Top 10 Best Ever Japanese Music Albums

Do you know what Japanese people choose as the best Japanese albums?
They are albums, some of which are already known worldwide, and some of which are not.

The following rankings were derived from a point-by-point aggregation of multiple rankings created in Japan about the best albums in Japanese music history.

Source: Top 10 Japanese music albums selected by Japanese people (in Japanese)

I will only introduce the rankings here, and I will write a commentary articles about each album later.

#1 “Kazemachi Roman” by Happy End (1971)

Legendary band that paved the way for rock music in Japan.

For more information about this album, see:
Recommended Japanese Albums #1: “Kazemachi Roman” by Happy End

 

#2 “Kuchu Camp” by Fishmans (1996)

Band that gained worldwide recognition on RateYourMusic.

For more information about this album, see:
Recommended Japanese Albums #2: “Kuchu Camp” by Fishmans

 

#3 “THE BLUE HEARTS” by THE BLUE HEARTS (1987)

Best punk band in Japan.

Link to the Youtube video

 

#4 “Hikouki Gumo” by Yumi Arai (1971)

Japanese singer-songwriter, popularly known as "Yumin" in Japan.

 

#5 “A LONG VACATION” by Eiichi Ohtaki (1981)

The originator of J-Pop Music.

 

#6 “SOLID STATE SURVIVOR” by Yellow Magic Orchestra (1979)

Techno band with Ryuichi Sakamoto.

 

#7 “Hollow Me/Beautiful” by Yura Yura Teikoku (2007)

Japanese rock band representing the 1990s and beyond.

For more information about this album, see:
Recommended Japanese Albums #7: ”Hollow Me/Beautiful” by Yura Yura Teikoku

 

#8 “SONGS” by SUGAR BABE (1975)

The band that featured the popular city pop singer Tatsuro Yamashita.

Link to track 1 “Down Town” YouTube Video

For more information about this album, see:
Recommended Japanese Albums #8: “Songs” by Sugar Babe

 

#9 “FANTASMA” by Cornelius (1997)

An artistic musician who is a friend of Beck's.

 

#10 “Kurofune” by Sadistic Mika Band (1974)

This is the work of a Japanese rock band produced by Chris Thomas.