The High 50 J-Pop Songs of 2021: 10-1

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Top 50 J-Pop Songs of 2021

My High J-Pop Songs countdown continues in its expanded format! We’ve received fifty of the most effective (principally idol) tracks Japan needed to supply, with many nice decisions relegated to the honorable mentions. As a result of I don’t write about all of those songs the best way I do for Okay-pop, that is at all times a enjoyable countdown to compile.

It was a lop-sided 12 months for J-pop idoldom, with some companies (Johnny’s) completely proudly owning my playlists and others (LDH) having a extra modest string of releases. You’ll see a pair names pop up usually, which received’t be too stunning for long-time readers.

As at all times, I’ll warn that this checklist tends to be much more biased and targeted than my Okay-pop checklist. I merely don’t hear to each single J-pop launch in the best way that I do for Okay-pop. However track for track, I feel I really choose these 50 tracks to the 50 Korean releases I wrote about final week. Hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites!

SONGS 50-31
SONGS 30-11

2021 YEAR-END MASTERPOST


10. King & Prince – Beating Hearts


Following the disco-funk development, King & Prince elevate the style with the punchy Beating Hearts. The track seems like an extravaganza — beneficiant with melody and exuberant brass. It’s additionally residence to my favourite English-language phrase salad of the 12 months. Simply check out these superb highlights:

“Ah, kindle to the dominion!
Gonna be liked!”

“Child, why!? can you are feeling my horny sugar?
Enemy comes, yeah”

(full evaluate)


9. Miyavi – New Gravity

Miyavi climbs into the highest ten by doing what he does greatest: providing a blistering rock monitor powered by layers of distorted guitar and a beat that strikes at breakneck pace. New Gravity‘s refrain is completely realized, flooding out with anthemic depth. (full evaluate)


8. Daichi Miura – Backwards

I’ve been ready years for Daichi Miura to return with a sound that adopted his epic 2018 single Be Myself. Backwards isn’t fairly pretty much as good (few issues are), however its hypnotic synth loops and stretched melodies make for a deliriously satisfying effort. (full evaluate)


7. Snow Man – Grandeur

Snow Man turned up the depth for the clobbering Grandeur. Its hooks transfer a mile a minute, pushed alongside by an intense dance beat that includes parts of electro swing and abrasive EDM breakdowns. Initially, it was a bit a lot for me. However, that towering refrain has solely confirmed extra addictive with age. (full evaluate)


6. Fantastics – Cease For Nothing

As you’ve most likely gathered via the years, I’m an enormous fan of energetic “you are able to do it!” pop tracks. Fantastics wrap their motivational message in a hard-hitting dance-funk instrumental, culminating in a blistering guitar solo that sends the monitor off on a excessive. (full evaluate)


5. King & Prince – 恋降る月夜に君想ふ (On The Moonlit Night time, When You Fall In Love)

King & Prince’s music went via many iterations this 12 months, however my favourite monitor hearkens again to their stellar debut Cinderella Woman. On The Moonlit Night time, When You Fall In Love is pure idol cheese, bolstered by a unbelievable melody that twists and turns with a way of fairy story magic. Simply attempt to lodge that refrain out of your mind. (full evaluate)


4. Kami Wa Saikoro Wo Furanai – Meguru Meguru


I’m dishonest just a little bit with this one because it has no official music video. However, the (region-blocked) lyric video may nearly qualify, and the track was a CM for TikTok (of all issues!). Regardless of the case, Meguru Meguru is absolute magic. It’s the precise kind of surging energy pop I stay for, propelled by a stunning melody that makes it really feel like the entire world is at your fingertips. (full evaluate)


3. Snow Man – Snow World

First launched method again in January 2020, Snow World gained a music video this September to advertise the discharge of the group’s first full album.

If Snow Man starred in a TV sitcom (they need to) and it had a gap theme track (it will), Snow World can be the right match. Its throwback pop-rock instrumental echoes basic tunes by teams like The Monkees, however the bounding vitality is all Snow Man. Its insistent shot of positivity is the ‘drop every little thing and dance’ second in a film musical, the place the entire city instantly reveals a stunning knack for selecting up disco fingers and run-in-place choreography.

I imply, is there something higher than that refrain? It simply blooms and blooms and blooms till you’re smiling ear to ear.


2. Naniwa Danshi – Ubu Love

There’s a sure magic that units Japanese idol pop aside. You both love or hate it, however as soon as a track like Ubu Love has you in its grip there’s no trying again.

Achingly melodic, the monitor swoops and soars (when it’s not poking and chuckling), fueled by an earnest efficiency that absolutely sells the goofy razzle dazzle on show. Johnny’s teams excel at delivering this distinct model of fizzy headrush, and Ubu Love stands as an extremely efficient instance. Pair it with drama Kieta Hatsukoi for max enchantment.

I can’t wait to see what Naniwa Danshi provide you with all through the rest of their debut 12 months. (full evaluate)


1. JO1 – Born To Be Wild

For the second 12 months in a row, J-pop is accountable for my favourite track of 2021. Born To Be Wild is such a rush. I nearly really feel responsible selecting it as my best choice because it’s primarily a Okay-pop monitor (composed by Korean writers) carried out in Japanese. However, the track is simply too good to disregard.

Born To Be Wild is a conveyor belt of highlights. Even its predictable second-verse drop-out manages to appeal (and longtime readers will know the way a lot I complain about second-verse drop-outs!). However, it’s the ultra-rhythmic opening vocal hook that steals the present. This composition feels so alive and potent, racing ahead with a assured sense of goal.

In fact, Born To Be Wild‘s highly effective refrain is not any slouch both. After a breathless construct, the monitor swerves right into a two-part hook. It strikes from brisk and breezy to forcing and dominant. Like my favourite Okay-pop single of the 12 months, Born To Be Wild takes you on an amusement park journey with out leaving a second to catch your breath. By the point every little thing comes collectively for its show-stopping climax, the track has already cemented its legendary standing. (full evaluate)

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