Best Japanese Rock Artists

List of the best JRock Artists - you should definitely not miss!

These are my recommendations and personal favorites.

The Top Ten

1 Tokyo Jihen

Shiina Ringo is the best Japanese artist. Amazing singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist - brilliant music ranging from Rock, Electronic to Jazz and Enka. Shiina has released recordings in Japanese, English, French and German! Not to be missed! Try one of these songs: "Gips", "Sakuran" or "Kabukichou no Joou".

Tokyo Jihen is Shiina Ringo's band, recently disbanded with 5 released albums - the best of Japanese Jazz-Rock!

2 Chara

With her unusual vocals, ever changing music style and over 20 years of successful music career in Japan, Chara is one of the top singers in noncommercial JRock-Pop. Definitely worth it! Check out "Yasashii Kimochi" or "Duca".

3 Mucc

The best of the dark Visual-Key bands: Mucc. I was never one much for Visual Key, but Mucc impressed me. Their style ranging from seriously dark to - well - brighter sounds (though dark lyrics) - don't miss "Saishuu Ressha" or "Ame No Orchestra"!

The more Iisten to each of their songs, the more I like them. Great musicians and Miya is a great song writer.

4 Chatmonchy

True girls' J-Indie-Rock you find with "Chatmonchy" - former 3-piece girl band - now duo - great fun to listen to! "Shangri-La" or "Somaru Yo".

5 Do As Infinity

Former band, now duo, with singer-songwriter and guitarist - Do As Infinity is known for several anime theme songs (e.G. inuYasha) - really nice JRock tunes - check out "Mera Mera" or "Rakuen"!

6 Ego Wrappin'

More jazz then rock actually, but I quite liked a lot of Ego Wrappin' s works. Try "Brand New Day" or "Mother Ship".

7 Susumu Hirasawa

Ehm - so he doesn't really belong into this list, but I put him in here anyway - because his music is AMAZING! Known for composing the soundtrack to the anime "Paprika" (Listen to it AND watch the anime movie! ), he DOES amaze with his electro-pop sounds and songs!

8 Stereopony

More girl-band JRock with really catchy tunes is Stereopony, 3-piece-band. Listen to "Tsukiakari no Michishirube" or "Hitohira no Hanabira".

9 One OK Rock

Classic JRock - don't ask. Just listen to E.G. "Deeper Deeper".

10 Olivia Lufkin

Bilingual artist - genres ranging from poppy to experimental dark Rock. Try "Sailing Free" or "Trinka Trinka".

The Contenders

11 Dir En Grey Dir En Grey DIR EN GREY is a Japanese metal band formed in 1997 and currently signed to Firewall Div., a sub-division of Free-Will.

Incredibly unique band maybe even the best bend I've ever heard.

12 Sound Horizon

They're the best band in the world.

13 Galneryus
14 Versailles
15 Saber Tiger
16 Seikima II
17 Onmyo-Za
18 Vow Wow
19 Concerto Moon
20 Deluhi
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