5 Japanese Artists To Listen To When You Are Tired Of Mainstream Music
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5 Japanese Artists To Listen To When You Are Tired Of Mainstream Music

These are artists that I listen to on the daily, without fail.

5 Japanese Artists To Listen To When You Are Tired Of Mainstream Music

I think my taste in music has always been a little out there, but once I started getting into music in different languages, I was hooked.

Japanese music is something I found when I became more invested in the Japanese language and culture. I love listening to it on my way to my Japanese language class because it feels like a great kick start when I'm doing my Japanese homework and whenever I'm missing the beauty that is Japan.

Without further ado, here is a list of my favorite Japanese artists.

Starting with my favorite: Mrs. Green Apple

This group was one of the first Japanese bands I discovered. They definitely made me begin to branch out from my musical comfort zone and to listen to music I normally wouldn't find more that I liked. One of my favorite songs being 春愁. Having songs that range from classic rock to sad slow songs you would listen to after a breakup, this band is definitely in my top 10 favorite bands of all time.

No matter the mood you want this, this band has a song that can fit that vibe.

My favorite soloist: Taichi Mukai

Taichi Mukai has a sound that is so hard to find in mainstream music.

Going from hearing loud bubbly pop music on the radio constantly to listening to a song by him is like a breath of fresh air. His song 午後8時 is the kind of song that you put on and stare at the ceiling. It kind of makes you feel like you're floating.

I love his music so so much. Its perfect for rainy days or bad days when you just want to feel like you're at an old cool jazz club.

Saucy Dog (yes, I know their group name is weird)

This is the kind of soft music I like to listen to when I'm studying or just hanging out with friends.

It's easy listening with old rock vibes. One of my favorites is definitely Itsuka. It's the kind of song that you'll find yourself humming when you're down. This band is good for a mental break from today's music to a throwback of older alternative music.


So, Riri is for when you want something like Ariana Grande but in a lower register (and, of course, in Japanese).

Her music just makes you want to sing along (the best you can) and dance around. Her song That's My Baby is bound to make you jam just a little. It's catchy beat, and her pop-like voice pulls you in. It just gets stuck in your head!

The Oral Cigarettes

This band will satisfy your younger self's "scene phase."

With the heavy guitars, it has the rock/alternative music and lyrics that get stuck in your head. Guitar solos and all this band has all your rock needs. Their song Kyouran Hey Kids!! is one that will definitely get stuck in your head, even if you don't want it to.

Of course, these bands won't be for everyone, but music transcends language and borders. So, you shouldn't just limit yourself to songs in English. Branch out a little! Listen to music in a different language, you never know. You may find your new favorite band.

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