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My pick!: Top 20 Jpop Songs of 2009 (Rank 1st to 10th)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hopefully you guys have been listening to the recommendations I've been making these few weeks, you won't believe the amount of time that go into these posts.

Continuing from last week, here's my pick for top 10 Jpop songs of 2009.

Number 10: Arashi - Ashita no Kioku

Arashi always did ballads well, and this one is no exception. With a strong melody and typical dramatic music, this one sounds surprisingly heartfelt and simple. It does not try to show off any of Arashi's vocals (not a good idea generally), so it's just easy on the ears. It may not be stellar singing, but hey, it's "real" enough to be good for me.

Number 9: Lead - Gira Gira Romantic

I loved this song from the first time I listened to it! Though I must say the PV was a tad creepy, what with all the young children involved. It's such a pity that Lead aren't more popular than they are, because they're so much more talented than most JE artists. Anyways, the song is mostly upbeat dance-bubblegum-pop with a tad of latin thrown in just for the sake of making it sound non-generic. Very very very infectious nonetheless.

Number 8: Shibutani Subaru, Nishikido Ryo, Ohkura Tadayoshi - Glorious

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought Kanjani 8 would attempt a ballad (ok well, they might have but I generally avoid them). Much less one that I would actually like.

You might need some time to get used to the Engrish in the song, but go read the lyrics, they're good (taking into account that it IS a Jpop song after all). Sentimental boyband stuff, with a good tune that ends off impressively. Might have ranked higher if other members of Kanjani 8 sang it, Subaru and Ryo do not possess the radio-friendliest of voices.

Number 7: Kobukuro - Niji

As much as you can depend on Arashi to give you a good pop song, you can depend on Kobukuro for the more acoustic-pop stuff. They may be old and not the best lookers, but they still have one of the best voices in the industry. You just can't go wrong with them. And the tons of strings involved should hint you to the grandeur of the song.

Number 6: Kato Shigeaki - Shalala Tambourine

I can imagine people singing this song in Karaokes and being drunk and just murdering the song in mad group yelling. Yes it's one of those kind. But you can be assured that it's fun, I mean, it involves a tambourine! We all know tambourines equals childish embarrassing-in-retrospect fun! WOOOOOOAH LA LA LA LA! Ahem.

Number 5: Perfume - One Room Disco

When this song first came out early this year, I was insanely ANNOYED by how the intro of the song sounded like some mental experiment to cause you seizures or something. But Perfume, with their robotic goodness eventually delivers with this fun, electronic dance track. Upbeat and strange seems to be what Perfume does best, and this song is testament to that. This song if sang in a normal voice might have belonged to the 80s - cheesy!

Number 4: Monkey Majik - Open Happiness

Fresh and different from the rest of Jpop, Monkey Majik manages to strike a balance between Japanese and English pop. It results in them sounding more mature than the rest of Jpop without being downright depressing (don't you guys feel the more "mature" artists in Jpop love emo songs?). If you've liked any of Monkey Majik's previous stuff, this one is sure to please you as well.

Number 3: Yokoyama Yuu, Yasuda Shota - Kicyu

I really don't know how to explain this song except that it is really really catchy. The chorus - such stuff should be labeled dangerous or something. A bit retro I guess, but wholly enjoyable in the way only Kanjani 8 can do.

Number 2: Ikimonogakari - YELL

Yet another group that never fails to impress me. Ikimonogakari are the professionals in tearjerkers and borderline emo music. I suppose this song was written for graduation or something, but regardless the beautiful tune with emotional singing combines to make for a sure cryfest. I get goosebumps listening to this all the time. You should too, otherwise you're really cold. And you boil puppies. *glares*

Number 1: AKB48 - Namida Surprise!

AKB48 is the new H!P, people should really start to just accept that. How is it that this group of girls churn out hit after hit after hit? A refreshing take on the traditional "Happy Birthday", this song is cute, sparkly and just so cheery that you can't help but be happy listening to this. THIS IS WHAT A YOUNG GIRL GROUP SHOULD SOUND LIKE H!P! Full of youth and fun and all the good stuff. I must admit that I sing this from time to time in a cutesy voice too, just because it is so addictive that way. But you didn't read that. Cough. (You might want to watch the PV for added effect. It's also features Ito Hideaki, who we all know is HOT, so that's a plus. :D)

All songs in this post can be downloaded using the link below!

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(Apparently someone found a need to hack into my private file before I made it public just to download it before this post was published. How impatient are you? LOL.)

Let me know what you think about the songs! I made reasonable effort to listen to a wide variety of songs to find what I really liked, so hopefully you'll like the list too!

(And next week, we start with the Kpop countdown! Excited yet? :D)

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