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

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Perfume is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added Perfume Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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

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141 123
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
DanBejarano added Scandal Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hikaru Utada Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

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

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Flow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Flow Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Asian Kung-Fu Generation Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Ikimono-gakari J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

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

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Spitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Spitz Rock music, J-pop, Power pop

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79 95
UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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100 124
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Arashi Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

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Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Stereopony Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

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Yutaka Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Yutaka Ozaki Music of Japan

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LOUDNESS is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
LOUDNESS Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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DOLL$BOXX is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added Doll$boxx

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Zard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Zard Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added One Ok Rock Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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36 46
Tomoko Kawase is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Tomoko Kawase Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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38 49
The Brilliant Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
The Brilliant Green Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

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44 60
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Porno Graffitti Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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48 69
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Namie Amuro Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Eurobeat

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35 49
Princess Princess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Princess Princess Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
yoshimatsusky added AKB48 Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop - Labrador RetrieverBillboard Japan Music AwardsHot 100 Single Sales of the Year

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Gacharic Spin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added Gacharic Spin

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Sid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Sid Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Yuzu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Yuzu Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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B'z is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pman added B'z Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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JAM Project is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
JAM Project Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, Rock music

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Off Cource is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Off Cource

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Kazumasa Oda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Kazumasa Oda Adult contemporary music, J-pop, Folk rock

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Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Puffy AmiYumi Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

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

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Rimi Natsukawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Rimi Natsukawa Folk music, J-pop, Enka

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Fumiya Fujii is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Fumiya Fujii J-pop

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Tatsuro Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Tatsuro Yamashita Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Momoe Yamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Guest_95ee4449-2a32-4f89-9525-75dc1307d381 added Momoe Yamaguchi

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Mari Hamada is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Mari Hamada Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Music of Japan

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miwa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added miwa Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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36 61
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Kana Nishino Pop music, J-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Do As Infinity Ska, Rock music, J-pop

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Mika Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Mika Nakashima Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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30 52
Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
thenumber244 added Morning Musume Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Ballad

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35 61
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Nightmare Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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32 56
Bump of Chicken is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Bump of Chicken Rock music, J-pop, Alternative rock

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39 68
Aqua Timez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Aqua Timez Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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35 62
Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Orange Range Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Drea Mar added L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog