Best Japanese Rock Bands


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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.

This band is outstanding! Girls! Kick out Scandal!

This band is The Girl Band! I like SCANDAL & Stereopony too
But FLiP Is just My all around Favorite Female J-Rock Band.

Good music, I like it a lot.

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Hero is a really good band the lyrics have meaning and the instrumental are really good

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Spyair is the one and only band I love from the bottom of my heart! I swear if you listen to them, you'll be into them as much as I am. I generally listen to different people judging by their music, so if I like their music I'll listen to mostly anything. However, spyair. This band is just different. The lyrics are written by Momiken, bs. His straight and strong lyrics really gets listeners to relate to the songs. And the music that goes with it is written by Uz,gt. His spence of music vary from just simple four piece rock to heavy rock and also even a little ballad like songs too. And the best thing is Ike's voice. It is truly amazing! It's the type of voice no one can copy it's so unique and strong but at the same time it's so hot and so energetic. The lyrics are just perfect for him. This really shows how good the four are together as a team. Another thing I love about spyair is that the four instruments, vocal, guitar, base and drums all shine and stand out in every song. It's not ...more

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.


If the criteria for this poll is how great the band and its songs are, then this list is inaccurate. SPYAIR doesn't an inch deserve this spot. Cause this band has more than enough to be part of the top 5...

I love this band, legendary songs!

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BUCK-TICK is absolute Visual legend, the fact that they're No.30 baffles me. New younger foreign fans all just like to focus on newer, neo-visual bands that are at the front of line like the GazettE or get into X because they're so internationally successful but they don't delve into the root of VKei. When X was first starting, rising and struggling, B-T was right there rising above the ranks with them. They didn't gain as much international recognition as X, but they are a fundamental part of Visual Kei. It's as common to hear that newer visual stars where influenced by B-T as it is to hear they're influenced by X, yet people don't take a clue and look them up. BUCK-TICK has evolved beautifully as a band, and the fact that their still going strong after all these years, with the same lineup at that, is definitely admirable. Sakurai has a voice like no other in the VKei scene, very Bowie-like and unique, the instruments blend so perfectly together always. There are songs that I don't ...more

Buck-Tick always amazes me with their ability to make songs that really reach the deepest core of humanity. When I just listen to these songs that are deceivingly simple but catchy, I just think to myself "These guys really GET IT! ". Sakura, Romance, Speed, Rendezvous etc. all are amazing songs that contemplate on the deeper meanings of life, and it's fragility. Their style is unique among all J-rock bands, not having to even mention the huge influence they've had in the evolvement of Visual-kei. Whenever I'm in a part of my life when things start to feel overwhelming I listen to their songs and everything falls back to it's real proportion. Their music helps me see what really are the important things in life.

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!

A really good band with beautiful music and a really beautiful voice. Very melodic and emotional. They deserve to be heard more by more people. Too bad that this is not happening.

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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...

B'z should be more higher than this, a combination of Koshi Inaba's lyrics/great voice (Which was once quoted as being a treasure of Japan) & Tak Matsumoto's amazing guitar skills, makes them one of the greatest rock bands to come out of Japan & next year they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as B'z!

Wow, thanks to this list, I searched for B'z and realized what I've been missing all my life! Such great musicianship and songwriting, and their live performances rock!

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46Rookiez 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.

These guys are really good. Because they're still pretty new compared to the bands that are higher up on the list, they're pretty down low here, but they're still some of the best. I fell in love with them when I heard "In My World". LIsten to their music. You won't be disappointed.

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!

In my opinion not many song, but the style is amazing.

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DIAURA is the only band that ever made me say "Whatever they are up to next, it's going to be epic. " They drew me in and didn't let me go until the end. I have listened to all of their songs, and these guys didn't let me down, not even once. They are the best.

Seriously, they're underrated... DIAURA's just one of the best (if not THE best) bands ever! They keep getting better and better with each new release, and to be honest, they're slowly starting to replace the GazettE, Nightmare and SID as my favorite band EVER.

"Sirius", "Lily" and "Lost Rain" has got to be their best songs from their new album! This band never seize to amaze me!

I really don't know why they're so low. It's such an awesome band. Yo-ka's voice is EPIC!

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48Janne 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

L love both janne the arc and acid black cherry. Vocalist of them is the best singer of Japan, I think.

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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!

I'm disappointed that these guys are so far down in this list. They produce the most amazing music.

Are you kidding me? 159? These guys are the future!

They're amazing!

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51Seikima 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.

The most badass band from Japan

52Exist 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.

Exist Trance is an amazing band! A lot of people forget that they're all girls when they get into the music. They are all really talented people and deserve to be higher!

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!

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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.

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.

They're totally awesome! Ryoga's vice is really nice! And their music is incredible!

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54Ling Tosite Sigure

A three person Japanese rock band that is utterly beautiful. Both singers have incredibly unique voices, and play their instruments wonderfully. The music that they write and preform is like poetry. And they combine many different rhythms, singing styles, and lyrics to create masterpieces. They are my absolute favorite. Listen if you want your heart broken.

This is my personal favorite band and I can totally see why some people dislike them. They are so incredible, though, because of the unique style of Math Rock and Prog they do. Not to mention they have two vocalists. Every member of the band is extremely and they are far too underrated. (TK's voice is not for everyone. )

Ling Tosite Sigure is a work of art. From their music composition to their song writing, they are perfect.

And this is my favorite alternative band ever!

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

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


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.

Sadie is one of the best j-metal band ever and deserves far more attention than he actually gets.

58The 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.

Tomoko has a nice voice. Check out Tommy Heavenly 6 and Tommy February 6!

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I just can't understand why Radwimps is not even in the list... Hyper Ventilation and Osyakasyama are the best songs ever to me. Noda Yojiro is one of the best genius sing-a-song writer in Japan. Vote for Radwimps

One of the most special groups for me, whose style is unique as well within Japan, as in the whole world. Each member is a master of his instrument, the lyrics are not stereotypical, and it is always interesting to hear their new releases.

Great band! Very talented musicians indeed! I love Me Me and She, Yuya, and Hikikomori Rolling! They really are one of the best out there! They are very underrated!

They sound so chill and cool!

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60Inugami Circus-dan

What about them - they're one of the greatest ever!

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