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

2
4,336 1,280
Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Babymetal, Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba, Live: Legend I

3
2,018 973
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Encore Show, BABY ACTION, TEMPTATION BOX

4
1,165 805
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MichaelMiro added Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, Nanda Collection

5
1,314 787
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PaulScanlon added Sakura Gakuin

6
990 466
Hatsune Miku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Interlude, supercell, unformed

7
963 623
YUI is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Hotel Holidays in the Sun, From Me to You, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE

8
866 814
E-Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
WhatDidItDo added Follow Me, Lesson 1, The NeverEnding Story

9
596 167
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
gone girl added Jinsei × Boku =, Zeitakubyō, Niche Syndrome

10
834 692
Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Second Morning, Rainbow 7, Ai no Dai 6 Kan

11
859 762
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
751 650
℃-ute is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
3rd: Love Escalation!, 2 Mini: Ikiru to Iu Chikara, Dai Nana Shō 'Utsukushikutte Gomen ne'

13
532 438
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PaulScanlon added Eien to Shunkan

14
1,246 1,016
AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007, Koko ni Ita Koto, Kamikyokutachi

15
571 536
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

16
733 599
AAA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
ALL, ALL/2, Attack

17
575 542
Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
A Song for ××, appears, Connected

18
447 520
capsule is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Phony Phonic, Fruits Clipper, High Collar Girl

19
673 427
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Exodus, Heart Station, FINAL DISTANCE

20
382 322
Nogizaka46 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Seifuku no Mannequin, Guruguru Curtain, Kimi no Na wa Kibō

21
448 521
Momoiro Clover Z is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Kimi Yuki, Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo, Battle and Romance

22
259 318
miwa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Guitarissimo, Faith, Faraway / Kiss you

23
480 528
Exile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Styles Of Beyond, The other side of EX Vol.1, ASIA

24
466 424
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Thank you, Love, to LOVE

25
255 301
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ルエル サントス added

26
203 116
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JAKESTORMZ added

27
285 357
Reina Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~, Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru, Manatsu no Kousen

28
277 347
Berryz Kobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Dai 2 Seichouki, 1st Chō Berryz, 4th Ai no Nanchara Shisū

29
445 405
Nana Mizuki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Supersonic Girl, Dream Skipper, Alive & Kicking

30
176 110
Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Bryan Mayer added stand by me, A Hydrangea Blooms, Hitohira no Hanabira

31
249 273
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ルエル サントス added

32
175 244
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ルエル サントス added

33
162 232
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ルエル サントス added

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194 282
Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
True Song, NEW WORLD, Need Your Love

35
256 315
Sayumi Michishige is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

36
312 319
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Play, Genius 2000, Style

37
243 258
Sekai no Owari is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
ENTERTAINMENT, Take Your Way, EARTH

38
258 276
Airi Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Akai Nikkicho

39
337 386
KAT-TUN is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Best of KAT-TUN, No More Pain, KAT-TUN III: Queen of Pirates

40
305 362
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Jane Doe

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69 174
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ルエル サントス added

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170 199
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Kumo o mo Tsukamu Tami, ∠ Trigger, Romantist Egoist

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182 284
Risa Niigaki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers

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280 237
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Dune, Ark, Ray

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148 232
Superfly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Derrick Deane added Wildflower & Cover Songs: Complete Best 'TRACK 3', Superfly, Box Emotions

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215 280
Tomohisa Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Love Chase, One in a million, Daite Señorita

47
121 200
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ルエル サントス added

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139 232
Satoshi Ohno is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
love.japaneseidols.17 added Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei, All the Best! 1999–2009

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146 249
Tsunku is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
A Hard Day's Night, TAKE 1

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102 115
Lady Baby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best J-Pop Bands & Singers
Andrew Ryan Leslie added