Best Male Singers of Japan

Solo artist or leader vocal of a band, if he has a career in Japan, put his name here.

The Top Ten Best Male Singers of Japan

1 Ohno Satoshi

I honestly feel that the control he has over his voice is really highly commendable. He is able to do the vibrato easily thanks to his training when he was younger doing stageplays. He knows when to sing from the diaphragm, head or throat. The way he sings high notes and holds them there can give me goosebumps too. Some people who have gone to Arashi concerts say that his recording voice is so similar to his live singing voice that they can't tell them apart. He has great flexibilty too whether he needs to sing high or low. His voice is also very stable and wont "break". His singing voice is very wholesome like it's a very complete like its not too airy its probably because he often sings uses his diaphragm and he is the lead singer too...

No way! I have to say that Ohno Satoshi is one of or is THE BEST singer in Johnny's! I have no idea why he is ranking so low but this ranking definitely doesn't show his worth.

He has amazing control in his voice even when it's a live performance! And his vibrato is... HNNG! His dancing is excellent too! He's perfect I swear.

His singing voice is wonderful.And he is a man of endeavor to say "I can not convince my songs for the rest of my life."

2 Toshi Toshimitsu Deyama, known exclusively by his stage name Toshi, is a Japanese singer and songwriter. He is best known as lead vocalist and co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan.

His voice is even higher than female lol.
Art of Life enough said.

He's known internationally, so he couldn't be that bad. in fact, I think he's great and he's one of my favourite all time singers - bakuhanshichauyo

You know? I would do just about anything just to have his voice. No, I wont kill for it. God might be upset if I do so. Anyway, Watching him and X Japan live was really awesome. He hits his high notes like no one else can. Great job Mr. Deyama - aeromaxx777

Most original voice. Excellent.
Listen to any X Japan songs.

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I love the way he can do so much with his voice, one minute it seems to be his "true"voice and then the next, it's changed again. Such fun.

a freedom person,, singing his own way.. I Love it.. - ragil_19

He's an inspiration to all of us... I love him to death.
He's so amazing to listen to, I just can't get enough of his voice!

he's unique! his voice, his sound, his music. he's the best - kurenai_tenshi

4 Masatoshi Ono
5 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 really puts 110% into everything he does - singing, acting, dancing, etc. He is able to weave stories throughout his albums and performances, which makes it all the more breathtaking. His lives have so much power, so much feeling. Even in his concert DVD's, it feels like you are there, watching. His music and voice is able to transcend languages and boundaries.

Many people might say Gackt's among the few Japanese that come close to a "celebrity" status, but I think, even if that's true, he deserves it. Whatever he does, it's always his absolute best, even if at times weird, other times sugary sweet. He's actually one of the very few people I call Artists: he's able to CREATE. Create worlds that you get sucked into every time you listen to his music. And the lyrics he writes are plain beautiful, often so multilayered, you discover new things even if you've known a particular song for years. And the way he can re-invent himself, recycle his old songs while making them totally new is fascinating too. Not to mention his stage presence, which sweeps everyone off their feet - it's been more than a month that he's been here and I still couldn't quite process that night. He really shows his soul - throughout his music.

His voice and songs and himself is amazing. He sings them with feelings and you can feel it. His lyrics are also very meaningful and he always come out with good songs.

My personal favorite is Love Letter, because it seems so honest when he's talking about the relationship. And I've never seen that in any of the other Japanese bands that I listen to. Plus, he still looks great for being almost 40; my friend thought he was 17! Hard to believe. AND I've never seen him wearing makeup like other stars do!

6 Tatsurou (Mucc)

hyde's voice pours out his heart, such grand passion, sometimes the most touching tenderness, or poignant pain, sometimes soaring joy, and sometimes sheer sex! Shining spirit, then dark, charismatic creature.

His ability to maintain such high quality of vocals while singing rock n roll is unsurpassed, amazing.

Enchant us, inspire us, seduce us, move us, Dear hyde.

"Let's go to heaven. "
"Let's make love. "
"I'm hungry. "
- hyde

No one can ever match up to to him... Apart from his various singing styles... Hyde.. Has a calming effect in his voice..
his "secret letters" never goes outta my head...

Fell in love when watching his live performance. He can deliver an idealistic image to all the audience through his impeccable voice and passionate movement.

He's not a person in reality! He's more like a figure that all of us dream to be, an image exist only in unconsciousness.

No matter in L'arc or in Vamps, his performance is of great variety, yet beautiful. His voice can be both masculine and feminine, yet resonating like angel. He's got talent, but never shows off.

He's definitely one of the greatest artist in the world.

I love him, remember the first one I remember of primary school is a word of English: I like his voice. In don't know translation premise, the sentence on the strong interest of produce, then know after the translation is more like it. But still can not for this sentence as a master, until 6 years in television to see rainbow band 15 anniversary live broadcast, the man song like magic kind, you can seize your soul, and the lead you to the unknown wonders of the world.

8 Yasu (Janne Da Arc)

This man's versatility for writing beautiful, memorable songs and his voice are an inspiration. He sounds very much the same, whether it's during a live or on the CD. There aren't too many people out there for whom I can say the same about.

His voice same every live, recording or in video clip...
He have a different voice than another single every people will know its yasu if he sing a song

His voice touches my heart every time, sometimes brings me smile, sometimes tears... He's the most amazing singer I've ever heard!

He has the same voice live or in recording - Nitta

9 Sakurai Atsushi (BUCK TICK)

I think Atsushi Sakurai is the best singer in JAPAN.
His voice is very very unique and very sexy too.
He can change his voice according to the song. I mean you can listen FLY HIGH and then Shanikusai Carnival then you will realise..
He is the best..

He is definitely the best singer in Japan. His voice is so unique and sexy.
(Most of the famous Japanese singers have the same voice, and they are just struggling with the high-pitched voice, so annoying. )

I love Atsushi Sakurai.. He can sing so sensually and clear...
He is so col I can't believe... That singers like him don't top world chats...

He's the best. He's the master. He's is the Lord. Sakurai Atsushi is the only one who can interpreting all the musical styles with a innate talent and professionalism, but not only that, he is the only singer and above all, he's a interpreter, that has varied vocally since its beginning in the music world until today.

You will never hear a BUCK-TICK's song that sounds equal like to another. They make music to express feelings. They do not seek recognition, or be the number 1 selling as do the other bands. If they are where they are is because they have earned, because they have talent.

That's why Sakurai Atsushi is the best male singer and the best INTERPRETER of all the world (with ISSAY from Der Zibet).


10 Kyo (Dir en Grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

Not only does Kyo and an amazing vocal range, from screaming, to growling and everything in between, the emotion he puts into his singing is incredible. Some songs he's sung have made me cry just from the feeling he put behind it. Music is my life, so I've heard some good vocalists and some not so good vocalists. Kyo is my favorite, and there is not one person out there like him. They can try all they want, but Kyo is the only person in the world who can do what he does, with the range and emotion that he does.

Over the years, I have listen to all kinds of music. I have never came across anyone as talented as Kyo. His voice is priceless for not only how well he sings, but also because he expresses so much raw passion and emotion in every lyric that comes out of that voice of his. There is really no category that you can put him into except for brilliance. I recently was introduced to Dir en Grey, and I have to say that I have never felt as connected as I do with Dir en Grey and the brilliance of Kyo's voice.

Kyo is one of a kind! No other vocalist can sing so deep and true like Kyo!

He is the most unexpected & unbelieveable vocalist! His voice is very unique! He is the #1!

The Contenders

11 Ruki (The Gazette)

AWESOME! How can one guy has such an amazing voice! Unlike other singers he has a special voice which shakes our mind and let it loose free! The energy he has in his voice is unbelievable! At first, he had an emo look and now he changed his looks but I still love him! I don't care what others think of him, he is one in a million and everything that J-pop needs :D It will take another 1000 years to find another person like him with that special quality both in his voice and his personality :D

Ruki is the most wonderful vocalist ever to be. He will never fall. When he sings I feel like I can feel everything that he is feeling. In his lives there is nothing in this world that can stop him. If anyone says different they just don't have good taste.

.. Ruki is utterly fantastic! In every way possible. He's got such a mesmerizing and unique voice that entraps everyone. Most of his songs are so overflowing with emotions and it just makes you shed tears without even realizing it. I always cry while listening to Reila too, Cassis, Without a Trace, Guren and Calm Envy. His live performances are incredibly amazing and without equal. To sum all this up, Ruki's a marvelous vocalist and before that a marvelous human being. Thumbs up for him and the whole awesome band! GAZROCK 4EVR!

Ruki is amazing, awesome and every other positive word out there. He always knows what to sing about whether it be happy or sad. Every time I listen to his songs or watch his lives I can feel his emotions particularly in taion, guren and reila for I always cry during those songs and after they finished

12 Tatsuya Ueda

He has a variety of the way to sing and changes the way of singing according to the songs sometimes so wildly other time so sweetly and emotionally.
Also plays the piano and the guitar and composes lovely tunes.
So talented!

He looks so cool in appearance,but his inside and reactions are so cute.
He always think about what to do to make his fans are happy.
He plays various character on the play.
He has powerful and sweet voice, his singing voice is so gentle.
I love his plays and his sweet voice.

He easily changes his vice accooding to the taste of the song, sometimes so wildly another time so sweetly.
Plays the piano and compose lovely songs.
Attractive man with lovely smiles!

I think he's voice is so wonderful that make me happy.

13 Yuya Matsushita

He's voice is just AMAZING! I love it so much
You better listen to the sing bird by yuya it's so emotional and relaxing
Totally the best Japanese singer ever!

Amazing voice, good acting and dancing skills with good looks... A rising star in the making!

Very underrated artist. I think he deserves some real credit. As previously mentioned, he has the talent (can really sing, dance, rap and even play the piano) and the looks to boot with a pleasing personality. He may be the typical boy-next-door type, but he definitely has something. Matsushita Yuya is a rising star and will definitely be big as other J-pop artist out there.

This man. Is amazing. He's beautiful, fabulous, and very nice! His voice is phenomenal; it lulls me into a daydream every time I listen. His dancing is fabulous, and he really knows how to put feeling into a song. I cry every time I hear Paradise, because well... He has simply mastered the art of meaning every word he sings. Without a doubt, he deserves to be the top male singer. I'll always love you Yuya darling!

14 Kamenashi Kazuya

His voice is very beautiful and sexy.
His song is really full of soul.
When I hear his song, a scene appears in my heart.
Kazuya Kamenashi is the best and wonderful singer.

Love him to bits! Especially his voice

God voice, a really great voice

I really love his voice and the way he puts all the feeling on the lyric in his voice especially if he sings ballad songs.

15 Kamijo

I'm giving kamijo yuuji my beautiful gorgeous prince my full support i want to support him in everything he does kamijo is the true prince of my heart kamijo is the man of my dreams I'm so much in love with kamijo I want to be with him kamijo is the best he's the legend of music he's my master love tanya san

He have a good voice.. And the strong vocal that will make every single person melt with his voice.. He deserves to be at list on top 3..

Kamijo have an unique and elegant voice, he's Great in scream too.. And his voice become more and more developing now

He's one of the best vocalist ever! He deserves to be at list on the top 5! KAMIJO's voice is so beautiful!

16 Yamapi

He's cute and I like his voice.

He got an amazing voice that tickles my heart

He's energetic! I love his voice! Especially in Daite Senorita

His voice is awesome

17 Yamada Ryosuke

Ryo-chan! No. 1 for me!

His voice is so sexy, and he has pretty face, that's so kawaii! He can be a cute boy once and be a cool guy another. he won many awards for ideal lover. he began his debut in 2013. he's the center of idol group Hey! Say! JUMP

His voice is so sweet and cute and it makes me fell dream! I love you Yamada senpai keep on to reach the top

He didn't have the best singing voice in the world but his singing voice is very soothing, calming and sweet. The latest HSJ Smart Concert DVD has shown how he has transformed into an awesome complete package idol with impressive live singing skill. Ganbatte Ryosuke! Awesome Hey say jump!

18 Byou (Screw)
19 Nishijima Takahiro (AAA)

Nissy's singing is great! I love him when he sings with AAA, but I love his singles as well!

AHH! Nissy is the reason why I love AAA! I keep replaying Niji just to hear his high notes!

Nissy's voice is so nice, just listen to his solos! It worth it.

Nissy is the best singer in Japan!

20 Akanishi Jin

I like Jin especially when he's with Kamenashi Kazuya.. They're perfect duo for me... They almost make me cry because of joy when I see them together... More power to both of you.. God Bless.. Hoping you to visit Philippines..

He has such a sensual voice. I love it! His voice range is really wide. Even when he was in Kat-Tun, he usually gets the really hard parts because of his voice.

he really is the best japanese singer, during kat-tun time and even now he demonstrate it

He has the gift of making songs.
His voice should be heard by the world.

21 Asagi (Solo artist, D)

After HYDE and Gackt (everybody has to bow to them), Asagi definitely deserves top ten.

Vocalist for D, and on his own projects. He makes metal and Goth lyrical and graceful.

How could asagi being placed at 22?
Well.. its up to other to describe him but for me, asagi is the best singer that I ever love beside tatsurou MUCC. both of them were so talented and I do think that he deserved top ten..

Objectively, one of the best, asagi have an unique voice

Asagi is the best! His Philosophy about death, Live & love becoming music is the best as well

22 Yuta Furukawa

Yuta Furukawa is new and fresh to the Japanese music scene. He is extremely unique in the way how he can relate and connect with people all over the world and not just in Japan with his beautiful melodies and amazing lyrics that don't need translating to connect with the Western audience. Yuta Furukawa is a terrific musician specialising not just in singing but in guitar playing as well. He deserves to be more recognised in the music world not only in his own beautiful country of Japan but worldwide as well. If you want new and exciting music that connects with all aspects of life you can't go past the brilliance that is Yuta Furukawa. You wont be dissapointed! -

! Yuta Furukawa! He's my first favorite japanese male singer ever. I've never listen to japanese songs before. And when I first listened to Yuta's 'Origin of Miracle', I immediately found it awesome and powerful. Then I started to search and listen the other songs of his.I really love his songs!

His voice is reallysweet.

23 Miura Daichi

Golden kid-mad talent! His live performances speak for themselves!

He is a great entertainer!

Huge fan of miura daichi!

He is the entertainer!

24 Kota Yabu (Hey! Say! JUMP)

His voice is epic! He can sing high and low notes. Even his sempai admired his ability to sing. When I saw the making of JUMP WORLD, he seems like don't have any difficulties in singing. His techniques and voice are supported by the fact that he also can write and compose songs.

His voice is so good but it's really hard to explain. I love it when he sings Union and my everything. It makes me cry every time.

25 Kaya
26 Sono (Matenrou Opera)

He is absolutely best.

His voice is very high and so wonderful!
The way for the interpretation is awesome!

27 Kyono (Mad Capsule Markets)
28 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.

As a whole his vocals aren't especially amazing... But he can sing in a lot of different styles, and I think think this variation shows he is the second best second only to vistlip's Tomo

His voice is sexy and hot, he can do everything with. He can perfectly do variation that make all the difference!

Worlds best singer in the world, his songs are so inspirational and full of meaning, and his voice is awesome in music videos and lives.

Miyavi's voice is so awesome. I don't like male singers that sing perfectly apparently, so I would rather accept his voice. He can sing in so many different styles and sound amazing.

29 Mao (Sid)

All the songs from SID (that he composes) just has so much feeling... and everything he sings. justs... you can feel his emotions when he sings. He can reach many notes and his voice is just perfect! Did you know he never had vocal lessons until about 2010? Many say he is lip syncing during lives.. but that is not true. His voice is so perfect it sounds good in the studio and on the stage. (Proof he doesn't lip sync: the time he tripped, when he laughs while singing, times his mic stops working) I just can't believe how he isn't in the top ten! He can sing lively or very emotional songs.

HOW IT IS POSSIBLE MAO IS NOT IN THE TOP TEN? I really wonder! I mean... His vocals skills are just PERFECT, he gives me chills every time he opens his (cute) mouth and he has a better voice in live than in recorded song... He has an incredible power and he's also the cutest and funniest vocalist.. SID is a perfect band and Mao a great piece of this band

His voice is quite unique, there are lots of feeling in his song. Whenever he sing it seem like the song comes alive because you can feel it especially RAIN (Full Metal Alchemist)

Mao's vocal skills far exceed many of the vocalist listed in above places. He deserves to be at least in the top ten if not higher. His voice is absolutely beautiful. His voice even got my friend who doesn't listen to music with lyrics let alone Japanese music to listen to him and enjoy his voice. I also might have missed his name, but I think Tatsuya Mistumora should be in the top ten, because if any of you have heard Nico touches the Walls you will understand how amazing of a singer he is.

30 Isono Kyo Hiroshi (D'erlanger)

you people don't understand it at all, isono kyo hiroshi is one of the reasons influencing the formation of visual kei with dead end, x luna sea and he has a prettier voice than gackt and toshi but not hyde, but he gathers the attention of audience more than the top 4 - ronluna

isono higuchi has many solo singles like ANGEL at MY HEART, LISTEN to ME, ROSES, Sha-la-la and many more. he also created amazing bands like BUG and DIE IN CRIES - ronluna

one of the best rock voices of japan. he is in the band D'ERLANGER (one of the bands who started visual-kei) and created lots of bands like DIE IN CRIES and BUG. - ronluna

Ruki? Why he was the first? O___O Isono Kyo Hiroshi - he should be in the top five! His voice does not compare to anything and do not forget.

31 Taka (ONE OK ROCK)

Just an absolutely incredible voice. And what's maybe most impressive (besides the undeniable ear candy I already mentioned) is that it is suited for anything! He kicks out all types of songs beautifully. Top 5, easily, without question.

Incredibly talented and incredibly underrated! And oh so versatile! Just an absolutely amazing singer!

Versatility, power and presence. He can do it all. He's top 10 for sure!

He has power, melody, and control in his voice. His level is not Japan anymore, but worldwide class.

32 Yomi (Nightmare)


Yomi's voice was what made me love the j-rock... Since I heard The World on Death Note

Yomi has a great style of music. He's a great singer.. His voice is made from god.. And he looks very good.
And he like help people around his country.. He's a great person, great in all faces

His voice it's really powerful, deep and strong. He can transmites de really emotion of the lyrics and his own experiences.

33 Tegoshi Yuya

Tegoshi has a clear and good voice either in high or low tone. So when he speaks or sings it looks perfect and I am confident that everyone will hear it comfortably. Congratulation for him.

Tegoshi is a tenor and can sing really well. He has variations and he especially in his ballad songs, his voice is really perfect for ballad songs. Tegoshi has been my very first favorite japanese singer and he still is because his voice is getting better and better.

He has one of the sweetest voices ever! In Tegomass he is the strong firm voice while Masahiro is cleaner and more precise

He has cute face and I like his voice.

34 Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun is an awesome singer oh not only a singer but also an awesome actor!

! When I saw him on HanaDan, SERIOUSLY! My jaw dropped! He's one of the cutest, plus hottest japanese actor I've ever seen in my WHOLE LIFE! Plus the curly hair looks good with him!

Jun has a good voice and cam dance well.

He is so smart. Lovely smile, cute voice. My soul is matsu --- jun. L really love him.

35 TM Revolution

I don't know why Takenori is ranked so low in this list. Well, I'll admit that he's not that good in the past (and I meant like 5 years ago and beyond) but when you hear his performances now, you'll be blown away! He's one of the few singers who can actually sing better live than recorded. His live performances are so powerful and full of energy!

Why is Takanori so far down this list? He is such an amazing singer, especially live. He puts his heart and soul into those vocals. And his trills are absolutely breathtaking. It's unbelievable that he has such a lung capacity. Listening to his music from the later 90's and comparing to nowm you can see he has definitely improved.

I love his amazing voice, I love his songs, I love Abingdon boys school

I think he should be higher on this list, he's great!

36 Ken Hirai

He sings for real, with his falsetto he has an unique voice, Ken hirai has a widely known career about the others I don't know really they just have bunches of wannabe and fandom.

I love him so much! He should be #1

37 Koshi Inaba

Laugh out loud look at all the other votes. Seems like most of the voters here are new to the Japanese music scene.

I bet they don't even know that Inaba is always in the top 5 best male vocal in every magazine poll in Japan EVERY YEAR.

Why is he not first? He's like the best singer in the world.

He's the most awesome singer ever, along with Hyde.


38 Sakurai Sho

Is this guy in vs arashi?

I am japnese. my name is also sho

Sho kun,is a good rapper, and he is active in many parts, London, fighting~~

39 Hokama Hiroki (Orange Range)

His voice is very sexy
I love his voice - Agehakawai

40 Atsushi (Exile)

He has a sweet voice. He always sings with passion. His singing can melt your heart!

He's just the best

He has a very good voice, see him singing and you will know, how good this MR. Exile voice is.

EXILE has lots of great songs, from soothing ballad like Ti Amo & Futatsu no Kuchibiru to catchy dance track like 24Karats (any versions) and that is achieved solely for the GOLD voice of Atsushi,

41 Morrie

I just can't believe he isn't on the first places! Morrie's voice is unique, powerful and versatile with the rare ability to really connect with the audience on the emotional level.

Toshi is overrated, the best male singer of Japan are MORRIE, KYO of D'ERLANGER, Sakurai Atsushi, hyde and Koshi Inaba. in Japanese rock, morrie is an idol of many bands. - ronluna

morrie is kiyoharu, sakurai atsushi, hyde, yasu's idol - ronluna

42 Bentley Jones (Lee Brotherton)

he may not be Japanese but he sings it AND ENGLISH and he's British his voice is pure angel - christianorlandomontes-moctezu

43 Takura (UVERworld)

His voice is just amazing!
I love UVERworld ever since the 2nd opening song of Bleach!
And the live are so good, he never lip sync and his voice is so perfect
He deserves to be in top 10

Takuya's voice is so special and amazing...
And his voice is so rare...
And then Uverworld's songs are so amazing...
I want to go to Japan and want to watch their stage show...
Uverworld Banbare...

44 Shou (Alice Nine)

Shou has the best voice and the highest performance...

Shou has the best voice

45 Masaki Aiba

His voice is so unique and great to listen to. His voice really stands out from the rest of Arashi. I hope other people can agree with me

46 Ryuichi Kawamura

Definitely the best voice of Japan hands down. Nothing to discuss here.

What is there to say? His voice is amazing, there aren't many people that are able to put so much emotions in to a song with his/her voice as Ryuichi. I will never forget the 2 times I've been able to see Luna Sea live. I mean Ryuichis voice is so powerful and live.. It's just pure happiness. His voice is one of a kind for sure.

Ryuichi is not only has unique voice, but have got so much talented. His live performances are always excellent and brilliance, especially in Luna Sea.

His singing never fail! Even he had sung for 2 hours his voice still keep so well!

47 Maya (LM.C)

Is the best maya

Maya is the best

Maya maya maya

Lm.c Es Lo Mejor Viva

48 Motohiro Hata

Love his songs. Example synchro. This is for those who don't like Japanese Rock

I hope enjoy his songs just the way I like them.

Hope you guy will love his songs

I love him so much

Hata Motohiro is by far the best Japanese singer I've ever heard. I love his songs, and he's got a soothing, yet strong voice and makes great use of it. Make sure to check out his work and thank me later... (^-^)/~

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