Japanese People The Best Japanese Music Artists  

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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. (179 items)
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Babymetal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
PaulScanlon added Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Eurobeat

2
106 22
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

3
258 184
YUI is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

4
193 132
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

5
173 154
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
DanBejarano added Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

6
133 121
Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

7
84 75
X Japan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Huy Tang added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

8
88 81
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

9
121 121
Flow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

10
148 160
the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
57 52
Ringo Sheena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hip hop music, Rock music, KayŨkyoku

12
101 111
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

13
97 109
UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

14
108 136
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

15
36 38
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Drea Mar added Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

16
55 65
Spitz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rock music, J-pop, Power pop

17
58 70
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

18
49 59
Yutaka Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Music of Japan

19
63 83
Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

20
44 60
Zard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

21
59 84
Sid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

22
11 10
B'z is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

23
57 83
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Eurobeat

24
38 55
Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Ska, Rock music, J-pop

25
35 51
LOUDNESS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

26
12 14
DOLL$BOXX is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added

27
43 64
Bump of Chicken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rock music, J-pop, Alternative rock

28
117 184
AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
yoshimatsusky added Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Labrador Retriever
Billboard Japan Music Awards
Hot 100 Single Sales of the Year

29
39 58
Tomoko Kawase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

30
6 5
Wagakki Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added

31
41 62
The Brilliant Green is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

32
44 67
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, J-pop, Contemporary R&B

33
48 75
miwa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

34
38 61
Princess Princess is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

35
26 41
Ken Hirai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pyriel2 added Pop music, J-pop, Rhythm and blues

36
33 53
Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

37
47 77
Aqua Timez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

38
27 44
JAM Project is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, Rock music

39
42 71
Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

40
7 11
Yuzu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

41
8 13
Gacharic Spin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added

42
40 70
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

43
21 37
Mari Hamada is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Music of Japan

44
0 1
Takanori Nishikawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rurkdee Saeloe added Synthpop, Rock music, Industrial rock

45
0 1
T.M.Revolution (Takanori Nishi... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists

46
61 110
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

47
5 11
Kazumasa Oda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Adult contemporary music, J-pop, Folk rock

48
6 13
Hey! Say! JUMP is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Irish May Dumayas added Pop music, J-pop, Boy band

49
33 62
Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
thenumber244 added Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Ballad

50
33 62
Mika Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music