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Japanese pop music (known as J-pop) is a mashup of traditional Japanese music influenced by 1960s American pop and rock music and modern pop music. While the J-pop genre was initially influenced by foreign music (The Beatles were are huge influence in the 60s), these days, J-pop artists have a sound that is all their own and highly influential in their own right. J-pop music has been immensely influential to other musicals styles - especially those in other parts of Asia. Fittingly, the term J-pop has changed from describing just Western-style Japanese music to many other genres of Japanese music. 

So who are the best J pop bands? To answer this, we've created this J-pop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. This list of the top J-pop bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Good J-pop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all J-pop bands on this list got started. 

You can click on the j-pop band names to see more information about that particular notable j-pop group. If they're near the top of the best j-pop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Japanese pop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the j-pop band names themselves.

Everything from Jackie Chan, Aya Ueto, and Kou Shibasaki to Japanese girl bands like Ayumi Hamasaki are included on this list of jpop groups. The list order changes if enough people vote for the right artists, so cast your vote now.

The list includes all new pop bands from Japan, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of j-pop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into j-pop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good j-pop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent j-pop bands.

So who are the best j-pop bands of all time? Who is the greatest j-pop musician ever?If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular j-pop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Perfume Perfume ~Complete Best~, GAME, Fan Service [sweet]

The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time The Most Annoying TV Hosts

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3,828 1,143
Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Babymetal Babymetal, Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba, Live: Legend I

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1,687 855
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Scandal Encore Show, BABY ACTION, TEMPTATION BOX

4
935 694
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MichaelMiro added Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, Nanda Collection

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1,220 682
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PaulScanlon added Sakura Gakuin Sakura Gakuin

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632 348
Hatsune Miku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hatsune Miku Interlude, supercell, unformed

7
492 367
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PaulScanlon added Muto Ayami Eien to Shunkan

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775 554
YUI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
YUI Hotel Holidays in the Sun, From Me to You, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE

9
721 630
Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Morning Musume Second Morning, Rainbow 7, Ai no Dai 6 Kan

10
703 728
E-Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
WhatDidItDo added E-Girls Follow Me, Lesson 1, The NeverEnding Story

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648 590
℃-ute is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
℃-ute 3rd: Love Escalation!, 2 Mini: Ikiru to Iu Chikara, Dai Nana Shō 'Utsukushikutte Gomen ne'

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709 705
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
love.japaneseidols.17 added Arashi Arashic, Here We Go!, Arashi Number One: The Storm Calls The Storm

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359 117
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
gone girl added One OK Rock Jinsei × Boku =, Zeitakubyō, Niche Syndrome

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1,043 935
AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
AKB48 Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, Koko ni Ita Koto, Kamikyokutachi

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472 495
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Ikimono-gakari Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari, My Song Your Song, Barādon

The Greatest English Pop Singers 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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597 552
AAA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
AAA ALL, ALL/2, Attack

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414 474
capsule is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
capsule Phony Phonic, Fruits Clipper, High Collar Girl

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464 506
Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Ayumi Hamasaki A Song for ××, appears, Connected

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301 273
Nogizaka46 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Nogizaka46 Seifuku no Mannequin, Guruguru Curtain, Kimi no Na wa Kibō

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559 391
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hikaru Utada Exodus, Heart Station, FINAL DISTANCE

21
381 475
Momoiro Clover Z is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Momoiro Clover Z Kimi Yuki, Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo, Battle and Romance

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216 289
miwa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added miwa Guitarissimo, Faith, Faraway / Kiss you

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403 397
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Kana Nishino Thank you^! Love, to LOVE, Love Place

24
396 499
Exile is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Exile Styles Of Beyond, The other side of EX Vol.1, ASIA

25
219 263
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ルエル サントス added Angerme

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144 81
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JAKESTORMZ added Band-maid

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245 317
Berryz Kobo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Berryz Kobo Dai 2 Seichouki, 1st Chō Berryz, 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisū

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250 325
Reina Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Reina Tanaka Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~, Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru, Manatsu no Kousen

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397 378
Nana Mizuki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Nana Mizuki Supersonic Girl, Dream Skipper, Alive & Kicking

The Best Singers of All Time The Worst Noises Your Neighbors Make

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219 243
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ルエル サントス added Juice=Juice

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158 213
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ルエル サントス added Country Girls

32
145 206
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ルエル サントス added Kobushi Factory

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229 288
Sayumi Michishige is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

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114 84
Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Bryan Mayer added Stereopony stand by me, A Hydrangea Blooms, Hitohira no Hanabira

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268 298
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Namie Amuro Play, Genius 2000, Style

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232 251
Airi Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Airi Suzuki Akai Nikkicho

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154 259
Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Do As Infinity True Song, NEW WORLD, Need Your Love

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286 362
KAT-TUN is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
KAT-TUN Best of KAT-TUN, No More Pain, KAT-TUN III: Queen of Pirates

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268 338
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Minami Takahashi Jane Doe

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53 151
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ルエル サントス added LoVendoЯ

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186 238
Sekai no Owari is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Sekai no Owari ENTERTAINMENT, Take Your Way, EARTH

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164 259
Risa Niigaki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

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85 84
Lady Baby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Andrew Ryan Leslie added Ladybaby

The Best Pop Songs About Kissing The Best Actors in Film History

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107 174
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ルエル サントス added Tsubaki Factory

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237 215
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
L'Arc-en-Ciel Dune, Ark, Ray

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125 212
Superfly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Superfly Wildflower & Cover Songs: Complete Best 'TRACK 3', Superfly, Box Emotions

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133 227
Tsunku is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Tsunku A Hard Day's Night, TAKE 1

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129 180
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Porno Graffitti Kumo o mo Tsukamu Tami, ∠ Trigger, Romantist Egoist

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173 260
Tomohisa Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Tomohisa Yamashita Love Chase, One in a million, Daite Señorita

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115 213
Satoshi Ohno is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
love.japaneseidols.17 added Satoshi Ohno Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei, All the Best! 1999–2009