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Top 10 Japanese Artists

Discussion in 'Music Department' started by Son_Pan, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. Son_Pan

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    i know there is a thread about favorite artists, but this is about ranking them in your point of view and stuff like that.

    so, yup, just post your top 10, and give a short explaination about why you picked your number 1 choice.

    it will be awhile to rank my favs, so i'll post mine later. but for now, go ahead peoples!

    edit: it can be anything from j-pop to j-rock, or whatever, and musical composers such as Yoko Kanno and Nobuo Uematsu can be included!
     
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  2. mow

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    1 - Yoko Kanno, Nobuto, Joe Hisaishi

    I dont think I need to explain myself :p

    2 - Nujabes

    Brilliant, brilliant, brillaint. This man is a genius. With such a unique hiphop production style and soft mellow beats. He simply rocks

    3 - Mono

    Japanese Post-rock band, What a suprise it was to find that. Im glad to find that not all of Japan is stuck in generic J-rock/J-pop

    4 - World's Best Girlfriend

    ^ same reasons as Mono

    5 - xinlisupreme

    As hardcore a noise band can get. These lads are magnificent.
     
  3. sunshine and gasoline

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    I've done some research and I have found out that they are called World's End Girlfriend. I've been trying to get my hands on one of their albums for months now, no succes.

    On topic, don't know many japanese bands, except for those moe mentioned, and I agree with him.
     
  4. explicitkarma

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    Cowboy Bebop wouldn't be the same without them. Brilliant music.


    I don't really know that many Japanese bands/artists to rank, but i'll try.

    1. Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop soundtrack)
    2. Koji Kondo (Mario/Zelda music composer)
    3. Sambomaster (5th Naruto Opening, Awesome Musicianship)
    4. Tsueno Imahori (Trigun soundtrack)
    5. Toshiro Masuda (Naruto soundtrack)
    6. The Pillows (FLCL soundtrack)
    7. Jun Ishikawa, Dan Miyakawa (Kirby Superstar soundtrack)
    8. Mong Hang (A Japanese band from New York. Very strange jazz-funk punk.)
    9. Pez Stomp (Japanese Girl/Ska band)
    10. Keiichi Suzuki (Earthbound soundtrack)
     
  5. Efraim Longstocking

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    Don't know many... but these are the favorites of those I know

    1. X-Japan (or plainly X in japan)
    Really, really good metal band. Yoshiki's piano ballads are the best but they have a few good pure metal songs as ''Scars''. ''Tears'' is my favorite though. Yoshiki is one of my favorite composers and drumers.

    2. Melt Banana
    My favorite noise rock band. Earns this spot as my second favorite due to their shows with Mr.Bungle...

    3. Orange Range
    Really like the soundtrack to Bleach

    4. meister
    Had two songs on the soundtrack to Beck.
    On his album he worked with artists like Escobar among others. I've tried to get his album. PM me if you have it, please!

    5. Loudness
    One of the few japanese bands to get recognition outside Japan in the 80's.

    6. Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    7. Beat Crusaders

    Can't think of more favs right now
     
  6. Catatonik

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    Sigh
    Melt Banana
    The Boredoms
    Nobuo
    Mono
    Malice Mizer


    Are all that pop to mind at the moment

    But all of the above are brilliant
     
  7. shikon

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    ... i dunno about top japanese artists.. but i find Utada Hikaru and Toshiru Masuda are pretty good.
    First Love by Utada Hikaru is to die for! i love it to hell!^^
     
  8. Twizted

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    1) Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series)
    2) Faye Wong (Eyes on Me etc.)
    3) Utada Hikaru
    4) Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    5) Toshiro Masuda
    6) Yoko Kanno
    7) Koji Kondo (MARIO!!!!)
    8) The Pillows (FLCL)
    9) Stance Punks
    10) Kimura Yumi (Spirited Away etc.)
     
  9. Miss CCV

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    So far I'm only familiar with Pizzicato Five, Ayumi Hamasaki, L'arc En Ciel, and Dir En Grey. I'll d/l other ones that were mentioned in this thread already.
     
  10. me_is_david

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    1. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
    2. Rie Fu
    3. BoA
    4. Nami Tamaki
    5. Fiction Junction YUUKA
    6. Hitomi Shimatani
    7. Namie Amuro
    8. melody
    9. Every Little Thing
    10. L'Arc~en~Ciel

    1. I love this group, even though they only have 3 singles, I like all of them. OVER and RUN RUN RUN were so good, PRIDE was nice also. Planning to buy their album when they come out with one.

    2. She is so good lol. I love her first album and her single. decay, Life is like a Boat and I Wanna Go To A Place... are nice =)

    3. Surprised no one said this, but I love her Japanese songs. Her korean songs are alright but her Japanese ones are alot better. I have every single one of her albums. Korean and Japanese.

    4. Her music is good too. Although its similar to most I still like it. Her 1st and 2nd album are good.

    5. Love the music, its got a despressing/sad feel to it haha. I duno I like those =)

    6. Her music is nice too, got fast and slow songs both very nice.

    7. She's been out since forever. From her "Body Feels Exit" song to "WANT ME WANT ME" its all been good.

    8. She is good too although I don't have much from her, what I have is nice.

    9. I started running out of ppl I listened to alot so I put this group in. The 3 or so songs I have of them and their accoustic album. I like them all.

    10. They are just pretty good. I haven't heard much of them but I know they are really popular and I also ran out of anyone else to put.

    Gotta admit though, if it wasn't for anime the only ones I would be listening to are BoA, Namie Amuro and melody
     
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  11. The 6th

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    Faye Wong is Chinese.
     
  12. Twizted

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    You are correct sir, but she sings alot of Japanese songs, and is multilingual.
     
  13. Meijin

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    Damo Suzuki, vocalist of Can.

    Only one I can think of right now that hasn't been mentioned.
     
  14. BakaKage

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    i'll just name my faves coz i don't know a lot of Japanese bands
    1. Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy series
    2. Yoko Kanno - Cowboy Bebop
    3. Tomoyasu Hotei - Composer on the Kill Bill Soundtrack and other Japanese flicks like Samurai Fiction
    4 & 5 Noriyuki Asakura & Taku Iwasaki - Rurouni Kenshin OST
     
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    Moe, could you possible send me some Mono and World's Best Girlfriend stuff? Much appreciated, man.
     
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    1) TM Revolution

    Bouncy, fun, and happy - unoriginal maybe, but I can't help but love everything he does. ^_^

    2) X Japan
    3) Gackt
    4) Dir En Grey
    5) Tokyo Jihen
    6) Rie Fu
    7) High and Mighty Colour
    8) See Saw
    9) Orange Range
    10) Asian Kung-Fu Generation
     
  17. Miyoko

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    1. Ayumi Hamasaki
    2. Utadu Hikaru
    3. Namie Amuro
    4. L'arc~En~Ciel
    5. Gackt
    6. BoA
    7. Shiina Ringo
    8. Koda Kumi
    9. Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    10. Keiko Matsui

    1. Amazing artist.. I love everyone one of her songs, her voice is unique and she's extremely beautiful. Great J-Pop Queen. ^________^

    2. Utada Hikaru... hmm first time I heard her album I was like wtf. But then I heard more of her songs and listened to them more often and I just love her voice and original music. I love Sakura Drops, First Love, her album Exodus is amazing... keep listening to it, it gets better.

    3. I love Namie Amuro's RnB feel to her songs.... very modernized and I'm glad Japan's not painted with one strip of Pop and Rock. Her music has a lot of western influences but keeps that Japanese flavour in it...

    4. LARUKU!! The thing that attacted me to this band was Hyde's vocals.. I absolutely love it. I love how alternative rocky and raw his voice sounds, like alotta the bands here in London... especially in the song "Honey".

    5. Gackt-sama... man he's a great artist. I prefer his soft pretty songs rather than the whole rock electronic stuff. Kimi ni Aitakute, Mizerable and that amazing collab with Hyde with "Orenji no Taiyou" are great songs. ^________^

    6. I first heard BoA through K-Pop... hehe I kinda prefer her Korean songs but she's great at Japanese too. One of my favs is ID; Peace B... hehe but I love it better in Korean. I like the fact she can project her voice powerfully when she wants to... like in the duet with Koda Kumi.

    7. Shiina Ringo is a unique japanese artist with a unique voice. Her songs are so original and you can just TELL it's Shiina Ringo on the song when you hear it. I love her music, great J-Rock artist.

    8. Koda Kumi... I love most of her songs, she's very beautiful. Hehe, guys... you would love her music videos. Uhm... Ku's songs are very catchy and enjoyable. Her voice is very distinguishable and her music videos... are awesome lol... but a bit raunchy lol. I loved her song "Cutie Honey" and all the stuff she did for FFX.

    9. I love their songs and vocals. Ever since Haruka Kanata... hehehe addicted to their music... can listen to em over and over.

    10. Keiko Matsui composes AWESOME songs. Seriously... just listening to her play the piano just relaxes me totally. If you love smooth songs, you need Keiko.

    Hmm... thats about my favourites.... but there's much more awesome japanese artists rising.... [well ones I've just heard of]... Crystal Kay is quite good... ^^v

    Okay theres my two cents... bye bye.
     
  18. Pods

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    go to the


    forum and register. there, you can download a lot of chinese, japanese, and korean music. its a must have site
     
  19. cloin

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    Not too familiar with Japanese bands, but Ruins is one of the best bands I've ever heard. They changed my life. Sigh is good as well.
     
  20. Iwonn

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    1.Gackt
    2.X- Japan
    3.L~arc en Ciel
    4.Yoko Kano
    5.Ayumi Hamasaki
    6.The Pillows
    7.Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    8.Dir en Grey
    9.Utada Hikaru
    10.Orange Range
     
  21. Kucheeky Badkuya

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    Not in any order

    All of the artists on the Champloo OST
    Rhymester
    Gackt- only two songs, the two songs he did in New Fist.
    Asian Kung Fu Generation
     
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    I don't listen to much Japanese music, but from the ones I've heard:
    X Japan
    Orange Range
    Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    Plastic Tree (anyone heard of them? -.-)
     
  24. killkenada

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    Anybody got anything by Laughin' nose?
    Ive got the odd one or two songs, but i cant seem to get anymore
     
  25. Yatto

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    well my favourites are:
    not in order........
    -asian kungfu generation,
    -the pillows,
    -Puffy AmiYumi,
    -kagrra,
    -thee michelle gun elephant,
    -the brilliant green,
    -shakalabbits,
    -do as infinity

    by the way, can anyone find me Puffy AmiYumi's 'Red Swing' and 'Toku Suru Karada' lyrics. i've been searching for it but couldn't find it. if anyone can find it, please PM me.
     
  26. canza

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    1. Utada Hikaru
    2. Utada Hikaru
    3. Utada Hikaru
    4. Utada Hikaru
    5. Utada Hikaru
    6. Utada Hikaru
    7. Utada Hikaru
    8. Utada Hikaru
    9. Utada Hikaru
    10. Utada Hikaru

    lol if only you allowed more than 10 :laugh
     
  27. Sumoni

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    1. Ayumi Hamasaki: She's my fav. jpop artist. Beautiful, silly, creative, and a unique voice. Fav Song: Hanabi

    2. Utada Hikaru: I love the english/japanese thrown into her music. Plus her songs are easy for me to sing along to. Fav Song: Simple & Clean

    3. Ai Otsuka:Mmm...I'm not sure how I first found her. By accident I think. But she is an amazing singer. Not to mention very cute. Fav Song. Shanbondama

    4. Asian KungFu Generation- Discovered them on the AZN channel. Rewrite was the first song I heard by them and I loved it. Ever since then I've been a fan. Fav. Song: Kimi to iu Hana

    5. Yoko Kanno: If this was a composer only list she'd be at the top. She is a genius, I didn't notice at first when I bought my anime OSTs that nmost of them had Yoko's name. Fav. OST: Wolf's Rain

    6.BoA: mmm...not so much now as before. She was the first asian artist I ever got into. I was looking up Inuyasha and watched one of her videos. But her new stuff isn't as great as her old. Fav. Song: Every Heart

    7:Origa: Mmm....okay, okay she's not japanese But she does sing some japanese music and is friends with Yoko Kanno. Fav. Song: Inner Universe

    8.Kotoko: mmm...I can't find much about her. But I can't stop lisetneing to this song I found by her. Fav. Song: Wing My Way

    9. The pillows: I love tem so much. Yes, since FLCL, but that's how most ppl found out about them, yeah? Fav. Song: One Life

    10. Crystal Kay: Gotta give it up for the blasian singer. She's pretty and has a wonderful voice. Fav. Song: Candy
     
  28. Dao

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    not in any order..

    Ayumi Hamasaki

    Maaya Sakamoto

    Yoko Kanno

    L'Arc~en~Ciel

    Glay

    Asian Kung-fu Generation

    Utada Hikaru

    Rina Aiuchi

    Do As Infinity

    Chemistry.


    well that's my list
     
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    -Utada Hikaru (she's my all time favorite! :glomp)
    -Koda Kumi
    -Nami Tamaki


    there are probably some more i just can't remember them... :kkbook
     
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    In no Order:

    Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    Dir~En~Grey
    Larc~en~ciel
    Psycho Le Cemu
    The Back Horn
    Bomb Factory
    The Pillows
    Nujabe's (Samurai Champloo OST is all i have)



    If anyone has any good bittorent sites for j-rock, besides j-pop suki. Please, Please, Please PM me. Please.
     
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