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What Are The Best J Pop Songs?

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Annika Hope


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Have you heard of J-pop and want to find out the best J-pop songs to listen to right now? Then we have the best article for you, as we will be discussing all things J-pop and a little bit of the history of the genre of music

What Is J-pop?

J-pop (Japanese Pop) is a musical genre that originated in Japan and although it started to gain popularity in the 1960s, it hit the mainstream in the 1990s. Today it has millions of fans all over the world. It is a combination of traditional Japanese music and Western pop music. It is characterized by its catchy melodies, upbeat rhythms, and its use of synthesizers. J-pop has been a major influence on the Japanese music industry and has become popular in other countries as well.

Who Was The First J-pop Artist?

The first J-pop artist is considered to be the singer/songwriter Kyu Sakamoto, who released his debut single “Ue o Muite Arukō” (“I Look Up When I Walk”) in 1961. The song was an instant hit, reaching number one on the Japanese charts and selling over 13 million copies worldwide. It is still considered one of the most iconic J-pop songs of all time.

J-pop is popular because it is a unique blend of traditional Japanese music and modern pop music. Its catchy melodies, upbeat rhythms, and vibrant visuals make it a fun and exciting genre that appeals to a wide variety of listeners. Additionally, J-pop has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the success of popular artists such as AKB48, Perfume, and Babymetal. Additionally, the genre has seen a resurgence in popularity due to the rise of K-pop in the global music scene.

What Are The Best J-pop Songs?

The best J-pop songs of 2023 will depend on what is popular at the time. Some popular artists in the J-pop genre include the following;

1. “Lemon” by Kenshi Yonezu

2. “Koi” by Gen Hoshino

3. “Mikazuki” by Superfly

4. “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie” by AKB48

5. “Kiseki” by GReeeeN

6. “Kimi no Na wa” by Radwimps

7. “Kaze ni Naru” by Maaya Sakamoto

8. “Let It Go” by May J.

9. “Yozora no Muko” by Mr.Children

10. “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” by supercell

What Is The Audience Demographic For J-pop?

The audience demographic for J-Pop is primarily young people between the ages of 15 and 30, although the genre has become increasingly popular with people of all ages. J-Pop has also become increasingly popular with international audiences, particularly in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

Closing Thoughts

Do you agree with our list, and are there others that we have missed? 

The future of J-pop looks bright. With the increasing popularity of K-pop, there is a growing interest in J-pop as well. As the music industry continues to evolve, J-pop is likely to become more popular and accessible to a wider audience. Additionally, more artists are likely to emerge in the genre, creating a more diverse and vibrant music scene. 


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