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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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X Japan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kittypewdude added X Japan Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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141 74
Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Indra Zhe Riavandy added Babymetal Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

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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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54 26
My First Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added My First Story

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
1479146511287 added Scandal New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jenna Lor added Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Allysha Estabrooks added Gackt Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Allysha Estabrooks added Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Band-maid is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
MichaelBarryTaggart added Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scottea added Stereopony Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Patrick O'Malone added The Pillows Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
CherrylynGonzales added Galneryus Power Metal

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ChloeLydon added Mucc Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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bradio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Luke Albright added bradio

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Crossfaith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Luke Albright added Crossfaith

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5 9
OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX J-rock, Japanese Rock

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4 9
OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX

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OLDCODEX is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ShadoWolf added OLDCODEX

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Plastic Tree is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Plastic Tree Japanese rock, Alternative rock

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3 9
OOIOO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Liam Davies added OOIOO Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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4 11
WHITE ASH is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added WHITE ASH

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2 9
Bo Ningen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Chris Riches added Bo Ningen

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6 15
The Kiddie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kittypewdude added The Kiddie Rock music, Pop rock

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Boom Boom Satellites is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Boom Boom Satellites Rock music, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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DOOM is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
DOOM Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Japanese rock

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5 18
cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
cali≠gari Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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5 19
The Alfee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
The Alfee Folk music, Japanese rock, J-pop