Japanese Pop Music 2020: The Best of the Best

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Japanese Pop Music 2020: The Best of the Best


Japanese music has been greatly influenced by American and Western music over the years, and 2020 is no different. From traditional Japanese music to J-Pop, there are countless ways to enjoy the unique and vibrant sounds of Japanese music.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best Japanese pop songs of 2020. Whether you’re a fan of catchy tunes or heart-wrenching ballads, there’s sure to be something on this list that you’ll enjoy. So without further ado, let’s get started!

What is Japanese Pop Music?

Japanese Pop Music, also known as J-pop, is a genre of music that emerged in Japan in the late 1970s. Though it has a wide range of styles, J-pop often incorporates elements from Western pop music, such as electric guitars and drums. It also typically features catchy hooks and upbeat melodies.

J-pop has become hugely popular in Japan and across Asia. In recent years, some J-pop artists have even broken into the Western market, such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Babymetal.

If you’re looking for some great Japanese Pop Music to listen to in 2020, check out our list of the best J-pop songs of the year!

The Best of the Best

We’ve all had a year of ups and downs, but through it all, music has been a constant source of joy. And what better way to welcome in 2021 than by looking back at some of the best Japanese pop music of 2020? From upbeat anthems to heart-wrenching ballads, 2020 had it all. Here are just a few of our favourites.

Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru is a Japanese singer, songwriter and producer. Born in New York and raised in Japan, she debuted in 1998 with the release of her first album, “First Love.” Her single “First Love” sold more than four million copies and is the best-selling single by a female artist in Japanese history. Utada has sold more than 52 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2010, she was ranked as the #1 Japanese pop artist of the 2000s decade by Japanese music magazine, CD Journal.


No other J-pop band has achieved the level of success that Perfume has. The trio, who originally formed in 2001, have gone on to release six albums and 22 singles. They’ve sold out arenas and stadiums all over the world, and their music videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times.

Perfume is known for their cutting-edge sound, which blends Japanese pop with electronic dance music. They’ve won numerous awards, including multiple MTV Video Music Awards Japan. In 2019, they became the first J-pop group to perform at Coachella.

If you’re looking for a taste of the best of Japanese pop music, look no further than Perfume.


Formed in 2010, this Japanese pop-metal sensation is made up of three teenage girl vocalists and a backing band of heavy metal musicians. Their music is a unique blend of heavy metal, J-pop, and dance music, and their live shows are high-energy spectacles that combine elements of metal concerts with traditional Japanese theater. Babymetal has become one of the most popular bands in Japan, and their popularity has begun to spread to other countries as well.


Now that we’ve taken a look at Japanese pop music in 2020, it’s time to come to a conclusion. What is the best of the best?

There are many great songs and artists out there, but we have to say that our favorite is “Tous les jours” by Aimer. This song is simply beautiful, and it perfectly captures the feelings of love and happiness.

We also want to give a shoutout to AKB48, who had an incredible year with their song “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”. This band is always putting out great music, and they deserve all the success they’ve been having.

Finally, we want to give a big congratulations to all the artists who made this list. 2020 was a tough year for everyone, but these songs helped us get through it. We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us!

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