Japanese Music Japanese New Wave Bands List

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List of Japanese new wave bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as new wave solo artists from Japan are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Japanese music that you've never heard before. The new wave bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Japan. If you think the best Japanese new wave band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

This list features bands like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Buck-Tick.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular new wave bands from Japan?" and "Which new wave bands started in Japan?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Sakanaction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Polysics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Synthpunk, Noise rock, Synthpop

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Tomoko Kawase is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Susumu Hirasawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Klaha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Ballad, New Wave

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VOLA & THE ORIENTAL MACHINE is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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Southern All Stars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

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Yonin Bayashi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Progressive rock, Avant-garde

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Zazen Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese New Wave Bands List
New Wave, Jam band, Indie rock