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
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...

He usually doesn't talk much but attracts us so much. Once he is on the stage, his solo performance is always special. It's breathtaking. Satoshi is so talented in many ways. He is also a good actor as well as a dancer and a singer. His self-learned paintings amazed pro-painters such as Kusama Yayoi. His creative power is really exceptional. He is always natural and opens his mind to what interests him. Once something interests Satoshi his enthusiasm and passion never stops him, which deeply charms us and flies us into his dramatic cosmos. I hope everyone in the world will have chance to visit his world!


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.

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.

Toshi is wonderful singer, but I also like T.T. revolution, Atsushi Sakurai and hide... I thought for a long time, for whom to vote... But Toshi chose, because he, along with Yoshiki is the founder of the legendary band X Japan, fathers of Japanese rock! It has a charming voice and crazy energy! I thank him for what he does! And let him continue to do so!

I love his voice, amazing and beautiful.
When he sings Yoshiki's songs, it really shakes my heart and my soul.
It's also hit my brain- Sad /love/ jealousy/Grey/ Blue/ Red- The emotion which never were explained in concrete. I can understand them by his beautiful voice!
Love you- Toshi! Cool guy!
I also feel green when I listen the Song from Toshi's solo.

ToshI is the best singer ever, the emotion which he delivers into the songs touches me so much, that I would cry when I listen to the songs.
I would not place him as a tenor but rather as a soprano for his 3.8 octavos voice that would break the glass. Really rare singers in Asia or even in the world that can go as high as him. He is my god!

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

3 Hide Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name Hide, was a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan.

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.

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!

Hyde is cool. He's got nice hair and stuff.

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 the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with forty-eight singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ten consecutive singles in Japanese music history.

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.

He has a full deep voice but can go all the way high up to angelic sounds. He has the full range of songs from calm to unsettling, over crazy to cheerfully fun. He has songs in English, with western and Japanese styled music. He plays many instruments ontop of singing. His lyrics have depth and are well timed. And most of the songs are tied into whole stories. That's just a few of the arguments why he's a great singer.

Gackt is nothing short of amazing. He sings really well (and has a
Nice, sexy voice to boot) not only in studio but also live and really puts all of his soul inside his songs and his performances. He's hardworking, passionate, and it really shows. Not to mention that he's a really giving, nice, funny, caring person under that cool image of his. Truly an outstanding artist!

I love GACKT because he can go from singing to Acting back to singing he is so flexible in everything he does and he is not afraid to be himself on stage. He is one of a kind and I wish that other Visual Kei artist can take in what GACKT has done.
Look at Malice Mizer he put 1,000 percent to Malice Mizer and when he went solo he just got better and better.

6 Sakurai Atsushi (BUCK TICK)

There are many good vocalists in this listing, but none have managed to stay a passionate musician in the same band for decades and show no sign of degrading their quality. Atsushi sounds as wonderful as he did years ago and has participated in many genres with ease. I've loved the sound of his voice since I was 12 (about to be 23) and since then it's been very calming and nostalgic to hear his (and but's music. ) Even if I go through phases with other music, I consistently return to Buck-Tick. I'm thankful they are still together and making their own label, so Atsushi's voice can continue to be enjoyed in new music.

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).


Can handle diverse vocal range: from melodic to harsh; deep growl to chilling whisper. Has managed to successfully adapt his voice and image to numerous musical styles: goth, rock, pop, industrial (e.G. schwein), experimental, electronic. Has reached out from Japan to work with international musicians: PIG, KMFDM, JG Thirlwell, Mission UK. Also, Sakurai Atsushi - despite being a very handsome man - has relied more on his voice, lyrics and costume to carry the emotion/sensuality of the song instead of flashing naked skin (e.G. no shirt).

On top of being a great singer with a velvety smooth voice, he pays a lot of attention to style and performing on stage. He's naturally blessed with good looks and with a mysterious aura about him that makes him captivating to look at. Most of the lyrics of Buck-Tick's songs are written by him, and they are extremely sensual telling about the struggles and darker sides of human lives. An artist in the true meaning of the word.

7 Tatsurou (Mucc)

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.

In my heart, he is a god!
Never heard of the voice of the heart can the, out of him. His song can seize the soul of man, into the wonderful world of unknown, let a person get drunk among them. Why do you like him? For his amazing talent, for his words world marvel, completely is the portrayal of my heart, whether it be full of brightness, and dark, contradictory, and to the sky the yearning for freedom, totally, totally, as is the world another can understand his heart.

I think I win my life because of him, not everyone can insist in music for a long time like him. So many good singers but my choice is HYDE.
His voice make me want to insist in difficult life. Because I want to listen to his voice again and again.
I will let my children to listen to his voice when they are babies, I think it is meaningful.
I will miss HYDE and his band when I leave to this world, HYDE's music is only thing I want to bring.

9 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 live voice is great, as others already mentioned.
His ability to reach high notes is most impressive though, just listen to "Yes".

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!

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.

What I really enjoy about Kyo's voice, is that he expresses a lot of emotions, but above all, I hear a llt of rage in his voice. Dir en grey's music calms me when I'm mad, because I feel as if Kyo was mad too... I don't know, it's just what I think. Also he's really talented. I can't believe at first I hated them (The band). I got totally freaked out and grossed out too (It was Obscure's PV I was watching...) and hated them. Then I listened to it a second time, and a third, and it grew on me. I love the band and Kyo is a great singer (The others are great, but we're talking about singers, so...)

Kyo is amazing.. He sings from his gut with raw emotion. His vocal range is unsurpassed. He can do screamo as well as throaty vocals, fooling the world that there more to him than just a screamo band vocalist. He is hot, sensual and raw to the highest power.

The Contenders
11 Ruki (The Gazette)

.. 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!

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 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

He is damn beautiful with everything he does. He tries everything. He is working hard on himself. Hearing his voice is like being free from the weight of the world.
The only bad thing I have to say is that he cares less about himself. He sleeps not enough. He should sleep more than 3 hours.

12 Yamapi

He's cute and I like his voice.

His voice is awesome

I love all his songs!

His voice is so cool!

13 Yuya Matsushita

He has a gift and a very rare one indeed. He has been striving all his life for these wonderful moments on stage. He is absolutely commited to what he is doing. Great dancer, singer and actor. I question what he can't do. Even though he is this far he continues to challenge himself and poors his heart out during his concerts. Honestly all his songs have an effect on me especially the ones he wrote himself. I and along with many others will continue to support him no matter what. May the best of luck be with you Yuya!

The love of my life. Not literally, laugh out loud. He demonstrates everything a girl could think of her boyfriend. He's handsome, sweet, comical, and entertaining. Just looking at his face is enough. As a singer, he voice is soothing and nice. Songs like, Kimi E No Love Song, is just lovely. This song never fails to calm me down if I'm agitated or whatever. He even write his own songs which are just as lovely. Please vote for him! He is definitely worth your vote.

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!

I just... I can't... There are no real words to DESCRIBE how amazing his voice is. He doesn't need crazy make up or outfits or insane backgrounds to make him like able. His songs look like they are just the most natural thing in the world to him, like he doesn't even have to try. Everything about his performance is honest and touches the audiences and that's the mark of a true performer!

14 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.

15 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.

He's a total package! Aside from his good looks, he really is a multi-talented artist. He plays baseball as well. What more could you ask for?

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.

Kazuya really has a great voice. every time I listen to his voice I really feel at ease and relax.

16 Kamijo

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..

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

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

He has such a deep voice, I love it! I wish they'd come back.

17 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!

18 Yamada Ryosuke

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!

I know and love him since his debut with Hey! Say! 7.
He has grown so much and his Solo debut was amazing. He is the best singer in HSJ, a cute but also cool and mature guy with the most amazing smile.

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

He has a beautiful voice.
He is cool and cute.
He is the best.

19 Sakurai Sho

Is this guy in vs arashi?

20 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

21 Byou (Screw)
22 Miura Daichi

The Best Singer & Dancer I've Ever see.. I do Believe that Daichi will go much higher then this...D. M Ganbatte! Wish you all the Best of Luck...

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

What 57th? Needs to be higher. He has a great voice and dancing skills.

He is a great entertainer!

23 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!

24 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..

I like Jin's voice and of course his smile.. He might not really good as a host but if he's only open his mouth once, it's bright the whole show, his acting naturally not to mention his ability to dance

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.

I very miss him in KAT-TUN. But I support him to his american debut. I hope he will success in his life. And I hope someday he will come to Indonesia

25 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..

His voice is unique

In my opinion he is one of the best vocalists ever
It can't be that he is only place 19! I really looking forward to the concert in may

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

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