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The Best Japanese Music Artists 

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Updated December 7, 2019 14.7k votes 1.8k voters 51.3k views 186 items

Japanese music can encompasses a wide number of genres and artists. For some, music of Japan could signify the traditional music that's associated with Japanese history. For others, it can allude to Japanese bands and Japanese pop singers. While traditional Japanese music is obviously different than the Western influenced Japanese bands that emerged during the last century, Japanese music artists' sound varies and thus, generations of Japanese people are attracted to the sounds that come from their native land. No matter what your definition is - either old or new - Japanese bands and singers are some of the most popular in the world. 

So, what are the best Japanese bands? On such a widely defined list of Japanese music artists has to include the likes of the GazettE, YUI, Nightmare, Alice Nine, NEWS, SMAP and Stereopony. While some of these Japanese bands are from the new generation, they're still considered to be some of the best that Japan has to offer. These Japanese bands have catchy songs and have charted multiple times. This includes all good Japanese music and the best Japanese music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Japanese bands. The music of Japan varies widely, so pick who you think should be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best music of Japan bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest music of Japan 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 music of japan bands that you might've heard of. (186 items)
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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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YUI is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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X Japan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Flow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Ringo Sheena is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Wagakki Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Arashi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Spitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Yutaka Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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King Gnu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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Sid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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B'z is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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DOLL$BOXX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
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