Top 10 Japanese Rock Songs

The Top Ten Japanese Rock Songs

1 Filth in the Beauty - The Gazette

In the beginning of the song, the tantalizing intro and the seductive female harmony already created a sexual atmosphere for the audience. Step by step, Ruki(the GazettE's vocalist)managed to lead us deeper and deeper into the isolating world of sex. During the climax of the song, GazettE loses themselves, completely thinking and playing in the identity of a sex slave. This song ends beautifully with insanity while the audience is still trapped in lust and desire.

Well I think this song is great. I mean here you are in computer world and now they give you reall rock music like you ever wanted. Love music video clip cause they're shakin their heads all around and can't stop this makes me feel free...

they not just show they abilities in music, they also show their style! and this songs is good for headbangers! very energetic song

I never listen or watch any rock band before but when I saw The GazettE's song, they make me feel great all songs, style, and members it like I fall in with something and now I promised with myself that someday I'll become a rocker! All right, let's make my dream come true! Thank you Gazette

2 Art of Life - X-japan

Of course Art of Life is the best song, not only in Japan, but in the world. Much better than anything above it, even Kurenai. Drink it Down? Any song by L'Arc en Ciel, Dir en Grey, The Gazette (especially) will never compare to a single song of X Japan, especially Art of Life. Filth in the Beauty and Cage are pure crap and shouldn't even be on this list, and Drink it Down just isn't good enough to be number one. No other song will take you on such a roller coaster ride--the journey of life. Art of Life is perfection.

Love the song mate; of course it has some soft parts, it is progressive metal for crying out loud. Love the orchestra too. God Bless Japan. - aeromaxx777

The best song from X Japan which is long (exceed 27 mins) with 8-min piano solo played by Yoshiki. Toshi is indeed the best singer ever for X Japan

One of best song ever in the world. Yoshiki plays piano so cool.
May be, this song is better than octavarium (dream theater)

3 Cage - Dir en Grey

I don't care that the song was from visual kei days, but there is meaning behind it. It starts out very slow and beautiful but ends up rocking out. The lyrics are beautiful and this song always strikes something in me. Toshiya's bass solo was also incredible. Kyo's singing was also perfect. It's like the whole band's soul is in that song.

Visual kei at its best with a truly amazing bass solo. - TD17

My favourite of this Dir en Grey's era, the guitar solo at the beginning is truly enchanting. It's my mom's favourite too. not kidding.

They have great solo bass part!

4 Blurry Eyes - L'Arc?en?Ciel

Love this song! The melody and lyrics are pretty good, also Hyde voice is sexy as always

Underrated song

Nice ear cathchy song

5 Beast of Blood - Malice Mizer

This a great song great sound power rock

Best of the BEST!

6 Kurenai - X-japan

This song, though old, is the best.
Old school is the best!
Its more original then most, the arrangement is amazing.
Forever X.

Great music. Great vocal. I lost for words when I heard this song. It is really "kurenai" music. You should listen to it to feel the great.

This is the first famous rock song from X-Japan, the best rock band ever in Asain! I love this song. Before this song, I don't think rock in Japan is that popular!

I'm a bass player and this is perhaps the best bass line I've EVER EVER listened to. In fact, it was thanks to this song that I've become into the Japanese Rock/Metal scene, needless to mention the epic solos of Art Of Life...

7 Ame No Orchestra - Mucc

This song is simply beautiful. Having fantastic vocals, music and lyrics.

8 Dozing Green - Dir En Grey

this is my favorite song of dir en grey, the sound and the lyrics always reminds me my childhood, its a masterpiece mixed with music.

9 Endless Rain - X Japan
10 Drink It Down - L'arc~en~ciel

specially the video.. check it out!

One of the coolest song of l arc en ciel, yukihiro composed the song and hyde wrote the lyrics - ronluna

kurenai is old and drink it down is new, great song esp when playing devil may cry 4 - ronluna

I love this song from the first time I listened to this. It has cool intro, too! Go and check the video. It is really cool!

The Contenders

11 Shunkan Sentimental - Scandal

Powerful song, written by cute girls, lyrics of strong messages and above all complete command of their instruments. They can rock the stage any day with this song. Oh and their studio live version of this song is.. Just.. THE BEST!

One of my favourite anime songs from one of my favourite bands. MEGA LOVE THIS SONG.

I am amazed not more scandal songs in here, so many good ones, and this is definitely one f their best. To see them pull this record off live is a joy in itself. Perfect for them and great for us fans too. It really highlights their ability a great pop rock band too. All their arrangement are so good, and this is no exception. A song that will last forever! - PaulFromAustralia

Aside from the brilliant music, it has deep rocking lyrics! The message is so powerful, every time I listen to it, I feel empowered! Also, the lyrics are written by the girls, making the song a solid message to their listeners.

I'm not really a fan of rock music, but this song changed my mind. SCANDAL rocks!

12 Rain - SID

Rain of SID is very perfect. Please vote for this song

Beautiful song. Amazing vocals. Good bass. Brings tears to my eyes even though I you don't understand the lyrics.

This song riches the deepest in my heart, I listen to it everyday and when I heard it in concert it sounded excally the recording of the song. It also from fullmetal alchemesity opening

I love SID's songs best! Regardless the melody and the playing skills are the best. Especially the guitar and the bass... What a wonderful song! I've listened to Rain for many many times! Fantastic!

13 Serenade - Versailles-Philharmonic Quintet

I believe this song is almost a full tribute to Jasmine after his passing. It may or may not be about the loss of him, but it gives you a sense that apart from Versailles' constant high-energy music can come a smoother and quieter style.

This song is just beautiful, and so emotional
Just listen to it

This song, I cried so hard when I first listened to it because of how much I missed jasmine you. I still do, and I still tear every time I listen to it. It's a beautiful piece, and it's a beautiful reminder of how life goes on, and there's still beauty even in its sadness.

Love the song. Beautiful melody, amazing lyrics, and a damn good arrangement. Makes you wanna cry after listening to it, especially so if you know the meaning.

14 Tears - X-japan

Number 8th? This shouldn't be happening... I mean, don't you all think this song should be top 3?
No? Try listening to it before you deny the awesomeness. Once you listen, you may be moved to TEARS, just like what happened to me a year ago. 8)

This song... For about half an hour after I first heard it, I couldn't talk. It just swept me off my feet, blew my mind and left me speechless.

Nothing to say, it's just the most beautiful song ever composed by a Japanese Band. People who don't know X-Japan so good still knows this music.

Beutiful Music. Amazing Lyrics that go together with the song perfectly.

15 Emu for my Dear - Gackt

This became my first favorite Gackt song! And still is one of them up to this day. The long intro was what made me remember it the first time I heard it. But everything about the song beautiful. You could really feel Gackt's emotion while singing this one.

The saddest song I have ever heard.

Totally beautifull... I don't know a word of Japanese but still I liked this song so much when I first listened to it... The soft and soothing guitars combined with sudden increase in tempo makes it one of the best ever

16 Love Phantom - B'Z

One of song from b'z I love, when I see the video clip I feel strange people, nice song from koshi inaba and tak matsumotto. Recommended this

17 Rosier - Luna Sea

Just listen to the song, It is perfection, Music at it's finest. All of it flows perfectly within itself. It is Hypnotizing.

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Just A Phenominal Song

18 No Scared - One Ok Rock

One ok rock should be in the list. Their music is amazing

I love this song to much to not vote for it

Only top 20? Come on this song is completely amazing! At least their song able to be on top 10

There are a lot of great songs of One ok Rock that deserves to be in the top 5 at least!

19 Core Pride - UVERworld

UVERworld is highly recommended. I think it should be even higher up the list. Their lead singer has an amazing voice.

Amazing song... It will touch your sense... A great band and a great singer, a amazing songwriter. Uverworld is the best band I ever heard in my life and I support them

This is a great song of UVERworld I ever heard

This song saves many people. It should be higher on the list. The band is incomparable, and their songs (especially the lyrics) bring spirits and reasons to live. I love them very deeply. Six Pride forever.

20 Rewrite - Asian Kung Fu Generation

Name a better song than this, I DARE YOU

This song is great - TAhaMohammedi

This song is awesome! The voice of Masafumi just suits with the song! Guys just give this song a listen! It will just make your day!

21 Mizerable - Gackt

Love him, and his music! He is just individual as his music. He is the best singer ever! Mizerable is a very beautiful song with the violin play - just listen and enjoy!

His songs always have meaning to something in our lives, Mizerable is one of them like the other songs written by him. My favourite forever is Tsuki no Uta, an beautiful song

even though it was his first solo single I think its the best. - TD17

It's simply full of emotion and his voice it's so majestic

22 First Love - Utada Hikaru

It's a great song!

Woah.. Why why why.. Iits big song... Very very nice song... I think this song must in top 10... I fans larc en ciel but I now this song very great... Rank 52... Think back

23 Rose of Pain - X Japan
24 The Last Song - X Japan
25 The Beginning - One Ok Rock

This music has such a deep meaning that anyone who will listen to it immediately falls in love with One Ok Rock. This is such an amazing song that and Taka's voice is so surreal.

I love this song so much, I listen to it (as well as many others of theirs) every day. So much meaning and Taka has an amazing voice. Pure perfection

The best song of this group! I cannot stop hearing this song!

This song should be number one! This song is what made me love ONE OK ROCK! It's the song that made them famous world wide!

26 Serafine - Dead End

Morrie's vocals & the lyrics of this song are very relaxing and beautiful. The melody makes me shiver every time I listen to it.


27 XXX For You - D'erlanger

we need new songs like this, you go argue with me that this is popular, but there are very annoying people who pm me, lectured me but I heard these songs in japanese rock forums a lot and you can find lots of d'erlanger in japan and here because I want these bands to be popular as well - ronluna

kurenai is old and everyone who knows j-rock esp x knows it try something new and don't stick to one band, xxx for you is one of the main reasons why I love d'erlanger and that song introduced me to the band - ronluna

hard rock song from the visual-kei pioneer band D'ERLANGER. the songs on the list is softer than this - ronluna

just ask the new fans since 2007, they love this song - ronluna

28 Sign - Flow

Never heard anything like this... Best ever song, I've heard so far. Whenever I listen to it, it starts controlling my mind and give me the perfect pleasure which a one can expect from a music track. Thumbs up to FLOW!

Definitely my favourite song by Flow of all time. I don't know about it being the BEST ever, since I haven't heard many of the other contenders at all, but this is my personal favourite for being simple pure rock music.

this is the best! naruto shippuden's 6th op - charis0926

This introduced me to japanese rock songs, better than almost all mainstream rock songs!

29 Cassis - The Gazette

One of the best songs I've ever heard, it has one hell of a melody plus ruki's voice is great especially in this song

Epic music, slow in early and awesome guitar sound at end by aoi, I like it.

GAZETTE the best band for me.

Best song ever!
I've never heard such a beautiful song like cassis

30 Oasis - Janne Da Arc
31 Nothing You Lose - Nightmare

I love everything about this song! Like, all the parts seem to fit perfectly :) Guitar solo, the bass, the drumming, and also yomi's voice just sounds amazing all together! Come on people vote vote vote!

This song is full of bass! Yomi's voice is wonderful! With beautiful lyric too!

This song is great I always sing it even if no-one knows what I'm saying and it's music was written by Ni~Ya (BASS) and he did a great job!

32 Viva Rock - Orange Range
33 Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer - One Ok Rock

Each and every song is awesome. Try it.
Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer always gets the crowd moving into the beat. M/ never get tired of it.
One ok rock songs always have meanings and inspiring realizations. They're one of a kind

These are the kind of lyrics that encourage and do not tell you what to do. Also crowd favourite so it's a lot of fun live.

This song makes me want to dance and scream!

This song has so much energy it's contagious. You'll be jumping and spinning to the beats before you know it!

34 I for You - Luna Sea

Great song sad and but with a uplifting guitar riff. - TD17

35 Sleepwalker - Alice Nine

This is a beautiful song!
Shou's voice enchants you while the rest of the band blends the melody in.
The title says it all. Sleepwalker really does sound like sleep!
This is one of Alice Nine's best songs!

36 Bluebird - Ikimono Gakari

theme song of naruto shippuuden with a very good pv - ronluna

Nice opening anime naruto shippuden

Ohh I like this one very much... !

37 Bel Air - Malice Mizer

This song is amazing! One of my favorites from my very favorite band! It deserves to be up much higher on the list than this.

Amazing song and Gackt at his best. - TD17

Bel Air is such a pretty song... So calm but still cool

38 Slow Down - Zi:kill
39 Daybreak's Bell - L'arc~en~ciel

Intro and refrain are just gorgeous, Hyde's voice reaches a heart-swelling falsetto. Apart from that, it's the opening of Gundam 00 and contains a meaning of critic against war and fight.

the intro is one of the best hard rock riffs

40 The Fourth Avenue Cafe - L'arc~en~ciel

Accompanied by the majestic orchestral band, this song injects a certain noir sentiment that reminds you of some tragic, moving, rush of love. Plus, the bass is of top-notch quality, too. Listening to this will sweep you away for a tribute to great, yet tragic life, all in just 5 minutes of your time.

Cool song. very like the drum beat and fill in. guitar melody also sounds great.

41 Nocturne - Die In Cries
42 Good Morning Satellite - Dead End
43 Kagerou - Buck Tick

Dream, dream, dream! This songs sticks in my head.

44 The Final - Dir En Grey


Everyone in the group puts perfect amounts of effort to make this sound amazing. The video is brilliant, the members look amazing, and they don't go overboard. It's eargasmic laugh out loud.

Probably because I've been a Diru fan for years that I'm writing this comment, but I will support them no matter what.

Please take a moment to look up this song and listen to it. You won't be disappointed.

45 Vinushka - Dir En Grey

This song should in top ten list

46 Zetsubou Billy - Maximum The Hormone

More hypnotizing than Filth In The Beauty in my opinion, Zetsubou Billy mixes everything to make it perfect!

47 1/3 Junjou Na Kanjou - Siam Shade
48 Lost November - Diaura

I really like this song too. I have ALL their songs on my ipod. It's a shame so little people have even heard of them. If you are reading this then go check Diaura out!

Lost November is a very energizing song that always makes me want to dance. Yo-ka's voice harmonizes well with the upbeat tempo of the song. Also my little cousin adores this song, she's four by the way. Definitely in my top 10!

Diaura sounds great... Until you see their lives lol. Listen to Lost November live... Wait, don't, your ears will bleed!

This songs is very good

49 Gensou Kyoku Eternal Silence - Phantasmagoria

Great visual kei song sad and a great guitar riff and solo. Awesome vocals. - TD17

50 Vanilla - Gackt

This was my favorite song... Until I looked up the lyrics :p It's still a great song though. Give it a listen

Gackt's voice is so beautiful! ^^

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