Top 10 Best Female Singers of Japan

Whether she's a solo artist or the lead vocalist of a band, if she has a career in Japan and you think she's the best, include her here.
The Top Ten
1 Yui

Yui is known for her talent in creating many catchy songs, her unique vocals, stage charisma, simplicity, and her beauty, making her a singer who can be considered highly integral and well-rounded. I personally got to know Yui after watching the movie "Taiyou no Uta," in which she played the lead role. In the film, she performed several songs that captivated me and got me intrigued by her talent and career journey. She grew up in a single-parent family without a father, and despite having to drop out of school due to continuous illness, at a very young age (under-17), she began composing many songs and learning to perform on the streets, eventually catching the attention of a record company.

There are many great singers today like Ado, LiSA, Aimer, and others, whose singing prowess is beyond doubt. But in my opinion, there's no one quite like Yui. Apart from being a composer and the writer of dozens of memorable songs from her teenage years, every time she sings with her guitar, whether on stage or on the streets, her charisma is unparalleled. Her dedication to music and hard work will earn your respect. Her musical style has become an inspiration for many generations of musicians. Singers like Fuji Kaze, Takayan, Minami, Jimin BTS, and even Ikuta from Yoasobi idolize her. She's one of the icons of the 2000s J-pop, and I'll never forget the heyday of Yui!

2 Utada Hikaru

I was first introduced to Utada when I played Kingdom Hearts and have listened to her ever since. She was the first J-pop singer I had ever listened to and continue to listen to. She introduced me to a whole new world of unforgettable music, and I cannot wait for her new music that is rumored to be coming out soon. For those that aren't familiar with Hikki, I'll list some of her best songs in my opinion: Japanese - Beautiful World, Sakura Nagashi, Hikari, Passion, Final Distance. English - Animato, Exodus '04, Kremlin Dusk, Apple and Cinnamon, and all versions of Sanctuary.

I love Utada. She is very talented and musically gifted. She can speak English and Japanese fluently and sounds good singing in both! I hope she comes back to the United States.

How the heck is she behind Atsuko Maeda? Her talent, her voice, and her songs are all outstanding! She is the best in Japan and can be one of the best in the world with her talent!

3 Nana Mizuki

Nana Mizuki, a seiyuu (voice actress) and singer, is a great example for those who aspire to be singing artists. Throughout her entire career, she has never lip-synced. I repeat, never. This is evident because you can hear her breathing in her live performances and even in her CD recordings. Despite her age and experiences as a child, she shows true talent. The dance choreography, along with her vocal range and versatility across multiple genres, demonstrates to her fans that she possesses genuine talent. She deserves more recognition and should be in the top 10. If you haven't seen her live performances, go to YouTube this instant!

Unlike some (not all!) of the people listed in the Top 10, Nana can actually sing her butt off, and I don't mean lip-syncing concerts. I mean 3-4 hours long live, and even through fatigue, she can still sing in pitch! She can sing multiple genres, unlike some people who can sing 1, or maybe 2 (Gasp!). She's known as a seiyuu singer, which is kind of like Disney singers in the USA. People look down on them as never being as good as mainstream, but she has what it takes to break that barrier! And so far, she is on her way!

4 Lia

Lia is like a legend in J-pop. Even though I don't understand her lyrics at all, she just makes the song sound amazingly impressive. Her voice is strong and graceful. I don't understand why her rank is so low. I LOVE LIA.

Why is Lia ranked so low?! She has a goddess-like, incredible range, and conveys so much emotion in her songs. Most of all, she sings beautifully live! Please support this amazing singer, and raise her rank!

Angelic voice, amazing vibrato. Listen to Toki o Kizamu Uta and My Soul, Your Beats and tell me she's not good.

5 Origa
6 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi sounds amazing. Her voice can carry such high notes, and her voice has a special ring to it. Another thing is that her songs always have amazing music videos to go with them, and she always looks beautiful in those as well. Ayumi is the best singer ever. Her songs send the best messages, especially the song Dearest.

From her first debut until now, she has given me so many things to learn. I have read about her past and followed her from 2007. She always tries something new and makes it better than ever. Her honesty makes me totally in love with her song and herself as a fan. XD

Her gorgeous voice can't be beaten. The only person who comes close to her is Utada Hikaru. Ayumi has made some of the most magical songs of all time. My favourite is 'No More Words'.

7 Atsuko Maeda

She's a little flower that blossomed beautifully and loved by many people. Her fans always support her in her path after graduating from AKB48. Acchan is Acchan as always. Her idealism is still the same as when she first joined the group.

Acchan'll be the next "real" singer in Japan with her aura! Love her so much because of her voice, and of course, her experience and her effort to be an idol. Vote for her, and you'll make a chance for someone to be a "real" singer.

No matter what happens with Atsuko Maeda, I will always give my support to her. I'm your big fan from Indonesia.

8 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Kiriko Takemura, better known as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, is a Japanese fashion model and singer. She is best known for her songs: PONPONPON, Ninja Re Bang Bang, and Kira Kira Killer.

Pamyu Pamyu is great! She's not only incredibly popular (along with Nishino Kana and AKB48 as the top females in Japan) but worldwide she is a sensation! Kyary is different, cute, and you just can't help but fall in love with her!

She's very talented. My favorites are actually many of her songs, especially Fashion Monster. She has a really great voice, and I'd love to see her one day! I think she really does deserve to be number 1 because she seems very nice and makes the world so much different. I've listened to others in the tops, and I still stayed on KPP's side. I think she has so much talent! Watashi wa saizen o kitai!

Unlike other artists, if you love one of her songs, you'll love all of her songs. Hard to believe, but it is a fact!

9 Elisa

She has a natural singing voice like no other.

10 Kana Nishino

For me, she's the best Japanese singer. Her voice is so nice, beautiful, and the melodies and the way she sings are so cool. And I wish she would be more famous and be the best. The first song I heard from her was "HAVE A NICE DAY". I love her voice!

Best Friend, Dear, Motto, Sayonara. Her voice is one of the best I have heard: crystal clear with high ringing resonance and sincere soulful R&B. Love her sky-high falsetto. Weepingly beautiful at times. Very bittersweet, but can also be really happy like in Moshimo. Deep emotional resonance with such a high-pitched natural delivery and great vocal range, smooth transitions up into the high registers.

Kanayan is one of the best singers for me. I got to know her from watching Animax during 2:00 in the afternoon and I watched her Be Strong music video. I was really captivated by her style, which was really unique. After downloading many singles and albums of Nishino-san, I liked her more and more. I want to see her in person. Kanayan!

The Contenders
11 Kashiwagi Yuki

She's the best! I always play her song before going to sleep and after I wake up. Her voice is like an angel.

Her voice is very beautiful, and she is a pretty girl.

12 Haruna Ono

With her unique vocal and with a strong hint of rock in it. Rare indeed. And on top of that, she's a good guitarist too. Being a lead vocal with guitar isn't easy, plus at the pop rock genre.

Just check out for yourself how amazing this vocalist/guitarist is. Plus, she definitely got the looks and could dance well too.

Haruna is the best! Powerful voice and real rock band vocalist. I love her voice and when she plays the guitar. Very wonderful, yeah. Rock on Haruna senpai.

13 Aimer

Nothing came close to Aimer if you talk about uniqueness, maybe except Yuki Isoya. She sang through her heart, and her live performance is beautiful in every aspect.

She is a very humble and shy person. At the beginning of her career, she didn't show her face because she wanted people to pay attention to her voice, not her face.

Due to her parents' influence, she was surrounded by music from a very young age. She began composing songs with the piano and guitar and started writing lyrics in English. At the age of 15, she lost her voice from an unfortunate accident. However, as she recovered, she acquired her distinctive husky voice.

I think Aimer's voice really captivated me the first time I listened to her. There is just something special about the way she sings, and how it totally captures you. When you listen to her sing, it feels like you are in your own world.

Her voice is full of contradictions: gentle and strong, sweet and harsh, cool and warm, light and heavy. I think it is difficult to find other singers with such uniqueness.

14 Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal) Suzuka Nakamoto, born 1997 in Hiroshima, Japan and known as Su-Metal in the kawaii metal-band BABYMETAL. She is a Japanese idol, singer and model. Suzuka is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of two musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's and Sakura Gakuin. At Sakura Gakuin BABYMETAL was formed as a sub-unit group but is now a group separeted from Sakura... read more

With 10 years of professional singing experience when she just turned 20, Suzuka Nakamoto has a tremendous career ahead of her. She can easily outsing 90 percent of people named in this entire list. With an incredible amount of body of work already under her belt at 20, she will keep growing, bettering herself, honing her craft, and soon turning all detractors into believers. As she is without a doubt one of the great emerging names in Japan's music industry. Already a huge star, she will only get bigger and brighter.

The girl is 18 and kicking ass left, right, and centre. She was good at 15 as it is, but her growth as a vocalist since then has been phenomenal and a pleasure to watch. Can't imagine how she'll turn out when her voice matures even more. Might as well just hand her the title of Queen of Japan. She's already regarded as Metal Queen by 'the One'.

Her rise to become one of the greatest vocalists from Japan is inevitable. At 22, she already has 12 years of experience. I, as a fan, look forward to her growth for the next numerous decades as she fulfills her destiny and reaches new heights. Please look upon her warmly.

15 Aoi Teshima

Why is she not in #1? Have any singer greater than this legend?!

16 Tsukiko Amano

Tsuki-sama is not just a singer, but an artist. Her lyrics are able to touch a heart deeply and softly. Her melodies can make you float and find yourself in the clouds.

Tsuki is a very good artist. Her singing is deep, sad, and intense. But, nevertheless, it's warm, gentle, and friendly.

I love all her songs! She is a very complete artist.

17 LiSA

LiSA is a Japanese singer-songwriter from Seki, Gifu, and is signed to Aniplex under Sony Music Artists. She made her major debut in 2010, singing songs for the anime TV series Angel Beats! as one of two vocalists for the fictional band Girls Dead Monster. She performed at Animelo Summer Live in August 2010. In April 2011, she made her solo debut with the release of her mini-album Letters to U. Her single "Oath Sign" is used as the opening theme to the 2011 anime Fate/Zero. Her single "Crossing Field" is used as the opening theme to the 2012 anime Sword Art Online. Her single "Träumerei" is used as the opening theme to the 2013 anime Day Break Illusion.

She manages to bring a smile to my face no matter which song I am listening to! The emotions that you can feel from her resonate with you. Just listen to any of her songs! The fact that a good number of her songs are used as anime openings and closing themes should speak for itself. LiSA is an amazing live performer! She is a great inspiration and captures the hearts of those listening to her!

18 Minami Takahashi

Brilliant! Not only has she worked as an AKB48 member and had a solo debut, but she also served as the 48group manager!

I love her so much... Especially in Anime (Conan in Detective Conan).

Do the best for me!

19 Kokia

I was working my way through this list, liking some whilst others were not really my taste. I then reached no 32, and even though her style isn't what I am into, her voice enchanted me and trapped me under its spell. It's so beautiful with so many levels, and the emotion just oozes out of it. I would love her to sing an old Scottish folk song. Her music is not something I would listen to every day, but whenever I do (it's already on my music player), it will lift my day to a higher level and spread beauty into the darkest corners of my life.

I'm not critiquing her songs or popularity, but vocal abilities. She's one of the best female singers ever. Find songs with her singing with no music, and you'll be convinced.

I love her voice. It's soothing in a way. To me, epicness and ambiance don't mix, but her songs are the exact combination of the two.

20 Watanabe Mayu

She's cute and lovely. She's the best actress and dancer. They call her Mayuyu Queen. She has a cute voice and she's the best Japanese idol in my opinion. She must be 1st top because she is the cutest Japanese idol of all.

My number 1 idol.

21 Namie Amuro

She is the best in the world! I know what I'm talking about. Just love her! She should be #1 here. She is my favourite star forever. Her performances are so energetic, and you just can't believe that she can do this all alone.

I suppose her music might be taking a wrong turn, but she'll always be my favourite artist. I hope she backtracks a bit with her genre or at least the English.

Namie is the Queen of J-Pop! She has awesome dance moves, and her vocals are amazing. She is one of my favorite singers!

22 Misia

Personally, I think she is definitely one of the top 10 Japanese female vocalists.

She's definitely one of the best Japanese singers.

For me, Misia is the best singer in Japan.

23 Mika Nakashima

Her beautiful, deep, and strong voice is extremely pleasant to hear. Just by listening to her songs, you can tell she sings with her heart. Her vocal style should be considered fresh and rare, as the industry often leans towards cute and sweet vocals. In other words, her voice represents a rarity in this industry. Apart from that, she is very gorgeous, stylish, and cool in appearance. She has a very good sense of fashion. Her English is also good, giving her the potential to shine as a Japanese artist in the West. For me, she epitomizes the perfect Japanese female artist. She should, would, could, and will be on the top.

She is the first Japanese vocalist whom I completely fell in love with. Her voice is so vulnerable, and even though I can't understand her word for word, her voice really has no language barriers. Definitely the best out of all the rest!

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25 Yuko Oshima

Yuko is so beautiful and has an amazing voice!

Yuko is better than Mayu.

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