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The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers  

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List Rules Not to be classified with simply popular Japanese musicians, these are the top J-Pop singers and groups.

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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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Babymetal, Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba, Live: Legend I
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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Perfume ~Complete Best~, GAME, Fan Service [sweet]
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Encore Show, BABY ACTION, TEMPTATION BOX
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YUI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hotel Holidays in the Sun, From Me to You, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE
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MichaelMiro added Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, Nanda Collection
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℃-ute is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
3rd: Love Escalation!, 2 Mini: Ikiru to Iu Chikara, Dai Nana Shō 'Utsukushikutte Gomen ne'
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Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Second Morning, Rainbow 7, Ai no Dai 6 Kan
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PaulScanlon added Sakura Gakuin
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AAA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
ALL, ALL/2, Attack
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Arashi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
love.japaneseidols.17 added Arashic, Here We Go!, Arashi Number One: The Storm Calls The Storm
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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
gone girl added Jinsei × Boku =, Zeitakubyō, Niche Syndrome
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AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, Koko ni Ita Koto, Kamikyokutachi
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E-Girls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
WhatDidItDo added Follow Me, Lesson 1, The NeverEnding Story
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miwa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Guitarissimo, Faith, Faraway / Kiss you
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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari, My Song Your Song, Barādon
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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
A Song for ××, appears, Connected
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PaulScanlon added Eien to Shunkan
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Exile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Styles Of Beyond, The other side of EX Vol.1, ASIA
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Nogizaka46 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Seifuku no Mannequin, Guruguru Curtain, Kimi no Na wa Kibō
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Momoiro Clover Z is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Kimi Yuki, Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo, Battle and Romance
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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Exodus, Heart Station, FINAL DISTANCE
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capsule is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Phony Phonic, Fruits Clipper, High Collar Girl
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JAKESTORMZ added
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Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Thank you, Love, to LOVE
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ルエル サントス added