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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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Big in Japan Alphaville

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Turning Japanese The Vapors

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45 34
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Mr. Roboto Styx

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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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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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Welcome to Japan The Strokes

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9 10
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Tokyo Girl Ace of Base

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Tokyo Joe Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music

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Tokyo Rose U.K. Subs

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Tokyo Nights Bee Gees

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Synthphase is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
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kitsune added Going Back to Okinawa Ry Cooder

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Japanese Banana - David Savile... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Japan

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Love in Tokyo The Honeycombs

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Japan in a Dishpan Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

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Tokyo Traffic The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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Love Letter to Japan The Bird and the Bee

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Harajuku Girls Gwen Stefani

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Move to Japan The Band

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4 7
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MartinAustin added Life in Tokyo Japan

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4 7
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kitsune added Back Street of Tokyo Brian Setzer

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4 7
Konichiwa Bitches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Japan

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Tokyo Storm Warning Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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Love From Tokyo Rita Coolidge

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Over Tokyo Collective Soul

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Tokyo A Flock of Seagulls

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Roy Arnold added Lights of Tokyo The Gentlemen

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Japan Count Basie

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4 10
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Outside Tokyo The Stranglers

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3 9
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Anarchy in Tokyo 30 Seconds to Mars

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kitsune added Fujiyama Mama Pearl Harbour

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Tokyo Thompson Twins