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The Best Japanese Rock Bands  

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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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Band-Maid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scottea added 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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Band-Maiko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
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Wagakkiband is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Daniel Milesi added Folk rock
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Brats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Filip Rozsas added
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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Indra Zhe Riavandy added Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat
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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
MichaelBarryTaggart added Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music
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Mary's Blood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added
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Aldious is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Lovebites is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
amyleeslave added Power Metal
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Dollsboxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kevin Shaw added
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doll$boxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added
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Mutant Monster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
David Lee1 added
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Ladybaby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
David Lee1 added
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
faik.ozcinar added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock
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Drop's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
David Lee1 added
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PassCode is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
sloan.hall added Metal, Hard Rock
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Gachric Spin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kevin Shaw added
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Show-Ya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Glim Spanky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
lukas.skov added Rock
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Gacharic Spin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added
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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
ma6o6ri added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
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exist†trace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Roque Sanchez added Melodic death metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal
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X Japan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Kittypewdude added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Scottea added Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock
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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Rock Bands
Jerry JoJo added Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog