My Prime J-Pop Songs countdown continues in its expanded format! We’ve acquired fifty of one of the best (largely idol) tracks Japan needed to provide, 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 Ok-pop, that is at all times a enjoyable countdown to compile.
It was a lop-sided 12 months for J-pop idoldom, with some businesses (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 gained’t be too shocking for long-time readers.
As at all times, I’ll warn that this checklist tends to be much more biased and targeted than my Ok-pop checklist. I merely don’t hear to each single J-pop launch in the best way that I do for Ok-pop. However track for track, I feel I truly favor these 50 tracks to the 50 Korean releases I wrote about final week. Hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites!
30. Stereo Dive Basis – Storyseeker
R・O・N’s music beneath his Stereo Dive Basis challenge is at all times huge and brash, but it surely’s hardly ever this dang funky. Storyseeker‘s refrain pulses with an addictively gentle groove and potent pop melody.
29. Naniwa Danshi – Naniwa’n Approach
I like songs that evoke the joy of setting out on an journey. The primary time I heard Naniwa’n Approach I assumed it was a bit… a lot. And, this hasn’t modified. However, that frantic power shortly established itself as a power, fueled by the group’s irresistible enthusiasm.
28. Fantastics – Drive Me Loopy
Fantastics had a stellar 2021, and Drive Me Loopy anchored their second full-length with bursts of funky rhythm guitar and bounding spirit. Yagi Yusei and Nakajima Sota lead the cost with their clean vocals, making this an upbeat summer time standout. (full evaluate)
27. Nissy – Do Do
Talking of summer time, it may be laborious to recapture the attraction of a summer time monitor within the useless of winter. Nissy’s Do Do is so strongly tied to the season, its hazy electronics and laidback melody conjuring scorching afternoons with the AC pumped up. (full evaluate)
26. Mia Regina – Fever Dreamer
I don’t usually dip my toes into the huge anisong world, however Fever Dreamer‘s excessive octane headrush captured my consideration instantly. That is my type of impossibly energetic J-pop, bursting on the seams with propulsive momentum.
25. Kis-My-Ft2 – Concern
Marking an evocative flip for Kisumai, the haunting Concern confidently joins the ranks of their unimaginable rock-oriented singles and b-sides. Paired with a stark, creepy video, the track good points full cost throughout its hypnotic refrain. (full evaluate)
24. King & Prince – Magic Contact
King & Prince did a wonderful job balancing traditional J-idol tropes with extra trendy, worldwide sounds this 12 months. The English-language Magic Contact slots proper into the latter class, standing as their most hip-hop oriented single but. It’s such an earworm.
23. Watwing – With You
The little-known Watwing scratched my itch for vivid boy group fare, providing the infectious, synth-kissed energy pop of With You. The track consists of three distinct segments, every of which is full-realized and supremely catchy. Ok-pop followers will like this one.
22. Snow Man – Secret Contact
One half of a double-OST for drama Kieta Hatsukoi, Snow Man’s Secret Contact is evocative and gorgeously composed. Its traditional melodies sneak up on you, anchored by a lush — but understated — refrain. It seems this versatile group is simply as profitable with mid-tempos as they’re hard-hitting dance tracks. (full evaluate)
21. Horny Zone – Proper Subsequent To You
Celebrating their tenth anniversary with a classy garage-influenced dance track, Horny Zone took a really trendy method with Proper Subsequent To You. Its herky-jerky rhythms and assured efficiency supplied the bottom for his or her slickest choreography but. (full evaluate)
20. Voyz Boy – Galaxy
Making a terrific pair with that Horny Zone track, the far-less-known Voyz Boy absolutely captured my consideration with the pounding depth of Galaxy. It’s very Ok-pop in execution, however thrives on a collection of catchy hooks that go with the thumping percussion. (full evaluate)
19. King & Prince – Namae Oshiete
Collaborating with 90’s legend Babyface (!), King & Prince performed to their strengths with the cool sentimentality of Namae Oshiete. The track could really feel overly tacky at first, however its refrain will occupy your mind for months. The luxurious backing vocals are attractive, particularly as we attain the track’s climax. (full evaluate)
18. w-inds. – Strip
It appears like so many J-pop acts have been celebrating anniversaries this 12 months, however at twenty years since their debut w-inds. have all of the youthful teams beat. Strip kicks off a brand new period with panache, grooving alongside a sticky bassline and disco strings. It’s a strong argument for his or her continued relevance. (full evaluate)
17. Snow Man – Evolution
Selling Snow Man’s glorious first album, this stormer of a dance monitor funnels their depth right into a collection of clobbering synth and concussive beats. The fellows stand on the core of the aural whirlwind, bending it to their will by means of sheer power of character. (full evaluate)
16. Sakurazaka46 – Useless Finish
From the second Useless Finish‘s hulking brass riff hits, you recognize Sakurazaka46 are out for blood. The track grabs you by the collar and sends you spiraling by means of its unrelenting collection of highly effective peaks. The ladies assault the monitor, their voices cast collectively in overwhelming vogue. (full evaluate)
15. IMPACTors – Prime Of The World
IMPACTors have been solely revealed on the finish of 2020. They haven’t even debuted but. But when the turbo-charged Prime Of The World is any indication, they’ve acquired years of nice music forward of them. I’ll at all times be a sucker for these rock-themed pop tracks, their near-operatic melodies carried out with gusto. (full evaluate)
14. Horny Zone – Let’s Music
Whereas Horny Zone’s 2021 output didn’t try something as transcendent as final 12 months’s Run, I’m more than pleased to listen to them have a little bit of free, funky enjoyable. Let’s Music is a ridiculously pleasurable throwback, powered by hearty brass and an ebullient refrain that completely slaps. (full evaluate)
13. SPYAIR – Wadachi
SPYAIR’s Wadachi is the type of chugging sing-along that simply makes you are feeling wonderful. It has such a “go, get ’em!” power, bounding alongside a sprightly rhythm because it climbs towards its anthemic, multi-part refrain. Music may be such a mood-lifter, and this track is assured to do exactly that.
12. L’Arc-en-Ciel – ミライ (Mirai)
Rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel have been round for many years, and have lengthy surpassed legendary standing throughout the Japanese music trade. Their sound isn’t at all times for me, however Mirai is a knock-your-socks-off stunner. It’s one of the highly effective 2021 songs in any style, with Hyde’s stirring vocals capturing it to the stratosphere.
11. Snow Man – Whats up Whats up
Whats up Whats up is undoubtedly Snow Man’s “brightest” single up to now, and that method permits for concentrate on candy pop melodies that turn into the right match for his or her quirky allure. Eminently hummable, the monitor’s icy strings and genial beat make method for a sturdy refrain that will simply be the catchiest factor on this complete countdown. (full evaluate)