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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top 100 songs which have influenced Japan (Music Station Ultra Fes 30th)

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Music Station held the Ultra Fes 30th on 19 September which was broadcast for 10 hours. During the programme, the show also featured a ranking of the top 100 songs which have influenced Japan over the years. Check out the list below to see if your favourites are in the top 100 and click on the links to watch the songs' music videos or live performances or sound clips. Unfortunately, due to the length of this list, I will only provide the video links up to No.40. There are some songs without official videos which could be due to the songs being too far back in time or the artistes do not upload their PVs online for some reason so there will be some songs in the top 40 without the video links.

Frankly speaking, I was surprised by a number of the entries here and some obvious omissions like SPEED's White Love, Utada Hikaru's First Love, Tsunami by Southern All Stars, KinKi Kids' Garasu no Shounen or FLOWER, V6's Change The World, TOKIO's Ambitious Japan, SMAP's Lion Heart or Dreams Come True's Love Love Love. It also looks as if each artist was "restricted" to one song only. I don't know for sure how these results were derived (sales or how much it was talked about?) but this ranking does seem odd in one way or another.

Note that the year which the song was released is indicated in the brackets:

1) Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana - SMAP (2003)
2) Ue wo muite arukou - Sakamoto Kyuu (1961)
3) Automatic - Utada Hikaru (1998)
4) Katte ni Sinbad - Southern All Stars (1978)
5) Let It Go ~ Ari no mama de - Matsu Takako / Elsa (2014)
6) Kawa no nagare you ni - Misora Hibari (1989)
7) Let It Be - The Beatles (1970)
8) Koi suru Fortune Cookie - AKB48 (2013)
9) Makenaide - ZARD (1993)
10) A.RA.SHI - Arashi (1999)

11) Ii hi tabidachi - Yamaguchi Momoe (1978)
12) Love Machine - Morning Musume (1999)
13) I LOVE YOU - Ozaki Yutaka (1983)
14) Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)
15) Sakurazaka - Fukuyama Masaharu (2000)
16) Eikou e no kakehashi - Yuzu (2004)
17) R.Y.U.S.E.I. - Sandaime J Soul Brothers (2014)
18) Tsukematsukeru - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (2012)
19) CAN YOU CELEBRATE? - Amuro Namie (1997)
20) Ringo no Uta - Namiki Michiko (1946)

21) Rydeen - YMO (1980)
22) Imagine - John Lennon (1977)
23) Rising Sun - EXILE (2013)
24) Jidai - Nakajima Miyuki (1975)
25) UFO - Pink Lady (1977)
26) Nando demo - DREAMS COME TRUE (2005)
27) Christmas Eve - Yamashita Tatsuro (1983)
28) Kurenai - X JAPAN (1989)
29) Okuru Kotoba - Kaientai (1979)
30) Kiseki - GReeeeN (2008)

31) Memeshikute - Golden Bomber (2009)
32) Sakura - Moriyama Naotaro (2003)
33) Arigatou - Ikimonogakari (2010)
34) RPG - Sekai no Owari (2013)
35) ultra soul - B'z (2001)
36) Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze - Takahashi Yoko (1995)
37) PERFECT HUMAN - RADIO FISH (2015)
38) Blue Chateau - Jackie Yoshikawa to Blue Comet (1967)
39) Tokyo Gorin Ondo - Minami Haruo (1963)
40) Robinson - Spitz (1995)

41) Diamond Head - The Ventures (1965)
42) Get Wild - TM Network (1987)
43) Polyrhythm - Perfume (2007)
44) Akai Sweet Pea - Matsuda Seiko (1982)
45) innocent world - Mr.Children (1994)
46) Kandagawa - Kaguyahime (1973)
47) HOWEVER - GLAY (1997)
48) Kekkon Shiyou - Yoshida Takuro (1972)
49) Kimi to itsumademo - Kayama Yuuzo (1965)
50) Nagoriyuki - Iruka (1975)

51) Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun! - Shimon Masato (1975)
52) Subaru - Tanimura Shinji (1980)
53) Haru yo, koi - Matsutoya Yumi (1994)
54) Koukou Sannensei - Funaki Kazuo (1963)
55) B.BLUE - BOOWY (1986)
56) Torisetsu - Nishino Kana (2015)
57) Tentai Kansoku - BUMP OF CHICKEN (2001)
58) Jupiter - Hirahara Ayaka (2003)
59) Senbonzakura - Hatsune Miku (2011)
60) Sen no Kaze ni natte - Akikawa Masafumi (2006)

61) Suudarabushi - Ueki Hitoshi (1961)
62) Umi no koe - Kiritani Kenta (2015)
63) Shounen Jidai - Inoue Yosui (1990)
64) Kaettekita Yopparai - The Folk Crusaders (1967)
65) Gimichoco!! - BABYMETAL (2014)
66) Hana no kubikazari  - The Tigers (1968)
67) Matsuri - Kitajima Saburo (1984)
68) Kanpai - Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi (1980)
69) DESIRE Jounetsu - Nakamori Akina (1986)
70) Rouningyou no Yakata - Seikima II (1986)

71) Gee - Girls Generation (2010)
72) LA LA LA LOVE SONG - Kubota Toshinobu (1996)
73) Linda Linda - THE BLUE HEARTS (1987)
74) Sakura - Kobukuro (2005)
75) Youkai Taiso Daiichi  - Dream5 (2014)
76) Tsubasa wo kudasai - Akai Tori (1971)
77) YOUNG MAN (Y.M.C.A) - Saijo Hideki (1979)
78) evolution - Hamasaki Ayumi (2001)
79) Sanbyaku Rokujuugoho no March - Suizenji Kiyoko (1968)
80) Kotoba ni dekinai - Oda Kazumasa (1982)

81) Ruby no Yubiwa - Terao Akira (1981)
82) Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence - Sakamoto Ryuichi (1983)
83) Giza Giza Heart no Komoriuta - Checkers (1983)
84) EZ DO DANCE - TRF (1993)
85) POKER FACE - Lady Gaga (2008)
86) Ai wa katsu - KAN (1990)
87) Odoru Bonbokorin - B.B. Queens (1990)
88) Donna toki mo - Makihara Noriyuki (1991)
89) Sailor fuku wo nugasanaide - Onyanko Club (1985)
90) Katte ni shiyagare - Sawada Kenji (1977)

91) Shimauta - THE BOOM (1993)
92) JAM - THE YELLOW MONKEY (1996)
93) Himawari no yakusoku - Hata Motohiro (2014)
94) Hanamizuki - Hitoto Yo (2004)
95) Wine Red no Kokoro - Anzen Chitai (1983)
96) DEPARTURES - globe (1996)
97) STORY - AI (2005)
98) Guts daze - Ul-fuls (1995)
99) Kanpaku Sengen - Sada Masashi (1979)
100) Nada Sousou - Natsukawa Rimi (2001)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your hard work as always!

#31 should be Memeshikute by Golden Bomber. (Though I think Nunushikute sounds just as a fun a song as could be. :D)

Chiaki said...

Hi, thank you for pointing out the mistake. I have amended the title accordingly. ^__^