Top J-Pop Singles Selection

  1. BiSH – NON TiE-UP
  2. =LOVE – Want you!Want you!
  3. TWICE – BDZ
  4. Pimm’s – Life Is a Game
  5. Chuning Candy – S.T.L.
  6. Nogizaka46 – Synchronicity
  7. PassCode – Ray
  8. Red Velvet – #Cookie Jar
  9. Keyakizaka46 – Glass wo Ware!
  10. Keyakizaka46 – Ambivalent
  11. BiSH – stereo future
  12. Tokyo Performance Doll – Shapeless
  13. E-girls – EG-ENERGY
  14. There There Theres – SOIL
  15. Tsubaki Factory – Teion Yakedo/Shunrenka/I Need You ~Yozora no Kanransha~
  16. AKB48 – Teacher Teacher
  17. You’ll Melt More! – HIPPY MONDAYS
  18. STU48 – Kurayami
  19. You’ll Melt More! – NEVER GIVE UP DRUNK MONKEYS
  20. GANG PARADE – CAN’T STOP

Once again, BiSH manages to grab a top spot in at least one of my rankings. Honestly, I do a terrible job of portraying what my favorite music is. I have a tendency to gush about whatever is the latest and greatest. Despite some very odd mixing choices at times, BiSH does make some of my favorite music. I do have to say though, that the top 2 decision was extraordinarily tough. The Sashihara-produced =LOVE has been incredibly strong this year, and they are easily my favorite “traditional” idol group right now. The K-Pop wave also bleeds into my J-Pop lists a little as there were some really great Japanese songs from them this year. “BDZ” from TWICE was a lot of fun, and Red Velvet is a group I sometimes forget how much I like. They have such a great energy to them vocally and performance-wise.

The 46’s remain in my list, although not quite as strong as 2017 in my opinion. A select few 48 Group releases make the list, but nothing like they once did. I’m glad E-girls managed to put out one really good tune this year because ever since the Dream girls left, I haven’t been digging them at all. Honestly I was ready to give them the “biggest disappointment” award, but they managed to get it back on track right at the end of the year. The rest of this list is pretty unsurprising if you’ve kept up with me on Twitter. Chuning Candy is a great new group, I’ll pretty much always love whatever PassCode does, and yeah… pretty good stuff. Oh, and hats off to Tsubaki Factory for being pretty much the only interesting group in Hello! Project this year musically. I don’t want to hop on the hate train but yeah, not a good year for that empire at all.

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