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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. (177 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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94 16
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
One Ok Rock Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

3
188 126
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added Perfume Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Electronic music

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246 179
YUI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

5
165 147
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
DanBejarano added Scandal Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

6
124 119
Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Asian Kung-Fu Generation Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

7
76 71
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

8
80 76
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hikaru Utada Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

9
114 117
Flow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Flow Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

10
145 156
the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
52 50
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

12
94 108
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Ikimono-gakari J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

13
90 106
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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105 134
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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53 62
Spitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Spitz Rock music, J-pop, Power pop

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62 80
Stereopony is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Stereopony Rock music, Garage rock, Pop rock

17
53 67
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Porno Graffitti Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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31 35
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Drea Mar added L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

19
46 57
Yutaka Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Yutaka Ozaki Music of Japan

20
43 57
Zard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Zard Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

21
10 8
B'z is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pman added B'z Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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57 81
Sid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Sid Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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35 47
LOUDNESS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
LOUDNESS Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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39 55
Tomoko Kawase is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Tomoko Kawase Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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11 12
DOLL$BOXX is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added Doll$boxx

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40 59
The Brilliant Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
The Brilliant Green Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

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114 180
AKB48 is listed (or ranked) 27 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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52 80
Namie Amuro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Namie Amuro Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Eurobeat

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25 38
Ken Hirai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pyriel2 added Ken Hirai Pop music, J-pop, Rhythm and blues

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47 75
Aqua Timez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Aqua Timez Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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37 59
Princess Princess is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Princess Princess Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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34 54
Do As Infinity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Do As Infinity Ska, Rock music, J-pop

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7 9
Yuzu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Yuzu Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

34
32 51
Puffy AmiYumi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Puffy AmiYumi Pop punk, Ska punk, Rock music

35
39 63
Bump of Chicken is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Bump of Chicken Rock music, J-pop, Alternative rock

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41 67
Kana Nishino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Kana Nishino Pop music, J-pop, Contemporary R&B

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45 74
miwa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added miwa Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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25 42
JAM Project is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
JAM Project Pop music, Music in Japanese animation, Rock music

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7 12
Gacharic Spin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added Gacharic Spin

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40 70
Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Orange Range Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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20 35
Mari Hamada is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Mari Hamada Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Music of Japan

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5 9
Kazumasa Oda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Kazumasa Oda Adult contemporary music, J-pop, Folk rock

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38 69
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Nightmare Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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1 3
Wagakki Band is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added Wagakki Band

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32 59
Mika Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Mika Nakashima Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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58 108
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Big Bang Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music

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3 8
Rimi Natsukawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rimi Natsukawa Folk music, J-pop, Enka

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11 23
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
hqabcd123 added Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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24 47
High and Mighty Color is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
High and Mighty Color Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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31 60
Morning Musume is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
thenumber244 added Morning Musume Girl group, Bubblegum pop, Ballad