New imperial era in Japan starts, and it is named Reiwa (令和). At this important moment, we present you a list of great pop songs from the Heisei (平成) era, that started in January 1989 and now came to its end.
Thanks to the bubble economy and karaoke boom, we have had a million hit numbers in the the last thirty years. On the other hand, some great indie rock bands became popular in the first decade of Heisei era.
After the collapse of the bubble economy, Shibuya-kei movement started in the early 1990s. It started in CD stores in Shibuya (a famous district of Tokyo), as that was the time when many foreign-owned CD chains opened in Japan, like Tower Records, HMV and Virgin Megastores.
Anyone could access all kinds of music, coming from around the world. Shibuya-kei’s originator Filpper’s Guitar (founded by Kenji Ozawa and Cornelius) used samples that came not only from classic rock’n’roll or R&B, but also from the latest alternative rock bands.
After mid-2000s, Japan had fewer hit songs, but we can find our own hits on the internet, especially via social media. At same time, vocaloid brought a major change in Japanese music – with Hatsune Miku as its chief ambassador.
Experience these rapid, dizzy, sometimes crazy changes with our playlist of 30 Japanese hits from the last 30 years.
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LIST OF THE SONGS:
1. Princes Princes “Diamonds” – 1989
2. X JAPAN “Kurenai” (紅) – 1989
7. ZARD “Makenaide” (負けないで) – 1993
8. WANDS “Sekai ga Owaru Made wa” (世界が終るまでは) – 1994
9. Mr.Children “Tomorrow never knows” – 1994
10. Spitz “Robinson” (ロビンソン) – 1995
11. B’z “love me, I love you” – 1995
12. T.M.Revolution “Heart of Sword” – 1996
16. Globe “Wanna Be A Dreammaker” – 1998
21. Perfume “Polyrhythm” – 2008
22. Bump of Chicken feat. Hatsune Miku “Ray” – 2015
24. AKB48 “Koi suru Fortune Cookie” (恋するフォーチュンクッキー) – 2013
27. Suchmos “Stay Tune” – 2016
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