Bands/Musicians Japanese Pop Rock Bands List

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List of Japanese pop rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as pop rock 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 pop rock 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 pop rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

Artists here include everything from Hyde to L'Arc-en-Ciel.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular pop rock bands from Japan?" and "Which pop rock bands started in Japan?" then this list will answer your questions.

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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Hyde Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Malice Mizer Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Ikimono-gakari J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Tak Matsumoto Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Kagrra, Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock

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Beat Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Beat Crusaders Pop punk, Rock music, Pop rock

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Glay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Glay Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Orange Range Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Antic Cafe Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Nightmare Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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Judy and Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Judy and Mary Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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Nana Mizuki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Nana Mizuki Music in Japanese animation, Rock music, J-pop

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Kra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Kra Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Gackt Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Nami Tamaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Nami Tamaki Disco, Pop music, J-pop

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Mika Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Mika Nakashima Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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YUI is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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Tokio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Tokio Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Ai Otsuka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Ai Otsuka Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Brilliant Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
The Brilliant Green Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

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Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Lindberg Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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Tetsuya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Tetsuya Pop rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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Alice Nine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Alice Nine Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Sid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Sid Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Mr. Children is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Mr. Children Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Janne Da Arc is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Janne Da Arc Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Hysteric Blue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Hysteric Blue Pop punk, Pop music, Ska

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Chatmonchy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Chatmonchy Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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PSY・S is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
PSY・S Rock music, Electronic music, Pop rock

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Misako Uno is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Misako Uno J-pop, Power pop, Pop rock

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BAISER is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
BAISER Rock music, Pop rock, Visual kei

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Zard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Zard Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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12012 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
12012 Nu metal, Progressive metal, Pop music

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High and Mighty Color is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
High and Mighty Color Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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Aqua Timez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Aqua Timez Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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LAREINE is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
LAREINE Synthpop, Rock music, Pop rock

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Boøwy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Boøwy Rock music, Pop rock, Music of Japan

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Sug is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Sug Pop punk, Rock music, Electronic music

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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
One Ok Rock Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Aya Ueto Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

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AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
AKB48 Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Puffy AmiYumi Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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Anna Tsuchiya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Anna Tsuchiya Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Morning Musume Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Ballad

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Yumi Matsutoya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Yumi Matsutoya Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Olivia Lufkin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Japanese Pop Rock Bands List
Olivia Lufkin Downtempo, Pop music, Trip hop