Music List of Famous Bands from Japan

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
LOUDNESS Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music Loudness is a Japanese metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi. They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United ...more

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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Boredoms Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia Boredoms is a rock band from Osaka, Japan. The band was officially formed in 1986. The band's output is usually referred to as noise rock or sometimes Japanoise, though their more recent records ...more

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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Hyde Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock Hideto Takarai, known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as vocalist for the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel, as ...more

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Akira Takasaki Rock music, Heavy metal Akira Takasaki is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. The group has sold over 15 million records and were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden. In 2003, they ...more

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Malice Mizer Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001. Formed by guitarists Mana and Közi, the band's name stands for "malice and misery", ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Ghost Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock Ghost was an experimental rock group formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984.

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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Ikimono-gakari J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock Ikimono-gakari is a Japanese pop rock band from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The group started in February 1999 with Hotaka Yamashita and Yoshiki Mizuno, and was joined by vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka ...more

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Bleach D-beat, Punk rock, Thrashcore Bleach was an all girl thrashcore trio from Okinawa, Japan. On June 10, 2009, Bleach announced on their website that they have disbanded. Their final album, Bleach Stone, was released on July 7, ...more

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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
The Pillows Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock The Pillows are a Japanese alternative rock band formed in 1989. As of 2014, the group has released 19 original studio albums, several EPs and compilations, and over 30 singles. Outside Japan, ...more

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Sigh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Sigh Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal Sigh is a Japanese extreme metal band from Tokyo, formed in 1989. They are credited as being one of the first Japanese black metal bands, when the majority of black metal in early 1990s came ...more

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Japan's VVV Records.

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Hide Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He was primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan, but ...more

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock Luna Sea is a Japanese rock band formed in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1986. Due to the use of make-up and costumes early in their career and their widespread popularity, they are considered one of ...more

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Tak Matsumoto Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and songwriter. In addition to being the guitarist and lead composer for the ...more

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music Maximum the Hormone is a Japanese rock band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. Their lineup has consisted of Daisuke-han, Nao, Maximum the Ryo-kun, and Ue-chan since 1999. Each member alternates singing lead ...more

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Tomoyasu Hotei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Tomoyasu Hotei Rock music, Music of Japan Tomoyasu Hotei is a Japanese musician, guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Hotei has sold millions of albums and has collaborated with ...more

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Acid Mothers Gong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Acid Mothers Gong Noise rock, Musical improvisation, Space rock Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career ...more

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Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Kagrra, Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock Kagrra, was a Japanese visual kei rock band. They were originally signed to the now defunct Key Party Records under the name "Crow". The group changed its name when they signed to PS

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Ayumi Hamasaki Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has achieved popularity in Japan and Asia by enforcing her position as an artist and not trying to be forced ...more

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Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Galneryus Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal Galneryus is a Japanese power metal band, formed in Osaka in 2001 by guitarist Syu and vocalist Yama-B. Originally the only official members, the two utilized several support musicians until ...more

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Beat Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Beat Crusaders Pop punk, Rock music, Pop rock Beat Crusaders were a Japanese rock band. During all promotional appearances, their faces are masked by drawings resembling themselves as printed by a dot-matrix printer.

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Sabbat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Sabbat Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal Sabbat is a Japanese black metal band, formed in the early 1980s. On some releases, they showcase a more thrash and heavy influenced sound.

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. For their early studio albums and live ...more

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Schwarz Stein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Schwarz Stein Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music Schwarz Stein is a Japanese visual kei electronic music duo formed by Hora and Kaya in 2001, who disbanded in 2004 and regrouped in 2014.

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music Dir En Grey is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will. As of 2014, they have recorded nine full-length records with a lineup ...more

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Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Namie Amuro Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Eurobeat Namie Amuro is a Japanese pop/R&B singer, dancer, fashion model and actress. She was, at the height of her popularity, referred to as "Teen Queen", "Queen of J-Pop" or ...more

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Stephanie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Stephanie Pop music, J-pop Stephanie is a member of the musical group, The Grace.

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Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Sugizo Rock music, Electronic dance music, World music Yūne Sugihara, born Yasuhiro Sugihara is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Known exclusively by his stage name Sugizo, he is best known as lead guitarist and ...more

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Merzbow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Merzbow Dark ambient, Musique concrète, Noise Masami Akita is a film score composer and a film director.

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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Ska, Japanese ska, Jazz Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, commonly abbreviated by fans as Skapara or TSPO, is a Japanese ska and jazz band officially formed in 1988 by the percussionist Asa-Chang, and initially composed of ...more

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Envy Post-metal, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music Envy is a rock band formed in Tokyo in 1992. They are signed to Rock Action Records in Europe and Temporary Residence Limited in North America, though originally they worked with Level Plane ...more

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Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Buck-Tick New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music Buck-Tick is a Japanese rock band, formed in Fujioka, Gunma in 1983. The group has consisted of Atsushi Sakurai, Hisashi Imai, Hidehiko Hoshino, Yutaka Higuchi and Toll Yagami since 1985. In ...more

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Glay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Glay Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Glay is a Japanese rock band from Hakodate, Hokkaidō formed in 1988. Glay primarily composes songs in the rock and pop genres, but they have also arranged songs using elements from a wide ...more

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Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Orange Range Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music Orange Range is a 5-member Japanese rock band, based in Okinawa, Japan. Formed in 2001, the band began with Spice Music and later signed with Sony Music Japan's gr8! records division in 2003. ...more

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Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Asian Kung-Fu Generation Pop punk, Rock music, Emo Asian Kung-Fu Generation, typeset as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, is a Japanese alternative rock band formed in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996. For nearly its entire career, the band has consisted of ...more

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Ezo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Ezo Glam metal, Heavy metal Ezo was a Japanese heavy metal band originally formed as Flatbacker in the spring of 1982 in Sapporo, Japan out of the remnants of two high school bands, Power-Station and Scrap. Ezo has been ...more

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Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Antic Cafe Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music Antic Cafe is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 2003 and signed to Sony Music Japan. Their visual image is oshare kei, and they describe their music as "Harajuku Dance Rock". The ...more

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Flow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Flow Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock Flow is a Japanese rock band, that formed in 1998 and signed on to Sony Music Japan's Ki/oon Records label. Flow is a five-piece band made up of two vocalists, a drummer, a bassist, and a ...more

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girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
girugämesh Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing Girugamesh is a Japanese visual kei metal band, formed in 2003. The name is sometimes stylized with a metal umlaut as girugämesh and is derived from the Final Fantasy character.

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Nightmare Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion Nightmare is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Sendai. Formed on January 1, 2000, it has consisted of Yomi, Sakito, Hitsugi, Ni~ya and Ruka for the majority of their career. They enjoyed ...more

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Spitz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Spitz Rock music, J-pop, Power pop Spitz are a Japanese rock band. The group was originally formed in 1987 by four art school students in Tokyo — it consists of Masamune Kusano, Tetsuya Miwa, Akihiro Tamura, and Tatsuo Sakiyama. ...more

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Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Inoue Kiyonobu Shoegazing, Pop music, Trip hop Kiyonobu Inoue, known exclusively by his stage name Inoran, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known as co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the rock band ...more

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Blood Stain Child is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Blood Stain Child Electro-industrial, Symphonic black metal, Euro-trance Blood Stain Child is a Japanese metal band from the city of Osaka. The band's musical style combines modern melodic death metal with electro-industrial and euro-trance or as they call it ...more

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Velvet Eden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Velvet Eden Rock music, Visual kei, Music of Japan

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Midori is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Midori Noise rock, Experimental rock, Jazz fusion Midori was a four member jazz-punk fusion band formed in 2003 in Osaka, Japan featuring Mariko on vocals, Yoshitaka on drums, Keigo Iwami on bass, and Hajime on keyboard. Their disbandment was ...more

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Judy and Mary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Judy and Mary Pop music, Rock music, J-pop Judy and Mary was a Japanese multi-genre band formed in 1992 in Japan by bassist Yoshihito Onda and vocalist Yuki, with drummer Kohta Igarashi and guitarist Taiji Fujimoto completing the lineup ...more

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Kitaro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Kitaro New Age music, Folk music, Electronic music Kitaro is a Japanese musician, composer and record producer.

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cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
cali≠gari Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock Cali Gari is a Japanese visual kei experimental rock band formed with the concept erotic grotesque. It was founded in 1992 and named after the horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The band's ...more

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Versailles Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal Versailles was a Japanese visual kei metal band formed in 2007 by vocalist Kamijo and guitarist Hizaki. After recruiting bassist Jasmine You, drummer Yuki and guitarist Teru, they performed ...more