songs The Best Songs About Japan  

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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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62 43
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Mr. Roboto Styx

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43 28
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Godzilla Blue Öyster Cult

4
59 44
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Big in Japan Alphaville

5
45 34
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Woman from Toyko Deep Purple

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26 17
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Big in Japan Tom Waits

7
22 24
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14 15
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Somewhere Near Japan The Beach Boys

9
21 25
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12 14
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Tokyo Joe Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music

11
18 23
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Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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11 14
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Tokyo Road Bon Jovi

13
17 22
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10 13
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The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time

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16 21
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17 24
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Japanese Boy Aneka

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7 11
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7 11
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Japan in a Dishpan Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

21
12 18
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Love Letter to Japan The Bird and the Bee

22
12 18
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Harajuku Girls Gwen Stefani

23
14 21
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The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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10 16
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Welcome to Japan The Strokes

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7 12
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Tokyo Rose U.K. Subs

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9 15
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0 3
Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
RichardGrant added Tokyo Pinker Tones - https://youtu.be/6UyJv_hTsxE

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5 10
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Love in Tokyo The Honeycombs

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5 10
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Tokyo Nights Bee Gees

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10 17
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21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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4 9
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9 16
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Tokyo Storm Warning Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

33
9 16
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Tokyo Girl Ace of Base

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6 12
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kitsune added Going Back to Okinawa Ry Cooder

35
3 8
Synthphase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Japan
CandyDitches added Synthphase

36
5 11
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TheWelshGuy added Life in Tokyo Japan

37
4 10
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Tokyo Traffic The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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4 10
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kitsune added Back Street of Tokyo Brian Setzer

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4 10
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Move to Japan The Band

40
5 12
Konichiwa Bitches is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Japan

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5 14
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Tokyo A Flock of Seagulls

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3 12
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3 12
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kitsune added Fujiyama Mama Pearl Harbour

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4 14
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The Best Taylor Swift Songs

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2 10
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Over Tokyo Collective Soul

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2 10
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Roy Arnold added Lights of Tokyo The Gentlemen

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2 10
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Love From Tokyo Rita Coolidge

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3 13
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Outside Tokyo The Stranglers

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2 11
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Anarchy in Tokyo 30 Seconds to Mars

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2 11
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Japan Count Basie