Best Japanese Rock Singer

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From visual kei to heavy metal the top 10 Japanese rock singers. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Takanori Matsumoto (Ruki - The GazettE)
his hard voice and his smooth voice is balanced, rarely singers can do that.. and he put his all feelings and heart to every of his songs..
Digs very deeply into the theme of every song, and not only conveys an emotion but inspires emotion within the listener. An empathetic singer that inserts himself into the point of view of the subject. Portrays an image through a speaker that can be empathized with, despite the often extreme circumstances that are portrayed. A human being that has a genuine message he believes in.
Ruki is an amazing singer. After everything that has happened to him he still goes after his dream which is what I admire about him. His lyrics are amazing and he is a good friend to everyone in the band. Ruki all I want for you is to SMILE! Every time I see a picture of you I see this: I-I we all love you so just smile for us! We"ll love you even more! (if that's possible! )
[Newest]The most beautiful and emotional voice ever, Ruki's voice from heaven, especially when he adds his emotions with it, he can express our feelings by his screams, lyrics and his perfect body language, keep going Ruki san, at least for us :))..
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2Kyo - Dir En Grey
He should be above Ruki on this list! Cause Kyo has such a wide range of vocals he is great he can sound almost inhuman at times with his screams like at the beginning of Repetition of Hatred it's just 'WHOA' cause with Ruki you get sick of him after a while. But the rest are still good musicians!

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Ruki is brilliant, but I can't imagine a single human on earth touching Kyo's vocal ability. He is a master in every sense of the word, from low growls to high shrieks, whispers, crooning, screams, not to mention that insane 5-octave range. Come on, guys.
Kyo is WAY better than Ruki. Way more experienced, and he has a much better vocal range than Ruki. I do like Gazette, but I think overall Kyo is more talented and should have made the top of the list.
[Newest]Why must people put other vocalists down? Kyo is by far my favorite vocalist, but it's not a reason to insult other vocalists.

Sure, you might hide yourself behind the "it's my opinion" but there are lots of other ways to state your opinions without insulting others.
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3kamijo - Versailles
Kamijo is the best singer, his voice is so sexy and he is a charismatic artist!
Wonderful voice that just makes your heart soar when you listen to it. It reminds you of a fine wine--gets better with age. Through all of his years of vocals, the magic that is his voice makes a rainy day better.
Great singer and frontman.
Listen to Revanant Choir, Prince or Aristocrat's Symphony.

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[Newest]Kamijo is the best singer, voice have special effect
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4Morita Takahiro (Taka) - One OK Rock
He is too amazing. Not a lot of singers have total voice control. Husky, melodious, hard, smooth, anything he does with his voice, he still sounds awesome. Jumping, running, turned upside down, the control is still present. And the way he looks at the camera or feels the song he's singing? It makes a girl's heart melt. Some girls I know even cried. The bottom line is, he's one of the greatest singers and lyricists ever born. Try imagining him singing my sweet baby or kagerou, and he's looking directly into your eyes. These question for the girls: wouldn't you palpitate? Wouldn't your knees give up? Wouldn't you feel butterflies in your stomach? If not, go die.
His voice is just incredible! His tone is awesome! Imagine getting tired of his voice? Not possible, right? He honestly deserves to be in the top three minimum, if not even to be first.
The power in his voice, the presence it caries; he can set the mood with his voice and adapt it to any style. He's killed it all, power ballads, hard rock songs, screaming, soft rock: everything. When Toru first tried to recruit him he said he didn't think rock was a vocal genre. Well congratulations Taka, you made it a vocal genre and I love you for it!
[Newest]He is so amazing in controlling his voice. He can do whatever genre of the song.
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5Hyde - L'Arc~en~Ciel
Hyde is the best. He had wide range of vocal. His technique is more skilled as he got age. Hyde is great and the best
He feels the emotion of whatever he sings. That adds so much. But he has a powerful voice with a wide range. There is no comparison.
Hyde. My favourite vocalist of all time. He can sound sexy when with VAMPS or beautiful when he's with L'Arc~en~Ciel. Overall I think no matter what the music sounds like it would mesh nicely with his voice.
[Newest]Hyde. Absolutely. Hands down. The diversity of his and raw emotion of his voice is beyond impressive.
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6Ai - Deathgaze
His voice has a lot of vocal range and it is just really great. He expresses his emotions well through his screams and his normal vocals. Check out the song BLOOD it is really good and it has a fantastic filmclip! ^__^

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7Satoshi - Girugamesh
All I can say is he deserves to be in top ten and Girugamesh is my favorite band and Satoshi is my favorite singer... He had so much emotion in his voice and I love all his songs (apart from the new albums) but that won't stop him from being my favorite! GO SATOSHI!
He has an amazing voice. Satoshi's voice is so powerful to me as well. Powerful to me doesn't only mean how loud or how energetic he sings. His voice is so powerful that he sings with all his heart 'till he reaches yours. From Heavy to Soft Melody, he never fails to amaze me. NOW. GO. SATOSHI!
He has a great beautiful powerful voice. He can sing in many sounds and his songs are full of emotions. Satoshi expresses them very well. His voice touches me and my feelings, it comes from the heart. While listening to him I melt
[Newest]He is the best of best <3 I love him so so so much :X

8Byou - Screw
An extremely sensual voice that does justice to their feline appearance. His lyrics, his rhythm, his movements, his bearing, his elegance... Byou is magnificent.
Byou is a awesome vocalist. His voice is so cool, beautiful and sexy :D I like his hair, face, fashion, and his smile. He's so handsome~ I'll always support him.. Always :3
I just love his sweet, delicate voice. Besides, camera loves him, he's beautiful.

9Iwagami Tatsuro - MUCC
He has a great vocal range and has such energy live - an amazing vocalist who in my opinion deserves to be at least in the top 5
Tatsuro has very unique voice and his way to use it is different compared to many others. You can hear the real emotion from his singing - it's coming straight from the heart. You can see it best on stage. He's very effective and intense performer - must see it. His voice is also so diverse... he can sing hard and fast songs but sensitive and slower songs as well. Here's some reasons why he's the best in my opinion.
His voice reaches such heights of emotion, it's impossible not to be enthralled!
[Newest]Tatsuro's voice is unique, amazing, perfect and so beautiful! He reaches high notes and has such energy live! He's a great and amazing vocalist and he deserves to be at least in the top 3!
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10Takanori Nishikawa - T.M.Revolution
I love his voice consistency throughout each song. I especially like the way he manages to drag his voice at the end of the chorus-- if you know what I mean-- in a strong and steady manner. Great skill in that.
His voice, in fact, the music itself mesmerizing me! There is power and aura in each of his songs!
He has an awesome intensity and when make loud notes won't fall for a sec, and used to sing this way all his songs, slow ones or beat up ones always give full power to each one
[Newest]Most unique vibrato technique

The Contenders

11Haruna Ono - SCANDAL
~Most Energetic, Amazing, Epic Girl Vocalist In My Life ^w^ Haruna Ono Is Clearly The Greatest Girl Musician I have Ever Known In This Music Life Of Mine :D She Knows How To Inspire You With Her Great Leadership For SCANDAL Band ^w^
Her voice captivated me the moment I first heard of it. It was very hard for me to explain the experience, but it was like my heart melted. Her voice is deep and powerful, but also versatile. She is the amazing leader of SCANDAL, very professional and brave, but very caring and thoughtful and looks after the other members. She also has this amazing stage presence and charm along with her great guitar skills which really rocks!
With a husky and a slightly deep voice, Haruna Ono is one of the few female singers in Japan that has this suited for rock kinda voice. Her voice really blends in for every song that she sings, be it SCANDAL very own song or other cover songs. Her voice is one of the major factors that contributes to the success of the band. Just by listening, anybody would know that that is SCANDAL's Haruna singing because her originality of her singing voice. No doubt Haruna Ono is an amazing lead singer that everyone would pay to hear.
[Newest]I love this band, I love you Haruna Ono
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12Mao - Sadie
If Dir En Grey were to ever break up, I believe that Sadie would rise to bring on the Visual Kei or J-Metal scene internationally. They are like the Diru in training. Dir En Grey can never be replaced but I think Sadie will just boost the legacy. Mao's really good of a singer, because he is mostly focused on Kyo-style with a good balance of his own.
Sadie is my favourite band. I just find Mao's voice amazing, he can have an acute voice, sing "normaly" and scream very well. In live his voice stays perfect all long of the concert. And he's a great compositer too, the lyrics he sings are beautiful. That's why I think that Mao should be above in this classement!

13YOMI - Nightmare
I'm not a huge fan of Nightmare in general - I like their songs, but I'm not super involved with their fan dom. However, whenever I hear Yomi's voice, he sounds amazing. I love when he sings as Chiba in Sendai Kamotsu - it's great how his amazing vocals can still be heard through his "silly voice".
Nightmare are my absolute favourite band at the moment, there's very rarely a song by them that I dislike... Actually I can't name one now Haha, I think Yomi has a truly unique voice, one I haven't heard anywhere before and one I don't think I'll ever tire from hearing ^_^
Yomi puts so much emotion and power into his vocals, He is like no other, During Nightmare's live shows his vocals actually improve (unlike many other vocalist who sound terrible live). He never dissapoints. Further more he can manipulate his voice like no other (yes I'm talking about chiba) Yomi's vocals were sent from heaven! And the boy knows how to use them without fear. He also takes great care of them (unlike some careless vocalist who smoke)
[Newest]YOMI! He is the best! He is a grat person! Very funny! And he can be so lovely too! Please vote for him! He has to be the first on this list!

14Toshimitsu 'Toshi' Deyama - X-japan and Toshi and T-Earth
1. Part of the most influential Japanese band.
2. One of the best rock voices.
3. Sounds better live than in a studio version.
4. Greatest Japanese frontman.
Listen to Art of Life, Kurenai, IV or Tears and you'll see why.

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Toshi has an incredibly strong and beautiful voice that transcends all language barriers. His voice can make one smile, cry and feel empowered all at the same time. Toshi's charitable contributions to the restoration of Japan are noteworthy as well.

Notable works include:

Art of Life
Kurenai
IV
Made In Heaven (solo works)
Beautiful Love Song (solo works)
Amaoto (solo works)
Airport (solo works)
Toshi-sama! WHY DID THEY PUT YOU IN SUCH A BAD POSITION?! This is purely INJUSTICE. Maybe everyone had forgotten the soulful singer of X Japan. When I heard him sing TEARS at first, I'll admit- I CRIED. I CRIED. I CRIED. His voice reached deep into my soul and made me feel more calm. I was a Kpop addict- I changed because of X. I thank them now, for their songs had made me more calm and happy. ENERGETIC TOO. I LOOK UP TO YOU, TOSHI-SAMA. I hope you know that this placing doesn't mean we hate you- WE LOVE YOU FROM OUR HEARTS. :D
[Newest]Oh, come on! How come Toshi at number 14? He should be on top 5. Why did X Japan is one of the best band in Japan? Because of their members such as Yoshiki and Hide. Both of them is the best musicians in Japan. And why Toshi not in the top 10 list? Get things right, man! Put him at top 3. Please vote him. Forever X!
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15Sui - Megaromania

16Gackt Camui - Malice Mizer and solo
gackt.
i like everything about you...
your voice sounds good, very uniqly... speechless
Gackt just has the perfect voice.. Deep and beautiful. He sounds so good live. His voice is just wonderful..
Great voice in both malice mizer and a solo artist.
Listen to Bel Air, Au Revoir or Mizerable.

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[Newest]Beautiful voice, so balanced.

17Miyavi
This boy is beyond brilliant. A lot of his fame comes from his extraordinary 'slapping' style when playing the guitar, but he certainly isn't lacking in the vocals department. And when I say that he isn't lacking I mean that he's brilliant. His voice has a somewhat husky quality which makes it sound simultaneously mad sexy and also perfect for the genres he usually plays (punk rock/rock/pop etc. ). If that isn't enough, he's very easy on the eyes (and by that I mean damn hot). Check out 'This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock'/'MYV Pops/'Miyavizm' - yes, the entire albums.

And finally, he's even better live. He sounds better live than he does recorded. Isn't that one of the best signs of a genius artist?
Miyavi is... Everything you want in a rock singer. He has an amazing voice, and even more amazing guitar skills. You will be amazed, I'm sure of it! He deserves to be in the top 10! It's almost too good to be real! And his "slapping" style? I've never seen anyone do it better like him!
Miyavi has changed the way I think of j-rockers. He's taken me for a wild ride with his music and continues to inspire me to pursue my life as a musician. This man sure knows how to rock! My favorite songs are Torture and itoshi hito!
[Newest]Love him so much! His guitar work is amazing in "selfish love"!

18Kaya
Huge vocal range, Kaya is one of the best well-known artists in the Visual Kei scene, with an excellent grave voice, but also sweet in so many moments.

19Sono - Matenrou Opera
He has a great and unique voice. His way to sing is very emotional.
When singing, he airs a great charisma.
Why is he so underrated?
I love his voice SO MUCH, I can't believe that the other guys of Matenrou Opera are not even mentioned o___o
MO NEED MORE LOVE!
A god, need I say more? Ok apparently I do, haha Sono has an amazing voice, he gives me shivers every time I listen to Cocoon or Genesis.
[Newest]Amazing vocal range, that's enough

20Asagi - D
Asagi has one of the most beautiful and versatile voices in the Japanese music, I wish he were among the first, He really deserves it.
Asagi is my favorite Japanese singer. He has a beautiful and unique voice. He has a wide vocal range. He is both a countertenor (the highest male adult singing voice) and also a bass-baritone (second lowest in musical pitch). He is the best live singer and a great composer. One word... RESPECT!
Can't believe he's not #1, his vocal range is impressive, and his versatility is amazing as well! His voice live is THE BEST. He hits super high notes as if those weren't difficult at all! I really REALLY hope he gets to the first places, he deserves it 100%!
[Newest]My #1 bias of ALL time with the voice of an angel

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