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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]

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4,203 1,234
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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1,907 947
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Scandal Encore Show, BABY ACTION, TEMPTATION BOX

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1,087 775
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MichaelMiro added Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, Nanda Collection

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1,298 758
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PaulScanlon added Sakura Gakuin Sakura Gakuin

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887 436
Hatsune Miku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hatsune Miku Interlude, supercell, unformed

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904 603
YUI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
YUI Hotel Holidays in the Sun, From Me to You, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE

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829 785
E-Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
WhatDidItDo added E-Girls Follow Me, Lesson 1, The NeverEnding Story

9
802 674
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
513 152
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
gone girl added One OK Rock Jinsei × Boku =, Zeitakubyō, Niche Syndrome

11
526 416
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PaulScanlon added Muto Ayami Eien to Shunkan

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723 633
℃-ute is listed (or ranked) 12 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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817 741
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 13 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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1,179 996
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

The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

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544 524
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

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687 585
AAA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
AAA ALL, ALL/2, Attack

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441 505
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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540 530
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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358 306
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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636 417
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hikaru Utada Exodus, Heart Station, FINAL DISTANCE

21
427 506
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

The Best Breyers Ice Cream Flavors

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452 415
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Kana Nishino Thank you^! Love, to LOVE, Love Place

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242 311
miwa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added miwa Guitarissimo, Faith, Faraway / Kiss you

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453 516
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

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238 289
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ルエル サントス added Angerme

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180 105
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JAKESTORMZ added Band-maid

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277 345
Reina Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 27 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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267 335
Berryz Kobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Berryz Kobo Dai 2 Seichouki, 1st Chō Berryz, 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisū

The Greatest English Pop Singers

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432 396
Nana Mizuki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Nana Mizuki Supersonic Girl, Dream Skipper, Alive & Kicking

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151 100
Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 30 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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235 262
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ルエル サントス added Juice=Juice

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169 232
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ルエル サントス added Country Girls

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156 222
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ルエル サントス added Kobushi Factory

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248 303
Sayumi Michishige is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

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183 271
Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Do As Infinity True Song, NEW WORLD, Need Your Love

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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298 312
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Namie Amuro Play, Genius 2000, Style

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249 264
Airi Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Airi Suzuki Akai Nikkicho

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319 375
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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221 251
Sekai no Owari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Sekai no Owari ENTERTAINMENT, Take Your Way, EARTH

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290 352
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Minami Takahashi Jane Doe

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66 165
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ルエル サントス added LoVendoЯ

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177 273
Risa Niigaki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

The Best Singers of All Time

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267 228
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
L'Arc-en-Ciel Dune, Ark, Ray

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154 191
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Porno Graffitti Kumo o mo Tsukamu Tami, ∠ Trigger, Romantist Egoist

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138 222
Superfly is listed (or ranked) 45 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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116 189
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ルエル サントス added Tsubaki Factory

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98 103
Lady Baby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Andrew Ryan Leslie added Ladybaby

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145 239
Tsunku is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Tsunku A Hard Day's Night, TAKE 1

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198 273
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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133 224
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