Best Japanese Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Gazette
The most professional modern rock band what I've ever heard. They're fantastic. Very very good musicians, and they're the BEST band for me. I had a lots of impression of them to make my own music /I'm rock-musician too/
The GazettE is by far my favorite band simply because their music touches me and moves me. they have the ability of making me happy, accompanying me when I'm sad, cooling down my anger and just being fun to rock out to. It's the combination of vocals and instrumental that make the songs so touching. Every member is so talented. Uruha's and Aoi's guitar, Reita's bass, Ruki's voice and Kai's drums are just awesome. Their lives are always amazing and prove their talent and dedication to what they create and do.
The GazettE will be the band that every kid in japan will look up to, like how they did when X-japan or luna sea was together. They simply have every variation of music, from rock to metal to alternative metal and rock and of course BALLADS too. They are so awesome I will still listen to them until I get married...
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2X Japan
X Japan does somethings other bands can't.
They actually HELP people, their lyrics touch our hearts.
They disbanded 1997 and came back. Why?
Because not only are they the gods of J-rock and Visual Kei, They love what they do. And we can hear it. :)
We are X.
Forever.
X Japan has changed my life completely last 20 years. They showed me 'The dream WILL come true, if you try very hard' YOSHIKI never betray me. How long take it, once he said so, he will do. 20 years ago, YOSHIKI said he wanted to go to the world. 20 years on, he is now conquering the world. As I'm Japanese, I'm really proud of X Japan. They are loved all over the world now.
I can't imagine my life without their songs. I'm a fan of X-Japan since 8-9 years and their songs are the best medicine for my sadnes. This year is unique, because I was at X-Japan's gig in Berlin. I must say that it was the best day in my life! And... how couldn't love Yoshiki?
We are X! Now, tomorrow, forever.
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3L'Arc~en~Ciel
you are the best l'arc en ciel...

you are my inspiration..

never die l'arc en ciel...
I just love them! I love every single of their songs. Each of the member have their own specialty and getting it all together resulting a very great and beautiful tone. Their music gives the same feeling when we see a rainbow on the sky, so beautiful, warm heart, comforting, and... Majestic! They are just the best! Simply the best!
L'Arc en Ciel is the first band I've ever admire since I'm a child and I will never stop listening to them. their music have its own style and I love all of their songs. I always get crazy when I saw them on TV.

Laruku! Never stop composing new songs! I wish to hear more great songs from L'Arc en Ciel! HYDE! TETSU! KEN! YUKI! YAMENAIDE KUDASAI YO!
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4SCANDAL
SCANDAL Must be the first, SCANDAL have the fastest guitarist girl ever, the beat is impressive, all of them is Beautiful, Kawaii, Moe I'll always supporting SCANDAL, keep up the good work girls, I'll always waiting for you Mami chan
SCANDAL may not be the #1 Rock Band, but they're definitely the #1 All-girl Rock Band! They had it all---Talent, Looks, Attitude---and they're still improving! And the combination of Haru's and Tomo's voices is just so amazing! I'm so looking forward to what these girls can do in the future.
Scandal is the most powerful girlband! They must be the first. Other than that, their songs was really great and awesome just like them! So COOL! And take note! All of them were GIRLS!
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5Dir en grey
I love Kyo's voice, it's great! And I find their music special. No other j-rock band doesn't have similar style.
"I think that we have the courage to do what the others are scared to. I mean, musically we go beyond the format established elsewhere. Our visuals and videos are meticulous, outrageous and grotesque. The whole identity of the band is unique. This is our strength. We motivate each other, the idea is to grow together, develop together, and continue to inspire each other with what we each bring to the band. It's definitely a plus. Also, most of the bands try to be friendly to the people, to the media ; this is not our case. We are not here to please anybody and we have the courage to do what we want to do in every level. " - Die

Need to say anything else?
I've followed them for over 12 years and have not gotten bored of their music. They really know how to reinvent themselves and keep their fans interested.
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6One Ok Rock
One OK Rock... One of the best, yet underrated J-Rock bands (most likely because of the ever growing emo VKs). Because of their many different genres of emo, metal, rock, and sometimes a mix of all three, you'll never get tired of this band. This is seriously the first band in which I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of their songs. So, if you haven't heard them before and want to know which song is best to try out? ALL OF THEM. From "Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer" to "Naihi Shinsho" you'll never get tired of One OK Rock!
If you want to know the meaning of the word "rock", listen to One Ok Rock!
there's no band which can vary in types of melody in their songs like theys do
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7Versailles
Beautiful. Visual. Elegant. Skillful. Everything that contributes to an amazing band is seen with Versailles, even now that they have a new member they are still going and reaching new limits. Soon they will rule above most and when that day comes and it will, it will because of their musical skill and artistry. They will be on top one day!
Definitely deserves #1; these guys will go down in J-Rock history, if you can even classify their music in that genre. Kamijo's vocals are outstanding, Hizaki and Teru's solo leave me speechless. Seriously these guys are so underrated.
Versailles must be the First! They're simply perfect. The Visual Kei are based on lyrics, ero guru, the costumes and overreality videos, and Versailles is more completly and their sound is like the GODS. The Versailles music expresses all you wanted to hear all your life. I love the Visual Kei and Power Metal, my favorites of all genres I listen and Versailles is a combination o both and more, and their customes reflect the greatness and superiority, when the members are like kids and have good heart. X JAPAN must be the second, but Versailles is the new generation and a young band with excesive tallent an charism above these other bands 'cause in Japan are very commercial. WE ARE VERSAILLES!
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8Girugamesh
I just love their music, and would love to see them in concert one day.. Satoshi, Nii, Ryo, and Shuu are absolutely awesome. I would hate to see them disband. GO Girugamesh ~!
I love girugamesh so so much. I can't ever get bored of them. That is why I can't come up of any idea would explain why the hell they are at the bottom of top 20. I bet you think the same as I do: girugamesh deserves in much higher placement for who they R. I know many fan stop follow them because they are disappointed of girugamesh new music style, but please do reconsider like how I did. Their music isn't just metal but always develops in unexpectedly great sound. The fact that each member getting older but they keep renewing their music like it was freshly made. They aren't outstanding like how they used to be in those old glory days(2005-2009) but still unique as ever. They are never perfect like the other bands that were voted that to be on top but nonstop working hard, also putting effort and soul into what they do, made them loveable and highly appreciated by us. Moreover, they hold unremarkably impressive lives both in Japan and all over the world. Not only that, their attitude towards fans and other artists/bands shows how well they understand their position. For girugamesh to take pride in themselves, they have already been on top. I am grateful to anyone that would read this comment then becomes more considerate towards girugamesh. We love girugamesh.
They are very Strong metal band. If you are into fast hard, melodic singing and hard guitar work. You should check them out.
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9Alice Nine
Alice Nine should be no.1! Some bands don't deserve to be higher than alice nine! Try playing "the last empire", "shunkatshuutou", "blue planet" and "kousai"... And also "akatsuki" then reconsider...

I love this band very much! Shou's voice is so beautiful! The lyrics are meaningful and touched my heart. Hiroto & Tora & Saga are talented on compose and I love Nao's drumbeat! All of them are talented! I love them very much
"They are definitely a band that is unique from the rest. They have a classical visual kei look and more rhythmic songs. Good catchy music and all are very HANDSOME!
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10SID
I like there music, it sounds great... Just follow what you see about SID, you'll love theme and there music, my heart... can't hide the emotion when I hear any song of SID! I love Mao's voice, so sweet like candy~ ^_^ Anyway, SID is the best Jrock Band in my life...
Mao's voice is the best! I believe he really puts soul into his music. Also he's so hot :3 I LOVE THEM! I can tell Mao really cares for his band members, and when I was watching the concert on youtube, they all seemed to be having fun making the music they were singing and playing. Which is important to me when doing stuff like that. You gotta love what you are doing to make it good. And they do that. They aren't just good they are epically awesome!
the best music ever! SID is my favorite band ever!
and Shinji is so handsomee
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The Contenders

11UVERworld
I just LOVE them, I can't explain it. They don't give me a headache like L'Arc~en~Ciel and Dir en Grey give me. They're just AWESOME! I can listen to them all the time and not get tired of them. They have such a great variety of songs that I just enjoy listening to them all the time.

UVERworld FOR THE WIN!
yes I can listen to UVERworld songs at least a hundred times in a row!
I don't know much about UVERworld but they have the most number of songs here in my playlist above all of these j-rock bands. All I can say is I love their music and I support them!
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12Nightmare
I FREAKING LOVE THIS BAND! I GOT HOOKED TO THEM AFTER I HEARD THEM IN DEATH NOTE OMG I LOVE THEM
This is a band that I feel is slightly underrated in the VK world. Their style has evolved much since their indies day and is more polished in terms of musical skills and performance.
They're the best band in the world in my opinion. I really love them and their music, they experiment with a lot of different styles and every one of them are amazing.
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13Asian Kung-Fu Generation
I have every single songs they have made and they are so great. This band is the only thing I could listen to all day. Their albums is not all the same or one thing but they are all different in a way that no other band could do. The point is that this band you should consider yourself listening to because their lyrics are amazing but not only that the instrument is phenomenal, everything in their songs combine so effectively.
Great, Asian Kung-Fu Generation... A great band, with addictive music
the most amazing band in the world is ajikan. the first time listening to them you will already be addictive to their music. Awesome are their concerts played with an additional orchestra.
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14SuG
I like SuG's uniqueness with the pop styles they add into some of their more recent songs. Their positive rock approach is a breath of fresh air from all the darker j-rock bands
I believe SuG is a very amazing band no matter how many diffrent people they will have in this band the imagionation is this band is outstanding! Cause who doesn't love a band that is very creative? Haha
They are the happiest and cutest jrock band I have ever seen. Different from others jrock bands which always have darker image, they always have bright and colorful image. They always have happy songs with positive meaning, like 'Toy Soldier', which we will feel happy when we listen to it. Others than happy songs, they also compose some songs like 'misora', you will touch by this song when you listen to it. They always work hard and they care for their fans. They are the best jrock band I have ever seen and listen.
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15D'erspairs Ray
Forever the greatest band ever.. I miss them so terribly much, but I honestly really can't wait for the day of their comeback! I hope I'm not gonna die from happiness, that'd be really sad, ne? Their music gives me hope, strength, cheers me up and takes my anger away.. I've met the greatest people thanks to this band and they've saved my life so many times.. That a simple 'thank you' will never be good enough. Their music deserves to be appreciated more, plus they sound unbelievably AMAZING live. Hearing Hizumi's voice makes you tremble and shiver, makes you want to go insane and forget about everything.. Seeing Karyu fulfilling his dream as he plays the guitar, going all insane on the stage makes me feel alive.. Watching Zero with his pervy amazing smile, asking from audience for more noise makes me want to jump out of my skin and just give them my all.. Scream my heart out.. And hearing and watching Tsukasa playing drums makes my hear beat so fast I think it's going to tear itself out of my chest.. I wish I could experience this all again.. I believe in D'espairsRay. Thank you for your nearly 12 years..
They are the greatest japanese rock band I've ever heard. From their very early songs to their newest, they show an extraordinary array of talent. Although I myself prefer their older songs, their new ones are just as good. They produce songs that make you just want to bang your head and/or dance around.. Their songs are just so good. Their songs will give you goosebumps and make you cry tears of awesomeness and sometimes sadness (read the translation to 'Yami ni Furu Kiskei') or perhaps even laugh due to the perverseness demonstrated in their lyrics (see the bridge near the end of 'In Vain'). Their songs can also take you to another world. I recommend everyone listen to their albums Coll:Set, Mirror & BORN (EP? ) - you won't be sorry!

Sadly, they have disbanded due to problems with Hizumi's throat but I will wait for their return.
it is simply, their music is for everyone who love rock with little metal sound, you will love and adore HIZUMI's voice and their whole sound, I know a lot of jrock bands, in past I was thinking they was only ordinary japanese rock band, but now I understand they are the best... try it... you can't be disappointed trust me
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16An Cafe
I love them so much they totally should be #1 everr!
I mean have you ever hear their songs? they're amazing no matter what!
vote vote vote vote fot AN CAFE!
I love them! An Cafe is my favorite band. I love Bou & Miku but I miss Bou so much. I hope that An Cafe will come back soon.
Awesomely catchy tunes with great musicianship all round (shout out to Kanon, who's a beast on bass), as well as some seriously talented songwriting ability.
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17Lm.C
LM. C is my favourite Japanese band no doubt. Not only is the music great and catchy, but their lyrics are also surprisingly deep and ambiguous. I think prime examples of this are "little Fat Man boy" and "CHEMICAL KING-TWOON", with the former being a historically conscious song told from the perspective of a pacifistic atomic bomb (the clever use of allegories and symbols is what really makes it so great to me) and the latter the description of a man's journey to himself, his hardships and struggling filled with references to Buddhism and spirituality.

I thoroughly enjoy the musical side as well. Maya's voice is a very pleasant sound to the ear and he is rather versatile in the styles of vocal he adopts - low, grim recitations ("OH MY JULIET. "), high pitched, emotional ballads ("88", "Yellow Beauty"), even rapping ("Rock the LM. C", "SUPER DUPER GALAXY") - and he definitely doesn't disappoint in any of them. Aiji's guitar work is amazing and the solo in "Hoshi no Arika" is my personal favourite among them all. The use of other instruments is rather skillful as well. In general their music is always something different. With many other Japanese bands I get the impression that I've been listening to the same song with a few tweaks... This doesn't happen at all in LM. C's case. Each of their songs is very unique and they're always experimenting with new stuff.

Their songs are usually positive and upbeat and they try to convey an optimistic message. Their music is an excellent listen after a difficult day or when experiencing stress. I found they helped me relax and filled me with happiness when I most needed it. This is pretty much why I think they're such and excellent band and deserve to be at least in the top ten here.
Kya! Love you LM.C! When I see MAYA and aiji my heart is beating fast! My 1st song I heard by LM.C is BOYS AND GIRLS 2nd is PUNKY HEART! Love you LM.C!
Because they're amazing. I can't belive they weren't even on this list until I requested it. They are oustanding. Boys and girls, 88, John, and Galileo are my personal favorites.

Floppypanda

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18Flow
FLOW are a popular modern Jrock band, theyre cool, fun and have a good mixture of crazy fun to kickass awesome songs

sheila101

they are the best band that I heard to play good music with funny antics!
Love these guys I could listen to them all day. I sometimes do!
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19Stereo Pony
Ever since Hitohira no Hanabira was used as a Bleach ending song, it had caught my heart and I easily fell in love with the music. Upon finding out about the band which was StereoPony, it was only a matter of hours or probably minutes when I found myself overwhelmed with extreme curiosity about them.
The members - AIMI, SHIHO and NOHANA are great. They make their own music and lyrics and had gone to other countries performing their songs. They had various collaborations with other artists like YUI.
AIMI has a powerful voice and at times cute, along with a talent concerning her instrument. NOHANA is very energetic and SHIHO plays the drums so well, I think I'm having a girl crush on her (for a long long long time now actually).
I can only support them with everything I've got and I hope for the best for this wonderful band. Their music demands more listeners and appreciation and I, for one would not want to miss any of their beats.
StePo forever!

Stereopony is the only Japanese band that Speaks to me... I really liked their lyrical wise and musical wise. I could really Relate to their songs when I'm angry or happy or trying something new, their song will always be there for me... If you're sad Listen to Hoshikuzu Kandelaar or Everything OK and more... If you're Happy, simply Happy A And there's much much more! And trying something new, with the "GO! GO! GO! " In OKAMI will really makes you go and do it... So Stereopony's the best band and you can relate too.. They are cute and Rock on the Same time..
Stereopony has amazing songs, they have a superb vocalist, an amazing bassist and a very talented drummer! The girls have a style that's unique yet when they collaborate they create new magic! Go STEREOPONY!
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20Royz
Royz is an amazing band! They're quite new, but everyone should really give them a chance! Their music combines a nice mixture of techno and rock. They deserve to get into top 10!
Neo visual kei band I love all song of royz. Amazing band
Royz get my vote as they are an up and coming band who are going from strength to strength. Though not yet as 'big' some bands like the GazettE they have the potention to go that far, I look forward to seeing what they do next
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21Maximum The Hormone
MTH is so underrated and from what I can see, there isn't a logical reason for it. Even though I can, YOU DO NOT need to know Japanese if you want to rock out and dance to their songs. There first two EPs, Shine and Ootori had English songs and they rocked. Although everyone mostly knows the Buiikikaesu album, I'd say 99 percent of all their songs are awesome (excluding Kyokatsu...). It's 2013 and they've got a new album, Yoshu Fukushu. This ablum outdid the hardcore awesomeness of Buiikikaesu and has seven notable songs that top all the rest, such as Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta, Mesubuta no ketsu ni binta KICK mo, Suwomints Hockelereiro Mifeho, A.L.I.E.N., (F), of course, maximum the hormone, theme song, Chu2 the beam, and Beauty Colosseum. Uehara-chan is fantastic on bass, everyone loves Daisuke-hans screaming, Nao's excellent and shockingly awesome voice and Ryo-kun himself shredding and singing on guitar and mike. MTH is uber-fantastic, has awesome shreds, screams, and hilariously inappropriate songs like Chuu Chuu Lovely, my girl, tsume tsume tsume, (and on the new album, the final song is an ode to beautiful SPERM! ), that any REAL music fan should listen to.
Maximum the Hormone is amazing! Dir en Grey was my favorite band. And then came along the MAX! I love how everyone in the band sings. Daisuke-kun with his screaming, Maximum the Ryo with his awesome guitar playing and melodic vocals (sometimes funny sounding too! ) Newo with her metal drumming and her "pop" sounding vocals and (my personal favorite) ue-chan with his crazy god-like bass playing and he does sing every now and then. They are just so fun to listen to. This is the one band that I can head bang to and smile about! The other bands on the list are good too but Maximum the Hormone just influenced me to make music too!
MTH is just godly... I mean... If you blend Pantera, Tool, Red Hot Chile Peppers and System of a Down... You end up with Maximum The Hormone. They mix Metal, Rock, Punk and Alternative to make you become a slave of their mind-blowing music. Daisuke-Han is insanely hyper with his strong screaming vocals. Ryo is great at shredding guitar and sings most of the chorus and softer vocals. Ue-Chan is the Japanese Flea! He is INSANELY good at bass! Nao is one of my favorite drummers... She's good AND hot! And she even sings a lot in 90% of their songs as well! Everyone in the band is just so talented! I can't pick a favorite because they are all AWESOME! And they are original, name a band that is nearly identical. Considering they have a lot of change ups meaning they don't just do a verse and chorus through the whole song. They don't do the visual kei
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22Luna Sea
If Luna Sea is not in the top ten in this list... this list is stupid. I love X Japan but c'mon there style never evolve (Dhalia: 1997 album containing singles from 1993 and the sound of this album nothing out of the ordinary)(Still would put them around the 3rd position), The Gazette: Its awesome that this guys have crossover to the US but that is about it. Nightmare, SID and SKIN are you serious... c'mon fanboy you can do better then this. Janne Da Arc: awesome guitarist but I haven't heard something worth putting in top ten. Never heard of UVEworld. Laruku first stuff was out of this world but their latest album have been half ass work (I still would put them in top ten). Dir en grey and Asian Kung Fu I agree in the spot they are. As for Luna Sea I would rate them number one and let the music do the talking (forget what they look like and diva attitudes, jut listen to the music)
I'm sorry, but a list based on fanboy/fangirlism tends to be rather ridiculous. LUNA SEA #27? You have got to be kidding! When J says that there is no band like LUNA SEA, sometimes he tends to sound rather arrogant, but I don't mind. The man can back those words up. LUNA SEA is a band where ALL FIVE MEMBERS are independent of each other. This is a band in which each member can do very well without the others. Each one stands with so much strength on his own and with a completely different style from the other. When those independent, different styles come together, they transform each others' works to result in something beyond what one would have presented on his own. I keep reading about the other bands "Each member is so talented. " What happens when each member leaves the band? ALL MEMBERS OF LUNA SEA have already put that to the test AND HAVE SUCCEEDED (proof that they do not need each other to succeed because each one can easily do it on his own)! I still have to hear that about other bands. Each individual member's growth helped this band grow. It has been copied by others (heck, early L'Arc~en~Ciel was like a copy of LUNA SEA! Hyde totally copied the long haired, drunken sounding Ryuichi! Tetsu was like a copy of Sugizo. Young ken had a bit of J in his look. Even hyde mentioned going to Tokyo and watching LUNA SEA during the early Laruku days. ) but has never been equaled. This band deserves to occupy the top spot.
What? No. 27? You must be kidding me. Have people simply never heard of this amazing J-rock legend or are most people that vote just some random anime fanboys and fangirls that only listen to anime theme songs?

Luna Sea is a very influential band, their music is unique and they are all very talented indeed (if you watch their live DVDs you will know what I mean). They always sound perfect live with amazing technique that often surpasses their CDs. You never hear Ryuichi sound bad live (as opposed to Hyde from L'arc en ciel), and Sugizo's guitar technique is world class! Not to mention Shinya's drumming technique which blends well with the songs, with a strong sense of rhythm yet difficult drum beats, as well as Inoran's unique arpeggios.

I strongly recommend this band for those of you who have never heard of their music, especially now that they are finally reunited to produce more music! I really look forward to their upcoming original album in 13 years which I hope will be released this year (2013)!
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23Screw
Screw is in my opinion one of the best jrock bands out there and they are quite underrated, they put a lot of effort into everything they do to please their fans and their music is awesome &
I don't know why but I always love their music. I really love how they compose songs. It always full of emotion. Also, I really really love their ballads! Their rock ballads are the best in my opinion. My favorite always be "Shirayuki to Mau".
They are simple the aggressive mix with beauty.. Screw is awesome! They are great musicians and always make a wild show! For me, Screw is the best band in japan! I hope more people can find Screw and enjoy their music!
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24hide w/ Spread Beaver
Hide's solo projects were amazing, given that it wasn't like the work he did with X Japan but it had to be the most successful out of all the other members solo projects. His guitar playing is truly unique and even today people still remember him as a Legend
Hide rocked! It's a shame he passed, talented musicians always seem to die young... I like hide because I've never heard guitar the way he played it and he was such a unique individual with his vocal style as well as his appearance. Pink Spider~
Hide (since he did not capitalize his name) was and always will be the best rocker for me. He was caring and amazing and his voice was just awesome. Hide, though gone now, will never, ever be forgotten because he is the best there is. He even had a museum built for him. Hide will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my music player.
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25Aqua Timez
A lot of Animes have their opening or ending songs singed by them.
They truly do have great tunes and the singer have an OUTSTANDING voice.
I love their songs. The lyrics are very interesting and Futoshi's voice is rather unique and stand out a lot. Though, they need to improve when it comes to singing live.
Great songs!.. I really love his voice.. The first time I heard they songs, that was actually different than other.. 'cause if we look from the meaning of lyric, it's so deep.. I really can't say anything to show how great they are...
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26Abingdon Boys School
Those who dose not have any idea of music can easily be educated in music if they listen to it carefully but if they don't understand this because of all the extreme things these guys are doing then you better stop listening to rock. Abingdon boys school combines both guitars which plays in the same scale and level at same beat but with different touches... Keyboard not only supporting guitars but giving new effects and bass IKUO my 3rd god is awesome at everything, and drums makes it perfectly clear that this band is awesome... And then vocals TAKANORI totally makes this band immortal to music
Thanks God, you have been giving this band to the world
Their play, combination guitar, bass, drum and keyboard with great synthesis
Plus Takanori's voice is so damn sexy!
Takanori is just the best. Guitarists and the rest are doing an amazing job, because every song has that "something", that makes you wanna listen to it for eternity. And you can sense all these emotions they've put into it. Sorry for any mistakes, because I'm not English
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27Sadie
I HATE that Sadie is ranked 81. I'm not saying "Make them #1" but I personally believe that they are worth a lot more than this. Their lyrics express the pain and dangers of life, and turn it into something beautiful. I personally don't just like their sound. I like the emotion and the message I get from their music. If you catch the meaning and sync with it, you'll see that there is more to Sadie than just music and sad lyrics.

I hope that they will get better recognition than this, because they deserve it because they are true artist. They focus not just on making it sound good, they pull you into the song and give it much deeper meaning and purpose.
They are so incredibly skillful. Just because they aren't 'The GazettE' doesn't mean that they aren't just as amazing musicians. Each member makes this band even more perfect. Please vote, they deserve it.
One of the best jrock band ever. If someone who's getting into japanese music for the first time asked me which band should he listen to, with no doubt I would say: SADIE!
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28Janne Da Arc
I just found this band and so far I love them! I love their mix between classical and rock in Gekkouka.
Best J-Rock ever!
One of the best guitarist in Japan!
Great vocalist with great voice too..
Their song are different..

kawaii

Best Best Best J-rock ever!

WE ARE JANNE!

Nagashiwa

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29Acid
ACID is one my favourite J-Rock bands. Why? Because their music is special. Their songs can be really hard but other times they can be soft. Their lyrics are positive. Lyrics that make you smile and hope. The instruments are played great, Also, their vocalist, Jumpei, has a really beautiful and unique voice.
Acid has the most cool vocals I've ever heard!
their song hanafubuki, prayer and 0:00am really catch my attention and Acid never fails their fans!

let's go acid! fight for the goal!
yeah!
Not gonna lie acid is awesome and I can say they can compete against american metal any day. Gives me chills each time I listen to them. Gotta be my favorite band in jrock
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30GacktJob
Their VISUALIVEs are masterpieces for sure! What they are doing on stage is beyond amazing. And iif someone like GACKT is satified whith them, they must be awesome!
Best shows.... It's all...

Ga-Gackt

This band has some of the only Japanese songs I ever liked.
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31Anthem
Anthem is the one Japanese metal band that has always delivered great, melodic, powerful metal since the 1980s, without going off into some strange (and boring) areas on a few albums like Loudness did. Their sound (and production) has gotten more modern, but not in the sense of going nu-metal or any other such abomination. Straightforward, heavy, energetic, with nice, tight instrumental work.
As a plus, Anthem has yet to record even a single ballad on any of their 16 studio releases (as of November 24, 2013).
Close to NWOBHM with excellent references to late 80's European metal (Accept/Helloween). The most listenable to those Brits new to J-Rock/J-Metal. Enjoy then Vote.
This is as straight forward as good ROCK gets. If you like rock you have to like this.

32B'z
Hey, you put B'z on number 34? Wake up!
They should be at least in top three. They are the first Jap band that had their name on Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Listen to the melodic side from Tak Matsumoto.
This is band is very awesome, just two members but high quality... With awesome guitar playing and very very good vocal... And as you know they are the first japanese rock band at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Hahaha putting rock band(the best rock band in japan) in a list with bands for girls(gackt or other visual shows) is an joke. No one from this list is better than B'z. B'z play with linkin park, Aerosmith, Red hot chilli pepper, Slash and Stevie S. No one in japan have so much support from Gibson. They just B'z(the best japanese rock band)
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33Malice Mizer
Malice mizer should be 2nd on the list after X Japan. Malice mizer made a big impact on visual...
Malice Mizer in my opinion was/still is one of the most influential and stylish bands out there. Event though they had three different singers they managed to keep a stylish image that fit well with their music. One of the only j-rock bands out there to have music covering everything from almost opera-like vocals to pop and dark songs.
Their music was beautiful and unique and their concept, imagery and performances were breathtaking. They were one of the most gorgeous and inspiring visual kei bands to have ever existed and after their hiatus they produced quite a few amazing artists and bands as well. THey are truly unforgettable.
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34Orange Range
orange range is a great band. they have great sound and flow and their song "orange range" which was the openener for the first season of bleach was probably one of if not the best songs ive ever heard.
I've liked Orange Range ever since I saw the first opening of Bleach. After that I began listening to their music and haven't found a song I didn't like. Although they where not around for the longest time, they have a large number of songs with inventive and revolutionary sounds. Orange Range is, in my opinion, is a pioneer of Japanese bands and will continue to be for years to come!
Orange Range is so cool, they got 3 vocalists with totally unique voices, and they're so unique and talented and funny.
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35Galneryus
Amazing Japanese Metal band, with some of the most beautiful guitar playing I've heard.
best japanese noe classical metal band sept for versailles lol
The best Metal band in Japan

36VAMPS
Hyde in L'arc en ciel have 'angelic' voice while Hyde in VAMPS have a 'demonic' voice
VAMPS are such a great band with so much different styles.
I really love the bad side with songs like "Revolution" or "Devil Side" and also the good side with songs like "My first last"
I really like HYDE in VAMPS because he's look so cool and very handsome
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37Mucc
This position is inappropriate to think a band like MUCC. MUCC is not just a band, but a project that has stood since they were kids. Miya, the leader has a great knowledge of music, a sad past but it does force, and always creates touching melodies, Tatsurou is the singer that makes me move and understand how much life is important, their lyrics are the proof. The energy of Satoshi, the" loyalty" of Yukke, their appearance so funny and original at the same time makes them a unique band in their genre, not classifiable as a visual kei genre. They like no other.. MUCC are not mere appearance, cool outfits and fanservice. MUCC are music.
^-^ I think the ranking position is PERFEKT! I mean it! Look at it! Mucc has the rang ___69___ How can any number be better than 69? ;)

But MUCC is the band of my life!
I don't want to give a thanks to Tatsurou, Miya, Yukke und SATOchi but a thanks to the band MUCC who is my most favorite band for about 10 years! You got all of my teens and you will get almost all of my twentys.

But WHY is your music so special?
To keep it short: Mucc's music is one of the only ones which keep me moving, which sends goosebumbs dowm my spin, which I emotionally react to.
Your music was there for almost half of my life and I have to thank you Mucc, for Music that inspires me, that did help me in many times of my life. Your music is so amazing! You can create so many different songs, every song a beautiful piece, and even so its still Mucc! I could go on for about hours why your music is amazing, but I think I will keep it short.

I am there for you, keep beeing your fan und want to watch your Music grow and change. Your LIVE performances are at the top (and I saw a lot of live bands... ). Your music is able to move people in front of you!

I hope to see even in future from you! I am your fan for about 10 years now and I will definitely stay your fan for many many years from now on! DO YOUR BEST!
Don't surprise to me they are underated, it takes me a long time to recognize Mucc as the awesome band that they are. I use to love larc, gazette, giru, etc. but with the time they bored me because they became monotone and low creative. Mucc has a mixture of the amazing voice of Tatsuro in first place and the music made by the talented musicians who are Miya, Yukke and Satochi really are very creative musicians and they are so cute and nice. Mucc is low rated because they dont use outlandish costumes so common in j-music groups that appeal to people, but they do not need it!
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38Omnyouza
Impressive virtuosity! Sounds like heaven!
Matatabi is a great composer, and Kuroneko has a great voice and attitude.
The songs that they sing together are all great.
The last albums are great from beginning to the end.
very good technical band! I've kind of considered them japans iron maiden.
Technically perfect! Love it

39Black Line
Black Line is my favourite Band and I'm so happy to see Mikaru and Syu there. Their music is really good and I can't stop to listen to their music. Jun and Yudai are two funny and cute guys and it's great that they are parts from Black Line.
I'm happy that I was able to see Black Line 5 times. Every concert was special. I love them. I hope to see them again next year
Awesome band! They're really friend and they're also joking during the concerts. Members are also really talented and they make really deep contact with the audience during gigs. Though they're really young band, they're talented and I can't believe, they've already done an European tour. 14.12, when they had gig in Finland, was the best day in my life!
Really good shows, really friendly. Love them
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40Skin
I only wish I could find a c. d. for them! they are a great band! I rly messed up in 2007 when I saw them in concert! and didn't buy anyhing :C
S.k.I.N. will be the most famous band. no only in japan! in all the world. go! YOSHIKI,GACKT,SUGIZO & MIYAVI! god of music
the super band!! with only 4 songs i know that S.K.I.N. is the best band ever!
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41ViViD
NEEDS TO GO UP THERE.
A fairly new band that was formed in 2009.
But their music is incredible.
Some songs that I would suggest,
Fake, yume no michishirube, 69 11,
Across the border, precious.
GO CHECK THEM OUT!
ViViD rocks to the MAX!
They have a lot of talent in progressing with their new songs which gets better & better!
I am sure one day, when ViViD is well known, they will be in the top 5!
ViViD ~ the 5 boys who achieved already a lot in their career! Their music is adorable and also the members. Shin with a powerful and amazing voice, IV who plays the bass with his full passion, Ryoga and Reno who give their songs a special touch with their guitar skills and at least Ko-ki who brings the perfect and matching rhythym into the songs. They are my absolute favorite band and I never regret to spend my money for their music! I wish the best for the five guys. I hope they will grew more and more and reach all their goals.
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42The Brilliant Green
I Love their song 'Ash Like Snow' very much! It never fail to amuse me when I play it in my mp3.
Take a listen their "The Winter Album" album and you'll instantly fall in love with this band.
The Best Motto as well as Japanese song'

"Rainy Days Never Stay"..

43Seikima II
Watch them on youtube. Awesome showmanship! Who cares if they got inspired by kiss or not... Listen to "big time changes" for example.
Seikima are not inspired buy KISS. Although I agree with the rest of your statement. How the hell are they ranked at 38? X japan and Loudness have nothing on these guys.

44UnsraW

Best Japan Metal Band ever, good rithm I can't stop moving my head!

Have no idea why UnsraW is so low on the list! Great guitar, vox, bass, everything. When I first heard their song Beginning of Loop, I actually cried. Like tears were streaming down my face. It's such a beautiful song, one of the best I've heard in a while. If you haven't checked 'em out, give them a try! They mix screaming and singing, and always have unique guitar riffs in all of their songs. They seriously deserve to be higher up on the list!

UnsraW already are a legend. There's no other band that is so honest when it comes to the expression of emotions, the characterization of life itself and the dephts of mankind. Everyone of the musicians who made up this extraordinary band in the two eras of existance is a character how they are seldomly found nowadays. With their ideals, skills and look they created an all new genre within their scene. Everyone who missed UnsraW missed a unique phenomenon in Japanese music history.


45Shonen Knife
Finally, someone with a decent view on this subject. It pains me to see all these weaboos yelling how their favorite band is special.. Music is music. Looks come second, or even third.
I am impressed that Shonen Knife is this high on this list. Not because they don't belong this high, no they belong even higher, they belong at number one, but because they weren't teen sensation and crap. Their music was art. Their art was beautiful.
God, all these vk lovers. Music is about the MUSIC, not how they look. Shonen Knife, although not as popular in Japan, although didn't have technique I would consider them having the magic that the Beatles had.
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46Show-Ya
The iconic Queens of Heavy Metal. One of the few band that can muster a music Festival on their name alone, even 30 years after its creation.

47Back-On
I heard Chain when I watched Air Gear, and I immediately though, damn these guys are like the Jap Linkin park, but better. After that I found the rest of their music and was blown away by them. Awesome band, certainly the top played on my iPod
BACK-on needs to be way higher then this I love this band they have so many great sounds in there music and a postive vibe to it to BACK-on is the best band in the world I love all there songs and so will anyone else who hears them
First J-rock band I ever listened. This practically made me get into anime. A Great start to something new. Chain will always be one of my favourite songs!
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48SPYAIR
IKE IS THE BEST!
Look how great is his Vocal. :>>
You should see the Enzel, Uz, Kenta, Momiken too.
Enzel is the funniest, Uz sing sometimes with Ike, Kenta plays drums (he's HOT) und Momiken is mystery. He's wearing black mark on his face which cover his eyes. On the google you can have a problem to see their pictures. Go get tumblr and you will see a lot of fan pages with him. There you can see more songs than in youtube. I'm sure you'll not regret listening to them. They change me a lot. I'm thankfully to them. SPYAIR! (Go listen to SPYAIR- Just like this, SPYAIR- Samurai heart, I'm sure you won't regret it #^___^#)
I love their song "Some Like It Hot! "
The first time I heard it, I pretty much fell in love with that song! And so, I decided to download it. And the guitarist dude is awesome, too.

SPYAIR!
BEST J-ROCK BAND EVER! Their music video's are alright as well. Wish I could perform in a band like That! That dj hardly does anything though! It almost seems stupid... Well their songs have really good lyrics, pretty catchy as well.
スパイエアス'イーーー!!!

FlamerzHH

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49Loudness
I wouldn't say they're THE best, but definitely one group people should recognize. Reason being - They're one of if not, the first band to introduce Hard Rock into the Japanese music industry. X Japan - probably my favorite group has the most respect for the group and you can actually hear Loudness' influence in some of their earlier music.
Loudness is a huge influence for all the rockers out the in the early days especially in japan. Their music is kinda unique with combination with some western and eastern music. With a great guitar solo by akira takasaki I can recommend you to listen to them. !.
Loudness was my first touch to Japan culture and music in the early 80ies. Now I am a huge J-Rock Fan (and Japan as well). Loudness is still one of my favorite Metal Bands but the very best is: They are from Osaka. My absolutely number one city in the World!
I also like Akiras Solo Albums. He is a genius.
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50Rookiez Is Punk'd
They're quite new so not many recognise their talent in J-Rock industry. I personally like the song Complication from Durarara! Hopefully this band can go up higher in this list. I can't wait for new songs from them.
ROOKIEZ IS PUNK'D ARE NICE! VERY STRONG EMOTION SONG
Blue Exorcist anime brought me here "in my world! "
I thought this band would have been higher they're just too good! There's not one song of theirs that I don't like. I could listen to them forever. Hope they release some more songs and can get appreciated more!
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51BUCK-TICK
Buck-Tick is awesome and they make beautiful music that I can listen to again and again. And they seem to rock live as well!
BUCK TICK is the best band in JAPAN.
I love to listen every song of them.
BUCK TICK is my life
Buck-Tick is just wonderful! It was a coincidence that I met them in the internet, but I immediately fell in love with them.
Their music really touches me, no matter if it's a sad or a wild song.
All the band members harmonize so good with each other. Imai's wonderful music and Atsushi's touching voice just belong together.
Imai gives every song the "buck-Tick sound". You could recognize every song of them.
And Acchan gives all his feelings in his texts. They are so emotional.

I'm so glad, that I know Buck-Tick. They are an important part of my life. Their music help me in every time of my life.

Many and lovely Greetings from Germany~
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52DaizyStripper
I love DaizyStripper! <3 Their lyrics are so beautiful and Yugiri's voice is amazing. ^_____^
Daily definitely deserves a better ranking! Not only because of the voice of yuuguri but also kazami's talent! Amazing band!

53FLiP
FLiP's all the way down here? After Kazana and Kaa to Naigo? Plus putting all their PV's on the LE for their second album? Plus the B-sides from their two singles prior to it?

These girls are FAR more talented than 51st place. Yuko's guitar solos ALONE with Sachiko's vocals and how Yuumi can pull off the cute and cool thing are why I'm a fan. Their first full album sealed the deal and even in their indie days they were good. I was hooked the first time I heard them, and it pains me to see them all the way down here.
In Niche Syndrome the band is already pretty good. Their music is quite different than your mainstream popular J-Rock band, kinda feel more like Alt. Rock and other than Wonderland their other songs doesn't feel so 'anime'. And I also recommend their album Love Toxicity. Not that Niche Syndrome was bad but they seriously got a whole lot better in their latest album!
Anyway If you like an all-female band with dark-themed, less anime-ish kind of J-Rock I guarantee you'll easily put them in the top of your playlist.

Kinda wish they change their name though, the name 'FLiP' isn't exactly easy to Google for...
This band is outstanding! Girls! Kick out Scandal!
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54HERO
Hero is a really good band the lyrics have meaning and the instrumental are really good
I really love Jin's sound.

55GLAY
I think this band you should be at no. 2 or 3 after Laruku because...
Teru voice and Hisashi solo and Other
Their longevity is more than a proof how great they are, really? Not at the top 10? They are holding the record for the largest concert in Japan for 12 years! And can still fill huge arena and domes after being formed in 15 years! I don't know what will qualify you as the best band if those feats is not enough
Glay is one of my own top 10 best japanese band. actually they are my second following X Japan.
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56Do As Infinity
very nice and meaningful from this band......and they are great musicians...

deathangel

i was so sad when they broke up. tomika van is hot and her voice is awesome
Their music have a powerful character.. Very nice, keep compose new song!
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57Spitz
Spitz should be on the top 10 list, though they're more popular for their pop songs, their rock sound are just as awesome. They have perfected their own unique and instantly recognizable sound and have lasted in the industry for more than 25 years. Vocalist Kusano is also an incredible lyricist with a smooth and beautiful voice that isn't afraid to go husky on harder rock tunes, leader and bassist Tamura is energetic and incredible on bass, guitarist Miwa plays smoothly with his cool vibe and drummer Sakiyama is known as "King of the Drums" in Japan due to just being a kickass drummer.
The voice of Mr.Kusano is great.

58Kagrra
Kagrra, should be on top ten list. Their music is unique. Dark and beautiful at the same time. Isshi's beautiful vocals.
Kagrra, is the BEST band I've ever seen! Kagrra, has such an awesome style. "Wa" theme is really impressive... Isshi's beautiful voice, awesome drum solos of Izumi, charismatic bassist Naoki, beautiful sounds of Shin's koto and finally, breathtaking guitar solos of Akiya I love them.
Their music is very atmospheric. Very dark, moody, and even beautiful.
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59Dio - Distraught Overlord
Although they disbanded they managed to combine dark lyrics and growling with melodious songs, and let's not forget about their costumes. I just love them, and they have been my favourite band for 6 years!
The Gazette is my all time favorite band, but I am so in love with DIO and had to vote for them. Mikaru is an amazing vocalist, as well as an amazing person. Even though this band broke up and he created a new band... He still said that DIO is his heart and soul. I love his voice, the music is great, it has a heavy, dark feel to it that is amazing. The band is so nice and truly loves their fans!
Dio was a great band. The whole band is really nice and I'm happy that I was able to see them in cologne in 2009. I was really sad as they said they will disband, because dio was one of my favourite bands. Luckily mikaru and denka (now syu) created a new band.
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60GUILD

61Acid Black Cherry
They are amazing!
You're missing out if you don't listen to them!

Acid Black cherry is a good band they if everybody here heard there song "Rebirth" I'm pretty sure this band would sail right to the top

62D'ERLANGER
Cool punknoise ballad rock visual band touring in Taiwan but I'm getting annoyed by dead end, this one, zi:kill, gastunk, etc are UNDER APPRECIATED than new indie yr2000 bands

ronluna

d'erlanger is one of the best bands ever born in japan. the song "moon and the memories" is one of their rock anthems that every citizen of japan knows about. they reunited again in 2007 after disbanding in 1990 to achieve more success and rock again their beloved country. once again, one of the greatest bands of japan with b'z

ronluna

very underrated band, why does everyone knows x and forgot this band? dir en grey even cited that d'erlanger is one of their idols

ronluna

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63Crossfaith
I saw them live on the Vans Warped Tour '13 in Klokgebouw, NL and they are so badass on stage! TranceMetal Party at its best!

Maybe You should watch the Jägerbomb video and you will realize that this band needs a damn higher place on this list! Even the Kerrang! Magazine ranked the front singer Kenta Koie into the 50 best Rockstars of all time at place 46! The new album Apokalyze is really worth to be checked out, songs like we are the future, eclipse and countdown to hell are an amazing experience, as kenta koie would say. SWEDISH
I'm disappointed that these guys are so far down in this list. They produce the most amazing music.
The most exciting metal band I've heard in I can't remember how long, every song leaves me with aching mosh muscles and a thirst for more. MORE I TELL YOU!
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64ZONE
Not really rock as much as it is J-pop, but an amazing band nonetheless. I recommend it to anyone into Japanese music. When it comes to J-rock, I'd have to go with The Pillows over anything.
this band should be in top 10 or maybe the number one,zone fans come and vote for it zone forever ^_^
This band is awesome, vote for it asdu oisagisagdoagoasfababf asdsa dsad asfgaskd sasa dshadkl faklsdhadsa dlkjsaaddsadsadasfa fsad
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65Plastic Tree
Their music and talent are underrated, as always!
I found it difficult to listen to other band's music after I got hooked on theirs.
They are the most talented band I have ever listened to! Their music captures my heart<3 The music is very touching. I am completely in love with them!
They are the best! Ryutaro's voice is perfect, I can't compare them with The Gazette, because the music is different, different style. But without any doubts Plastic Tree is a great band with unusual performance and melodies! And the lyrics are out of this world, really charming and impressive!
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66Fear, and Loathing In Las Vegas
Everyone should lists to Just Awake be Fear, and Loathing in las Vegas its a great song
Awesome combination electronica x screamo
Good sense of rhythm and instrumental arrangement. Techno + screamo + metal really makes me stomp my feet and head bang at the same time.

They are one of the few who were able to mix two genres with such perfection m/

67Mejibray
MEJIBRAY deserve better rank than 65 I think, their song is somehow beautiful
What?! Mejibray at 63?! ><
They are such an amazing band!
All of them are talented and beautiful!
They deserve to be higher in this list~

68Oyuugi Wagamama Dan x Paradeis
Oh my goodness, there is no comment here... PaRADEiS isn't my favorite JRock band, but it was the first one I liked. They mean so much to me, their music is epic.

69GReeeeN
They are great! Their songs are awesome! The lyrics are so touching!

70EVE
I really love their band (next to An Cafe)... They got good songs too

71D=Out
Hey! D=Out should be up there shouldn't they? Their songs and PVs are really nice and interesting! Music Nippon, Zenshin zenrei Live, One, Sunrise. Listen to them and you'll know what I mean. Please vote for D=Out!
D=out is such a new band, mut they make good songs and Kouki's voice is awesome and other band member are very expert too
D=OUT is splendid, their music is very good, produce creative PV's and every look is unique and bright.
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72Zilch

73Beat Crusaders
Mad catchy songs! every song has a different feel and very creative. Songs like Ghost, Let's Escape Tonight are awesome and can't be found anywhere else!
why isn't this in the top 10! this dusnt make any sense

really I don't get it...
Beat crusaders is total ownage compared to the others. 'Hit in America' and 'Tonight' super sweet songs. Just can't beat the crusaders.
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74NoGoD

75Inugami Circus-dan

76Spiv States

77Awoi

78the pillows
An expansive discography without a dud in the bunch! The Pillows have been around in the jrock scene for almost 2 decades now.
The pillows should be in the top ten on list bogus list. LOVE Maximum the Hormone and Dir En Grey, but their borderline J-Metal and J-Punk/Metal (MTH). Can't believe that the pillows are near the 80's on this list. I grew up on them and was shocked when the premiere of FLCL came out and 'Ride on Shooting Star' came on at the credits, along side the instramentals of many of their best jams ever. The pillows are an inspiration to me. Being a Japanese-Irish-American, I appreciate what they've brought me in my musical obsessions.
1989 to present day with 270 songs crossing multiple styles while keeping they're alternative rock sound, the pillows are the best. no question.
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79Exist Trace
That is an epic all girl band. They are in my opinion up there with the GazettE and X-Japan because they have proven themselves.
They are by far one of the best bands I have ever heard, never mind possibly the best girlband I've ever come into contact with! They deserve to to at least in the top 10!
75?! Really?! Jyou is the best female singer I have ever heard! They make amazing music and she puts a lot of emotion in her songs! And they have two vocals! The best Japanese girl band in the world! ♡♡ they need to be up more! Way up more!
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80Born
I love BORN so much. As soon as I heard them they became my top favourite band. Ryoga's voice is beautiful & the music is amazing & fits together perfectly. They are all also really nice, funny & sweet guys. They deserve to be higher on the list & deserve every piece of fame & glory they get. Keep it up BORN. You're doing amazingly well.
Born is really awesome, because they have a quality to their music that you don't find that often in visual kei bands. I really hope that the next time I am here they will be in the top 10's. They really deserve it.
They're totally awesome! Ryoga's vice is really nice! And their music is incredible!

81DOG in the PWO

82Jackman

83PIERROT
PIERROT combines aggressive lyrics and pop melodies, the fragile balance and the stable performances.
Anyone who knows the Japanese V-Rock may have seen the peculiar makeup in the shape of a cross at least once.
They are the best ever!

84Nega
Jin has such a unique voice and NEGA always surprises with their songs. Their sound is amazing with beautiful piano solos and talented guitar, bass and drums. They really need more votes and love, they are talented, unique and way too awesome band
I just simply love this band! I found them on You Tube by an accident and I am so glad I did so! Their songs are so compelling, and the their sound is awesome with so much talent with each individual member! I love songs like Soul Cry, Muddy Cult, and Neo Destruction. They are an extremely talented band and not to mention Jin's voice is so beautiful, I love how he sings! *_* I definitely recommend Nega to anyone! If not better they are just as good as The Gazette! :D
Love nega! Though they don't deserve to be in the 66th place!

85Jinn
Jinn is awesome, love this band from watching the anime blood + and love their new album for the seeker... This band should at least be in the top 20

86Loudness
The most underrated rock band from land of the rising sun. Just hear "Crazy night" and you'll know what I mean.

michaeb2

It's repeated on the list

87Sigh
Sigh, My favorite all time band. Sure they don't have the "meaning full" lyrics that some other bands do, but that doesn't matter. Their style has always been something I loved, and there is no way I ever get bored listening to their albums. A huge effort is put into this type of "Avant-Grande" music. Their concerts are definitely worth watching if you are a true metal fan. I would never forget to mention that Dr. Mikannibal is my Heroine. I never expected Sigh to even make it here, and frankly that is fine. I love Sigh and I HIGHLY recommend anyone who likes metal to give them a listen. The song that won me over had to be "Slaughtergarden Suite. "
The Best Japanase Black Metal
Dr. Mikanibal is awesome,

8854 Nude Honeys

89BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

90No Regret Life
NoRL is so great! Listen to their "can't explain" song and you"ll know they're awesome!
cool guitars, nice singer, very nice melody and ending soundtrack in naruto.
Cool even in Soundtrack naruto

91HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
The are simply amazing, and their sound is beautiful!

derek3men

just perfect. not heavy metal. not soft rock.
even I'm not japanese I liked their music.. so amazing!
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92VISTLIP
Their just awesome!
To bad they don't get the fame they deserve!
Vistlip's music is the mix of slow serenades, pure hard metal screaming and sometimes even jpop. I love them because they aren't frozen into one style of music, but show their talent by using different types, therefore bringing the original quality to their music. I'm really sad that they don't get the fame they deserve, but I'll keep supporting them the best I can!
Their music is just pure sex to the ears and thei ability to have variation in their music is truly remarkable. Too bad they don't get so much attention at the moment but hope they will get it soon
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93Hemenway
They are young up coming band watch out, you might know them from naruto ending, they are a really good band awesome punk rock.
Young hot good japanese/punk band very bright watch out for these guys.
Really great voice and music. One of the best vocal in japan

94KAT-TUN
KAT-TUN.. Best of the best.. I love this boyband since one year ago and, I miss akanishi jin's voice in their song.
I love this band... Especially their songs "on't u ever stop" "sweet chain" and N.M. P" I love these ones...
They are the best, the best, and the really best ones...
Their voices are something to listen....
All of their songs are nice.. Singles and albums...

Their songs are just amazing all of their singles/albums/DVD EVERYTHING has been #1 at some point or another

Hyde33

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95Ensoku

96Taia

97DEATHGAZE

Deathgaze is just awesome, really. Its one of the best bands around the world, Ai's voice just awesome, it's really worthwhile listening.

Sadly they are totally underrated.
I hope, that they will get more fans all over the world.
They all have awesome music skills.
So please give them a try! O(^//^)o

Amazing heavy metal band XD and their voices are amazing too! I am obsessed with this band! OMFG


98Ikimono-gakari
Nice songs! I really love it! Especially the song of naruto shippuden opening and ending nice!
Ikimono gakari should be at least one of top tens. I listen to there song every day they rock. And specially because there song (Blue Bird) was the first japanese song I heard. The second song was (hanabi) and then (hotaru no hikari). And the main thing is they are the reason I have started listening to japanese songs.
A heart calms down when I listen to "ikimonogakari".
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