Japan Top 10 is now an official affiliate with CD Japan! If you like any of the songs listed here, then we would greatly appreciate it if you click on these links and buy the official CD from them! They are a 100% official website to get music goods from Japan and record sales from their site are tabulated onto the Oricon Charts! They have very reasonable prices for shipping and all prices for their goods are set at standard prices that are listed on the CD (or any other product you purchase). Many other sites that sell goods to foreigners either have very expensive shipping costs or raise the prices of products from the standard price set by the record companies. CD Japan does not have any of these cash grabbing techniques! So if you like any of these songs, we highly recommend you guys to purchase the song!
Japan Top10がCD Japanと正式に提携しました！こちらで気に入った曲は是非CD JapanでCDをご購入ください。CD Japanは公式ウェブサイトで、このサイトからの購入はオリコンチャートに反映されます。送料も安く、商品価格も正規価格です。他のサイトは送料・商品価格共に高額となっている場合がありますので、ご注意ください。
We update with 10 new J-Pop songs once each month, on the day first day of each month.
If you like it, then we recommend you guys to listen to it a bit more and if you still like it, please click the CD Japan link and consider purchasing the CD. Hey, hint hint, special bonuses like posters are often given out in first editions, so don’t wait too long! CD Japan offers great bonuses to first edition CD’s! For songs that are only released digitally, we’ll still link you guys to the song’s iTunes or Recochoku page.
RSS feed for our song reviews can be found at: https://jtop10.mymti.org/category/j-pop-song-reviews/feed
1. 平井 堅- 知らないんでしょ?
Eric’s thoughts: This number has a mournful, jazzy feel to it. Ken’s voice is still on point, add an emotion depth to the song that other artists may not have. The abrupt end leaves a dramatic note hanging in the air for the listener to think about and absorb. 8/10
2. 水樹奈々- BLUE ROSE
Eric’s thoughts: The opening accordion adds a nice old European touch to this song. It’s use, as well as the string section, gives the song an almost Gothic feel. The shifting rhythms and dynamic vocals add an emotional and dramatic punch. 7/10
The Museum III [CD+Blu-ray]
3. 宇多田ヒカル- Play A Love Song
Eric’s thoughts: I’m always happy to hear that Utada has a new song out. She balances lyrics that can on the bittersweet side beautifully with more upbeat music. This particular song is about one half of a couple asking the other to not focus on the troubles that they may have, as the good times and the love that they share are ultimately what they will want to remember. 8/10
4. UVERworld- ODD FUTURE
Eric’s thoughts: This song, the season 3 OP for Boku no Hero Academia, never lets you sink your teeth too far into any one specific sound before they alter or add a new twist on the preceding sample. The vocals follow this trend, ranging from autotuned pop to a more rhythmic almost hip hop style. It rounds out with a nice little saxophone solo at the end. 6/10
ODD FUTURE [Limited Pressing / Anime Ver.]
5. ゲスの極み乙女。- もう切ないとは言わせない
Eric’s thoughts: I love this groups use of arrangement and audio mix to bring the most out of all the instruments. The band displays their musical maturity through the thoughtful and progressive rhythm and style changes throughout the song, changing from pop to rock to a great jazzy breakdown towards the end. 9/10
Tatakatte Shimauyo [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]
Gesu no Kiwami Otome.
6. HUSKING BEE – 夜と霧の中で
Eric’s thoughts: Husking Bee’s brand of eearly 90’s alt rock is fully on display here. Fans of bands like Eastern Youth or American groups like Jimmy Eat World will definitely find joy in the interweaving guitar work of playful punchy rhythms. 7/10
Lacrima / Husking Bee
7. FES☆TIVE – 大和撫子サンライズ
Eric’s thoughts: The group uses the seemingly current trend of thrash metal guitar riffs with dance pop beats, but not in a way that feels original. A rather forgettable song for me. 3/10
Yamatonadeshiko Sunrise [Type A]
8. Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas – Treasure in Your Hands
Eric’s thoughts: The group from Kobe are ready to take you through a electro metal wonderland. Everything from the drums to the auto tuned vocals are tinged with technology and turned up to eleven. They have a small hardcore breakdown, but rather than dwell in the aggressive, they bring back the energy to the forefront of the song. It’s the music equivalent of playing Dance Dance Revolution in the middle of a mosh pit. 6/10
Greedy [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]
Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
9. Sawagi – City Bounce (Rock Star Solo Mix)
Eric’s thoughts: Sawagi is a band that you can tell genuinely enjoy performing together. What could be a run of the mill guitar solo piece sidesteps a lot of the traps that are inherent in the genre. Instead of shining a solitary spotlight on Kannon, the guitarist in question, the band happily takes advantage of the ‘bounce’ that gives the song it’s title. And while Kannon does shred some great licks, he also good about finding and exploiting the rhythm of the song to great effect. 7/10
10. LADYBABY – ホシノナイソラ
Eric’s thoughts: Ladybaby are back with a vengeance! This song kicks off and doesn’t let up with some great speed metal drumming and metalcore vocals from one of the three new members, Emily Arima. The band has certainly regained some of the focus that they’ve been missing as of late, delivering a tune that will certainly speak to those of us that remember listening to bands like Dragonforce. And for those missing Ladybeard, it’s been confirmed that he will be appearing on a future B-Side release. 7/10
Hoshi no Nai Sora [Regular Edition]