Top 100 J-Pop Songs of 2009

27 12 2009

I don’t feel that 2009 has been a fantastic year music-wise for J-pop songs compared to 2008 but it was nice to see the debut of Stereopony, Jasmine and Michi. This is the rundown of my favorite 100 songs of the year. Most are singles but there are a couple of album tracks there as well. Some songs first came out in 2008 but continued to be in the charts in early 2009.

100 Kago Ai – No Hesitation
99 Kou Shibasaki – Lover Soul
98 Onmyouza – Aoki Dokugan
97 No Sleeves – Tane
96 Rock-A-Trench – My Sunshine
95 AKB48/Idoling!!! – Chuu Shiyouze
94 Watarirouka Hashiritai – Hatsukoi Dash
93 Scha Dara Parr feat Kaela Kimura – Hey!Hey!Alright
92 Nico Touches The Walls – Subeten o Omitachi e
91 Olivia – Sailing Free
90 Gackt – The Next Decade
89 Kaela Kimura – Banzai
88 Aya Matsuuri – Chocolate Damashi
87 AAA – Hide Away
86 Koda Kumi – 3 Splash
85 Etsuko Hatsuko – Kimi no Mama yori
84 Meg – Kittenish
83 Scandal – Sakura Goodbye
82 lecca – My Measure
81 Stereopony – I Do It
80 Greeeen – Setsuna
79 Chatmonchy – Last Love Letter
78 flumpool – Hoshi ni Negai wo
77 Ikimono Gakari – Futari
76 Denki Groove – The Words
75 Morning Musume – Shouganai Yume Oibito
74 Ayumi Hamasaki – Sunrise Sunset ~Love Is All~
73 Chihiro Onitsuka – X
72 Supercell – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
71 Meg – OK
70 AKB48 – 10nen Sakura
69 Ami Suzuki – Kiss Kiss Kiss
68 Namie Amuro – Fast Car
67 Morning Musume – Naichau Kamo
66 Arashi – Everything
65 Yuna Ito – Let It Go
64 marino – flavor
63 KAT-TUN – Rescue
62 Dreams Come True – Sono Saki E
61 Perfume – One Room Disco
60 Cherryblossom – Sakura Rock
59 Tokio – Taiyou to Sabaku no Bara
58 flumpool – Over The Rain
57 No Sleeves – Kiss no Ryousei
56 Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai
55 Miliyah Kato – Cry
54 Superfly – Koisuru Hitami wa Utsukushi
53 SWEET BLACK feat Maki Goto – Tear Drops
52 Back-On – Flyaway
51 M.O.V.E – Libido
50 Hangry & Angry – Sadistic Dance
49 Mano Erina – Otome no Ironi
48 Mai Kuraki – Puzzle/Revive
47 Elisa – Wonder Wind
46 Gackt – Journey Through The Decade
45 Jasmine – No More Cry
44 Scandal – Shoujo S
43 Ayumi Sakai – Konayuki
42 Gackt – Ghost
41 Sphere – Future Stream
40 SKE48 – Tsuyoki Mono Yo
39 Meisa Kuroki – SHOCK!~Unmei~
38 Double – Let It Go
37 AKB48 – Iiwake Maybe
36 Namie Amuro – Wild
35 Yamashita Tomohisa – Loveless
34 Buono! – Take It Easy
33 High Speed Boyz – Childhood’s End
32 EXILE – Futatsu no Kuchiburu
31 Tokyo Jihen – Noudouteki Sanpunkan
30 Dream – Perfect Girls
29 Juju – I Can Be Free
28 Buono! –
27 flipside – Only My Railgun
26 Koda Kumi x Misono – It’s All Love
25 Jasmine – Sad To Say
24 Scandal – Yumemiru Tsubasa
23 Sakurakou K-On! – Cagayake Girls
22 Stereopony – Namida no Mukou
21 Michi – Promise
20 Miliyah Kato – Love Forever
19 Kana Nishino – Motto
18 BREAKERZ – Love Fighter
17 Dreams Come True – Goodbye My School Days
16 Ayumi Hamasaki – Days
15 SWEET BLACK feat Maki Goto – Lady Rise
14 JuJu feat Spontania – Sunao ni Naretara
13 Acid Black Cherry – Nemure Hime
12 Shuchushin – Yowamushi Santa
11 Guardians 4 – Omakase Guardians

And the Top 10 goes like this:
10 The POSSIBLE – Shiawase no Katachi
9 Yuna Ito – Brand New World
8 Michi – Change The World
7 Sakurakou K-On! – Don’t Say Lazy
6 AKB48 – River
5 Ayaka Ikio – Spider Web
4 My Little Lover – Otono nai Sekai
3 EXILE – Fireworks
2 Big Bang – Koi wo Kikasete

And at no.1 is………………….
1 Moumoon – Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence no ai

Merry Christmas

24 12 2009

It’s nearly the big day so may I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas.

Coming up in the next couple of days will be a Top 100 J-pop songs of the year and which J-albums I enjoyed listening to in 2009.

Have a great day tomorrow folks.

C-ute – Shock! PV

22 12 2009

C-ute’s 16th single Shock! is out on the 6th of January 2010 and it’s shockingly bad to say the least. It has to be the weakest single they’ve released in a while. The intro had me thinking it was going to be a James Bond song (listen carefully and you’ll instantly recognise the Bond theme tune…..well I did anyway!). The PV is dull as well with Airi being pushed more and more to the front. It seems to me the rest are nothing more than backing singers. I still can’t get used to seeing Maimi with short hair (please grow your hair back!! The short hair doesn’t suit you at all!!).

AKB48 Handshake Event Incident

21 12 2009

There are reports in some of Japan’s tabloids today that an obsessed AB48 fan refused to let go of the hand of one of the girls during a handshake event yesterday in downtown Tokyo. I’m not too sure which one of the girls had to suffer this unfortunate incident but 2 members of staff on duty had to intervene and drag the fan away from her. According to one website it’s either Minami Minegishi, Asuka Kuramochi, Kana Kobayashi or Natsumi Matsubara. Whoever it was wasn’t physically injured although all 4 were shaken up by the whole thing. I wonder if this will have an adverse effect on this type of meet and greet? Could management stop this kind of event so that it won’t happen again? I doubt it as handshake events generate a lot of money for the group but no doubt security will be stepped up.

Trailer For AKB48’s New Drama

21 12 2009

A short trailer for AKB48’s new drama have just been released recently. It’s only 15 seconds long but it’s definitely whetted my appetite to see it. How cool does Yuko look with her gang walking behind her and Acchan kicking somebody’s ass. There’s bound to be more trailers appearing before the drama debuts so stay tuned.

J-Pop Top 200 Music PV’s Part 2

14 12 2009

As promised, here’s the rest of  Kngdhrts55’s Top 200 PV chart. The countdown continues from 100 down to 1:

Happy 4th Birthday AKB48

12 12 2009

December 8th marked the 4th birthday of super idol group AKB48.  Yes, it was on that day in 2005 in the theater on the 8th floor of the Don Quixote building that producer Akimoto unveiled his newest phenomenon of 20 girls who would form Team A. Of course that was just the start and 4 months later 18 other girls joined to make Team K and lastly in October 2006 the final piece of the puzzle (Team B) would be formed. Look how far they’ve come since that time. Targeting exclusively at first to the otaku population of Akihabara as ‘idols you can meet’ and evolving slightly over time they’ve now switched over to mainstream where their appeal goes right across the spectrum from young girls to otaku and foreign fans.  Not bowing to the ‘stay safe’ subject of songs that other idol groups stick to, producer Akimoto has not been afraid to tackle serious issues in AKB48 songs and long may that continue. To me when Morning Musume was getting increasingly stale after the resignation of my favorite member Mikitty, AKB48 was like a breath of fresh air and my fandom has only gotten stronger as I’ve watched the girls grow before my very eyes.  2009 has been an amazing year for them. Could 2010 be an even better one for them? We’ll find out.