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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. (183 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
One Ok Rock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
3
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Derrick Deane added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Electronic music
4
YUI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop
5
Wagakki Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
DanBejarano added Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock
7
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
indiepop added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music
8
X Japan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Huy Tang added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
9
Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
10
Hikaru Utada is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Rock music
11
Ringo Sheena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hayley Weber added Hip hop music, Rock music, Kayōkyoku
12
DOLL$BOXX is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
David Makinster added
13
Flow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
14
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Drea Mar added Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog
15
UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music
16
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock
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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
18
Porno Graffitti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop
19
King Gnu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
leetanaka18 added Mixture Rock
20
B'z is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
pman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
21
Yutaka Ozaki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Music of Japan
22
Arashi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music
23
Spitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Rock music, J-pop, Power pop
24
Ling Tosite Sigure is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
Justcaleb added Shoegazing, Emo, Alternative rock
25
Mai Kuraki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Music Artists
otakuyune added Pop music, J-pop, Contemporary R&B