K-pop has taken over a huge faction of the world today, proving that pursuing music might not be as bad an idea as you might have thought. Every day, new professions that were once considered unconventional and low-income-fetching are rising in demand. Among these, songwriting and singing are two professions that are proving to be very profitable, besides being an easy way to earn fame. People of different languages and cultures are reaching out and trying new songs of various other languages. Rising in the ranks of popular songs are those sung by Japanese artists with musical creations either for movie or anime scores. Here are the Top 10 Popular Japanese Singers.
Official Hige Dandism fondly referred to as Higedan, consisting of members Masaki Matsuura, Satoshi Fujihara, Makoto Narazaki, and Daisuke Ozasa is best known for pop hits like Pretender and their album Traveller. This Japanese pop idol group has received several accolades including the Best Artist of the Year Japan at the Apple Music awards.
2. Kenshi Yonezu
Initially, a Vocaloid musician under the alias Hachi, Kenshi is the mastermind behind hit songs like Paprika, Uchiage Hanabi, Loser, and Orion He is also one of the five winners of the 62nd Japan Record Special Achievement Award. His single "Machigaisagashi" won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Pop Video.
Yorushika is a Japanese rock duo composed of Suis, a vocalist, and N-buna, a former Vocaloid music producer. They have never revealed their faces to the public, and yet have received several accolades like Space Shower Music Awards Best Pop Artist and have provided ending theme songs for movies like Disney's Lucas and A Whisker Away.
Aimyon debuted with Anata Kaibou Junaika (Shine), a release that rose to the Oricon Indies top ten charts. Aimyon was born on March 6, 1995. Her song Naked Heart won Best Video of the Year and Best Video of the Year. Her single Kimi wa Rock wo Kikanai won the Grand Prix at the FM Q League Awards.
Dish is a dancing rock band famous for several hits including I can Hear, Freak Show, and Neko. This group comprises members Daichi, Masaki, Takumi, and To-i. Some of their notable works include "No.1", the opening theme song of the fifth season of popular anime series My Hero Academia, and also "shout it out", the Japanese dub theme song of the film Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
6. Ayumi Hamasaki
Dubbed the best-selling Japanese solo artist of all time, she is also the only artist to have had a number one album every year since her debut, consecutively for 13 years. During the peak of her career, Ayumi was known as the "Empress of J-pop" due to her tremendous popularity in Asia.
This pop icon is a South Korean girl group that has released several J-Pop albums like Perfect World and &TWICE. This group is considered to be more popular in Japan than its native Korea. Its "J-Line" consists of members Mina, Sana, and Momo who are Japanese.
8. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kiriko Takemura is a Japanese decora icon best known for her singles Fashion Monster, PONPONPON and Candy Candy, which were all shortlisted within the top 10 on the Oricon charts. She was Vogue Japan's Woman Of the year in 2012 and is also the recipient of the 2014 Barbie Award.
This popular girl group is one of the biggest selling musical acts of Japan with concept or "sister" groups based in other Asian countries like Thailand and China. Their hit singles include Teacher Teacher, Manatsu no Sounds Good! and Everyday, Katyusha among others.
10. Utada Hikaru
Keiko Fuji, often referred to as Utada or her stage alias Cubic U, debuted with megahit single First Love, an Oricon chart-topper for six weeks, which was dubbed Japan's bestselling album of all time. She has released several popular singles like Time Will Tell, Movin' On Without You, and Automatic.