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List of Famous Bands from Japan

Updated June 8, 2017 22.2k views767 items

List of Japan bands, listed by their level of fame. This Japan musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Japan bands are included, as well as many Japan musicians of underground status. This list of Japan musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Japan bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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    LOUDNESS

    LOUDNESS

    Glam metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsTerror, Disillusion, Thunder in the East, On the Prowl, Hurricane Eyes

    Loudness is a Japanese metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Boredoms

    Boredoms

    Krautrock, Noise rock

    AlbumsVision Creation Newsun, Super æ, Super Roots 6, Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols, Super Roots

    Boredoms (ボアダムス (Boadamusu)) (later known as V∞redoms) is a rock band from Osaka, Japan. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Hyde

    Hyde

    Pop music, Pop rock

    AlbumsRoentgen, Faith, 666, Season's Call, Shallow Sleep

    Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人, Takarai Hideto, born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama, Japan), known... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Akira Takasaki

    Akira Takasaki

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsGeneshaft Original Sound Track, Gene Shaft Ost Extended Score, Tusk of Jaguar, Nenriki, SHAFT DRIVE

    Akira Takasaki (高崎 晃, Takasaki Akira, born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    L'Arc-en-Ciel

    L'Arc-en-Ciel

    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music

    AlbumsDune, Ark, Ray, True, Awake

    L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. The group has sold over 15... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Malice Mizer

    Malice Mizer

    Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop

    AlbumsLa Collection des Singles, Beast of Blood, Merveilles, Bara No Seidou, Gardenia

    Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ghost

    Ghost

    Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk

    AlbumsGhost, In Stormy Nights, Lama Rabi Rabi, Snuffbox Immanence, Hypnotic Underworld

    Ghost was an experimental rock group formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984.Amazon buy button

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    Ikimono-gakari

    Ikimono-gakari

    J-pop, Pop rock

    AlbumsSakura Saku Machi Monogatari, My Song Your Song, Barādon, Hajimari no Uta, Life Album

    Ikimono-gakari is a Japanese pop rock band from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The group started... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bleach

    Bleach

    D-beat, Punk rock

    AlbumsThree Girls From Okinawa, Kibakuzai, Bleach, Bleach 03, Hadaka No Jyuu (Queen Of Nudity)

    Bleach was an all girl thrashcore trio from Okinawa, Japan. On June 10, 2009, Bleach announced... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Pillows

    The Pillows

    Pop punk, Power pop

    AlbumsLITTLE BUSTERS: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Ame ni utaeba, Pied Piper, Smile

    The Pillows are a Japanese alternative rock band formed in 1989. As of 2014, the group has... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sigh

    Sigh

    Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal

    AlbumsHangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien, Gallows Gallery, Imaginary Sonicscape, Scorn Defeat, Infidel Art

    Sigh is a Japanese extreme metal band from Tokyo, formed in 1989. They are credited as being... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    the GazettE

    the GazettE

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsHankou Seimeibun, Nil, Cockayne Soup, Stacked Rubbish, Regret

    The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Hide

    Hide

    Glam metal, Progressive metal

    AlbumsPsyence, Ja, Zoo, TELL ME, Hide Your Face

    Hideto Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本 秀人, Hepburn: Matsumoto Hideto, December 13, 1964 – May 2,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Luna Sea

    Luna Sea

    Rock music, Heavy metal

    AlbumsLUNACY, SHINE, STYLE, Eden, Mother

    Luna Sea (stylized as LUNA SEA) is a Japanese rock band formed in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1989.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tak Matsumoto

    Tak Matsumoto

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    AlbumsHana, Thousand Wave, Take Your Pick, Ultraman Original Soundtrack, House of Strings

    Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto (松本 孝弘, Matsumoto Takahiro, born on March 27, 1961 in Toyonaka,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Maximum the Hormone

    Maximum the Hormone

    Pop punk, Nu metal

    AlbumsKusoban, Rei Rei Rei Rei Rei Rei Rei Rei Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma, Hō, A.S.A. Crew, Bu-ikikaesu

    Maximum the Hormone is a Japanese rock band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. Their lineup has consisted... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tomoyasu Hotei

    Tomoyasu Hotei

    Rock music, Music of Japan

    AlbumsModern Times Rock ’n’ Roll, SPACE COWBOY SHOW ENCORE, Soul Sessions, All Time Super Best, Electric Samurai

    Tomoyasu Hotei (布袋 寅泰, Hotei Tomoyasu, born on February 1, 1962, in Takasaki, Gunma), also... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Acid Mothers Gong

    Acid Mothers Gong

    Noise rock, Musical improvisation

    AlbumsElectric Heavyland, Starless and Bible Black Sabbath, Just Another Band From the Cosmic Inferno, Univers Zen ou de zéro à zéro, New Geocentric World of Acid Mothers Temple

    Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Kagrra,

    Kagrra,

    Fusion, Rock music

    Albums[gozen], irodori, kirameki, Ouka Ranman, Sakura

    Kagrra, was a Japanese visual kei rock band. They were originally signed to the now defunct... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ayumi Hamasaki

    Ayumi Hamasaki

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsA Song for ××, appears, Connected, M, UNITE!

    Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ, Hamasaki Ayumi, born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese singer, songwriter,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Galneryus

    Galneryus

    Progressive metal, Power metal

    AlbumsLive for Rebirth, The Flag of Punishment, Shining Moments, Beyond the End of Despair…, One For All - All For One

    Galneryus is a Japanese power metal band, formed in Osaka in 2001 by guitarist Syu and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Beat Crusaders

    Beat Crusaders

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsMUSICRUSADERS, REST CRUSADERS, P.O.A. ~POP ON ARRIVAL~, LUST CRUSADERS -OTHER SIDE OF BEAT CRUSADERS-, ALL YOU CAN EAT

    Beat Crusaders (ビート・クルセイダース, Bīto Kuruseidāsu, typeset as BEAT CRUSADERS) were a Japanese rock... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sabbat

    Sabbat

    Thrash metal, Black metal

    AlbumsThe Dwelling, ...to Praise the Sabbatical Queen, Sabbatical Holocaust, For Satan and Sacrifice, Sabbatrinity

    Sabbat is a Japanese black metal band, formed in the early 1980s. On some releases, they... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Yellow Magic Orchestra

    Yellow Magic Orchestra

    Hip hop music, Synthpop

    AlbumsX ∞ Multiplies, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Technodon, Technodelic, BGM

    Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Schwarz Stein

    Schwarz Stein

    Synthpop, Electronic body music

    AlbumsNew vogue children, Artificial Hallucination, Current, Perfect Garden, Another cell

    Schwarz Stein is a Japanese visual kei electronic music duo formed by Hora and Kaya in 2001,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button