Best Japanese Rock Singer

From visual kei to heavy metal the top 10 Japanese rock singers.

The Top Ten

1 Takanori Matsumoto (Ruki - The GazettE)

his hard voice and his smooth voice is balanced, rarely singers can do that.. and he put his all feelings and heart to every of his songs..

Digs very deeply into the theme of every song, and not only conveys an emotion but inspires emotion within the listener. An empathetic singer that inserts himself into the point of view of the subject. Portrays an image through a speaker that can be empathized with, despite the often extreme circumstances that are portrayed. A human being that has a genuine message he believes in.

Ruki is an amazing singer. After everything that has happened to him he still goes after his dream which is what I admire about him. His lyrics are amazing and he is a good friend to everyone in the band. Ruki all I want for you is to SMILE! Every time I see a picture of you I see this: I-I we all love you so just smile for us! We"ll love you even more! (if that's possible! )

His Voice is great I actually prefer his voice more than kyo
Ruki there is something about him that makes everyone love him ♡

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2 Kyo - Dir En Grey Kyo - Dir En Grey Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. 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.

He should be above Ruki on this list! Cause Kyo has such a wide range of vocals he is great he can sound almost inhuman at times with his screams like at the beginning of Repetition of Hatred it's just 'WHOA' cause with Ruki you get sick of him after a while. But the rest are still good musicians! - Jrock-LOVE

Ruki is brilliant, but I can't imagine a single human on earth touching Kyo's vocal ability. He is a master in every sense of the word, from low growls to high shrieks, whispers, crooning, screams, not to mention that insane 5-octave range. Come on, guys.

Kyo is WAY better than Ruki. Way more experienced, and he has a much better vocal range than Ruki. I do like Gazette, but I think overall Kyo is more talented and should have made the top of the list.

I love Ruki, but no one can beat Kyo. His voice is too emotional and his vocal range is so wide...

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3 kamijo - Versailles

Kamijo is the best singer, his voice is so sexy and he is a charismatic artist!

Wonderful voice that just makes your heart soar when you listen to it. It reminds you of a fine wine--gets better with age. Through all of his years of vocals, the magic that is his voice makes a rainy day better.

Great singer and frontman.
Listen to Revanant Choir, Prince or Aristocrat's Symphony. - TD17

Beautiful tone and color to his voice, it is always pleasing to my ear! He can adapt to different kind of songs (compare Romantique with The Red Carpet Day if you don't believe) and sings well live and in the studio. Also a great performer, very charismatic.

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4 Morita Takahiro (Taka) - One OK Rock

He is too amazing. Not a lot of singers have total voice control. Husky, melodious, hard, smooth, anything he does with his voice, he still sounds awesome. Jumping, running, turned upside down, the control is still present. And the way he looks at the camera or feels the song he's singing? It makes a girl's heart melt. Some girls I know even cried. The bottom line is, he's one of the greatest singers and lyricists ever born. Try imagining him singing my sweet baby or kagerou, and he's looking directly into your eyes. These question for the girls: wouldn't you palpitate? Wouldn't your knees give up? Wouldn't you feel butterflies in your stomach? If not, go die.

His voice is just incredible! His tone is awesome! Imagine getting tired of his voice? Not possible, right? He honestly deserves to be in the top three minimum, if not even to be first.

The power in his voice, the presence it caries; he can set the mood with his voice and adapt it to any style. He's killed it all, power ballads, hard rock songs, screaming, soft rock: everything. When Toru first tried to recruit him he said he didn't think rock was a vocal genre. Well congratulations Taka, you made it a vocal genre and I love you for it!

His songs are powerful!

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5 Hyde - L'Arc~en~Ciel

Hyde is the best. He had wide range of vocal. His technique is more skilled as he got age. Hyde is great and the best

He feels the emotion of whatever he sings. That adds so much. But he has a powerful voice with a wide range. There is no comparison.

HYDE is simply the best! his voice makes my heart beat faster and that is amazing! he is the only one that can reach those incredible high notes in every laruku and vamps' song! by the way, his writing skills are even more amazing! every song is truly beautiful! I respect every japanese artist, they are all better than anyone else... they all sing beautifully... I can't name any american singer who can perform live without singing out of tune! asian artists are perfectionist in that regard specially HYDE WHO FOR ME IS THE BEST!... hope you understand my bad english

Hyde has one of the most pleasant passionate voices I have ever heard. Anything he sings is worth a listen.

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6 YOMI - Nightmare

I'm not a huge fan of Nightmare in general - I like their songs, but I'm not super involved with their fan dom. However, whenever I hear Yomi's voice, he sounds amazing. I love when he sings as Chiba in Sendai Kamotsu - it's great how his amazing vocals can still be heard through his "silly voice".

Yomi puts so much emotion and power into his vocals, He is like no other, During Nightmare's live shows his vocals actually improve (unlike many other vocalist who sound terrible live). He never dissapoints. Further more he can manipulate his voice like no other (yes I'm talking about chiba) Yomi's vocals were sent from heaven! And the boy knows how to use them without fear. He also takes great care of them (unlike some careless vocalist who smoke)

Yomi is the best singer in all the world, his voice is incredible and very special. Nightmare won't be the best band without yomi. YOMI fighting!

Yomi is probably one of the few jrock/visual kei singer who can actually sing in tune. His voice is just perfect and really fits the band. I'm not fund of their newest releases but his voice will alway remain in my top 5.

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7 Sono - Matenrou Opera

I feel delight and excitement when I listen to the fantastic music of Matenrou Opera and Sono-san's wonderful singing. Although separating terms as "music" and "singing" aren't applicable in Sono-san's case because what he creates with his voice through his singing is pure music. There are really a few singers in metal or rock bands that are able to create music with just his/hers voice. I had always heard vibratto as poor singing skills until I heard Sono-san singing in vibratto, now I hear it as music. And I love how he adjusts his singing to every song, always different but still recognizable as Sono. And I find it admirable how he molded talent he was born with, into what it is today, a real beauty. I wish I could explain in words why I love his singing, there are moments when I'm close to tears from exhilaration that I sense when I hear his singing, which I haven't experienced ever before. I like listening to him sing more than I had Freddie Mercury.

He has a great and unique voice. His way to sing is very emotional.
When singing, he airs a great charisma.

Why is he so underrated?
I love his voice SO MUCH, I can't believe that the other guys of Matenrou Opera are not even mentioned o___o

Like person who sings during many years I can say that no one from singers above can't compare with Sono. Sorry, he even isn't my absolutely favorite, but it's just true...

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8 Byou - Screw

An extremely sensual voice that does justice to their feline appearance. His lyrics, his rhythm, his movements, his bearing, his elegance... Byou is magnificent.

I just love his sweet, delicate voice. Besides, camera loves him, he's beautiful.

He is massive! Beautiful voice, beautiful face, beautiful movements. He is PERFECT.

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9 Kaya

Huge vocal range, Kaya is one of the best well-known artists in the Visual Kei scene, with an excellent grave voice, but also sweet in so many moments.

Kaya oh Kaya his voice. Hmm it's very... All I can say is that it comforts me because it's pleasantly lucid, sweet, very moving at times.

He has got an amazing voice and an amazing wolrd! He definitely worth being high!

10 Ai - Deathgaze

His voice is so smooth and rich sounding. His vocal control is demonstrated even at live performances. Listen to "Amends" to know what I'm talking about here. Also, his growling is on point and sounds extra good because of his super deep voice.

I think his very good at singing

His voice has a lot of vocal range and it is just really great. He expresses his emotions well through his screams and his normal vocals. Check out the song BLOOD it is really good and it has a fantastic filmclip! ^__^ - Jrock-LOVE

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The Contenders

11 Sui - Megaromania

This man does not have enough love. Come on...he hits high notes beautifully in "Apocalypse".I don't understand why people think that he sounds so terrible.
I also recommend the songs Quintessence Voyage, Aurora, God of megaromania, and Cynthia. Amazing vocals and melodies!

12 Gackt Camui - Malice Mizer and solo Gackt Camui - Malice Mizer and solo

Gackt just has the perfect voice.. Deep and beautiful. He sounds so good live. His voice is just wonderful..

Gackt works very hard and really cares about his fans he keeps surprising us with his new work and ways of expressing himself through his music

No matter what his music is always different I think that is why he is supposed to be nr. 1!

He has real talent and such a beautiful voice! If you have ever listened to him sing "Au Revoir" in Malice Mizer, that is a great example. The way he hits those high notes flawlessly and quickly is amazing!

Beautiful voice, so balanced. - deadmeow

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13 Haruna Ono - SCANDAL

Haruna Ono is gifted, also a gift to the world to give us positive energy. Once I watched her perfect performance on Scandal vs Budokan live DVD on big screen... I was drenched by that unique powerful but gentle beautiful husky voice. The coolest and experienced performance of Pride... the gentle, passionate, and beautiful Haruka... man, she is a piece of art. Her voice, figure, face, movement, energy, and her guitar... doing that perfect performance so naturally and easily... she is a goddess... That unique husky voice conquered and melted your heart from the first day you heard of it, you know... I nearly gave up modern music and songs, thank you to Scandal, thank you to Haruna Ono, music and songs give me power, life, and hope again.

Her voice captivated me the moment I first heard of it. It was very hard for me to explain the experience, but it was like my heart melted. Her voice is deep and powerful, but also versatile. She is the amazing leader of SCANDAL, very professional and brave, but very caring and thoughtful and looks after the other members. She also has this amazing stage presence and charm along with her great guitar skills which really rocks!

With a husky and a slightly deep voice, Haruna Ono is one of the few female singers in Japan that has this suited for rock kinda voice. Her voice really blends in for every song that she sings, be it SCANDAL very own song or other cover songs. Her voice is one of the major factors that contributes to the success of the band. Just by listening, anybody would know that that is SCANDAL's Haruna singing because her originality of her singing voice. No doubt Haruna Ono is an amazing lead singer that everyone would pay to hear.

Best singer in my opinion

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14 Iwagami Tatsuro - MUCC

He has a great vocal range and has such energy live - an amazing vocalist who in my opinion deserves to be at least in the top 5

Tatsuro has very unique voice and his way to use it is different compared to many others. You can hear the real emotion from his singing - it's coming straight from the heart. You can see it best on stage. He's very effective and intense performer - must see it. His voice is also so diverse... he can sing hard and fast songs but sensitive and slower songs as well. Here's some reasons why he's the best in my opinion.

It's simple. He can sing. That's all. If we're looking for the best one, who is known outside Japan too, then I think Tatsuro is the only one, who has got a really good voice, and this is the thing with it you have to born. Because just working on it is never enough, if you doesn't have something that is called God-given talent.

One of the only Japanese rock singer that can keep music notes without adding tremolo or unnecessary sofisticated effects while sharing intense emotions. definitely deserves to be in the top 5 et chapeau l'artiste!

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15 Toshimitsu 'Toshi' Deyama - X-japan and Toshi and T-Earth

1. Part of the most influential Japanese band.
2. One of the best rock voices.
3. Sounds better live than in a studio version.
4. Greatest Japanese frontman.
Listen to Art of Life, Kurenai, IV or Tears and you'll see why. - TD17

Even after three hours, he still sings live like the recording. So clear, so powerful and beautiful.

ToshI is the best! He's got the best voice. It's powerful, beautiful, emotional. It's great! ToshI sings from the heart and soul, and no modern Visual Kei band singer can even begin to hold a candle to ToshI.

Most original voice!

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16 Miyavi Miyavi

This boy is beyond brilliant. A lot of his fame comes from his extraordinary 'slapping' style when playing the guitar, but he certainly isn't lacking in the vocals department. And when I say that he isn't lacking I mean that he's brilliant. His voice has a somewhat husky quality which makes it sound simultaneously mad sexy and also perfect for the genres he usually plays (punk rock/rock/pop etc. ). If that isn't enough, he's very easy on the eyes (and by that I mean damn hot). Check out 'This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock'/'MYV Pops/'Miyavizm' - yes, the entire albums.

And finally, he's even better live. He sounds better live than he does recorded. Isn't that one of the best signs of a genius artist?

Miyavi is... Everything you want in a rock singer. He has an amazing voice, and even more amazing guitar skills. You will be amazed, I'm sure of it! He deserves to be in the top 10! It's almost too good to be real! And his "slapping" style? I've never seen anyone do it better like him!

His talent is enormous. I'll add something to everything that has been said. He isn't only a brilliant musician but also a great live performer in the sense that he rocks the stage but also has a great control over the audience. You can't impossibly stop listening to him throughout the entire show, and that's because his interactions with the fans are interesting. He doesn't do, only, the 'sing the lyric' or 'just listen to my brilliant performance' thing. As said, he ROCKS and he owns the stage when he's up there!

Is the best...

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17 Satoshi - Girugamesh

All I can say is he deserves to be in top ten and Girugamesh is my favorite band and Satoshi is my favorite singer... He had so much emotion in his voice and I love all his songs (apart from the new albums) but that won't stop him from being my favorite! GO SATOSHI!

He has a great beautiful powerful voice. He can sing in many sounds and his songs are full of emotions. Satoshi expresses them very well. His voice touches me and my feelings, it comes from the heart. While listening to him I melt

He has an amazing voice. Satoshi's voice is so powerful to me as well. Powerful to me doesn't only mean how loud or how energetic he sings. His voice is so powerful that he sings with all his heart 'till he reaches yours. From Heavy to Soft Melody, he never fails to amaze me. NOW. GO. SATOSHI!

I lovve his voice, I heard it by luck since my country is influenced mostly by American and European music (Dubai <3)

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18 Asagi - D

Asagi has one of the most beautiful and versatile voices in the Japanese music, I wish he were among the first, He really deserves it.

Asagi is my favorite Japanese singer. He has a beautiful and unique voice. He has a wide vocal range. He is both a countertenor (the highest male adult singing voice) and also a bass-baritone (second lowest in musical pitch). He is the best live singer and a great composer. One word... RESPECT!

Can't believe he's not #1, his vocal range is impressive, and his versatility is amazing as well! His voice live is THE BEST. He hits super high notes as if those weren't difficult at all! I really REALLY hope he gets to the first places, he deserves it 100%!

I love Asagi! He is very talented and a wonderful person

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19 Takanori Nishikawa - T.M.Revolution

I love his voice consistency throughout each song. I especially like the way he manages to drag his voice at the end of the chorus-- if you know what I mean-- in a strong and steady manner. Great skill in that.

His voice, in fact, the music itself mesmerizing me! There is power and aura in each of his songs!

He has an awesome intensity and when make loud notes won't fall for a sec, and used to sing this way all his songs, slow ones or beat up ones always give full power to each one

He's the vocalist for Abingdon Boys School too, right? - Undistinguished

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20 Mao - Sadie

If Dir En Grey were to ever break up, I believe that Sadie would rise to bring on the Visual Kei or J-Metal scene internationally. They are like the Diru in training. Dir En Grey can never be replaced but I think Sadie will just boost the legacy. Mao's really good of a singer, because he is mostly focused on Kyo-style with a good balance of his own.

Sadie is my favourite band. I just find Mao's voice amazing, he can have an acute voice, sing "normaly" and scream very well. In live his voice stays perfect all long of the concert. And he's a great compositer too, the lyrics he sings are beautiful. That's why I think that Mao should be above in this classement!

21 Jin - NEGA

For me Jin has a Unique voice. When he sing, his voice has a beautiful and sexy melody as well as when his whisper. His scream are powerful and comes from deep down inside him. I am never tired to listen to his beautiful voice!

He is a really good singer!
His voice is so powerful! I can't stop to listen to the music from Nega! I love nega! He has a powerful voice and live its really great. You can't dislike his voice and the music from nega. I love them so much

He has one of the most unique voice anywhere! There's a ring to it that makes me addicted to their songs for some really good reason

His voice is unique, harsh, emotional, and his scream is breathtaking.
I love Jin and Nega since I first listen to them on old songs like Soul Cry or Reminiscence. Even more when I heard from PERESTROIKA.
And I'm sure they keep getting better!

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22 Shaura - Vii-Sense

Amazing, incredible, magic voice! Shaura is very talented vocalist. I think he is the best in the world! Words are unnecessary! Just listen to him and you'll understand what am I talking about!

23 Sho - Lacroix Despheres
24 Mao - SID

Mao should have been higher than this. The main thing love in his voice is the vibrato. He has a GREAT vibrato, I mean he puts it on even the shortest notes! I remember watching a concert where he held a note for almost 45 seconds and he still had a beautiful vibrato at the end! More than that Mao puts so much feeling into his singing. Whenever I watch the SID interviews he's really quiet and calm but he's so different on stage! There was also that time where he tripped on stage in the middle of a song and he hit it full body sprawled, but his voice didn't even WAVER. I thought that was pretty damn amazing.

Mao is the best vocalist ever exist! His voice suitable for every kind of music. Rock, jazz, pop, and else. He's the greatest vocalist ever!

Love Mao best! His voice is fantastic! His the first singer I has been addicting to! I can't help myself listening to their songs and after I attended their live, I definitely amazed more at his singing skills. I always think he sings more touching than the original ones. I love both his voice and characteristic; he's the best singer in my mind!

He really sings his heart out during performances.

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25 Kohara Kazamasa (Shou) - Alice Nine

Shou's voice is beautiful. He is a talented singer. His lyrics are meaningful. I love him very much!

Shou has the best voice of any vocalist. His vocal ability ranges from a very deep bass tone, to falsetto. He puts so much passion into each and every song he sings, really drawing the listener into the emotions of the song better. The love he has for the fans of Alice Nine are true, not a charade. He feels deeply and he s able to translate the emotions into beautiful, poetic lyrics that state normal emotions in ways you may not have ever thought of them.

Shou has one of the most special voices I ever heared in my life. I love him and Alice Nine very very much

He have a good higher voice.

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26 Sakurai Atsushi - BUCK-TICK

He has almost the best if not the best male singing voice I've heard. He can make Japanese sound smooth. Most of Buck Ticks songs have to do with sex, death, love, or madness. The videos of live shows usually sound better and videos enhance the experience. Some good songs to try are Sasayaki, Ai no Uta, Kiss me Goodbye, Misshitsu, Mr. J, and Asylum Garden. They have also done some songs that are introductions to anime such as Dress and Kuchizuke.

He's got a lot of experience, his voice is unique, I can totally know when he's the one singing.

Atsushi Sakurai is amazing! I have heard very few people who have a voice as gorgeous as his! My favorite song of his is Snow White. Gekka Reijin and Romance also so off the beauty of his voice.

You cannot even compare him to the rest on this list. Best singer in the genre by a wide margin. Also, he kind of started the whole thing...

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27 Takuya - UVERworld

I would kill to go to one of his lives! His voice is more amazing live than recorded. I'm really surprised he is not up on the list. And he has a lot of ranges in his voice but it is so recognizable.

From vocals that can be deep and rocking, to soft and calming, Takuya truly has a voice like no other. Besides having an incredible voice, he writes all the lyrics and music to UVERworld music (sometimes co written with members) Note: UVERworld does Bleach op 2, Blood+ Op 3, DGrayman Op 4, Gundam 00 S2 op 1, Gundam 00 movie ending, etc.

Takuya is a wonderful sentimental person. He is so talented always trying to surpass himself in any way possible, his my idol, I really look up to him and his voice is so magnificent! UVERworld always gives their all in every concert so I really believe he deserves to be at least in the top 10

I love him.

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28 Ryutarou Arimura ( Plastic Tree )

He totally hits your heart with one word that's in his lyrics! He deserves to be in the top 10!

His voice is unique! He have the power to transport you to another worlds and transmit all the emotions that he have to share with his fans... I love him

Ryutaro can elevate the soul with an incredibly sweet angel voice... Should know that he is able to wrap the heart in a blanket of melancholic and sweetness that makes tears escape.. He's an angel.

His voice es beautiful.

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29 Hideto 'Hide' Matsumoto - X-japan and Hide with Spreaf Beaver Hideto 'Hide' Matsumoto - X-japan and Hide with Spreaf Beaver

He is and will always be Japan's and one of the world's greatest guitarist. His voice was very distinctive in general, regardless of what language he spoke in, Japanese or English and (rarely) Spanish. I love it. He has very good vocal rage, to the point where he would sing backup for himself is some songs. I would have to listen to the song again just to make sure it was him. He was a music genius. Period.

Even though he was Japans greatest guitarist he was also a great singer with songs such as Goodbye or Rocket Dive. - TD17

He was the Japans most greatest and love guitarist and singer and the worlds most loved man we will miss you

He can sing and plays guitar. This is not right. He could be on top 10. PINK

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30 Takeru - Sug

His voice is special that nobody can compare theirs to his. He sings all type of happy songs and sad songs and he can sings extremely well. And he is a hardworking singer, novelists, model, fashion designer... He deserved to be voted as one of the top singer.

He - a jack of all trades. He has a special voice and perfect appearance. At his concert, he laid out a hundred percent positive energy and charge

I love Takeru's voice and style. He is 1st idol with me. Please vote for Takeru. Thank you very much

TAKERU! I wish to meet you!

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31 Ryuichi Kawamura - Luna Sea

From rock to pop ballads... And now to opera... This year this guy broke the Guinness Book World Records! Ryuichi Kawura is one of the greatest singers of all time in Japan! Unique voice and charismatic live performance makes him interesting to watch. He can sing all types of music available in the world in his own style I believe

Only Ryuichi is able to sing with no microphone, sings ballads, rocks, he does what he wants with his voice. He is soft and bitter. He is able to hypnotize a audience for hours, Guinness Recordist! o He deserves more than this 2%.

What's great about his voice is that he can suit his voice to any type of music. In his late twenties he changed his singing style from heavy deep metal rock voice to mellow pop; and now in his late thirties he changed again to opera; just continue to adapt and perfecting his voice, which is a difficult streak when you're such a veteran rock / pop vocalist.

Just amazing... Great voice, great looks!

One of the greatest singers in Japan and maybe in the world, way to underestimated.

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32 Yasu - Janne Da Arc

Yasu (now under his solo project "Acid Black Cherry") is an incredible singer and songwriter. His voice is beautiful and easy to listen to, he's especially good with high notes. While having a passion for rock, he also likes to sing pop and recently also tried a jazzier sound. Yasu definitely doesn't bore.

Yasu is an amazing singer with a beautiful voice that over the years shown us his talent bringing their music to hatred outside of Japan

Your voice is amazing and is an incredible songwriter. Your music glad my dark days and makes me happy I love it.

Yasu is an amazing singer and the best babysitter. I love his voice

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33 Koshi Inaba - B'z

This man possesses power, speed, versatility and accuracy that no one else is capable of matching. Pop, blues, swing and rock, he has covered a huge range of music genres and still going strong. With 45 singles and 22 albums hitting number 1 in the Oricon charts, this is solid proof that Inaba Koshi is one of the best Japanese rock singers that the music industry has ever seen, sealed too in the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame.

178 FOREVER. His voice has been evolving and changing for the better over the years, and everything of be'z has been so far number 1 on the oricon charts. How many bands can be the first on the charts for ALL of their singles/albums?

Inaba-san is a great singer.. sugoii talent.. K. I.4EVER!
Is my best singer in japan.. and Tak matsumo the king's of japan!

the most selling band of japan's B'z's vocalist - ronluna

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This guy is one of the most versatile singers I have ever listened to. He can growl and sounds like a hard metal head, but then comes another verse which he sings like an angel.
His voice is the main reason I fell in love with deluhi! - Lampi

Beautiful singing voice, powerful screams. And he can switch between singing and screaming flawlessly

~Woot DELUHI are a really fantastic band, Juri's vocals are really emotional and he has a great voice allround, the rest of the band are just so cute too and fabulous at what they do, especially SUJK (drums) I love him, he is so cute! % - Jrock-LOVE

35 Hokama Hiroki - Orange Range
36 Ryu - MoNoLith

Ryu is an amazing vocalist with range, emotion and the sexiest growls. There are many amazing, talented vocalists listed here, but Ryu stands on top of them all for me. His voice captured me at first listen and has never let me go. He deserves to move up this list.

There is no one who has so quickly and instantly captured my attention with their vocals as Ryu did. Keita is also very strong and the two make an incredible pair. But Ryu's range and intense growls make him my #1 choice.

His growls are amazing! But he is also very good at singing ballads. His voice is just beautiful. Dress -unplugged- and byakuya are my favorite songs

I love Ryu, his voice is always nice to listen to

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37 Kyo - D'erlanger Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. 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.

I heard the solos of ryuichi kawamura, hyde, sakurai atsushi, morrie but I'm attracted to the way he sings. he sings punk, metal, ballad, rock. he is under appreciated. I saw and listen to other artists I've mentioned and I can't find any downloadable solo albums of him. - ronluna

better than the top tens
d'erlanger is one of the main reasons of visual kei
luna sea, dir en grey and other visula kei bands idolizes him

kyo (isono hiroshi) is the best frontman ever in japanese rock - ronluna

one of the most influential frontman, ask the japanese vocalists who idolizes him. MORRIE, too should be at the top ten - ronluna

ask the japanese fans, kyo-san had a duet with TOSHI - ronluna

38 Hizumi - D'ESPAIRSRAY

Seriously why is he even at #41? He has this lush and emotive voice that's almost breaking the JRock stereotype. Also, he has amazing range... He can growl, croon, and belt like a champ... And revert to growling in a heartbeat. It takes real vocal power to pull that off, especially during lives. Him having surrender to throat sickness is a huge loss for the industry.

One of the most touching heart, mind ^^ soul voice! The only voice which sounds better live than recorded. Full of emotions, those good and making you to scream yourself.

I dunno, I just love his voice. It's so touching, heart warming. He is my inspiration. And also I love him as a person. I think he is just perfect

39 Morita Taka - One Ok Rock

Hyde from Larc en ciel is the best Japanese rock singer I have heard but Taka should at least be in the top ten. only 22 years old and he is already well known in Japan. Former member of the famous boy band News now an awesome rock singer and he has potential to be the best rock singer in Japan

This guy is awesome a former boy band pop singer transformed into the best rock singer I have ever heard with such amazing vocals. Listen to the songs keep it real it's awesome heck all his songs are awesome he should at least be in the top ten

It's a joke this guy is ranked so low! Taka is absolutely incredible, especially the emotion he brings to each and every song. All in all, his voice is just amazing, and suited for ANYTHING!

Taka's voice is so unique!
The bank is great and even better because of Taka's voice! They overtook Alice Nine as my favourite band~
Why isn't he 1st on this list?

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40 Shin - ViViD

Shin can make such beautiful vibratos. His voice range is incredible, can hit those impossible high notes but also go really low, I LOVE ViViD.

ViViD Shin?! My best vocals... He can really reach even the highest notes :D He had a unique voice! Shin can't dance?! But I think his gestures on stage is really amazing! I like his moves.. In Yume Mugen no Kanata ni PV.. I really love the entrance :D His voice is such an amazing sound! Not just that, he is also willing to learn, open minded, and really working for the better songs! He is humble and friendly in spite of where he is now! The content of ViViD's song is surely fantastic... Making a good change in me - Sheirly15

He may not be able to dance, but his lyrics will definitely touch the bottom of your heart. With his lyrics, and his voice, you would think that he's voice is a gift~

41 Hazuki - Lynch

Probably one of the few bands that actually care about music and not so much about the glamorous lifestyle of a rockstar. You can definitely see their dedication through their music.

Hazuki to me is the best singer in the world. The reasons why I consider it is so, his voice is really amazing, another reason is his personality, both as funny and very good with the fans, and another reason I do not think it is so important but the I will mention however, is for being so attractive, that is hypnotizing me they look too much until I dream the whole time. To clarify the reason that all this is because I am one of his fans, I always check if something new and also make the drawings on using your photos. Thanks for accepting my opinion about this great singer.

Ayasàka12 ~

I admire him a lot. He always tries to improve - he even decided to record some of their first songs again because he had a feeling they can do it better after few years. He's amazing the way he sounds now, but still he wants to be better, he aims for perfection. - saaarsdej

I admire Hazuki-san for his great music. Domo arigatou.

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42 Ayumi Hamasaki

All right I know what your thinking, "But she's a POP DIVA! ". But just because she lives a glamorous lifestyle and acts like royalty on an occasional basis doesn't mean that she doesn't know how to rock. I mean look at her classic hits, some of them are actually rock songs such as "Moments", "Talkin 2 Myself" and "Startin".

I love Ayumi Hamasaki-san! When I first heard her voice I fell in love with it. I first heard her singing on one of the Inuyasha endings. Inuyasha is ONE of my favorite anime, and Ayumi is not the only Japanese singer I love. There are others. I love Japan! I love anime. I amm an anime freak.

She can do any style/genre and know how to rock!
End of the World, NEVER EVER, Heartplace, Because of you, GAME, About you, Liae, Humming 7/4, is this LOVE? , alterna, (miss) understood, 1 LOVE, It was, kiss o' kill, fated, talking' 2 myself, GUILTY, Marionette, Mirrorcle World, Rule, EnergizE, identity, Microphone, count down, Last Links, Lady Dynamite, MOON, Return Road - all these tracks rocks without loosing emotions or the typical ayu-style.
I just love her for everything she do...

43 Yo-Ka - DIAURA

Yo-ka's voice is very beautiful and versatile. I love how his voice can be deep and high. I also love the way he screams and how much passion he puts while singing

This guy belongs in the top 10, no questions asked. Why is he even on 49 is beyond me.

I can never get bored with his voice! Beautiful, yet very manly at the same time. Rich, dramatic, soulful, and sexy!

He sings just as good as Hyde or Ruki in my opinion.

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44 Kiyoe Yoshioka - Ikimono Gakari

Great female vocalist of a quickly rising band called Ikimono Gakari, her voice is both strong and soft.
Listen to Hanabi, Blue bird or Sakura. - TD17

45 Keigo Hayashi - Flow

Didn't want to pick between the two as they are both very good vocalist.
Listen to Go!, Remember or Answer. - TD17

Keigo's voice just floats on the music, as gracefull as a swan. I really like Kohsi's voice too. Its amazing how high and how low both of their voices can go. FLOW, will you come to Cape Town (South Africa) pretty please? I really want you to share your amazingly beautiful voices with the people here. Your voices are really THAT amazing!

HAHA I personally think Kohshi is the better singer but Keigo's voice appeals to me more. Actually BLEH I don't know they're both really great

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46 Motoyuki Morrie Otsuka

one of the best and most influential rock vocalist and artist of japan. he inspired lots of japanese bands and visual kei bands like l'arc en ciel, janne the arc, luna sea, buck tick and many more. - ronluna

If I have to pick just one person, Morrie is the one. His voice developed in time, but he never tried the style that did not fit his abilities. Alfter years of hard work his voice is absolutely flawless. And we cannot forget about all the people that admired Morrie so much that they started singind in their own bands. He's a living legend. Underrated much, but still a legend.

47 Ike - Spyair

Ike has a really really special and powerful voice. His voice has the ability to INSPIRE people and of course is one of the best voices I have ever listened to. In my case, I was totally not a fan of rock, but after listening to his voice and his songs, I was completely overwhelmed. Not only by his voice but also by his style and the way he performs etc etc. He made a person who was not a fan of rock like me become one. To conclude, he is WONDERFUL!

Ike doesn't deserve this spot! I mean, seriously? at 50? I won't exaggerate to say he should be at the first spot, but he should be in top 10! His vocal range, techniques, style, and his voice itself is enough to make everyone to just listen.

I maybe bias since I'm a spyair fan but Ike could be easily top 10 on this list.

I agree with the comment above. I did not like rock until I heard his voice.

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48 Shou - Alice Nine
49 Kouki - D=OUT

If we are only looking at vocals ( not the entire band ) Kouki takes the cake. His voice is charming and unique. A lot of J rock vocalist sound alike, but none sound like him.

He's voice is so unusual for me! And I really like the lyrics of his songs!

50 Isshi - Kagrra

Love his voice... And miss him so muh... He can make a wave with his sound to feel enjoy this life

Isshi's Voice is very unique.
He can sing deep parts and also high.
I love the way he combinates the Lyrics with the melodic Music of Kagrra,.

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