Top 10 Anime Openings

This is a top 10 list of all the anime-openings out there

The Top Ten

1 Attack on Titan - Guren no Yumiya Attack on Titan - Guren no Yumiya

This is the best anime opening theme song ever! I can't believe it's not number one :( I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is. Not to mention, the song artist made absolutely awesome lyrics! I actually know all the lyrics by heart, and on the last day of school, sang it with my Anime Club as karaoke. The German or Swedish or whatever language at the beggining is awesome as well! It adds uniqueness to the song. I'm pretty sure it's the only anime theme song out there like that. Everything I hear it, I feel like singing my heart out and dancing! It gives me shivers. Not to mention, the video for it is awesome to (by that, I mean the video for it in the anime) and I love that one part where it shows some pictures from the Manga. There are also all the people slaying titans to the beat and flying around on the 3 Dimensional Maneuvering Gear. Just by listening to it, you can hear that the anime you're about to watch is going to be full of action, drama, cool characters and ...more

My absolute favorite anime opening!

"We pierce scarlet holes into the twilight with our crimson bow and arrow"... Whilst we see Eren facing off against the Colossal Titan... Epic as hell, gotta be on of the best quotes I have seen, except its not a quote, its just a line in an opening... An epic one liner like that, and it doesn't even qualify as a quote... Show is the most epic thing I have ever seen, and the opening is without a doubt truly marvellous.


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2 Tokyo Ghoul - Unravel

This is honestly the best anime song ever! I have no idea what it is doing here at the eighth number. The only Japanese song I bothered to memorize. A-Z! When I do my homework, I ALWAYS listen to this song. And when did I get to know this song? 6 months ago. The obsession is still here. Why vote to blue bird while you can vote for such a bliss!

Unravel is probably one of the most widely covered openings on YouTube! Every fan of Tokyo Ghoul appreciates Unravel because the words reflect the emotions of the anime perfectly. The fans couldn't stand the second season's opening simply because it didn't live up to the name of Unravel. It deserves to be number one. If Tokyo Ghoul isn't the best anime, the opening sure is the best opening at least. Listen to the words, hear the transitions and notice all of the hidden meanings within; it is a perfect representation of the struggles being the main protagonist!

I saw a lot of animes... like more than fifty. So I think (I may be wrong) I know some things about openings. In 50 animes, I think it is by far the best opening of all time. It fits so well to the Tokyo Ghoul story and if you listen all Tokyo Ghoul episodes (season 1 & 2) you'll understand why people love this song even more. Listening the acoustic version is a must, but warning to the feelings!

It is energising literally and very emotional and it relates it to the story as well 😢

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3 Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Again Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Again

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has clearly the best anime openings. Every time I was exited seeing the next episode, I was also exited to watch the intro. The best of all is again. It's just so beautiful and I loved it since that moment I first had heard it.

It starts out slow then heats up fast and does a great job of capturing the plot, characters, and inner emotion of the protagonist. My all time favorite

Every anime opening in this series is great. That saying, I think it's important to have a strong first theme song, to get the viewer hooked. Again does just that, hooking us into the plot, and making us want to discover more about FMAB. The beat, the tune, and the images come together to make a theme song that you will never want to skip.

Honestly a masterpiece, just like the series

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4 Code Geass - Colors

Great op why not number one?

The best opening describes the anime perfectly and when looking at the lyrics this song matches the anime perfectly

The when I saw this at the start of the second episode, I was like, "Lelouch is using his mind control powers on me! "

Best op ever

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5 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". more.

Hell yeah! I don't even know why people think Database from Log Horizon is better than Sword Art Online's songs! All of Sword Art Online's songs are enchanting and are one of those anime openings that make you forget how much people hate it and can really stick with you on the first impression and forever. Database is going to have to grow on me, but I was utterly disappointed at how lame it was with the whole rock and roll feel and "database! " repetitions. Other than that, LiSA, Eir Aoi, Haruka Tomatsu, and Luna Haruna have created songs that not even Log Horizon could ever beat.

Sao is not only the greatest anime of all time but also has the best opening songs and soundtracks that it will leave you stunned at the anime if you watch it I definitely recommend you to watch it is breathtaking how good it is.

I just stopped everything I was doing and sang the entire song LOL! I do like the intro's for the Excalibur Arc and Mother's Rosario, those were pretty good, but there's really no SAO intro I hate, they are all like my children, I can't just choose one.

it so cute

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6 Death Note - Sekai Wo

Best show + opening ever

I love the Japanese version of the song. It is so cool and I practically listen to it every day.

This opening shows how ambition can make someone totally blind!


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7 Angel Beats! - My Soul, Your Beats!

A great song to listen to. A nice melody and awesome voice!

My Soul, your beats in my opinion sets a good tone for the series. It can show Angel's loneliness but also the connectedness of many characters.

Pretty much my favourite opening of all time. Transcribe it into piano and it is awesome.

Best opening. By far.

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8 Cowboy Bebop - Tank!

This is the best one of all openings...This jazz bass thing did it for me and it did for all anime fans now and then...This deserves the top! How come Tokyo ghoul is on the top?

How is this number 58. This is the best opening of all time

What can I say this opening is awesome.

It's a classic - Spiceberry

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9 Future Diary - Fantasy Mythology

This opening is always stuck in my head and I have no problem with it. This is probably my favourite anime opening (along with soul eaters first opening). It's just so bad arse and gets you so pumped for the show. I think the singers did an amazing job and I love how they incorporated two different languages into it. All round it's just an awesome opening that I listen to repetitively all the time.

This is one of my favorite! It has so much emotion and mixing with lots of action too!

First list I found with this on it. Loved this opening and loved this anime

I listen to this song EVERY DAY ON REPEAT It's SO GOOD

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10 Ao No Exorcist - In My World

I liked the first one way better

Noragami - Hello Sleepwalkers

This anime plus the opening were so amazing why is it not on the list I don't understand it was amazing.

Amazing theme song, truly captures the dynamic of the later episodes.

It's amazing

The Newcomers

? Naruto Shippuden - Blood Circulator
? Naruto Shippuden - Guren

The Contenders

11 Soul Eater - Paper Moon

I'm one of the few people I know who prefer this opening over Resonance. I just can't get enough of the catchy melody that does an excellent job setting up the later episodes of one of my favorite anime of all time.

I love the electric guitar in this song easily my favourite anime opening - Gamer4life

This is also a good song... I keep this one on my playlist... Really catchy.. - SoulDeathTheKidMaka414

The best opening without a doubt

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12 Soul Eater - Resonance

I didn't even watch the anime when I first heard this. My sister told me she wanted me to hear it and I have to say, I was really impressed! I don't think I've ever heard a better opening (except maybe Sword Art Online) because it sets you up EXACTLY for what you are about to see- something dark that gets you pumped up. I have stopped watching this anime before because the first few episodes before Death the Kid (squeal) comes to the school are a bit boring to me, however I decided to continue it because something with this good of a theme song can't be all that bad.

This opening is a weird case because I really DO NOT like Soul Eater. The writing is awkward and forced and almost every character is just flat-out annoying or stupid, with the exception of Dr. Stein and maybe a couple others. The one thing they did right, however, was done so greatly that there are just no words other than "epic" to describe it. Whenever you mix tubular bells with electric guitars, you get some of the most epic sounding hard rock ever. - MottScurry

I love soul eater and one of the reason is that I love the opening song

Both this and Black Paper Moon are amazing openings. Resonance lasted for half the series, then Black Paper Moon came. Since I am commenting on Resonance, lemme just say something. This opening reminded me of a Halloween thing (Lol). I really, really loved it's rhythm.

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13 Deadman Wonderland - One Reason

The opening is hella good and it goes well with the anime aesthetic, but the anime is absolute garbage as it is lazy work and incomplete from the full story. The manga is my favourite of all time and is definitely worth a read, I loved every aspect of it. The manga has true potential and you should check it out. I promise it's not disappointing!

The opening is really cool but the anime is a complete waste of time.

This anime opening is amazing as hell

True heavy metal opening!

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14 Fullmetal Alchemist - Opening 4

It's rewrite because if it was opening 4 from brotherhood it would say it like its says for again

I would say fullmetal alchemist brotherhood opening 1 and 4 is equal both really good

Wait, is this the 4th opening for 2003 or Brotherhood? - ProfessorMercury

Amazing animation, that's all I can say - BreakerOfStone

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15 Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni - Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

This opening manages to be ominous, creepy, beautiful and somewhat fast-paced all at the same time. I get chills whenever I watch this opening, even 5 years after having watched it. The feelings I had when I watched this series return and I immediately want to re-watch it. I have no idea why it's not higher on the list. This is the best anime opening I have ever watched.

At first, I liked the 2nd one better, But now, I like this one better. But I still like the Kai Opening - MLPFan

Great opening!

By far my favorite op, didn't even like the anime but still got creeped because of this op

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16 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Opening 2

This was the op for me. I enjoyed it more than the other ones. All the openings are masterpieces but for me, I like this one because it fitted all the key parts of the show that it had. Whilst all the openings were focused on one sort of idea, in a sense, one sort of emotion, Hologram personally ticked all the boxes.

I like all the openings but this one is my favourite - Gamer4life

I don't really like this one much, first one was better

All of Brotherhood's openings are amazing. PERIOD -TheDarkOne_221b

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17 Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Connect

Okay. So when I first watched this opening I was like "that is the sweetest thing I've ever heard," so of course I had to download it and still listen to it all the time. Then of course I followed the pattern of every Mahouka fan (I watched episode 3 and was like well crap. That opening is trickery. ) still one of my favorite anime openings to this day.

I love this song! I even memorized the first few lines in Japanese. My friend showed me the lyrics for this song in English, and it turns out this song really does fit the mood of the show. - Absolite

Allright, so basically, this show is to trick you into thinking magical girls are the basic stereotype. This opening was exactly that, and for non japanese people like me, without subtitles, we got tricked. This song is so sweet, and opposites attract, as this show is very dark. EVERYONE GO LISTEN NOW

Hell, the song even LIES ABOUT THE ANIME, I cried every time I heard this after Sayaka Miki died. That is impressive for a song to make me cry.

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18 Gurren Lagann - Sorairo Days

How is this below A Cruel Angel's Thesis. Honestly, I think Gurren Lagann had a better opening than Evangelion (not saying the song is bad, but I just prefer Sorairo Days better).

A song that gets you super pumped for the awesome that is Gurren Lagann

Awesome.Just awesome

19 Neon Genesis Evangelion - A Cruel Angel's Thesis

This song is so powerful that I could already feel what was coming ahead in the anime. Gives you goosebumps, has a great music composition and is definitely better than almost every other one this list, including "Attack on Titan" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" (except maybe Bebop - but even "Tank" does not really move you emotionally like this one does).
I know music is subjective and I most certainly do not want to sound haughty, but most music connoisseurs would probably agree with my opinion, if they were to listen to the songs on this list. - gaali121

The fact that this is so low is proof of how many people need to see Evangelion, I can count with my hand the number of songs that compare to A Cruel Angel's Thesis.

Gives goosebumps all the time, affects the emotions deeply, and is much better than the "Attack on Titan" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" themes. Definite Top 3 material.

This should be at the top.

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20 Bleach - Opening 13

I'm listening to it right now. It always reminds me of Gin :'( - Tuana123

RIP Gin Ichimaru he only pretended to be Aizen's right hand man just so he can kill him - Periachi

For me as well always reminds me of Ichimaru Gin

In terms of a song and the animation. Ranbu no melody is a masterpiece

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21 Naruto - Aoi no Sora

Naruto Shippuden Opening 6 "Sign" is by far better

Naruto's top spot on the list should be represented by either Diver or Hero's Comeback, not this

I don't have words

I love this naruto op but personally I like Diver and Sihlouette

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22 Dragon Ball Z - Rock the Dragon

Dragon! Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z! - SunGoku

This song just gets you pumped up

Amazing Song, One of the best. - Gohan your boy

love it

23 Black Lagoon - Red Fraction

So fitting to the show it represents

The lyrics are simply mesmerizing. Every time I hear them my breath gets taken away. So much depth in a mere minute and a half. This should be #1


24 Guilty Crown - My Dearest

Why do I not see a single Guilty Crown OST in the Top 10 list?


This song is TOO GOOD!

Super nice melodious song.Way too briliant to even surpass the masterpiece

25 Kill la Kill Op 2 - Ambiguous

Honestly, just give this song a listen, you'll see it's clearly the best, now please do us all a favor and listen to this song.

26 Boku No Hero Academia Opening 1 The Day

It is actually a pretty good one, just a lil bit short.

This is my second favorite opening ever, and I'm sure My Hero Academia fans know the reason to like it. - Qryzx

The best and one of the motivational ops that I've ever listened to!

I don't care if more people love OP 2 better, this will always be my favorite BNHA opening! - Atham

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27 Yu-Gi-Oh! - English Opening

One of my childhood anime opening

28 Steins;Gate - Opening 1

Come on man how is this 29th?!?! Hacking to the Gate is AT LEAST top10 for crying out loud!

Best anime opening I think I've ever seen, and I've heard nearly all of the openings currently in the top 10

One of my favorite anime openings ever! - TGBBOD


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29 Air TV - Tori no Uta

The only reason Tori no Uta is this low is because many people don't know about the anime. It at least deserves to be in the top 10, everything in the opening goes hand in hand, plus Lia's angelic voice!

Surprised to find this opening so low. it at least deserves to be in top 5

This opening is beautiful! Why isn't it top 10!? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

30 One Piece - We Are (English version)

One of the all time greatest. Fun, iconic and full of action. Has a right that will always stick with you and brings a sence of adventure and nostalgia. All one piece songs are Golden.

31 Bleach - Asterisk

First Japanese song I completely worked out a dance routine to, absolutely awesome

32 11eyes - Arrival of Tears

Now this is what I'm talking about when I say awesome. This is my kind of music. Whether it's fast, slow or whether it's sang by a male or female, I always love metal music. This is one of those anime songs that despite it being in Japanese, I can't resist singing along to it. The guitar sequences in it are the best I've heard in anime opening songs. The animation in this opening really complements the show too. - MottScurry

Best Japanese symphonic metal anime song ever! - MLPFan

Better than the actual show unfortunately


33 Haruka Kanata - Naruto Opening 2

This was the first Japanese song I ever heard

34 Fate/Zero - To the Beginning

Truly captures the dark and tragic tone of the 2nd and final season of Fate/Zero. Even the name of it; To the Beginning. Shows how Kiritsugu's roots are explored. How he has to think back to the beginning in order to make his biggest decision. Can also be viewed as how this series is coming to a close, and the beginning to the sequel/main series, Fate/Stay Night, is coming.

"For the sake of creating a world where no one cries, I scream out a prayer that doesn't reach anywhere and disappears..."

"If I choose you, and if we can search for a happiness just for the two of us, It doesn't matter if freezing flames burn my body, I am near a smile."

35 Naruto Shippuden - Diver Naruto Shippuden - Diver

27 is too low for this. Its greatest op from naruto ever

Why is this so low it's my favourite by far

What why is this so low?

36 Attack on Titan - Jiyuu no Tsubasa

The best anime opening ever! Jiyuu no tsubasa has a great lyrics, too. That's why I love so much this song!

31? Really? Really... Merge those two digits together and BOOM. Number 4 for titan's sake (31, my dog).

The best and most epic opening ever! I always got chewed at the part:"Welding the blades of Gloria, we've made for victory..."

After hearing the full song of Jiyuu no Tsubasa, I just want to jump off the window with 3DMG and go slice some titans, or just look at sky and wish I can go to their world. This song is also meaning "Wings of Freedom".

It really gives an idea as to what is about to happen. Brilliant!

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37 One Piece - Opening 14 (Fight Together)

WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE! It's one of the greatest theme songs ever. it has fabulous rhythm and music and singing. Shows tragedy, flashback, fun and hope. It shows the hope of the protagonist and moving forward. It encompasses the pain and fun memories and growth that he has gone through to move forward. It is so meaningful to the series beyond how amazing just the music itself sounds. Yet it's so low on the list because stupid fan girls hype junk like SAO because they like the show even though others songs are better, and Attack on Titan (while great) is on here Twice! People look and learn the song title before brainlessly adding it a second or third time like a moron.

There are approximately 1,013,913 words in the English language but I could never string any of them together to explain how much I love this song

When I first saw this opening I cried... I still do... It's very rare for me to cry at all... So far this anime has made me cry more then 5 times...

The best One Piece song, but definitely not the best anime opening. It does not deserve the top 20. As good as it is, there are much more better openings like 'Unravel', 'My Dearest', 'Guren no Yumiya', 'COLORS', 'Cruel Angel Thesis'Thesis', 'Again', 'Crossing Field', 'Jiyuu no Tsubasa' and so many more which is better than this. I think it shouldn't be higher.

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38 Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works - Brave Shine

Hands down, best opening in all of anime, in my opinion of course. Thank you, Unlimited Budget Works for introducing me to Aimer the Great, truly my favorite singer in the world.

Just an amazing song, suited the anime perfectly.

Amazing my favourite anime opening song ever

This should be top one

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39 Sign - Naruto Shippuden

Gut wrenching... I really really wanted to vote for both Sign and Sekai wo. But, I suppose Sign is better by just the slimmest of margins. But it is heart-breaking to not vote for sekai wo :'(

I love this song. I can play it on repeat and never get sick of it.

Sign by flow is the best rock music EVER.

Best opening ever

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40 One Piece Opening 20 Hope! One Piece Opening 20 Hope!

Honestly this op is just so low because the people who voted otherwise have never heard this opening. I have listend to a lot of openings and still think this is at least top 10 worthy on any non emo list. The only way to hate this song is by not liking anything that will give you hope.

Best One Piece opening to be honest - smill

Amazing emotional opening. My favorite from One Piece.

best one

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41 Hello, World! - Blood Blockade Battlefront
42 Bleach - Opening 6
43 One Piece Opening 5 Kokoro No Chizu One Piece Opening 5 Kokoro No Chizu
44 Attack on Titan - Opening 1

This opening gets me so pumped, it's so epic. I always get chills at the part where they all jump into the air at the same time

This also really shows the desperate struggle to survive and fight the titans

So awesome it's on the list twice - Absolite

It's like a drug to me

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45 Soul Eater - Opening 1

Haha it's on the list twice

46 Kaze No Stigma - Blast of the Wind
47 Elfen Lied - Lilium

It's really sad because it's from the music box in the anime.

This song has the feel to touch your heart! Best song ever

This song touched my heart. I loved this opening from the first episode

So pure...

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48 Fate Zero - Oath Sign (Opening 1)

I really love the contemporary medieval feel of the song! Not to mention you could feel the emotions of the singer LiSA as she sings throughout the whole song as well! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

49 Durarara Opening 2 - Complication

One of the best pop rock openings ever! Great beat and pauses. This should be really on the top. Any songs from Durarara! is definitely a hit.

50 Sword Art Online - Crossing Field

I love SAO its really cool. But then (SPOILERS WARNING! ) Asuna joined another guild ;-;

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