Best Asian Rock Artists

Because Asian Rock Bands deserve to be in the limelight!

The Top Ten

1 X Japan X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

Yes they are too amazing yoshiki the drum destroyer, toshi the best voice your ears will ever hear, hide the most badass and most crazy guitarist ever. Pata amazing guitarist and awesomist hippie, sugizo the perfect newest addition to the group, taiji epic as hell when it comes to bass every band he joined had great success, and now heath'he is the youngest in the group but he is really amazing at the bass too and not to mention he really cute! Well I think all of them are hot in their own way I like all of them!

X Japan is the best! They are legendary. Nothing to question about their talent and professional. They Rock your heart every time they are on stage. They produced the great and very impressive shows that no one can resist! Beware your heart when you listen to their music because their ballad songs can fire your soul! They also inspire their fans to fight for their own dream, just like X-Japan. Let's prove my words by yourself.

The band X Japan, as most of Asia. A beautiful melody. With emphasis on the risk of Yoshiki's drums. Asia is well-known band of music fans across Asia, Europe and America and the world tour. Recent times, in 2011, which was previously demonstrated that Now in Asia, you can not overlook the possibility of this band. We are X!

There simply is no other band. X are everything. WE ARE X!
At least, this band was and still is the start for so many J-Rock bands. If there was no X-Japan, there won't be many bands there are now. X-Japan is named as the main influence of many, many Japanese musicians. And this is awesome.

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2 L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. With a reported 40 million records sold, they were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden.

The best

I do not understand a word of Japanese but their music is what makes me listen to it! I listen to English bands but nobody makes music as good as them! Tetsu is the god of bass just ask anyone who plays bass and check his lines of shout at the devil, heaven's drive. They are super difficult to play. Hyde's voice is amazing, very unique, his range is the best I've heard!

Larc en ciel rocks! There's no doubt about it that laruku is awesome+legendary+oh well, words can't describe their awesomeness, greatness, everything! If I don't know laruku, I wont be able to love music like I do now. I love them, because of them, I love japan. And I love music. Music in my heart, because larc en ciel is my heart.

Their music is full of style and attitude. The exhilarating drum beats, the sexy guitar, the stunning base, and the voice that can only come from heaven; this is the band that you definitely cannot miss. Their music is not merely superb skills, but touches the deepest part of your heart.

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3 Gackt Gackt Gakuto Oshiro (大城 ガクト Ōshiro Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, and then for more.

GACKT is the best, because He has the best voice... He can sing beautiful but He has a rock voice too... And.. It's very important:
James Hetfield (Metallica's singer) knows him and they (Gackt & James) are friends! - Ga-Gackt

He's the incarnation of musical art! - alexa

He's also a rock artist and a hell of a good one, so bare with it, he's the best in many aspects! If you listen to his vocals, melody and lyrics and if you know what a really good music is, you'll see it in him! - MusicalFreak

he is the best... not only asian... true talentet true passion
gackt is quality

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4 the GazettE the GazettE The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Records.

Honestly, they are one of the best bands in the world let alone Japan. They have amazing and meaningful lyrics, sound unbelievable and at the end of the day are all down to Earth, humble guys.

How is this band not number one?!? Curse you X Japan! This band is amazing and everyone goes well together. You can tell they love their fans. GAZEROCK IS NOT DEAD!

The GazettE are awesome! I can't understand Japanese but their songs are so beautiful, they have inspired me to learn Japanese and even take up playing the guitar again.

Because of Ruki's voice. Because of perfect sound. Because of changing my life. Just love them.

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5 Aurthohin Aurthohin Aurthohin is a Bangladeshi hard rock and metal band formed in 1998 by bassist, singer and songwriter Sumon. He is the only founding member still with the band. Aurthohin are known for their mix of melodic acoustic numbers and extremely heavy metal numbers in their albums often containing lots of bass more.

Greatest Asian band,no doubt!

I love Aurthohin. The songs of Aurthohin gives me pleasure.

Best of luck brothers

One of the best heavy metal bands in Asia. They should be at the top 10.

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I had a chance to see him at Anime Expo when he played the House of Blues. Man, he rocked hard! I came away a big fan! His guitar skills were way beyond my expectations.

He explores the upper stratum of rock music, and the depths of emotion. His voice, his lyrics, his melodies, his driving guitar...all the raving about him is not as good as listening to him. What a sexy angel he is, too.

new to being solo yet ultimately one of the best

i like him

7 Asian Kung fu Generation

They are simply sensational! - ToPh

Best japan rock, you can hear many songs and you don't get boring

8 Miyavi Miyavi Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actor. He is known for his finger-slapping style of playing a guitar.

Electric or acoustic, hard rock or ballad, Miyavi is brilliant and fast and intricate. He plays his instruments like they're alive, and they like it. Raw and tender, experimental, ridiculously joyous and mercurial, a voice with a growl under it that's absolute, dead faint sex.

He's just unstopable, his skill is undenyable. He can rock the place so well, while at the same time he can make you emotional till the very end. He has a skill, a feeling, and you can feel his soul with all the songs he plays.

Originality just define him, he create the new rock, his lyrics are deep and wonderful, he is stylish and rocks. He do his music with pleasure and not for money. He loves his fans, this is why I love him.

9 Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun-Joong is a South Korean entertainer, actor, singer, dancer, and the leader and main rapper of boyband SS501.
10 J-Rocks

Best Indonesian rock band.. Like l'arc en ciel..

They are amazing,... Their song also inspire to the youth, like "Ceria" and "meraih Mimpi"

The Contenders

11 Artcell Artcell Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive metal band formed in October 1999. According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading bands of the country".

Just awesome...Love you Artcell

Much better and evolved musicians than X japan

Artcell is the best! They are legendary. Nothing to question about their talent and professional. They Rock your heart every time they are on stage. They produced the great and very impressive shows that no one can resist! Beware your heart when you listen to their music because their ballad songs can fire your soul! They also inspire their fans to fight for their own dream, just like Artcell. Let's prove my words by yourself

Artcell is one of the best progressive metal band in the history of metal..they should be in number 1 in Asia zone! if anyone doubts about it then they may check their song called "Aniket Prantor" Hail To Artcell!

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12 Seo Taiji

He's a musical genius. His songs are intoxicating. Powerful arrangement with catchy tunes.

Korean Rock God!! Majesty, power, passion - he'll send you into rock heaven.

He's the president of Korean modern culture.

Seo Taiji is a great singer and he should be #1 on this list (no offense to other band's fans). Check out Feel The Soul, Ultramania and Internet War, great songs. - UltimateHybridX

13 Arnel Pineda Arnel Pineda Arnel Campaner Pineda is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

Arnel may not be the original vocalist of the band "journey" but whenever he sings the journey songs he nailed it! His voice is very powerful, even oprah and ellen degeneres was blown away by his vocal prowess despite the fact that he didn't undergo any formal vocal training, his voice was molded through singing experience and hardships he endured... His soprano husky voice and growls makes his performance remarkable...

Obviously Arnel Pineda, being the vocalist of the 3rd most successful rock band in the world is just enough to vote for him.

I'm speechless. tongue tied.
- yui_rainbow27

Amazing talent!

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14 SID

SID can't be ranked like this. Their reached perfection in music. Their vocalist Mao has the most amazing voice which is the most recognizable voice ever. Guitarist Shinji, Bassist Aki and Drummer Yuya plays their instrument in such passion. They worked hard to get where they are now. For that, SID simply is one of the bests.

My most favorite band ever

15 Bamboo

listen and you'll know why they should be here! former vocalist of rivermaya that is well known throughout asia as well - junelm

the vocalist of bamboo is great.. nice band...

16 CN Blue

They're good.. But I don't think they rock enough.. They did great singin beautiful simple, cheerful song..

They are more to pop rock. But they still rock in they performance because they really can sing live and play they own instruments.

Talented with great vocals... Soft and sweet songs!

The best Korean rock

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17 Atif Aslam Atif Aslam Muhammad Atif Aslam is a Pakistani singer and film actor. His movie debut was the 2011 social drama Bol.

His voice and singing style totally different.

He is a pop artist. What are he doing here folks? I am not kidding anyway

I don't listen to Bollywood music. But he isn't a rock artists. - zxm

He is the best rockstar and magical voice

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18 D'erlanger

Voting for them because BUCK-TICK is not on the list and I really want at least one good band to stay in the top 10.

very underrated, it doesnt mean if youre popular youre the best - ronluna

19 Dir en Grey Dir en Grey Dir En Grey is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

Dir en Grey is an amazing band. Kyo manages to break past language barriers and he delivers an amazing range of vocals. If you are looking for a great band with meaningful lyrics, non disappointment, and a stupendous live performance. Then Dir en Grey has is it. From Visual Kei to hardcore Metal.

Hands down one of the best and most unappreciated bands of all time. music ranging from rock ballads to death metal, Kyo hits one of the largest ranges of vocals ever and puts in additional in human vocals. Whether you prefer something abit pop rock (Old Diru) or something with abit of a western metal feel but still maintaining its originality, then check out anything by this band.

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21 Jal (band)

I m not saying this is best indian rock band, but 2 0f this song is really really really awesome, MUST HEAR n vote for top 10 list
1. JAL-ADAT (fevrete rock song of all Indians & pakistanians)

JAL band is Pakistani band not Indian

I'm an indian but they are my best rock band. I love their every song especially dil haarey pukaarey.

Best pakistani band after junoon

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22 Warfaze Warfaze Warfaze is a Bangladeshi hard rock band. The group consists of Palash Noor (vocals), Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal (lead guitar), Sheikh Monirul Alam Tipu (drums and percussion), Samir Hafiz (Guitar), Shams Mansoor Ghani (keyboards and vocals), and Naim Haque Roger (bass). Multiple changes have taken place in more.

Best hard rock band in asia

Best Rock Band

The best hardrock band of asia no doubt.

Pioneers of Hard Rock in Bangladesh. Warfaze is one of the legendary rock bands in Bangladesh.

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23 One Ok Rock One Ok Rock One OK Rock, is a Japanese rock band, formed in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. The band currently consists of Takahiro Moriuchi, Toru Yamashita, Ryota Kohama, and Tomoya Kanki.

I never found a band whose live performance was better than the studio version except ONE OK ROCK. And the gap between that is so far. Really. - 10969tika

Well...although I am not Japanese,I still love this band because I think their songs are always wonderful and powerful.

I don't know a lot of Asian bands, only the gazette, one ok rock, cnblue (well at least people say that it's a rock band) It's hard to choose between the gazette and one ok rock, but I choose one ok rock, cause I understand and like their lyrics. though I love the gazette guitar and boss. Really hard decision... Ok I'm giving this vote for one ok rock cause let's admit it they deserve a better place on this list!

Their songs is really inspiring,also their performance are very all out, taka's(vocalist) voice is the same as the recording. They are sooo good!

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24 Ayub Bachchu (LRB)


Best lead guitarists whole over the Asia.

Ayub Bachchu is a very good drunk, fat, overrated, annoying, arrogant singer. - zxm

One Of the finest guitarist ever lived!

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25 Amulok

Amulok is the best because Songs of Amulok band it's really nice.

This band is the best... I wish all the best.

We love amulok... best of luck amulok and best of luck Bangladesh

Love you amulok.. love you Bangladesh

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They are the only one Korean boy band who include this category... They are the best in Korea...

%always keep the faith% - mel588

27 Fossils


Not only the best band of India, also one of the greatest rock bands of the World. I think they must deserve 1st or 2nd position in this list. The fools who have not listen to them yet must listen to geat compositions like Ekla Ghar, Hasnuhana, Bishakto Manush, Shashti, Nemesis, Manabboma, concept album F3 etc and surely they will love it. Rockers! Vote them to the top!

28 Jay Chou
29 Eraserheads Eraserheads Eraserheads is a Filipino rock band formed in 1989. Consisting of Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan, the band became one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the Philippine music history.

The Beatles of the Philippines and best ever bands in the philippines ever.
The first rock bands in the Philippines who win many award and first band
Who play alternative rock in Philippines.
And the vocalist Ely Buendia is John lennon of PHILIPPINES

The song "and huling el bimbo" of eraserheads is very beautiful... All their songs are beautiful...

Best band in the Philippines ever

Only asian bands win in mtv asia

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30 F.T. Island

Best Asian rock band what is doing here? They just rock the world

You totally rock, but why are you here? Akh, they should hear hongki's voice!

Just love lee hong ki

How come FT Island be here?! They should at topten position at least... :(
CN Blue not that ROCK enough to be nmbr. 16...

32 Maximum the Hormone

Just watch one of their videos. Any of 'em. It's like metallic pop. It's crazy awesome.

MTH is one of the few that can blend several different types of rock and alternative. That's why I'm stunned to not see MTH up in the top ten.

33 Antim Grahan

You have to listen to then to understand how good they are

One of the best black metal bands in the world.

Nepali Black Metal... , /

34 Galneryus

Galneryus is the most powerful and skill in asian and in world. More technique and skill and also stamina you will see when you're watching they live performace.

35 Buck-Tick

The longest playing band (without hiatus)on the Japanese music stage. One of the most unique as well. - alinaschneider

36 Malice Mizer Malice Mizer Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001. Formed by guitarists Mana and Közi, the band's name stands for "malice and misery", extracted from "Nothing but a being of malice and misery." - their reply to the question "What is human?" Their earlier music more.

visual kei has never had it this good!

37 James Iha

best vocal

38 Scandal

Their the best girl band ever! And I love all of their songs... They are funny offstage and very friendly...

These chicks are pretty good.

39 Black (Bangladesh)

They are awesome!

Best alternative rock band of asia

Should be in top 10

A band wich will appear forever in the history of Bangladeshi band music.

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40 Beyond

Should be number 1

One of the most underrated bands ever. Legendary Hong Kong band.

Almost the best rock band in China

41 Mucc

THEY are the best! No one can compare them, Tatsuro is the best vocal ever! The lives are even better than the studio versions

MUCC for the win

42 Apocalypse (Ranchi)
43 Vamps
44 Alice Nine
45 Clash
46 Kotak
47 Bunkface

Love it so much. Inspirational song haha laugh out loud.

Bukface is the best band in Asian because I love Bunkface band haha just kidding

I really really love BUNKFACE.. their musics so cool and every time I listen to bunkface's song, I got hyper hahah.. bunkface should be in top tens! ! please.. this band very awesome.. because I'm bunkers.. bunk not dead yeahhh rock until the end!

48 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
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