The N0 Bubblegum Edition
As time has gone on, I realised that my obsession with K-Pop and Korean music in general is not helping my Japanese Language skills. Therefore, I went in search of Japanese music that I would actually like. I write this with a small dose of sarcasm because, in my opinion, the majority of Japanese pop music is fluffy, bubblegum-popping electronic music with extremely high-pitched vocals layered on top. Don’t even get me started on Vocaloid. Now, if that’s your thing, have at it! It is not however my thing.
That said and out of the way, I can tell you what I do like about Japanese music: real bands. Japanese rock music(not Visual Kei, not pop-rock) is pretty damn good and if there is English involved…well now I can sing along too! Although this list may not be all of your favorites, and may well be very old bands/songs, but it’s what I like. Here’s my list of favorite Japanese artists to the date of this post.
Note: This list is not ordered by my personal favorites, but rather the approximate order in which I discovered each artist.
After watching their “Howling” music video I was hooked. I actually did not watch Darker than Black, the anime this song was an opening theme for, but I did fall in love with the anime style of the song.
Check it out here. (Sorry, if there is a way to embed, my poor Japanese skills missed it)
I realize that I just told you that I dislike electro music(or at least the bubblegum kind). UVERworld, however, is not bubblegummy, so I like their brand of electro-rock.
Check it out here.
Yet another exception to the rule, although I would consider Scandal a pop-rock group, this girl band knows how to rock and have their own swag when they do it. I approve-even though I can’t always enjoy the high-pitched singing.
Check it out here.
Introduced to me by a fellow Japan-lover and a person who knows a lot more Japanese than me, I got pretty excited when I liked this song.
Despite their recent breakup, still my favorite Japanese all-girl rock band. Check out some of my favorite songs:
6. Namie Amuro
I’m still trying to decide what songs of hers I actually like, but one thing I do like is her attitude. Strong girls rock!
Just like above, but I haven’t looked beyond this song at this point.
8. One OK Rock
I found them last, and ABSOLUTELY love One Ok Rock(1 o’clock). Expect a review in the future!
Those are my favorite Japanese rock bands thus far. What Japanese music do you listen to? Any recommendations?