from Toyko Deep Purple

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Big in Japan Tom Waits

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Somewhere Near Japan The Beach Boys

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Discovering Japan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
McKinley Morganfield added Discovering Japan Graham Parker & the Rumours

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Discovering Japan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
McKinley Morganfield added Discovering Japan

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ohnymarica added I've Got a Lover (Back in Japan) Eurythmics

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Tokyo Joe Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music

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Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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Tokyo Road Bon Jovi

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Japanese Boy Aneka

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Japan in a Dishpan Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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Harajuku Girls Gwen Stefani

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Welcome to Japan The Strokes

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Tokyo Girl Ace of Base

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Tokyo Rose U.K. Subs

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Love Letter to Japan The Bird and the Bee

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Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
RichardGrant added Tokyo Pinker Tones - https://youtu.be/6UyJv_hTsxE

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Tokyo Nights Bee Gees

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Love in Tokyo The Honeycombs

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Tokyo Storm Warning Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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kitsune added Going Back to Okinawa Ry Cooder

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Synthphase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
CandyDitches added Synthphase

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TheWelshGuy added Life in Tokyo Japan

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kitsune added Back Street of Tokyo Brian Setzer

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Move to Japan The Band

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Tokyo Traffic The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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Konichiwa Bitches is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Japan

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Tokyo A Flock of Seagulls

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kitsune added Fujiyama Mama Pearl Harbour

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Roy Arnold added Lights of Tokyo The Gentlemen

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Love From Tokyo Rita Coolidge

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Over Tokyo Collective Soul