Top Ten Non-Japanese Songs that Should Be Theme Songs of Anime Series

Japanese music has a very distinctive sound but sometimes certain songs by artists from other countries have a resemblance. You don't know what but something reminds you of the opening or closing themes of anime series (the original ones, not the altered dub for Western audiences).

The Top Ten

1 Everything Counts - Depeche Mode
2 Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
3 Engel der Nacht - Blümchen

Would fit for a magical girl anime. - Martin_Canine

4 Cut You Up - Peter Murphy
5 Being with You - Smokey Robinson
6 Fallen World - Dragonforce

Would fit for an epic fantasy or adventure anime. - Martin_Canine

7 Bus Stop - The Hollies
8 Written in Blood - Beyond the Black

Would fit for an epic dark fantasy anime. - Martin_Canine

9 Devil Inside - INXS
10 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran

The Contenders

11 Reise durch die Zeit - Blümchen

Would fit for a magical girl anime. - Martin_Canine

12 Fight - Natalia Barbu

Would fit for a dark fantasy anime or a horror anime. - Martin_Canine

13 Take On Me - a-ha
14 Frei Wie Der Wind - Nena

This song would fit for about any anime that is more dramatic and epic in tone, and not so much comic.
The lyrics are about a revolutionary, but it could be as well be interpreted as being about a fighter as well, maybe a chosen one who wants to free mankind of some kind of evil powers or something like that. - Martin_Canine

15 Things We Said Today - The Beatles
16 Under the Milky Way - The Church
17 Baby Baby - Bambee
18 Eisenwind - StrawbellyCake

This will definitely be perfect for my favourite anime Cory In The House! - TwilightKitsune

Would fit for a romantic anime or a magical girl anime. - Martin_Canine

19 The Throne - Blind Guardian

Perfect for a very epic dark fantasy anime. - Metal_Treasure

20 Play Dead - Björk

This song sounds so much like Megumi Hayashibara but with English lyrics and a different sounding voice... the strings in the background, the beat, the tempo, the melody, everything reminds me of her slower music. - Martin_Canine

Would fit for a closing song of just about any anime. - Martin_Canine

21 Dead to the World - Nightwish

Would fit for a dark fantasy anime. - Martin_Canine

22 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots
23 Sautecroche - Marie Henchoz

Ending Theme (2004)

24 Bumblebee - Bambee
25 Les Ballons - Marie Henchoz

A Renaissance anime would be cool.

26 Le Rap de Séraphine - Annick Caretti

Opening from "Lucky Star" (2007).

27 Le Kangourou - Lee Maddeford
28 Hellracer - Vanilla Ninja

Okay, the lyrics kind of make this very specific, but the music alone would fit for an action anime. - Martin_Canine

29 Ride Into Obsession - Blind Guardian

For epic dark fantasy or adventure anime. - Metal_Treasure

30 Come Cover Me - Nightwish

Would fit for a dramatic fantasy anime. - Martin_Canine

31 Feed the Machine - Nickelback

Would fit for a cyberpunk anime. - Martin_Canine

32 Duck Tales Theme - Ducktales

If there was a Duck Hunt anime, this should be the theme as a joke!

33 Shrine - The Dambuilders
34 Orinoco Flow - Enya
35 Major Tom - Peter Schilling
36 Monsieur Fil-De-Fer - Marie Henchoz

Opening Theme (2004)

37 Cartoon Heroes - Aqua
38 Barbie Girl - Aqua
39 Typical Tropical - Bambee
40 Les Chaussettes Perdues - Marie Henchoz
41 Le Chewing-Gum - Lee Maddeford
42 Le Moustique - Lee Maddeford
43 Les Petits Bobos - Lee Maddeford
44 L'automne - Lee Maddeford
45 Le Pingouin - Lee Maddeford
46 Les Sorcières Et Cie - Annick Caretti
47 Saute-Mouille la Grenouille - Lee Maddeford
48 Charabia - Lee Maddeford
49 Le Rock Des Casseroles - Lee Maddeford
50 Tropique Chanson - Lee Maddeford
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