Top 10 Japanese Singers Should Not Be Missed

Japanese music is divided into traditional music and popular music (often abbreviated as J-POP). Japan has the world’s largest physical music market, and its music creation and production level is also first-class in the world. I believe that many music lovers like Japanese songs! This post bring the top Japanese singers should not be missed. Just take a look at this list and look for your favorite!

1. Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru, born in Manhattan, New York, USA on January 19, 1983, Japanese female singer, lyricist, composer, music producer and radio host, nicknamed Hikki. In 1999, the first Japanese album *First Love* was released, with a cumulative sales volume of 7.65 million, which set a record for sales of Japanese and Asian albums. In 2010, Utada Hikaru announced her withdrawal from the music scene and released the selected album *Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2* in the same year. In 2016, Utada Hikaru officially returned to the music scene and released the 6th Japanese original album *Fantôme* in September. As a singer, Utada Hikaru take over the lyrics and composition of most of her own songs and began to arrange independently in 2004. As of 2010, Utada Hikaru’s total sales in Japan exceeded 38 million.

2. YUI

YUI is a female singer of Stardust Promotion. Japanese talented female singer YUI dreamed of becoming a singer since she was a child. After entering high school, she often sang on the street. The local music school listened to the recording of “LIFE” and invited her to join. YUI chose to leave college and go to the music school to learn guitar performance and composition. In March 2004, YUI participated in the SD trials held by Sony Music. On the morning of April 3, 2013, the Japanese men’s and women’s four-person band “FLOWER FLOWER” was officially announced.

3. Mai Kuraki

Mai Kuraki, born on October 28, 1982, is a Japanese female singer and lyricist, and the record company is NORTHERN MUSIC. In December 1999, the release single “Love, Day After Tomorrow” officially debuted in Japan. In 2000, the first album *Delicious Way* was released, which sold nearly 4 million copies and won the annual sales champion of the oricon. In 2004, the first selection of *Wish You The Best* was released, with sales of nearly one million. In 2009, the eighth album *Touch Me!* was released. In the first week, Mai won the weekly list of the oricon. In the same year, the 10th anniversary album *ALL MY BEST* also won the championship.


SEKAI NO OWARI is a band composed of 4 members including Fukase, Nakajin, Saori, and DJ Love. Members in the “club EARTH” created by themselves to carry out members training, music production and other work. Among the works so far, the lyricist is the lead singer Fukase, and the composer is Saori and Nakajin. In 2011, they officially debuted with the single “INORI”.

5. Aimer

Aimer, a Japanese female singer, officially debuted on September 7, 2011. The record company is DefSTAR Records of Sony Music Entertainment, Japan. In September, she moved to SME Records. The representative songs include “ninelie”, “Brave Shine”, “LAST STARDUST”, etc.

6. Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki, born on October 2, 1978, Japanese pop singer, songwriter, actor, model. In 1999, the first original album *A Song for xx* was released, becoming the first new female singer to sell more than a million copies. In 2001, with the single “Dearest”, Ayumi won the Golden Award at the 43rd Japan Record Awards. As of August 2017, Ayumi’s music works totaled more than 50.68 million in the oricon, ranking first in the Japanese female singer’s record sales list, and the holder of the Japanese female singer’s singles consecutive championship record.

7. miwa

miwa, born on June 15, 1990, she is a famous Japanese female singer and graduated from Keio University. After the birth, her family moved to Tokyo, so miwa grew up in Tokyo. The record company is Sony Records and the firm is Tristone Entertainment. miwa’s official fan group is “yaneura-no-neko”.

8. Hoshino Gen

Hoshino Gen, born on January 28, 1981, Japanese singer, actor and writer. The brokerage company belongs to Amuse. In 2010, the first solo album *Baka no Uta* was released. In 2015, he participated in the 66th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen.


ONE OK ROCK is a Japanese rock band that was founded in 2005 and officially debuted in 2007. With solid music foundation, the cutting-edge style and passionate on-the-spot performance have been firmly developed into a powerful group with outstanding status and sought after by fans around the world. The current members of the band include lead singer Taka, guitarist Toru, bassist Ryota, and drummer Tomoya.

10. back number

back number, the Japanese New Generation Orchestra is composed of three male musicians, including Iyori Shimizu, Kazuya Kojima and Hisashi Kurihara. The brokerage company is id entertainment. The record company is Universal Music Japan. On April 6, 2011, they debuted as the single “Hanabira”. With the lyrics of love, youth and other beautiful melody and rock-and-roll arrangement, they are highly praised.

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