Best X JAPAN Song


The Top Ten

1 Art of Life

I just love this song from beginning to end. A lot of people have their personal interpretation about the song's message; some say it is about the dark side of life. But for me, I think it is a story of a brokenhearted artist at the brink of suicide but chose to live instead and ended up painting a beautiful red rose. But that's just me - aeromaxx777

Because its just flat out amazing. The Symphony is awesome. Drums are awesome. Well Composed. The best part though, is that it literally represents the ups and downs of life! Just listen to it and you'll understand!

the best song in the world, the riff is good, drums are awesome, piano is also good, meaningful lyrics, voice is also good. - killersrinu

I felt like Asian Iron maiden when heard this song for the first time, but then I heard full 29 minutes again, gave me a bit dream theater type feelings, then heard again and again. and finally I thought, no, this is a master-piece, salute to X-japan.

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2 Rusty Nail

the riff and solo just kick ass - lilballa3474

Yoshiki's drum solo was ssimply just amazing. This song is better than kurenai.. And I love hide's solo too. Their last live version was even better..

3 Tears

It was so moving, it really stuck a cord in me. Great song to listen when you need to smile through your tears. Yoshiki's piano is sp amazing.

I always take this song in a karaoke! I could cry singing this!
Yoshiki's piano is outstanding along with his drumming! All perfect! Hide's solo along with pata's is very touching combined with the bass line and most importantly toshi's powerful vocal! That's what makes this song so perfect!

Man one of the great songs of x Japan... This song was dedicated to his father who died in his arms.. T_T... You can feel the sadness and pain to.. But there's still happiness...

This song so perfect, the piano, drum, lyrics, all of them.

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4 Kurenai

So deep, an awesome song that has an awesome guitar and drum solo. The lyrics are magnificent and the power in which Toshi-kun sings them is magnificent as well. The intro is also one of the strong points of Kurenai. - akakeimei

Art of life is a good song but not everyone can listen to a 30 minute symphony. Kurenai is a way more emotional and hardcore song and is a must listen to song. It starts of nice and slow and gets better and better.

The choice was really hard, because this band have just so many great songs. I choose Kurenai because it have different parts and it will surprise listener, at least when she/he heard it first time. This also reminds me hide's smile. (last live). Kurenai is one of the greatest masterpiece in Jrock and also in music's history!

I don't understand Japanese. But I tried some of their songs. The music was good. The vocals seemed to be good too. - zxm

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5 Endless Rain

While the other songs are brilliant as well, I have to admit that at some point I'd get bored and switch to something else.
But Endless Rain is different. I never get tired of listening to this song. The opening, the ending, the melody, the drum beat, the guitar solo, they're all perfect (for me at least =P).
It's a must included song whenever I created a playlist of mixed artists.

This is one of X japan's most emotional song. In the last live you feel the emotion from people sing along, and the emotion of the band. It's incredible. And the lyrics are beautiful...

I love this song a lot... I can feel this song from my depest heart, you can feel how painful love is... You must hear this song if your heart is broken, It's so incredible! Can make you calm, and feel refreshed.

ER and The Last Song are both emotional. If you enjoy listening hide's guitar solo in ER, try listening to TLS then. Cry like crazy each and every time.

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6 Silent Jealousy

Everything about this song is spectacular. It has to be heard to be believed. I love the heck out of this song, but it also makes me very sad because few people in the United States have ever heard it. If you're going to introduce anyone to X Japan, this is the perfect place to start.

Since the first time I heard this song I loved it. I was expecting a melodic piano song then boom! Explosive guitar. The solo is just amazing. Its melodic and aggressive. I think the best part is Toshi's singing. You can feel the sadness and emotion in his voice. "You dyed my heart in blood. No way to kill my sadness" Along side Forever Love, this will always be my favorite X song

The most underrated song of X Japan. From start to finish its just a crazy amount of energy and technicality. It's my favourite X song by far!

7 Rose of Pain

I love the original version of this song but everyone should listen to the live acoustic version before casting their vote.

It adds a whole new dimension of passion and beauty to this song that rivals the more famous emotional ballads like endless rain and transforms it into one of the most spectacular moments in Japanese rock history

Simply a twelve-minute epic.

Must be 2 after Art of Life

People usually associates this song with elizabeth bathory's life story,
ignore that perspective, in implicit way.. there is a "meaning" that more deep than estimated
i can't speak thoroughly, but it refers to his father

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8 Forever Love

A heart touching song... the tune almost makes yo cry... the video is even better

Heart touching lyrics

9 Crucify My Love

This song has always been my favorite. The song is just very deep and I could feel what he is singing about. And how come this isn't part of the Top 3! Or top 5 the least. But again, I could listen to this everyday for a lot of times. The lyrics look simple but it has got a lot of messages to the listener. I love you X-Japan!

this song makes feel like being in dream place, makes so many feelings and emotional like guns n roses IT'S ALRIGHT

What this song is doing here? This song should be in the rank 5 or above! It's so... Touching. I just downloaded it. And... I'm so impressed

10 X

Its their anthem.. Couldn't say much of it..
It's like with this song, they can call upon an army of X Freaks all around the world to sing along with them..

X is one of their best songs espicalliy when hide was around!

This song freaked me out.

IV in my vein

The Contenders

11 Dahlia

Powerful, opening that carrys all the way through, beautiful lyrics, inspiring, this has to be one of their most iconic songs

This song describe the band characters, very powerful, memorable, progressive, and romantic. hands down to dahlia

Simply the icon of metal song at Japan music insdustry

12 Longing - Togireta Melody

I like the melody a lot, especially when yoshiki playing the piano and hide doing the guitar. The lyrics are awesome too. Maybe the song moved me when it could be transformed into an orchestra performing version. I would recommend this since it's one of my favorite songs from x japan.

How come this song hasn't been mentioned yet?
The lyrics could be a bit stagnant. But this song has the most beautiful orchestral play, with beautiful piano tunes and beautiful melody as well.
- ahaha

This has to be one of the best song from the album Dahlia. Beautiful piano and orchestra.

"Sing without you, I'll sing without you, can you feel my pain? "

Should be on top 10

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13 Say Anything

You know, I like Art of life, Endless rain, Tears better.. but this song definitely deserves to be in the top 10, I'm surprised it's this low?

How couldn't this song rank on the top? Its melody is too beautiful, and it might be as good as Endless Rain too.

I swear this song was in the top ten last tie I saw it what?

He sing from his heart

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14 Jade

The whole song is totally incredible. The chorus, anyway is the best for me, given the intro is too heavy. Overall, beautiful melody

Just the intro, it already gives me chill

It is a joke? Freak, this song is so many things togethe, really great!.. you guys got to listen this song

This song is X Japan transitioning to the 21 century.

15 Sadistic Desire

Best speed metal x Japan music.. very psycho music and gloomy mind

I've got ecstacy but I feel the tears rolling down

16 Blue Blood

This song its just amazing! Full of energy! Its all what you need to wake up in the morning or just for uplift the mood.

The riff, theming and melodies are some of X Japan's best.

17 The Last Song

The most emotional song of X-Japan

The piano melody so touching

This song reminds me of hide's tears during his final perfomance with X Japan. seeing him silently cry was so devastating. could never get enough of hide's guitar solo. I'm very immersed in emotions each time

Have been listening to one ok rock since 2012. I love each and every song of them.but I'm voting for it because this song is the first one I listened by them. X japan forever,rip hide you will always be loved in our heart.

18 Scars

Best song from X Japan period, no other song even comes close. The guitar riff, the vocal melodies, the solo, break, everything is perfect. This is the only x Japan song that you can hear over and over throughout the years and it never gets old. Masterpiece

If you listen to the last live version, you'll know the guitar solos and drum beat are pretty good. The guitar solo was extremely the best from hide.

SCARS in The Last Live's version was too great! Heard it many times, and hide's intro always gives me chills. Best song ever

Definitely the best non-Yoshiki song. Verse riff is a perfect headbanger, and the guitar is classic hide.

19 I.V.

First song I heard by them can't remember where I heard it from it was a while ago but still my favorite of all time by them. I just like how his voice sounds in this song its just a really good song. Its just a pure classic

The melody is a combination of hard and soft music, both piercing into my emotions deeply. Though I heard some negative comments about this song being The Saw IV main theme, I personally enjoy it anyways, be it the original version or the classical one. Yoshiki's piano is badass

The song that saved me after my girlfriend ditched me. :')

Love this song its a great way to remember hide

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21 Without You

One of their greatest song... Deserves to be in the top ten! Very touching expressing grief and agony

A very touching and beautiful song that shows so many sadness and pain...

This just has to be in the top 10. please guys, this song deserves that!

A very beautiful song

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22 Weekend

It's the ultimate energy song feel-wise. It's in your face, balls to the walls riffs, fierce bass playing, and perhaps the greatest harmony in a rock song (not power/symphonic metal) with many instruments with lyrics you never though were about suicide/death on weekend

I think, Weekend is the best song for me cause this song is the best guitar solo than any other of X Japan songs which have guitar solo in that song. I wonder why this song is on top 30. This song could be on top 10 at least.

This song is really good. I wonder how this is not the top 4 or 6. If you listen to the last live version, you'll know how sweet the guitar solos and drums beats are. This song reminds me of my HIGH SCHOOL life..

23 Joker
24 Standing Sex
25 I'll Kill You

Underrated.. I dunno why, this song complements a Dystopia backdrop.

26 Voiceless Screaming

Hey this song is amazing! How could this can be on 26th?

Should be top 5

I think this song is Amazing! I love it!
I was surprised because rank is 27!

27 Alive

Just heard this song for the first time and WOW... Damn this is good!

Almost a precursor to Art of Life, this song is a rollercoaster of emotions to listen to. Yoshikis piano perfectly complements the guitars in this power ballad for the ages. While the recording may not be up to par with the quality of their other releases, this song is still a triumph in the heavy metal genre, and in music in genrral. Deserves a listen to if you haven't already.

28 Celebration
29 Vanishing Love
30 Drain

One of hide's great masterpiece or should I say, a song that delivers the most goosebumps ever. the MV is so unsettling but I can't help from admiring how powerful this song is. shame this one is so underrated. you guys should listen to this for an instant ecstasy

31 Stab Me in the Back
32 Unfinished
33 Born to Be Free

Toshi said in his book how he liked the idea of this song and how it became the turning point of his life, escaping the 12 years of hell. I'm so happy you're back Toshi. Love you my melody

This marks the moment when ToshI came back for good. back with the same melodic and hypnotic voice he used to had. love ToshI, forever X

34 Phamtom of Guilt
35 Amethyst

Saw it on The Last Live concert via YouTube. Reminds me of hide's smile during the entrance of all 5 X's to the stage. Yoshiki is a pure musician. Man, this song is so epic.

Yoshiki puts his best to create a wonderful piano solo here. Should be in the top ten.

Representative orchestral of Elegant Rock

Too perfect. just perfect

36 Orgasm
37 Give Me the Pleasure

This song kicks ass I love the slap bass!

38 Scarlet Love Song

A very amazing song that is one of the most under-rated among x-Japan's songs. A must hear for all fans of the classic x-Japan play list.

39 Es dur no piano sen
40 Desperate Angel
41 White Poem 1
42 Wriggle
43 Love Replica

On the edge as always for Hide. Since long I wake up every morning with this song and gives me energy for the whole day. Lyrics and hypnotic. Hide was transforming everything in diamond.He was a precursor and in the mean time perfectly in empathy with his time. We will never know on which unknown path, he could have brought us if he was still alive. I sincerely and deeply miss him.

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Kurenai
2. Rusty Nail
3. Rose of Pain
1. Art of Life
2. Rose of Pain
3. Silent Jealousy
1. Rusty Nail
2. Dahlia
3. Crucify My Love

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