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Japanese rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good Japanese rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top Japanese rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Japanese rock 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 Japanese rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest Japanese rock bands of all time, since the most famous Japanese rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Japanese rock music.

You can click on the Japanese rock band names to see more information about that particular notable Japanese rock group. If they're near the top of the best Japanese rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Japanese rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Japanese rock band names themselves.

List artists range from Plastic Tree to cali≠gari. Have your voice heard by voting on the best artists on the list. The order is decided by votes. The list has artists like Boom Boom Satellites and The Alfee so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in Japanese rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new Japanese rock bands, 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 Japanese rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into Japanese rock 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 Japanese rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent Japanese rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best Japanese rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Japanese rock 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 Japanese rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ma6o6ri added One Ok Rock Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Indra Zhe Riavandy added Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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X Japan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kittypewdude added X Japan Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jenna Lor added Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Allysha Estabrooks added Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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My First Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added My First Story

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
1479146511287 added Scandal New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scottea added Stereopony Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
MichaelBarryTaggart added Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scottea added Band-Maid Hard Rock, Heavy Metal - Band-Maid, stylized as BAND-MAID and formerly as BAND-MAID®, is a five-piece, all-female Japanese rock group, signed to Gump Records

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OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX J-rock, Japanese Rock

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OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX

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OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Malice Mizer Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Ryuichi Sakamoto Soundtrack, Synthpop, New Wave

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Allysha Estabrooks added Gackt Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Boris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Boris Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music

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Nujabes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Nujabes Nu jazz, Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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Fishmans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Fishmans Rock music, Experimental rock, Dub

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World's End Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added World's End Girlfriend

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Melt-Banana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Melt-Banana Noise rock, Experimental rock, Japanoise

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Les Rallizes Dénudés is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Les Rallizes Dénudés Noise rock, Garage rock, Avant-garde

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ChloeLydon added Mucc Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Boredoms Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Mono is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Mono Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Cornelius Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Shibuya-kei

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melt... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands

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Happy End is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Happy End Folk rock, Avant-garde music

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OOIOO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Liam Davies added OOIOO Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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WHITE ASH is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added WHITE ASH

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The Kiddie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kittypewdude added The Kiddie Rock music, Pop rock

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Plastic Tree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Plastic Tree Japanese rock, Alternative rock

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cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
cali≠gari Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
julian-matthias added Yoko Ono Pop music, Rock music, Electronic dance music

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Boom Boom Satellites is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Boom Boom Satellites Rock music, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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Bo Ningen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Chris Riches added Bo Ningen

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DOOM is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
DOOM Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Japanese rock

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The Alfee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
The Alfee Folk music, Japanese rock, J-pop