1500 English songs

Did it for Japanese songs, now I’m doing it for ‘Western’ music.

  • Not quite ‘English’ since there are quite a few tracks in other languages, plus a couple of instrumentals thrown…left off the classical pieces though.
  • I started off aiming for a 1000 but by 800 or so I realized it wasn’t anywhere near enough to fit everything I wanted to so instead of agonizing over what to leave off, I went ahead and expanded it to 1500 songs
  • There was a brief desire to stick to one song per artist bar collabs/duets/OSTs but abandoned the idea cos that would mean a whole goddamn trove of great songs missing out
  • Unapologetically mainstream tastes. I’m not a hipster snob
  • Not gonna do breakdown stats for this but it should be fairly obvious that I’m a kid of the 90s. Luckily my family members are all into music in some form and shape so I had plenty of influences to absorb and genres to explore, though it took me a long time to get my head around things like folk, bluegrass and country
  • In the mid-90s my tastes were heavily influenced by radio – that would be Radio 4 in Malaysia, which happened to run episodes of The World Chart Show on weekends, which was my gateway to global contemporary hit music. The show was hosted by Adrienne ‘Ace’ Walker and Joe Cipriano back then and introduced me to a whole new world of rap, dance and alternative music
  • I was never in step  with my peers – when they were into Barbie dolls I was into Take That, when they were into Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls I had already moved on to Oasis and Radiohead. Thank the Lord that my older brother was into the same kind of music at the time, so we had a shared record collection & could clue each other in on the latest tunes. And he’s also pinched a copy of this playlist (and the Japanese one too) for himself now
  • Roughly, my fads and phases: mid-90s = Britpop + chart music, late-90s to early-00s = Canto/Mandopop, Jpop, early to mid-00s = folk, country, acoustic singer-songwriter, mainstream rock, mid-00s to 2010 = Japanese indie, anisong, 2011-2014 = Kpop, 2014 onwards = moved back into Jpop, anisong & mainstream English-language music. You can tell there’s a pretty significant period of time where I barely listened to anything in English.
  • Notable missing artists? Marvin Gaye, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Prince, Ramones, Johnny Cash etc the list stretches on. The classics, I’ve still not had enough time to give them a real go.
  • If there was a track 1501 it would’ve been Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London….sorry.
  • To listen to every second of every song would take 3 days 23 hours 22 minutes and 56 seconds.
  • Again, I tried to link to Youtube wherever possible but there are some with Spotify links (you’ll need an account for that) & an odd Soundcloud or two

1. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over [1986]
2. Ben Folds Five – Brick [1997]
3. Eels – Susan’s House [1996]
4. Depeche Mode – It’s No Good [1997]
5. The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby [1997]
6. R.E.M. – Losing My Religion [1991]
7. James – Sit Down [1989]
8. Gin Blossoms – Til I Hear It From You [1995]
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue [1999]
10. Stars – Calendar Girl [2004]

All-time favourites, most of which were released when I was most heavily obsessed with music in my early teens.

Susan’s House is a rather strange one for me – I remember vividly how I got hooked on the tune after seeing its music video on TV the year it was released. 1997 was also the year I first got dial-up Internet, and the first MP3 song I downloaded was Susan’s House.

Also quite strange to see that It’s No Good has gained a second wind after being featured in Aquaman, of all things..

11. Sting – Russians [1985]
12. Foo Fighters – Walking After You [1999]
13. Savage Garden – To The Moon & Back [1996]
14. Levellers – What A Beautiful Day [1997]
15. New Order – True Faith ‘94 [1994]
16. The Beatles – In My Life [1965]
17. Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U [2001]
18. Massive Attack – Teardrop [1988]
19. The Stone Roses – Fools Gold [1989]
20. Heart – Alone [1987]

And these are another 10 favourites. Russians was probably my first taste of political-charged lyrical content (and I was like…10 when I first heard it) and ‘Oppenheimer’s deadly toy’ is a phrase that has stuck in my mind to this day, to the point of being the name of my office wi-fi hotspot.

21. Pulp – Disco 2000 [1995]
22. Oasis – Live Forever [1994]
23. Dodgy – Good Enough [1996]
24. Ocean Colour Scene – Up on the Downside [2001]
25. Blur – Country House [1995]
26. The Bluetones – Marblehead Johnson [1996]
27. Shed Seven – Chasing Rainbows [1998]
28. Suede – Beautiful Ones [1996]
29. The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo! [1995]
30. Mansun – Wide Open Space [1996]

Britpop. The love of me life.

31. Tori Amos – Spark [1998]
32. The Cranberries – Ode to My Family [1994]
33. Bic Runga – Listening For the Weather [2002]
34. Sophie B. Hawkins – As I Lay Me Down [1995]
35. The Corrs – Runaway [1995]
36. Jewel – Who Will Save Your Soul [1995]
37. Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home [1996]
38. Alanis Morisette – Head Over Feet [1995]
39. Madonna – I’ll Remember [1994]
40. Jann Arden – Insensitive [1994]

41. Thirteen Senses – Gone [2004]
42. Belle and Sebastian – We Rule the School [1996]
43. Matthew Jay – You’re Always Going Too Soon [2001]
44. Josh Rouse – My Love Has Gone [2005]
45. Phil Campbell (White Buffalo) – Hope, Faith and You [1997]
46. Witness – Freezing Over Morning [1999]
47. Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla [2005]
48. Ooberman – Shorley Wall [1998]
49. Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You [2004]
50. Death Cab for Cutie – Title and Registration [2003]

It all seems so surreal to think that the only way I could ‘discover’ new/good bands was by reading magazine reviews and then taking chances on buying the albums without being entirely sure whether the music would suit my tastes. Sure ended up with a few stinkers along the way, but nothing beats the exhilarating feeling of stumbling across an amazing album track – almost impossible nowadays when everything gets uploaded on Youtube. Also discovered a lot of bands and songs through magazines’ free compilation discs – thanks Q, Select, Mojo and Word.

51. Carpenters – Yesterday Once More [1973]
52. Barbra Streisand – The Way We Were [1973]
53. Janis Ian – At Seventeen [1975]
54. Carly Simon – You’re So Vain [1972]
55. Dusty Springfield – I Only Want to Be With You [1963]
56. Carole King – It’s Too Late [1971]
57. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi [1970]
58. Judy Collins – Send in the Clowns [1975]
59. Skeeter Davis – The End of the World [1962]
60. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights [1978]

Listened to a classic pop tunes as well when I was a teenager – part parental influence, part listening to oldies on radio at night.

61. Delerium – Silence (feat. Sarah McLachlan) [1999]
62. Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Skank [1998]
63. Moby – Natural Blues [1999]
64. Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight) [2000]
65. Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) [2000]
66. Stereo MCs – Connected [1992]
67. Crustation – Purple (w/ Bronagh Slevin) [1997]
68. Rob D – Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino mix) [1995]
69. Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats [1997]
70. Basement Jaxx – Red Alert [1999]

I started to get into house/dance/Europop in the mid-90s alongside Britpop, all thanks to the Now! That’s What I Call Music [UK versions] compilation discs that I’d buy whenever my family took trips to Singapore.

71. downhere – How Many Kings [2009]
72. Delirious? – Deeper [1997]
73. All Star United – La La Land [1997]
74. DC Talk – What If I Stumble? [1995]
75. FFH – Where You Are [2000]
76. PFR – Forever [1997]
77. Jars of Clay – Love Song for a Savior [1995]
78. Casting Crowns – East to West [2007]
79. Audio Adrenaline – This Day [1997]
80. Natalie Grant – Clean [2015]

Contemporary Christian songs. I was brought up in a staunchly religious family so I used to listen to a lot of Christian music in my teenage years – didn’t find too many acts that catered to my tastes at the time though.

81. Radiohead – Paranoid Android [1997]
82. Garbage – Push It [1998]
83. Muse – New Born [2001]
84. The Cardigans – My Favourite Game [1998]
85. The Killers – Somebody Told Me [2004]
86. Arctic Monkeys – Mardy Bum [2006]
87. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You [2000]
88. Klaxons – Golden Skans [2007]
89. Delays – Valentine [2006]
90. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out [2004]

Britpop started getting a little too cheerful for me at some point during my angsty teenage years and I yearned for something a bit more edgy, which is why Radiohead’s OK Computer was such a massive turning point for me. Oh, and even if Ed O’Brien denies any such creative intentions, Paranoid Android was definitely the Bohemian Rhapsody for my angry generation.

91. U2 – One [1991]
92. Teenage Fanclub – Tears [1995]
93. Manic Street Preachers – Empty Souls [2005]
94. Electronic – Vivid [1999]
95. Pavement – Major Leagues [1999]
96. Monaco – Happy Jack [1997]
97. Ash – Low Ebb [1998]
98. Travis – Writing to Reach You [1999]
99. 3 Colours Red – Beautiful Day [1999]
100. The Verve – Sonnet [1997]

101. Todd Rundgren – I Saw the Light [1972]
102. Don McLean – Vincent [1971]
103. Bread – Aubrey [1972]
104. America – Sister Golden Hair [1975]
105. David Hall and John Oates – Wait For Me [1979]
106. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody [1975]
107. Eagles – Desperado [1973]
108. Elton John – Your Song [1970]
109. Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You [1968]
110. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain [1970]

111. Phoenix – Trying to be Cool [2013]
112. The 1975 – Settle Down [2013]
113. Le Youth – C O O L [2013]
114. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work [2009]
115. Girl Friend – Monte Carlo [2015]
116. Alphabeat – Boyfriend [2007]
117. Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance [2014]
118. Grouplove – Tongue Tied [2011]
119. Smallpools – Dreaming [2013]
120. Cherry Ghost – Kissing Strangers [2010]

121. Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken [1971]
122. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing [1976]
123. The Stylistics – Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) [1975]
124. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love [1974]
125. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way [1977]
126. Tony Orlando & Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Ole Oak Tree [1973]
127. Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes [1979]
128. The Partridge Family – I Think I Love You [1970]
129. Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin’ Woman [1977]
130. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our House [1970]

131. OMD – Walking on the Milky Way [1996]
132. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven [1992]
133. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise [1995]
134. Seal – Kiss From A Rose [1994]
135. George Michael – Fastlove [1996]
136. Blues Traveler – Hook [1994]
137. Mark Knopfler – Darling Pretty [1996]
138. Sting – Fields of Gold [1994]
139. Bryan Adams – Heaven [1984]
140. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah [1994]

141. Snow Patrol – Run [2003]
142. Doves – Pounding [2002]
143. Leaves – Catch [2002]
144. Guillemots – Trains to Brazil [2006]
145. Hard-Fi – Tied Up Too Tight [2005]
146. The Stills – Love and Death [2003]
147. The Strokes – Between Love & Hate [2003]
148. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle [2001]
149. The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba [2001]
150. Weezer – Island in the Sun [2001]

151. Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby [1995]
152. Janet Jackson – Runaway [1995]
153. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing) [1998]
154. Ms. Dynamite – It Takes More [2002]
155. Beyonce – Halo [2008]
156. Macy Gray – I Try [1999]
157. Tamia – Almost [2006]
158. Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You [2004]
159. Rihanna – Take a Bow [2008]
160. Duffy – Mercy [2008]

161. Fickle Friends – Glue [2017]
162. Tegan and Sara – Goodbye, Goodbye [2013]
163. Years & Years – Shine [2015]
164. Foster the People – Sit Next to Me [2017]
165. Before You Exit, Great Good Fine Ok – Find Yourself [2017]
166. Satellite Stories – When Love Became [2015]
167. Coast Modern – Dive [2017]
168. JP Klipspringer – Watch the River [2015]
169. Wouter Hamel – Hollywood [2014]
170. Empire of the Sun – On Our Way Home [2017]

171. Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale [1967]
172. The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run [1960]
173. The Beach Boys – I Get Around [1964]
174. The Who – My Generation [1965]
175. The Turtles – Happy Together [1967]
176. The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’ [1965]
177. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset [1967]
178. The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun [1964]
179. Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson [1968]
180. The Monkees – Daydream Believer [1967]

181. Green Day – When I Come Around [1994]
182. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life [1997]
183. The Wallflowers – 6th Avenue Heartache [1996]
184. Semisonic – Closing Time [1998]
185. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit [1991]
186. New Radicals – You Get What You Give [1998]
187. Fastball – Out of My Head [1999]
188. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 [1996]
189. Collective Soul – The World I Know [1995]
190. Tonic – If You Could Only See [1996]

191. Jay Semko – Due South theme [1996]
192. John Addison – Murder, She Wrote theme [1984]
193. Randy Edelman – MacGyver theme [1985]
194. Jerold Immel – Dallas theme (by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra) [1978]
195. Henry Mancini – The Pink Panther Theme [1963]
196. Norman Gimbel, Charles Fox – Happy Days theme (by Jim Haas) [1974]
197. Morton Stevens – Hawaii Five-O theme [1968]
198. Johnny Mandel – Suicide is Painless (theme from M*A*S*H) [1970]
199. Mark Snow – The X-Files Theme [1996]
200. Cristobal Tapia De Veer – Utopia [2013]

TV theme tunes spanning the years. I guess this exposes my questionable taste in television programming?

201. Cover Drive – Sparks [2012]
202. Lifehouse – Blind [2005]
203. Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong [2013]
204. Echosmith – Cool Kids [2013]
205. Sugababes – Never Gonna Dance Again [2007]
206. Union J – Carry You [2013]
207. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather [2012]
208. Sub Focus feat Alpines – Tidal Waves [2012]
209. Capital Cities – Vowels [2016]
210. Hot Chip – Look After Me [2006]

211. The Smiths – This Charming Man [1983]
212. The Beautiful South – Song for Whoever [1989]
213. The Lightning Seeds – Lucky You [1994]
214. Cast – Magic Hour [1999]
215. The Coral – In the Morning [2005]
216. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know [2004]
217. Coldplay – Adventure of A Lifetime [2015]
218. Feeder – Just the Way I’m Feeling [2003]
219. Stereophonics – Local Boy in the Photograph [1997]
220. Del Amitri – Roll to Me [1995]

221. Jon B. – Someone to Love (feat. Babyface) [1995]
222. All 4 One – I Can Love You Like That [1995]
223. Blackstreet – Don’t Leave Me [1997]
224. Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry [1995]
225. Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes [1996]
226. The Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows [1996]
227. TQ – Westside [1998]
228. Usher – You Make Me Wanna… [1997]
229. 3T – Anything [1995]
230. Color Me Badd – The Earth, The Sun, The Rain [1996]

231. Sade – Smooth Operator [1984]
232. Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You [1975]
233. Samantha Sang – Emotion [1978]
234. Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker [1982]
235. Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You [1978]
236. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive [1978]
237. Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You [1985]
238. The Emotions – Best of My Love [1977]
239. DeBarge – I Like It [1982]
240. Anita Baker – Sweet Love [1986]

241. Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms [1986]
242. Erasure – Stay With Me [1995]
243. Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her? [1993]
244. Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World [1985]
245. Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams [1987]
246. Wham! (George Michael) – Careless Whisper [1984]
247. The Housemartins – Caravan of Love [1986]
248. Yazoo – Only You [1982]
249. Aled Jones – Walking in the Air [1985]
250. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me [1981]

251. The Fratellis – Whistle to the Choir [2006]
252. The Kooks – She Moves in Her Own Way [2006]
253. The Thrills – Big Sur [2003]
254. Midlake – Roscoe [2006]
255. The Magic Numbers – Love’s A Game [2005]
256. Fleet Foxes – Your Protector [2008]
257. The Go! Team – Everyone’s a V.I.P. to Someone [2004]
258. Kasabian – Processed Beats [2004]
259. Copeland – Should You Return [2008]
260. The Feeling – Love It When You Call [2006]

261. The Shirelles – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [1961]
262. The Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There) [1966]
263. The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again [1974]
264. The Rubettes – Sugar Baby Love [1974]
265. Little Peggy March – I Will Follow Him [1963]
266. The Ronnettes – Be My Baby [1963]
267. Diana Ross & The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love [1966]
268. The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) [1966]
269. The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody [1965]
270. The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman [1961]

I own a Motown Gold 3-disc box set and a lot of these tracks are picked off it.

271. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger [2001]
272. Underworld – Born Slippy. NUXX [1996]
273. Air – La Femme D’argent [1998]
274. Freak Power – Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out [1993]
275. Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out! [1997]
276. Gomez – Dire Tribe [1999]
277. UNKLE – Rabbit in Your Headlights (feat. Thom Yorke) [1998]
278. Zero 7 – Destiny [2001]
279. Kinobe – Slip Into Something More Comfortable [2000]
280. Lemon Jelly – The Staunton Lick [1999]

Just had to stick the Daft Hands video in here! …and oh Dire Tribe’s a song glorifying drugs…obviously that’s the kind of thing you listen to when you’re 14 :|

281. The Walker Brothers – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore [1966]
282. Herman’s Hermits – No Milk Today [1966]
283. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – Young Girl [1968]
284. Marmalade – Reflections Of My Life [1969]
285. Brian Hyland – Sealed With a Kiss [1962]
286. Ben E. King – Stand By Me [1961]
287. Bobby Darin – Dream Lover [1960]
288. Sam Cooke – Wonderful World [1960]
289. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World [1967]
290. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back [1969]

291. Def Leppard – When Love & Hate Collide [1995]
292. Mr. Big – Goin’ Where the Wind Blows [1996]
293. Goo Goo Dolls – Name [1995]
294. Bon Jovi – Something for the Pain [1995]
295. Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You [1994]
296. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s [1995]
297. A-ha – Summer Moved On [2000]
298. Hootie & the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You [1994]
299. Five For Fighting – Superman (It’s Not Easy) [2001]
300. Firehouse – I Live My Life for You [1995]

Something for the Pain was the song I used to listen to whenever I was feeling emo – I was somewhat fixated on that ‘hanging from a hang-man’s noose’ line, morbidly enough I was only 10 when I was first addicted to the song…

301. The Seahorses – Love Me and Leave Me [1997]
302. Hurricane #1 – Step into My World [1997]
303. McAlmont & Butler – Yes [1995]
304. Lowgold – In Amber [2001]
305. Embrace – Come Back to What You Know [1998]
306. Space – Neighbourhood [1996]
307. Elbow – Red [2001]
308. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe [1999]
309. The Charlatans – How High [1997]
310. Kula Shaker – Govinda [1996]

311. Zazie & Axel Bauer – À ma place [2001]
312. Benjamin Biolay – Les Cerfs-volants [2001]
313. Marlene Kuntz – La Canzone Che Scrivo Per Te [2000]
314. Eros Ramazotti – Fuoco Nel Fuoco [2001]
315. Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman – Time to Say Goodbye [1996]
316. Youssou N’dour & Neneh Cherry – 7 Seconds [1994]
317. Gipsy Kings – Bamboléo [1987]
318. Kaoma – Lambada [1989]
319. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema [1963]
320. Edith Piaf – La vie en rose [1946]

Vaguely, tracks in a foreign language. I saw a lot of these on MTV back in the 90s.

321. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Borderline [2004]
322. Nickel Creek – When You Come Back Down [2000]
323. Eisley – Brightly Wound [2005]
324. Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes [2004]
325. Lady Antebellum – When You Got a Good Thing [2010]
326. The Band Perry – If I Die Young [2010]
327. Kacey Musgraves – Merry Go ‘Round [2013]
328. Caitlin Rose – Pink Champagne [2013]
329. First Aid Kit – Emmylou [2012]
330. Kate Walsh – June Last Year [2009]

I was, or rather still am, into country, bluegrass & folk in many ways – something that would’ve seemed unthinkable to a 14-year old me. Nothing is as soul-soothing as a good ‘ol country/folk ballad….

331. Catatonia – Mulder & Scully [1998]
332. Texas – In Our Lifetime [1999]
333. Sixpence None the Richer – Kiss Me [1997]
334. No Doubt – Don’t Speak [1996]
335. Aqua – Turn Back Time [1997]
336. Everything but the Girl – Missing (Todd Terry remix) [1995]
337. Roxette – Vulnerable [1994]
338. Shania Twain – You’re Still the One [1997]
339. Gabrielle – Sunshine [1999]
340. Melanie C – Northern Star [1999]

341. Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not the One [2002]
342. Andreas Johnson – Glorious [1999]
343. Duncan Sheik – Barely Breathing [1996]
344. Jimmy Nail – Big River [1995]
345. Tal Bachman – She’s So High [1999]
346. Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight [1997]
347. Finley Quaye – Sunday Shining [1997]
348. White Town – Your Woman [1997]
349. Mercury Rev – Tonite it Shows [1998]
350. Ian Brown – Corpses in Their Mouths [1998]

351. The Chordettes – Lollipop [1958]
352. Neil Sedaka – Oh! Carol [1959]
353. Dean Martin – That’s Amore [1953]
354. Frankie Avalon – Venus [1959]
355. The Platters – Only You [1955]
356. Perez Prado – Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossom White) [1955]
357. The Everly Brothers – All I Have to Do is Dream [1958]
358. Ritchie Valens – La Bamba [1958]
359. The Four Aces – Love is A Many Splendored Thing [1955]
360. The Clovers – Love Potion No.9 [1959]

My parents had a bootleg 10-disc box set of oldies that I plundered for myself when I was barely into my teens and that”s where I first got to listen to great songs like a lot of those here. Also rubbish like Itsy Bitsy Bikini whatever and How Much is that Doggie in the Window…

But my opinion of the Perez Prado song was forever ruined when my parents said ‘oh this is the song they use in strip shows’….

361. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Flaws [2014]
362. How to Dress Well – Cold Nites [2012]
363. Radical Face – Welcome Home [2007]
364. Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me [2011]
365. The xx – Crystalised [2009]
366. London Grammar – Hey Now [2013]
367. Bastille – Flaws [2013]
368. New Look – Nap on the Bow [2011]
369. Cults – Go Outside [2011]
370. Go Wolf – One More Night [2014]

371. Wet Wet Wet – If I Never See You Again [1997]
372. Lighthouse Family – High [1998]
373. Joey McIntyre – Stay the Same [1999]
374. Ronan Keating – Life is a Rollercoaster [2000]
375. Robbie Williams – Angels [1997]
376. Simply Red – Fairground [1995]
377. OMC – How Bizarre [1995]
378. Sasha – If You Believe [1998]
379. Jon Bon Jovi – Janie, Don’t Take Your Love to Town [1997]
380. John Mellencamp – Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) [1996]

381. Julie Andrews – My Favourite Things [1959]
382. Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By [1942]
383. Nathan Lane & Ernie Sabella – Hakuna Matata [1995]
384. Jordan Hill – Remember Me This Way [1995]
385. Kenny Loggins – For the First Time [1996]
386. Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram – Somewhere Out There [1986]
387. Nino Rota & Glen Weston – What is a Youth [1968]
388. Percy Faith – Theme from a Summer Place [1959]
389. Audrey Hepburn – Moon River [1961]
390. Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen – Theme from Mission: Impossible [1996]

391. Sugar Ray – Every Morning [1999]
392. The Fray – How To Save A Life [2005]
393. Soul Asylum – Misery [1995]
394. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You [1995]
395. Smash Mouth – All Star [1999]
396. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ [2006]
397. Mika – Grace Kelly [2007]
398. Our Lady Peace – Life [2000]
399. Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch [1999]
400. Phantom Planet – California [2002]

401. ATB – 9pm (Till I Come) [1999]
402. Stardust – Music Sound Better With You [1998]
403. Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby [1999]
404. De-Phazz – The Mambo Craze [1999]
405. Mint Royale – Singin’ in the Rain [2005]
406. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy [2006]
407. Black Box Recorder – The Art of Driving [2000]
408. Run-DMC vs. Jason Nevins – It’s Like That [1997]
409. Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – History Repeating [1998]
410. Groove Armada – At the River [1999]

411. Fisher – I Will Love You [1999]
412. Sarah McLachlan – Angel [1997]
413. Aimee Mann – Save Me [1999]
414. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn [1997]
415. Jennifer Paige – Crush [1998]
416. Merill Bainbridge – Being Boring [1995]
417. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up [1992]
418. Mono – Life in Mono [1996]
419. Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me [1996]
420. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever [1996]

421. Billy Joel – The River of Dreams [1993]
422. EMF – Unbelievable [1990]
423. Inner Circle – Sweat (A La La La La Long) [1993]
424. Beastie Boys – Girls [1987]
425. Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way [1994]
426. Vanilla Ice – Ice, Ice Baby [1989]
427. MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This [1990]
428. The Rapsody – Prince Igor (feat. Warren G & Sissel) [1997]
429. Fools’ Garden – Lemon Tree [1995]
430. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe [1994]

Cheese, novelty, ridiculous, overblown…that’s the name of these 10 songs. Don’t ask me why that Beastie Boys tune is still stuck in my mind after 20 years, it’s an awful song by all accounts.

431. Five – When The Lights Go Out [1998]
432. Take That – Back For Good [1995]
433. Damage – Love Guaranteed [1997]
434. Backstreet Boys – As Long As You Love Me [1997]
435. Boyzone – Picture of You [1997]
436. East 17 – Hey Child [1996]
437. BBMak – Back Here [1999]
438. Ultra – Say it Once (acoustic) [1998]
439. A1 – Same Old Brand New You [2000]
440. Blue – All Rise [2001]

Boybands. I loved them when I was a kid, strangely enough I had never been into girlbands despite my orientation. Until Girls’ Generation, of course….

441. Feist – 1234 [2007]
442. Amanda Mair – It’s Gonna Be Long [2012]
443. KT Tunstall – Other Side of the World [2004]
444. Adele – Chasing Pavements [2008]
445. Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles [2005]
446. Lene Marlin – Unforgivable Sinner [1998]
447. Lesley Roy – Unbeautiful [2008]
448. Kelly Clarkson – Because of You [2004]
449. Jem – Wish I [2004]
450. Rachel Yamagata – Worn Me Down [2004]

451. Des’ree – You Gotta Be [1994]
452. TLC – Waterfalls [1994]
453. En Vogue – Don’t Let Go (Love) [1996]
454. Exposé – I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me) [1993]
455. Vanessa Williams – Save the Best for Last [1992]
456. Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine [1998]
457. Toni Braxton – Breathe Again [1993]
458. Kelis – Caught Out There [1999]
459. Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) [2001]
460. Jazmine Sullivan – Bust Your Windows [2008]

461. Ron Sexsmith – Never Give Up [2006]
462. John Mayer – Your Body Is A Wonderland (Acoustic) [2001]
463. Matt Costa – Astair [2005]
464. Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher [2007]
465. Pete Yorn – Murray [2007]
466. Ed Harcourt – Visit from the Dead Dog [2006]
467. Damien Rice – I Don’t Want to Change You [2014]
468. Badly Drawn Boy – Silent Sigh [2002]
469. Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me) [2001]
470. Sufjan Stevens – Romulus [2003]

471. Rosi Golan – Everything is Brilliant [2011]
472. Danielle Bradbery – Sway [2017]
473. Shelby Lynne – Where Am I Now [2005]
474. Tiffany Houghton – High [2014]
475. Catherine Feeny – Mr. Blue [2006]
476. Jillian Edwards – Try [2009]
477. Zella Day – Compass [2014]
478. A Fine Frenzy – Liar, Liar [2007]
479. Laura Marling – Cross Your Fingers [2008]
480. Katie Goes to Tokyo – Moving from this Town [2006]

481. Taylor Dayne – Love Will Lead You Back [1989]
482. Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth [1987]
483. Bette Midler – From a Distance [1990]
484. Amy Grant – Baby, Baby [1991]
485. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What a Feeling [1983]
486. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart [1983]
487. Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me [1991]
488. Suzanne Vega – Luka [1987]
489. Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow (feat. Maggie Reilly) [1983]
490. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time [1983]

491. Shaft – (Mucho Mambo) Sway [1999]
492. Dario G – Sunchyme [1997]
493. DJ Quicksilver – Bellisssima [1996]
494. Robert Miles – Children [1995]
495. Sash! – Encore Une Fois [1997]
496. Faithless – Insomnia [1995]
497. Blue Boy – Remember Me [1997]
498. Ian van Dahl – Castles in the Sky [2000]
499. Wamdue Project – King of My Castle [1997]
500. B.B.E. – 7 Days and One Week [1996]

ie the ‘I’m off my head on drugs so anything sounds good’ trance/house mix. In hindsight, it seems amazing I was listening to these songs at 11-12 without any notion of their druggy connotations…of course the biggest headbanger is elsewhere on this list (Born Slippy, of course).

501. Remy Zero – Prophecy [1998]
502. The Ataris – The Saddest Song [2003]
503. Fountains of Wayne – Hackensack [2003]
504. Elliott Smith – Waltz #2 (XO) [1998]
505. Electric Soft Parade – Empty at the End [2001]
506. Idlewild – Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror) [1999]
507. The Flaming Lips – Fight Test [2003]
508. The Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Believe You [2004]
509. Beulah – Popular Mechanics for Lovers [2001]
510. Ambulance Ltd – Anecdote [2004]

511. Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity [1996]
512. Mase – Feel so Good [1997]
513. Nelly – Just a Dream [2010]
514. Next – Too Close [1997]
515. 2Pac feat. Dr Dre – California Love [1995]
516. Romeo – Romeo Dunn [2002]
517. Mattafix – Gangster Blues [2005]
518. Gym Class Heroes feat Adam Levine – Stereo Hearts [2011]
519. soulDecision – Faded [1999]
520. Warren G – Smokin’ Me Out (feat. Ron Isley) [1997]

521. Climie Fisher – Love Changes (Everything) [1987]
522. Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now [1987]
523. Atlantic Starr – Always [1987]
524. Rick Price – Heaven Knows [1992]
525. Stephen Bishop – It Might Be You [1983]
526. Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy [1988]
527. Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World [1989]
528. The Brand New Heavies – You’ve Got A Friend [1996]
529. Fat Larry’s Band – Zoom [1982]
530. Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite [1992]

Oh yeah old cheesy ballads. I was just watching Rick Price do an acoustic version of Heaven Knows and man, these songs and voices do stand the test of time.

531. Indecent Obsession – Fixing a Broken Heart [1993]
532. Southern Sons – You Were There [1992]
533. Jose Mari Chan – Beautiful Girl [1989]
534. Stevie B – Dream About You [1994]
535. Blessid Union of Souls – I Believe [1995]
536. Restless Heart – When She Cries [1992]
537. Randy Vanwarmer – Just When I Needed You Most [1979]
538. Nilsson – Without You [1971]
539. England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love to See You Tonight [1976]
540. Richard Marx – Now and Forever [1994]

Even more cheesy ballads. I’m a sucker. But it’s strange to think how much more relevant the lyrics of Blessid Union of Soul’s I Believe are in our current climate. Timeless, I guess, is what they call songs like this.

541. The Zutons – Railroad [2004]
542. Razorlight – Somewhere Else [2005]
543. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On [2005]
544. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name [2008]
545. The Decemberists – Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) [2006]
546. Lostprophets – Last Train Home [2004]
547. Bloc Party – Banquet [2005]
548. Kaiser Chiefs – Heat Dies Down [2007]
549. Howling Bells – Low Happening [2005]
550. The Bees – Chicken Payback [2004]

I’m not even going to deny being a fan of Lostprophets when they were in their prime – Watkins is a stain on society and should be locked away for good but that does not erase the legacy of the band’s music.

551. The Drifters – Under the Boardwalk [1964]
552. Del Shannon – Runaway [1961]
553. Johnny Tillotson – Judy, Judy, Judy [1963]
554. The Archies – Sugar, Sugar [1969]
555. The New Seekers – I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) [1971]
556. The Troggs – Wild Thing [1966]
557. Mary Hopkin – Those Were the Days [1968]
558. Petula Clark – Downtown [1964]
559. Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes of the Brokenhearted [1966]
560. The Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood [1965]

561. OneRepublic – Stop and Stare [2007]
562. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved [2002]
563. Adam Lambert – Whataya Want From Me? [2009]
564. Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) [2001]
565. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition [2008]
566. The Shins – Simple Song [2012]
567. Elvis Costello – She [1999]
568. Milow – Ayo Technology [2009]
569. Finn Brothers – Won’t Give In [2004]
570. Parachute – Kiss Me Slowly [2011]

571. Real McCoy – Another Night [1993]
572. Ace of Base – Beautiful Life [1995]
573. The Original – I Luv U Baby [1994]
574. La Bouche – Be My Lover [1995]
575. Fun Factory – I Wanna Be With U [1995]
576. Shaggy – Boombastic [1995]
577. Mr. President – Coco Jambo [1996]
578. Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! [1999]
579. Scatman John – Scatman’s World [1995]
580. Dr. Alban – Born in Africa [1996]

Guilty of listening to trash pop and ready to admit it!

581. Twila Paris – He Is Exalted [1985]
582. Matt Redman – 10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) [2011]
583. Ginny Owens – If You Want Me To [1999]
584. Michael Card – El Shaddai [1983]
585. Hillsong – Still [2003]
586. Owl City – In Christ Alone [2003]
587. Lenny LeBlanc – Above All [2003]
588. MercyMe – Even If [2017]
589. Citizen Way – I Will [2016]
590. Chris Tomlin – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) [2006]

Back to Christian music, this time contemporary/worship songs. I could conceivably fill these 10 solely with Twila Paris songs, to be honest.

591. Linkin Park – In The End [2002]
592. Fuel – Shimmer [1998]
593. Incubus – Drive [1999]
594. Vertical Horizon – Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) [1999]
595. The Verve Pipe – The Freshmen [1997]
596. Toad the Wet Sprocket – Good Intentions [1995]
597. Van Halen – Humans Being [1996]
598. Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy [1997]
599. The Calling – Wherever You Will Go [2001]
600. Live – Turn My Head [1997]

The soundtrack for the Twister movie was one of my favourite albums, I wore out my cassette tape copy of it. See if you can count the number of songs featured in the movie that made it into my 1500!

601. The Shortwave Set – Repeat to Fade [2005]
602. Voxtrot – Rise Up in the Dirt [2006]
603. BC Camplight – Couldn’t You Tell [2005]
604. Marshmallow – Anytime Soon [2004]
605. Mêlée – Built to Last [2007]
606. A.C. Newman – On The Table [2004]
607. CAKE – Strangers in the Night [2005]
608. Sambassadeur – Between The Lines [2005]
609. The Servant – Cells [2004]
610. Nada Surf – Always Love [2005]

611. The Pierces – You’ll Be Mine [2011]
612. HAIM – Don’t Save Me [2012]
613. Say Lou Lou – Everything We Touch [2014]
614. Metric – The Twist [2007]
615. Tilly and the Wall – Shake It Out [2004]
616. Vashti Bunyan – Here Before [2005]
617. MisterWives – Not Your Way [2015]
618. The Bird and the Bee – Love Letter to Japan [2009]
619. The Loose Salute – Photographs and Tickets [2007]
620. Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites [2011]

621. Ryan Adams – La Cienega Just Smiled [2001]
622. Edwin McCain – I Could Not Ask For More [1999]
623. Griffin House – Tell Me A Lie [2004]
624. A Day to Remember – If It Means a Lot to You [2009]
625. Sondre Lerche – On The Tower [2004]
626. Jack Johnson – Better Together [2005]
627. Brendan Benson – What I’m Looking For [2005]
628. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine [2011]
629. Seth Lakeman – Fight For Favour [2004]
630. Rufus Wainwright – Going to a Town [2007]

631. Samantha Mumba – Body II Body [2000]
632. Honeyz – Finally Found [1998]
633. All Saints – Pure Shores [1999]
634. Spice Girls – 2 Become 1 [1996]
635. Eternal – I Wanna Be The Only One (feat. BeBe Winans) [1997]
636. S Club 7 – Natural [2000]
637. Girls Aloud – The Promise [2008]
638. B*Witched – To You I Belong [1998]
639. Liberty X – Got to Have Your Love [2002]
640. Dina Caroll – Escaping [1996]

641. Athlete – Half Light [2005]
642. The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A [2007]
643. The Good, Bad and the Queen – 80’s Life [2007]
644. The Upper Room – Portrait [2006]
645. GoodBooks – Leni [2007]
646. Funeral For a Friend – History [2005]
647. Gay Dad – Oh Jim [1999]
648. Starsailor – Poor Misguided Fool [2001]
649. Lucky Jim – You Stole My Heart Away [2004]
650. The Delgados – Pull the Wires from the Wall [1998]

651. William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio for Strings [1999]
652. Leftfield – Afrika Shox [1999]
653. Prodigy – Firestarter [1996]
654. All Seeing I – The Beat Goes On [1998]
655. Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Scooby Snacks [1996]
656. Lionboy – Rude Boy Rock [1998]
657. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) [1998]
658. Deadeye Dick – New Age Girl [1994]
659. Matchbox 20 – 3AM [1996]
660. Chumbawumba – Tubthumping [1997]

661. Dan Arborise – She Told Me How to Love Her [2009]
662. Peter Broderick – And It’s Alright [2008]
663. Mumm-Ra – She’s Got You High [2007]
664. Jason Mraz – The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) [2002]
665. Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings [2009]
666. Cameron Douglas – That Cigarette [2015]
667. Great Lake Swimmers – Imaginary Bars [2005]
668. Espen Lind – Scared of Heights [2008]
669. Tiny Dancers – Baby Love [2007]
670. Andrew Combs – Dirty Rain [2017]

671. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – (Love Is Like A) Heatwave [1963]
672. The Temptations – Get Ready [1966]
673. Mary Wells – My Guy [1964]
674. Stevie Wonder – A Place in the Sun [1966]
675. Labelle – Lady Marmalade [1974]
676. Sister Sledge – We Are Family [1979]
677. Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song [1973]
678. Little Eva – The Loco-motion [1962]
679. Nina Simone – Feeling Good [1965]
680. Aretha Franklin – I Say a Little Prayer [1968]

681. Artful Dodger – Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) [1999]
682. Big Brovaz – Nu Flow [2002]
683. The Streets – Has It Come to This? [2001]
684. DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit of Luck [1999]
685. So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds [2001]
686. David Jordan – Sun Goes Down [2007]
687. Sam Smith – Nirvana [2013]
688. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Tha Crossroads [1995]
689. Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack [1996]
690. Blackstreet & Mya (feat.Mase & Blinky Blink) – Take Me There [1998]

691. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine [1971]
692. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together [1971]
693. Luther Ingram – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right [1971]
694. Peaches & Herb – Reunited [1978]
695. David Gates – Goodbye Girl [1977]
696. Sweet Sensation – Sweet Sad Dreamer [1974]
697. Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy [1975]
698. Morris Albert – Feelings [1974]
699. John Denver – Annie’s Song [1974]
700. Daniel Boone – Beautiful Sunday [1972]

701. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing [2012]
702. Avicii – Silhouettes [2012]
703. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug and Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) [2015]
704. Zedd feat. Foxes – Clarity [2012]
705. Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix) [2014]
706. Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La [2013]
707. DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine – Middle [2015]
708. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies [2012]
709. Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ – Lean On [2015]
710. Hot Natured – Alternate State (feat. Roisin Murphy) [2013]

711. Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We No Speak Americano [2010]
712. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet [2002]
713. t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said [2002]
714. Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper [1994]
715. Cher – Believe [1998]
716. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head [2001]
717. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Take Me Home [2001]
718. Bellini – Samba de Janeiro [1997]
719. Stretch & Vern – I’m Alive [1996]
720. The Wiseguys – Ooh La La [1998]

721. Conner Reeves – Earthbound [1997]
722. Daniel Powter – Am I Still the One? [2008]
723. Sam Beeton – What You Look For [2008]
724. Bell X1 – Eve, The Apple Of My Eye [2003]
725. Tom McRae – The Boy with the Bubblegun [2000]
726. Lawson – When She Was Mine [2012]
727. Craig David – Walking Away [2000]
728. David Gray – Nos da Cariad [2005]
729. David Ford – A Long Time Ago [2005]
730. David Kitt – Grey Day [2006]

731. Blossoms – Charlemagne [2015]
732. Wolf Alice – Bros [2015]
733. COIN – Boyfriend [2017]
734. Fightstar – Sink with the Snakes [2015]
735. Fall Out Boy – Champion [2017]
736. Icona Pop – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) [2013]
737. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – So Close [2017]
738. Calum Beattie – We Are Stars [2017]
739. Will Joseph Cook – Sweet Dreamer [2017]
740. Father John Misty – When You’re Smiling and Astride Me [2015]

741. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight this Feeling [1984]
742. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen [1983]
743. 10cc – I’m Not in Love [1975]
744. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go [1982]
745. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic [1981]
746. ABC – The Look of Love [1982]
747. Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Theme from Midnight Express) [1978]
748. The Jam – Town Called Malice [1982]
749. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in The Wall, Part Two [1979]
750. Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure [1981]

751. JLS – Everybody in Love [2009]
752. Another Level – From the Heart [1999]
753. 911 – The Day We Find Love [1997]
754. Code Red – This Is Our Song [1996]
755. *NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye [2000]
756. Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart [2014]
757. Gary Barlow – Forever Love [1996]
758. Stevie Hoang – All Night Long [2009]
759. Jesse McCartney – Leavin’ [2008]
760. John Farnham – Every Time You Cry (feat. Human Nature) [1997]

761. Portishead – Sour Times [1994]
762. Hooverphonic – Mad About You [2000]
763. José González – Heartbeats [2003]
764. Mojave 3 – Big Star Baby [2006]
765. Placebo – Every You Every Me [1998]
766. Morrissey – You Have Killed Me [2006]
767. Richard Ashcroft – A Song for the Lovers [2000]
768. Richard Hawley – Coles Corner [2005]
769. Arthur Beatrice – Late [2013]
770. PJ Harvey – This Mess We’re In (Feat. Thom Yorke) [2000]

771. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons [1955]
772. Ray Peterson – Tell Laura I Love Her [1960]
773. Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine [1952]
774. Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing [1937]
775. Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely [1962]
776. James Brown – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World [1966]
777. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love [1961]
778. Glenn Miller – In the Mood [1939]
779. Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire [1957]
780. Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around the Clock [1954]

781. Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up [1991]
782. Happy Mondays – Loose Fit [1991]
783. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart [1980]
784. The La’s – There She Goes [1988]
785. Supergrass – Alright [1995]
786. The Wannadies – You and Me Song [1994]
787. The Specials – Ghost Town [1981]
788. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy [1984]
789. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax [1983]
790. Lou Reed – Perfect Day [1972]

791. Debby Boone – You Light Up My Life [1977]
792. Anne Murray – You Needed Me [1978]
793. Rita Coolidge – We’re All Alone [1977]
794. Doris Day – Dream a Little Dream of Me [1957]
795. The Seekers – I’ll Never Find Another You [1964]
796. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Silence is Golden [1964]
797. Roy Orbison – Crying [1961]
798. Paul Anka – Diana [1957]
799. Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On the Bayou) [1952]
800. Patti Page – Changing Partners [1953]

801. Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes… [2013]
802. Bombay Bicycle Club – It’s Alright Now [2014]
803. Bon Iver – Michicant [2011]
804. Hurts – Stay [2010]
805. Wild Beasts – Reach a Bit Further [2011]
806. James Blackshaw – Fix [2009]
807. Alt-J – Tessellate [2012]
808. Jónsi – Animal Arithmetic [2010]
809. Talos – Tethered Bones [2014]
810. RHODES – Morning [2014]

811. Jhené Aiko – My Afternoon Dream [2014]
812. Maylen Rusti – Heartmachine [2014]
813. Ruth B – If This is Love [2017]
814. Marian Hill – Down [2016]
815. Lulu James – Sweetest Thing [2014]
816. Quadron – Hey Love [2013]
817. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do [2015]
818. Kehlani – Honey [2017]
819. Kiiara – Gold [2015]
820. Alessia Cara – Scars to Your Beautiful [2015]

821. Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight [1975]
822. Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore [1979]
823. Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me [1985]
824. Christopher Cross – Sailing [1980]
825. Toto – Africa [1982]
826. Phil Collins – Another Day in Paradise [1989]
827. Bellamy Brothers – Let The Love Flow [1976]
828. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting [1974]
829. Captain & Tenille – Do That To Me One More Time [1979]
830. Bay City Rollers – Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) [1975]

831. Bush – Inflatable [2001]
832. The Supernaturals – Smile [1996]
833. Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook edit) [1997]
834. The Divine Comedy – Everybody Knows (Except You) [1997]
835. Babybird – The F-Word [2000]
836. Rialto – Catherine’s Wheel [2000]
837. Reef – All I Want [2000]
838. The Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It? [1991]
839. Echo & the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever [1997]
840. The Cure – Friday I’m in Love [1992]

841. Lea Salonga & Brad Kane – We Could Be in Love [1993]
842. Peter Cetera with Crystal Bernard – (I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight [1995]
843. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream [1983]
844. Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid [1967]
845. Bryan Adams & Barbra Streisand – I’ve Finally Found Someone [1996]
846. The Pogues & Kirsty Maccoll – Fairytale of New York [1987]
847. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) [2016]
848. James Morrison – Broken Strings (feat. Nelly Furtado) [2008]
849. Charlotte Church – The Prayer (feat. Josh Groban) [2001]
850. Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose [1999]

Duets was supposed to be the theme..I think.

851. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z) [2013]
852. The Weeknd – Twenty Eight [2012]
853. Wale feat. Tiara Thomas – Bad [2013]
854. Lianna la Havas – Gone [2012]
855. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc. [2005]
856. Eminem feat. Dido – Stan [2000]
857. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On [2006]
858. Rebecca Ferguson – Shoulder to Shoulder [2011]
859. Emeli Sandé – Read All About It, Pt. III [2012]
860. Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say [2009]

861. Manhattan Transfer – Let’s Hang On (with Frankie Valli) [1995]
862. Kenny G – Forever in Love [1992]
863. Michael Learns to Rock – 25 Minutes [1993]
864. Gerard Joling – Everlasting Love [1994]
865. Robertson Brothers – Don’t Lie Down [1994]
866. CDB – Let’s Groove [1995]
867. Billy Gilman – Oklahoma [2000]
868. Josh Turner – Your Man [2006]
869. Enya – Only Time [2000]
870. Lobo – I’d Love You to Want Me [1972]

The first half of this list consists of tracks/acts that were, for whatever reason, popular in Malaysia back in the 90s….and popular almost nowhere else. You still hear them in coffee shops from time to time, especially MLTR. The latter half of the list? Songs my mom liked, hah.

871. Cat Power – The Greatest [2006]
872. Basia Bulat – Why Can’t It Be Mine [2007]
873. Kate Voegele – Who You Are Without Me [2009]
874. Miranda Cosgrove – Kissin’ U [2010]
875. Camera Obscura – Tears for Affairs [2006]
876. Azure Ray – Beautiful Things Can Come From the Dark [2003]
877. Amy MacDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over [2010]
878. Bachelor Girl – Buses and Trains [1998]
879. Michelle Branch – All You Wanted [2001]
880. Eva Cassidy – Over the Rainbow [1992]

Honestly, I can’t listen to Eva Cassidy’s rendition of Over the Rainbow without choking up. 23 years gone now, forever remembered.

881. Vangelis – Chariots of Fire [1981]
882. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean [1982]
883. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger [1982]
884. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men [1982]
885. Europe – The Final Countdown [1986]
886. Eurhythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) [1983]
887. Kool & The Gang – Celebration [1980]
888. Barry Manilow – Copacabana [1978]
889. KC and The Sunshine Band – Give It Up [1983]
890. Blondie – The Tide is High [1980]

I’d tag all of these as novelty songs but someone might give me a slap around the face with a trout.

891. Benjamin Wallfisch – New World Coming (feat. DíSA) [2016]
892. Dustin Lynch – Why We Call Each Other [2017]
893. Who is Fancy – Goodbye [2015]
894. Ella Henderson – Yours [2014]
895. PVRIS – You and I [2016]
896. Royal Tongues – Chasing Down A Feeling [2015]
897. Shura – Make It Up [2016]
898. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher – Make You Stay [2016]
899. Lucy Rose – Shiver [2012]
900. Twin Forks – Cross My Mind [2013]

901. La Roux – Cover My Eyes [2009]
902. Grimes – Be A Body [2012]
903. Marina & the Diamonds – Primadonna [2012]
904. Lady Gaga – Starstruck (feat. Space Cowboy and Flo Rida) [2008]
905. Jessie Ware – Running [2012]
906. MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance [2014]
907. Ke$ha – Tik Tok [2009]
908. Jennifer Lopez – First Love [2014]
909. Ciara – Overdose [2013]
910. Tove Lo – Not on Drugs [2014]

911. B.o.B feat Bruno Mars – Nothin’ on You [2010]
912. 50 Cent & Ne-Yo – Baby By Me [2009]
913. Angel Haze feat. Sia – Battle Cry [2014]
914. Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie [2010]
915. 3OH!3 Feat. Ke$ha – My First Kiss [2010]
916. Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars – Billionaire [2010]
917. Jessie J feat. B.o.B – Price Tag [2011]
918. Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azelea – Problem [2014]
919. Flo Rida feat Ne-Yo – Be On You [2009]
920. Diddy Dirty Money – Coming Home (feat. Skylar Grey) [2010]

921. Oh Wonder – All We Do [2015]
922. Jacob Lee – Breadcrumbs [2017]
923. DNCE – Cake by the Ocean [2015]
924. Rationale – Fast Lane [2015]
925. Miguel – Coffee [2015]
926. Zara Larsson – One Mississippi [2017]
927. Charlotte Lawrence – Sleep Talking [2017]
928. Rae Morris – Cold (feat. Fryars) [2014]
929. Sasha Sloan – Runaway [2017]
930. Skinny Living – Let Me In [2017]

931. The Wonders – That Thing You Do! [1995]
932. Counting Crows – A Long December [1996]
933. Better Than Ezra – A Lifetime [2005]
934. Social Distortion – Don’t Drag Me Down [1997]
935. The Presidents of the United States of America – Lump [1995]
936. Spin Doctors – Two Princes [1993]
937. Everclear – Father of Mine [1997]
938. Silverchair – Ana’s Song (Open Fire) [1999]
939. The Hellacopters – No Song Unheard [2001]
940. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Love Burns [2001]

941. Earth, Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland [1979]
942. Van Mccoy & The Soul City Symphony – The Hustle [1975]
943. Boney M – Sunny [1976]
944. ABBA – Dancing Queen [1976]
945. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Bittersweet Samba [1965]
946. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive [1977]
947. The Nolans – I’m In the Mood for Dancing [1979]
948. Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry [1975]
949. John Lennon – Imagine [1971]
950. The Osmonds – Love Me for a Reason [1974]

Fans of Japanese entertainment might find the Herb Alpert tune familiar ‘cos it’s used as the All Night Nippon radio programme’s kick-off music.

951. Spandau Ballet – True [1983]
952. Duran Duran – Ordinary World [1992]
953. Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis [1991]
954. Tracy Chapman – Baby Can I Hold You [1988]
955. Tina Turner – The Best [1989]
956. Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good [1984]
957. Giorgio Moroder with Philip Oakey – Together in Electric Dreams [1984]
958. Shalamar – A Night to Remember [1982]
959. Chicago – You’re the Inspiration [1984]
960. John Waite – Missing You [1984]

961. The Shapeshifters – Incredible [2004]
962. Leona Lewis – Better in Time [2007]
963. Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) [2014]
964. Chiddy Bang – Handclaps & Guitars [2012]
965. Cher Lloyd – I Wish (feat. T.I.) [2013]
966. Katy B – Crying For No Reason [2014]
967. Ryn Weaver – OctaHate [2014]
968. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream [2010]
969. Karmin – Brokenhearted [2012]
970. Kungs Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl [2016]

971. The Fabulous Echoes – Dancing on the Moon [1964]
972. Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind [1963]
973. The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight [1961]
974. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man [1965]
975. Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) [1970]
976. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Clair [1972]
977. Gerry and the Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone [1963]
978. The Hollies – The Air that I Breathe [1974]
979. Manfred Mann – Doh Wah Diddy Diddy [1964]
980. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – A Groovy Kind of Love [1965]

981. Pedro the Lion – Arizona [2004]
982. Matt Pond PA – So Much Trouble [2005]
983. Beck – E-Pro [2005]
984. Modest Mouse – Float On [2004]
985. Neutral Milk Hotel – The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 [1998]
986. Of Montreal – Art Snob Solutions [2005]
987. Shout Out Louds – Please Please Please [2003]
988. Kings of Leon – The Bucket [2004]
989. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema [2005]
990. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Details of the War [2005]

991. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters [1992]
992. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine [1988]
993. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ [1981]
994. Scorpions – You and I [1996]
995. Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water [1973]
996. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven [1971]
997. Whitesnake – Is This Love [1987]
998. Foreigner – Waiting for a Girl Like You [1981]
999. Bad English – When I See You Smile [1989]
1000. Boston – More than a Feeling [1976]

Power rock ballads, often the best type of ballad.

1001. Kim Stockwood – Jerk [1996]
1002. Pearl Jam – Last Kiss [1999]
1003. Edwin Starr – War [1970]
1004. JJ72 – October Swimmer [2000]
1005. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light [1997]
1006. The Hues Corporation – Rock the Boat [1973]
1007. Zager & Evans – In the Year 2525 [1968]
1008. Touch and Go – Would You..? [1998]
1009. Shampoo – Trouble [1994]
1010. Michael Bublé – Home [2005]

1011. Styx – Babe [1979]
1012. Boo Hewerdine – Slow Learner [2006]
1013. John Matthias – Smalltown, Shining [2001]
1014. Jim Brickman – Valentine (feat. Martina McBride) [1997]
1015. Alisha’s Attic – Indestructible [1996]
1016. PJ & Duncan – U Krazy Katz [1995]
1017. Meatloaf – I’d Lie For You (and That’s the Truth) [1995]
1018. Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do [1994]
1019. Atomic Kitten – Whole Again [2000]
1020. Mousse T vs Hot ‘n’ Juicy – Horny ’98 [1998]

1021. Gledhill – Resurrect Me [2006]
1022. Juice Newton – Angel of the Morning [1981]
1023. The Shadows – Apache [1960]
1024. T. Rex – 20th Century Boy [1973]
1025. MC5 – Kick Out the Jams [1969]
1026. Don Henley – Boys of Summer [1984]
1027. Bananarama – Love in the First Degree [1987]
1028. The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star [1979]
1029. Laura Branigan – Gloria [1982]
1030. Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tú [2001]

1031. James Baskett – Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah [1946]
1032. Cliff Edwards – When You Wish Upon a Star [1940]
1033. Julie Andrews & Dick van Dyke – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [1965]
1034. Henry Mancini chorus – Days of Wine and Roses [1963]
1035. Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) [1956]
1036. Bruce Adler – Arabian Nights [1992]
1037. George Gershwin ensemble – Summertime [1935]
1038. The Fifth Estate – Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead [1967]
1039. Ferrante & Teicher – Theme from Exodus [1960]
1040. Marvin Hamlisch – The Entertainer [1973]

Another bunch of movie themes.

1041. Elvis vs JXL – A Little Less Conversation [2002]
1042. Room 5 – Make Luv [2003]
1043. Holly Valance – Kiss Kiss [2003]
1044. Scanty Sandwich – Because of You [2000]
1045. Armand van Helden – You Don’t Know Me [1999]
1046. Apollo 440 – Lost in Space [1998]
1047. Paul Johnson – Get Get Down [1999]
1048. Alice Deejay – Better off Alone [1999]
1049. Gala – Freed from Desire [1996]
1050. Orbital – The Saint [1997]

1051. Juanes – La Camisa Negra [2005]
1052. SMiLE.dk – Butterfly [1998]
1053. M2M – Pretty Girl [2000]
1054. Sara Barailles – Love Song [2007]
1055. Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses [1997]
1056. Demi Lovato – Without the Love [2013]
1057. Jordan Knight – When You’re Lonely [1999]
1058. 98 Degrees – Because of You [1998]
1059. K-Ci & Jojo – All My Life [1997]
1060. Ricky Martin – Livin’ la Vida Loca [1999]

I deem this the group of songs that I’d loved back in the day, but that my mind had purged from existence. Some of which because they were obviously, cringeworthy – but time makes them all sound better (?)

1061. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [2016]
1062. LANY – The Breakup [2017]
1063. Jon Bellion – All Time Low [2016]
1064. Mack Wilds – Own It [2013]
1065. Sheppard – Edge of the Night [2017]
1066. Halsey – Hold Me Down [2015]
1067. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling [2016]
1068. The Weeknd – Shameless [2015]
1069. Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – #Beautiful [2013]
1070. Lukas Graham – 7 Years [2015]

1071. Kelsea Ballerini – I Hate Love Songs [2017]
1072. Brandy Clark – Homecoming Queen [2016]
1073. Maddie & Tae – Friends Don’t [2018]
1074. Nina Nesbitt – Selfies [2014]
1075. Brett Young – Like I Loved You [2017]
1076. Kane Brown – Lose It [2018]
1077. Kira Isabella – Quarterback [2014]
1078. The Chieftains – Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies (feat. Pistol Annies) [2012]
1079. The Essex Green – Saturday [1999]
1080. Jason Isbell – If It Takes a Lifetime [2015]

1081. Lecrae – I’ll Find You (feat. Tori Kelly) [2017]
1082. Lauren Daigle – You Say [2018]
1083. The Afters – Fear No More [2018]
1084. Tauren Wells – Hills & Valleys (acoustic) [2016]
1085. Everfound – Take This City (feat. Joel of For King & Country) [2013]
1086. Needtobreathe – Happiness [2016]
1087. Sixpence None the Richer – Breathe [1999]
1088. Brian Littrell – In Christ Alone [2005]
1089. TobyMac – I just need u. [2018]
1090. Jordan Feliz – Witness [2017]

More Christian music. Thankfully there’s more variety in sound and whatever gets Grammy-nominated is usually pretty palatable.

1091. Nat King Cole – Smile [1954]
1092. Sammy Davis Jr – The Candy Man [1972]
1093. Engelbert Humperdinck – Love Me with All Your Heart [1970]
1094. Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away [1978]
1095. David Soul – Don’t Give Up on Us [1976]
1096. Kaye Ballard – In Other Words (Fly Me to the Moon) [1954]
1097. The Edwin Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Days [1968]
1098. Player – Baby Come Back [1977]
1099. Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun [1973]
1100. Dolly Parton – Jolene [1973]

You’d probably notice that there are an equal number of obscure original versions as there are covers – it was a pastime of mine to seek out the original performers of songs made famous by others and in many circumstances I ended up loving the less renowned renditions more.

1101. Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder [1995]
1102. Toby Bourke with George Michael – Waltz Away Dreaming [1997]
1103. Norman Blake – Only With You [2000]
1104. Josh Rouse – Sad Eyes [2005]
1105. Ben Folds – Annie Waits [2001]
1106. Gruff Rhys – Candylion [2007]
1107. Philip Selway – All Eyes on You [2010]
1108. Michael Johns – Heart on My Sleeve [2009]
1109. Phillip Phillips – Miles [2017]
1110. Dean Lewis – Need You Now [2017]

1111. The Grass Roots – Sooner or Later [1971]
1112. Albert Hammond – It Never Rains in Southern California [1972]
1113. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Don’t Pull Your Love [1971]
1114. Paper Lace – Billy Don’t Be a Hero [1974]
1115. Jerry Wallace – Mandom~ Lovers of the World [1970]
1116. Vigrass & Osborne – Forever Autumn [1972]
1117. Mashmakhan – As the Years Go By [1970]
1118. Butterscotch – Don’t You Know (She Said Hello) [1970]
1119. The Magic Lanterns – One Night Stand [1970]
1120. James Taylor – You Can Close Your Eyes [1971]

A lot of these tunes in this list were popular in Japan for whatever reason – they had a bit of a western folk/French pop boom in the 70s. That Jerry Wallace tune was recorded for Japanese cosmetics/grooming products brand Mandom – don’t get too feminist over the words haha

1121. Suede – Trash [1996]
1122. Pulp – Something Changed [1995]
1123. Blur – You’re So Great [1997]
1124. Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger [1995]
1125. Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life [1996]
1126. The Beautiful South – Little Blue [1996]
1127. The Charlatans – And If I Fall [2000]
1128. The Bluetones – Slight Return [1996]
1129. Mansun – Stripper Vicar [1997]
1130. Radiohead – High and Dry [1995]

1131. Holy Other – Tense Past [2012]
1132. Vampire Weekend – Obvious Bicycle [2013]
1133. Delphic – Good Life [2012]
1134. Elephant – Shapeshifter [2013]
1135. Japandroids – Continuous Thunder [2012]
1136. Gossip – Perfect World [2012]
1137. Porcelain Raft – Unless You Speak From Your Heart [2012]
1138. Montgomery – Not Around [2015]
1139. Young Kato – Children of the Stars [2015]
1140. The xx – Islands [2009]

1141. OJ Law – Tongue-Tied [2015]
1142. Froya – Fries in Cream [2013]
1143. Zee Avi – Arena Cahaya [2015]
1144. Midnight Fusic – Lovesick [2018]
1145. TOKiMONSTA – Don’t Call Me (feat. Yuna) [2017]
1146. Bil Musa – No More Excuses [2018]
1147. Isaac Ho – Sanctuary [2018]
1148. Hallan Hashim and Friends – Sada Borneo [2014]
1149. Juliet the Orange – Ode from a Psychopath [1996]
1150. Nice Stupid Playground – Bedroom Window [1996]

And for something a little different – Malaysian acts (tho of course TOKiMONSTA is Korean-American). The NSP & Juliet the Orange (then called Brodwyn) songs were taken from Positive Tone’s Boys & Girls 1+1=3 compilation that I’m sure musically-discerning Malaysian teenager owned back then – it was the first (and only one?) of its kind back then; English-language Malaysian indie bands.

1151. Herman’s Hermits – There’s a Kind of Hush [1968]
1152. Lou Christie – She Sold Me Magic [1969]
1153. The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup [1968]
1154. Chad & Jeremy – A Summer Song [1964]
1155. P.F. Sloan – From a Distance [1966]
1156. Jason Crest – Waterloo Road [1968]
1157. The Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain [1962]
1158. Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual [1965]
1159. Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Summer Holiday [1963]
1160. The Doors – Light My Fire (single edit) [1967]

Waterloo Road is of course, the song that Joe Dassin’s massive Les Champs-Elysees hit was a cover of. One not being as glamorous a place as the other…

1161. British Sea Power – Victorian Ice [2005]
1162. Grandaddy – The Crystal Lake [2000]
1163. The Futureheads – First Day [2004]
1164. The Tears – Refugees [2005]
1165. Dogs Die in Hot Cars – Godhopping [2004]
1166. The Sleepy Jackson – Good Dancers [2003]
1167. James Dean Bradfield – On Saturday Morning We Will Rule the World [2006]
1168. Mull Historical Society – Am I Wrong [2003]
1169. Alfie – Where Did Our Loving Go? [2005]
1170. Editors – Munich [2005]

1171. Teddy Thompson – Don’t Know What I Was Thinking [2008]
1172. The Clientele – My Own Face Inside the Trees [2005]
1173. The Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle with Me [2005]
1174. Jakob Dylan – Up on the Mountain [2008]
1175. Aberfeldy – Uptight [2006]
1176. Shitdisco – Reactor Party [2006]
1177. Mr Hudson & The Library – Cover Girl [2007]
1178. Albert Hammond Jr. – Back to the 101 [2006]
1179. Josh Pyke – Forever Song [2007]
1180. Belle and Sebastian – Piazza, New York Catcher [2003]

1181. Lady Gaga – Telephone (feat. Beyonce) [2009]
1182. Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything [2009]
1183. Jagged Edge – Where the Party At (feat. Nelly) [2001]
1184. SoulDecision – Faded [2000]
1185. Jordin Sparks – Battlefield [2009]
1186. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie [2007]
1187. Pixie Lott – Mama Do [2009]
1188. James Morrison – You Give Me Something [2006]
1189. Paolo Nutini – Last Request [2006]
1190. Alexis Taylor – So Much Further to Go [2016]

1191. The Coral – Jacqueline [2007]
1192. Kasabian – Re-wired [2011]
1193. The Bees – Left Foot Stepdown [2007]
1194. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby [2007]
1195. Hard-Fi – I Shall Overcome [2007]
1196. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA… What a Life! [2011]
1197. Coldplay – Princess of China (feat. Rihanna) [2011]
1198. The Automatic – Steve McQueen [2008]
1199. The Kooks – Jackie Big Tits [2006]
1200. Kings of Convenience – Rule My World [2009]

1201. St Vincent – Los Ageless [2017]
1202. Diana Vickers – Four Leaf Clover [2010]
1203. Ella Eyre – Deeper [2013]
1204. Bo Bruce – Save Me [2013]
1205. Laura Veirs – Through December [2001]
1206. Kat Flint – Ohio [2008]
1207. Lou Rhodes – Treat Her Gently [2006]
1208. Rosie Thomas – Kite Song [2006]
1209. Susie Suh – Feather in the Wind [2010]
1210. Blonde Redhead – Elephant Woman [2004]

1211. Three Dog Night – Joy to the World [1970]
1212. Eruption – One Way Ticket [1978]
1213. Dawn – Knock Three Times [1970]
1214. Dickey Lee – 9,999,999 Tears [1976]
1215. Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes [1978]
1216. King Harvest – Dancing In the Moonlight [1972]
1217. Scott MacKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) [1967]
1218. Neil Diamond – Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon [1967]
1219. Andy Gibb – An Everlasting Love [1978]
1220. War – Why Can’t We Be Friends? [1975]

1221. Girls – Laura [2009]
1222. Orson – No Tomorrow [2006]
1223. Interpol – Obstacle 1 [2002]
1224. Delta Spirit – People C’mon [2008]
1225. Guided by Voices – Everywhere with Helicopter [2002]
1226. OK GO – Oh Lately It’s So Quiet [2005]
1227. Ash – Polaris [2007]
1228. Wolf Parade – Modern World [2006]
1229. She & Him – I Was Made For You [2008]
1230. The Brummies – Drive Away (feat. Kacey Musgraves) [2018]

1231. The Aces – Fake Nice [2018]
1232. EXES – Cain [2017]
1233. Chelsea Cutler – Water on the Bridge [2018]
1234. Billie Eilish – sHE’s brOKen [2017]
1235. Parcels – Overnight [2017]
1236. VÉRITÉ – When You’re Gone [2017]
1237. Matthew Koma – Hard to Love [2017]
1238. Ralph – Tease [2017]
1239. Hedley – Obsession [2017]
1240. Frances – No Matter [2017]

1241. Pet Shop Boys – Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is) [1996]
1242. Erasure – A Little Respect [1988]
1243. Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer [1987]
1244. Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere [1985]
1245. Bee Gees – You Win Again [1987]
1246. Elton John – Sacrifice [1989]
1247. Sheena Easton – 9 to 5 [1980]
1248. Whitney Houston – Where Do Broken Hearts Go [1988]
1249. Michael Jackson – Black or White [1991]
1250. Fine Young Cannibals – The Flame [1996]

1251. Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Clive Rowe – Days in the Sun [2017]
1252. Steve Barton & Sarah Brightman – All I Ask of You [1986]
1253. Andy Williams – Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme from the Godfather) [1972]
1254. Barbra Streisand – Memory [1982]
1255. Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound [2012]
1256. Jessie Ware – Till the End [2016]
1257. Florence + The Machine – Wish That You Were Here [2016]
1258. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris [1998]
1259. Boyz II Men – End of the Road [1992]
1260. Elliott Smith – Miss Misery [1997]

Songs that soundtracked something.

1261. Marianne Faithfull – As Tears Goes By [1964]
1262. The Original Caste – One Tin Soldier [1969]
1263. Joan Shepherd – Summer Creation [1971]
1264. Capricorn – Hello Liverpool [1970]
1265. Shocking Blue – Venus [1969]
1266. Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String [1967]
1267. Lulu and the Luvvers – Shout! [1964]
1268. The Poppy Family – Which Way You Goin’ Billy? [1969]
1269. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love [1967]
1270. Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust [1975]

1271. The Corrs – Only When I Sleep [1997]
1272. Eric Clapton – Change the World [1996]
1273. Bryan Adams – Do I Have to Say the Words? [1991]
1274. Madonna – Take a Bow [1994]
1275. Mariah Carey – Fantasy [1995]
1276. R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts [1992]
1277. Eagles – Love Will Keep Us Alive [1994]
1278. Gin Blossoms – As Long As it Matters [1995]
1279. Crowded House – Four Seasons In One Day [1992]
1280. Bon Jovi – Always [1994]

1281. Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know [2014]
1282. The Band Perry – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely [2013]
1283. I Am Harlequin – Wild One [2013]
1284. Tom Grennan – Found What I’ve Been Looking For [2017]
1285. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain [2011]
1286. Rosi Golan – Underneath A Beating Heart [2011]
1287. Kate Walsh – Save a Prayer [2010]
1288. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic – Apologize [2007]
1289. Texas – Saint [1999]
1290. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why [2002]

Walsh’s version of the Duran Duran song ranks amongst my favouritest covers ever – in fact, that entire album of covers (Peppermint Radio) she did is perfection

1291. The Wallflowers – Sleepwalker [2000]
1292. Linkin Park – Papercut [2000]
1293. American Hi-Fi – Another Perfect Day [2001]
1294. Third Eye Blind – How’s It Gonna Be [1997]
1295. Matchbox Twenty – Bent [2000]
1296. Lifehouse – Sick Cycle Carousel [2000]
1297. Rilo Kiley – Close Call [2007]
1298. Voxtrot – The Start of Something [2005]
1299. The Strokes – Automatic Stop [2003]
1300. Alkaline Trio – Radio [2005]

1301. Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter [2016]
1302. Hot Chip – Don’t Deny Your Heart [2012]
1303. Joe Goddard – Home [2017]
1304. The Knife – Silent Shout [2006]
1305. The Avalanches – Since I Left You [2000]
1306. The Weeknd – Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) [2016]
1307. Jamie xx – Seesaw (feat. Romy) [2015]
1308. Felix Snow – Evening Buffalo [2017]
1309. Frank Ocean – Lost [2012]
1310. Air – Playground Love [2000]

1311. Nick Drake – Which Will [1972]
1312. Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth [1966]
1313. The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin [1967]
1314. Donovan – Sunshine Superman [1967]
1315. Ten Years After – I’d Love To Change The World [1971]
1316. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper [1976]
1317. Al Stewart – Year of The Cat [1976]
1318. Townes van Zandt – Waiting ‘Round to Die [1968]
1319. The Zombies – Time of the Season [1968]
1320. Simon and Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence [1965]

1321. Boyzone – Isn’t It a Wonder [1996]
1322. Take That – Never Forget [1995]
1323. Robbie Williams – She’s the One [1998]
1324. Ed Harcourt – She Fell into My Arms [2001]
1325. Matthew Jay – Let Your Shoulder Fall [2001]
1326. Pete Yorn – Strange Condition [2007]
1327. Beck – Lost Cause [2002]
1328. Howie Day – She Says (original) [2000]
1329. Ron Sexsmith – Gold in Them Hills (remix) (feat. Chris Martin) [2002]
1330. John Vanderslice – Letter to the East Coast [2005]

1331. Paramore – Misery Business [2008]
1332. Lenka – The Show [2008]
1333. Alice Kristiansen – Moon and Back [2016]
1334. Lene Marlin – Sitting Down Here [1999]
1335. Gabrielle Aplin – Waking Up Slow [2017]
1336. Zara Larsson – Only You (feat. Nena) [2017]
1337. SEE – Potions [2016]
1338. Seeb, Dagny – Drink About [2018]
1339. Wet – There’s a Reason [2017]
1340. Against The Current – Almost Forgot [2018]

1341. Cheat Codes & CADE – Stay With You [2017]
1342. Tei Shi – Say You Do [2017]
1343. Sam Feldt X Lush & Simon feat. INNA – Fade Away [2017]
1344. Foxes – Lose My Cool [2017]
1345. Allie X – Paper Love [2017]
1346. Hilary Duff – Sparks [2015]
1347. Lemaitre – Playing to Lose (feat. Stanaj) [2016]
1348. Ninety’s Story – Kikuyu [2017]
1349. R3HAB & Waysons – Shanghai [2017]
1350. Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm [2017]

1351. Wilco – Impossible Germany [2007]
1352. Slow Club – Tattoo of the King [2016]
1353. Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice [2006]
1354. Beth Orton – Magpie [2012]
1355. Alison Krauss – Moments Like This [1996]
1356. Gillian Welch – Look at Miss Ohio [2003]
1357. Kacey Musgraves – Late to the Party [2015]
1358. Devendra Banhart – This is the Way [2004]
1359. Sufjan Stevens – Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair [2006]
1360. Nickel Creek – Somebody More Like You [2005]

1361. The Beatles – Let It Be [1970]
1362. Guster – Satellite [2006]
1363. U2 – Staring at the Sun [1997]
1364. Still Corners – The Trip [2013]
1365. Tame Impala – Let it Happen [2015]
1366. Beirut – Postcards from Italy [2006]
1367. Hurts – Ready to Go [2017]
1368. Scouting for Girls – Dancing in the Daylight [2017]
1369. Sheppard – Hometown [2018]
1370. Beach Baby – Hot Weather [2016]

1371. The Lovekevins – Soviet.Se [2005]
1372. Le Sport – I comes before U [2005]
1373. Tennis – In the Morning I’ll Be Better [2016]
1374. Math and Physics Club – Weekends Away [2005]
1375. The Zutons – You Will You Won’t [2004]
1376. Rhys Lewis – I Know the Feeling [2017]
1377. Lewis Capaldi – Bruises [2017]
1378. Joan – Love Somebody Like You [2017]
1379. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Someone to Stay [2017]
1380. Finneas – Break My Heart Again [2018]

1381. James – Runaground [1998]
1382. Thirteen Senses – Do No Wrong [2004]
1383. Idlewild – Welcome Home [2005]
1384. Travis – Side [2001]
1385. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony [1997]
1386. The Magic Numbers – Gone are the Days [2005]
1387. Teenage Fanclub – Neil Jung [1995]
1388. Ocean Colour Scene – Better Day [1997]
1389. Cosmic Rough Riders – Revolution (In the Summertime?) [2000]
1390. Embrace – Drawn From Memory [2000]

1391. Gomez – Notice [2006]
1392. Klaxons – The Same Space [2010]
1393. Delays – Long Time Coming [2004]
1394. Kasabian – You’re in Love With a Psycho [2017]
1395. The Charlatans – Up at the Lake [2004]
1396. The Rakes – Open Book [2005]
1397. Muse – Unintended [1999]
1398. Cherry Ghost – People Help the People [2007]
1399. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars [2006]
1400. The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now [2004]

1401. Portugal the Man. – Feel it Still [2017]
1402. Sia – Cheap Thrills (feat. Sean Paul) [2016]
1403. Rudimental – These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) [2018]
1404. Calvin Harris – Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) [2017]
1405. Charlie Puth – Attention [2017]
1406. Cashmere Cat – Quit (feat. Ariana Grande) [2017]
1407. Logic – 1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid) [2017]
1408. Camila Cabello – Havana (feat. Young Thug) [2017]
1409. Niia – Nobody [2017]
1410. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back [2017]

1411. Sam Brown – Stop! [1988]
1412. The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon [1985]
1413. The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man [1989]
1414. Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) [1981]
1415. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting [1989]
1416. Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue [1977]
1417. Joe South – Games People Play [1968]
1418. Peter and Gordon – I Go to Pieces [1964]
1419. Bobby Bare – 500 Miles Away from Home [1963]
1420. Bread – Make It With You [1970]

1421. Stars – Heart [2000]
1422. Tim Burgess – Oh My Corazon [2003]
1423. Stephen Malkmus – The Hook [2001]
1424. Matt Pond PA – New Hampshire [2004]
1425. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names – Love Will [2004]
1426. Chad VanGaalen – After the Afterlife [2004]
1427. Belle and Sebastian – Another Sunny Day [2006]
1428. Jack Johnson – Lullaby (feat. Matt Costa) [2006]
1429. Jason Collett – Fire [2005]
1430. The Czars – Paint the Moon [2004]

1431. Bright Eyes – At the Bottom of Everything [2005]
1432. James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had a Boat [2010]
1433. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks [2009]
1434. Rogue Wave – Salesman at the Day of the Parade [2005]
1435. Okkervil River – Black [2005]
1436. M. Ward – Here Comes the Sun Again [2005]
1437. Damien Jurado – Hoquaim [2005]
1438. Iron & Wine – Promising Light [2002]
1439. Magnolia Electric Co. – Hard To Love A Man [2005]
1440. My Morning Jacket – Wordless Chorus [2005]

1441. Astrid S – Emotion [2018]
1442. MØ – Slow Love [2014]
1443. in love with a ghost – we’ve never met but, can we have a coffee or something [2016]
1444. Craig David – One More Time [2016]
1445. Capital Cities – Swimming Pool Summer [2017]
1446. Billie Eilish – lovely (with Khalid) [2018]
1447. Clay – Orange [2018]
1448. Martin Garrix – Dreamer (feat. Mike Yung) [2018]
1449. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved [2018]
1450. Ruth B. – Dandelions [2017]

1451. Madcon – Beggin’ [2008]
1452. The Saturdays – If This is Love (Moto Blanco Mix) [2008]
1453. Lily Allen – Smile [2006]
1454. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline [2013]
1455. Rita Ora – Anywhere [2015]
1456. Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay [2017]
1457. P!nk – What About Us [2017]
1458. Artful Dodger feat. Romina Johnson – Movin’ Too Fast [1999]
1459. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck (Feat. Lisa Kekaula) [2003]
1460. Chris Brown – With You [2007]

1461. Death Cab for Cutie – Technicolor Girls [2000]
1462. Sigur Ros – Inní mér syngur vitleysingur [2008]
1463. Weezer – Keep Fishin’ [2002]
1464. The Magnetic Fields – All My Little Words [1999]
1465. Minus the Bear – Pachuca Sunrise [2005]
1466. Slowlands – Crooked Crown [2006]
1467. Jars of Clay – Frail [1997]
1468. The National – All the Wine [2005]
1469. Silver Jews – Sleeping is the Only Love [2005]
1470. The Mendoza Line – Settle Down, Zelda [2005]

1471. Olly Murs – Up (Feat. Demi Lovato) [2014]
1472. Bridgit Mendler – Ready or Not [2013]
1473. Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s [2015]
1474. Boys Like Girls – Two is Better than One (feat. Taylor Swift) [2009]
1475. Lady Antebellum – Things People Say [2008]
1476. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder [2008]
1477. CeeLo Green – Fuck You! [2010]
1478. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) [1997]
1479. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) [2015]
1480. Rihanna – Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z) [2007]

1481. The Night Game – The Outfield [2017]
1482. Mew – 85 Videos [2017]
1483. The Vamps, Maggie Lindeman – Personal [2017]
1484. Alec Benjamin – Outrunning Karma [2018]
1485. A Great Big Word – You [2018]
1486. flora cash – You’re Somebody Else [2018]
1487. CYN – Believer [2018]
1488. Yumi Zouma – Depths (Part. 1) [2017]
1489. Banners – Someone To You [2017]
1490. Kommode – Fight or Flight or Dance All Night [2017]

1491. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr. [2005]
1492. Oasis – Acquiesce [1995]
1493. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water [1970]
1494. The Beatles – Michelle [1965]
1495. Nickel Creek – Doubting Thomas [2005]
1496. Manic Street Preachers – The Everlasting [1998]
1497. Radiohead – Idioteque [2000]
1498. Kings of Convenience – Misread [2004]
1499. The Corrs – The Right Time (acoustic version) [1996]
1500. The Coral – Pass It On [2003]

The last 10 features 10 other songs from 10 from my all-time fave artists.

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Selections of 2018 – English tracks

English-language music continued to dominate the bulk of my listening playlists in 2018. Genres I favoured this year:

  • Old is the new new. Probably down to acts like Years and Years and The 1975 that are so good at incorporating 80s and 90s pop hooks with modern synth sounds.
  • 90s r’n’b is something I’m getting back into – ppl like Jorja Smith and Ella Mai.
  • 70s mellow is my new favourite thing too. Love listening to stuff that sounds like Vincent (Don McLean) or Cat Stevens.
  • Apparently they catch everything above under the banner of ‘retropop’…
  • Country is still my jam, and it’s being made by unexpected people like Kane Brown (biracial) and The Shires from Britain.
  • Midnight Fusic are a Malaysian band. I did not even know that when Spotify sent them my way, my first thought was that they were Aussie ;;;;
  • Also a very special mention for tide/edit, an act I had no list for – they’re a Filipino band that makes my favourite type of math-rock instrumental. Unsurprisingly they’re influenced by Toe.
  • 60% of the acts on the list are American, a statistic that would be unthinkable for me 20 years ago when I predominantly listened to British rock bands…tastes truly do evolve (aka I got old)

1/The Aces — Fake Nice [indie pop]
‘All you do is talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, Really thinking that it won’t get back to me’

2/CYN — Believer [electropop]
‘But if you love me right then baby you just might make a believer out of me’

3/Seeb & Dagny — Drink About (acoustic) [pop]
‘But I’d pay a million bucks to think about anybody else but you’

4/Wet — There’s A Reason [retropop]
‘Through unrest and stillness, wasn’t I your witness?’

5/The Brummies — Drive Away (feat. Kacey Musgraves) [retrorock]
‘I don’t care where we go, just come pick me up and we’ll drive away’

6/Sasha Sloan – Version of Me [pop]
‘Can you love the version of me that isn’t happy all the time?’

7/Kane Brown – Lose It [country]
‘I don’t think you know what you’re doing to me, You got my heart skip-skipping a beat’

8/Astrid S – Emotion [electropop]
‘Did you forget that I’ve got a thing called emotion? You live and you let ’til you start to bleed’

9/The 1975 – It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) [synth/retropop]
‘Collapse my veins wearing beautiful shoes, It’s not living if it’s not with you’

10/Bríet — Twin [electropop]
“Let me get on border Cadillac and baby, rev the engine into the next dimension”

11/Alec Benjamin – Outrunning Karma [acoustic pop]
‘He’s never gonna make it, all the poor people he’s forsaken, karma is always gonna chase him for his lies’

12/Ninety’s Story — Kikuyu [electropop]
“Of course I really wanna feel something, I don’t know if I wanna eat or drink”

13/Finneas – Let’s Fall in Love For The Night [pop]
‘I love it when you talk that nerdy shit, We’re in our twenties talking thirties shit’

14/Millie Turner — You and I [electropop]
‘Do you dream like I do that there’s someone for everyone? Two eyes, two hands, two lungs, two hearts’

15/The Neighbourhood — Compass [electrorock]
‘I’ve got something to confess I keep you in my pocket to use, You’re my only compass I might get lost without you’

16/John Mayer — New Light [retropop]
‘Pushing 40 in the friend zone, we talk and then you walk away every day’

17/Clean Bandit — 24 Hours (feat. Yasmin Green) [EDM]
‘24 hours ago, Baby I didn’t know that I can’t live without you’

18/MNEK — Tongue [electropop]
‘I’m putting both hands over my mouth, I can only hope nothing’s gonna come out’

19/Midnight Fusic – Lovesick [synthpop]
‘Seek and you will find, That this empty heart of mine is crumbling to pieces’

20/Chelsea Cutler — Water on the Bridge [pop]
‘You’re telling me that you’d rather we just sink than swim’

21/Kelsea Ballerini – I Hate Love Songs [country]
‘The clouds, they aren’t numbered to nine. And you make me feel something but it sure as hell ain’t butterflies’

22/CLAY – Orange [pop]
‘You got so good at scheming, Soured my tangerine dreaming, Keep on, keep on repeating’

23/Charlie Puth feat Kehlani – Done For You [pop]
‘I won’t beg for your love, Won’t say please, I won’t fall to the ground on my knees’

24/Rozzi – Never Over You [pop]
‘And I know I overthink, And it makes you over drink’

25/Martin Garrix – Dreamer (feat. Mike Yung) [EDM]
“I’m a dreamer, Don’t tell me not to dream, I’m a believer, as long as I got something to believe in”

26/Clara Mae – Sorry For Writing All The Songs About You [pop]
‘Cause I know you don’t like when I’m nostalgic and go back to the start to get an end’

27/Fly By Midnight – You Belong [retropop]
‘But you belong in the passenger side, you belong like a partner in crime’

28/Sheppard – Hometown [pop rock]
‘You are my hometown where I can slow down, We got it good, we got it all figured out’

29/Vicetone – Fix You [EDM]
‘Call me your physician, Make you whole, make you whole’

30/Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved [pop/ballad]
‘I let my guard down and then you pulled the rug’

31/Echosmith – Over My Head [pop rock]
‘It seems like you and me, we keep losing connection, Whenever you talk to me it doesn’t make any sense

32/Ella Mai – Trip [r’n’b]
‘My bad, my bad for, trippin’ on you’

33/Maddie & Tae – Friends Don’t [country]
‘Friends don’t call you in the middle of the night, Couldn’t even tell you why they just felt like saying Hi’

34/Hozier – Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples) [pop/gospel]
‘It’s not the war but what’s behind it Lord, the fear of foul men is mere assignment’

35/LÉON – Baby Don’t Talk [pop]
‘Baby don’t talk cos I like it when you don’t say nothing’

36/Billie Eilish – lovely (with Khalid) [pop]
‘Isn’t it lovely, all alone? Heart made of glass, my mind of stone’

37/flora cash – You’re Somebody Else [dream pop]
‘I held the better cards, but every stroke of luck has got to bleed through, It’s got to bleed through’

38/NOTD, Felix Jaehn – So Close (feat. Georgia Ku & Captain Cuts) [EDM]
‘Was it all too much or just not enough? When we got so close, so close to love’

39/Sam Smith – Fire on Fire [pop]
‘Fire on fire, we’re normally killers, With this much desire, together, we’re winners’

40/Ina Wroldsen — Sea [pop]
‘I tried so hard blocking out the waves but my ocean heart never let it go’

41/The Shires – Accidentally on Purpose [country]
‘My alarm went off at 6:05 but I never heard it, accidentally on purpose’

42/Robotaki – Together We’re Screwed (feat. Nevve) [EDM]
‘We’re both a mess We just can’t get it right, no Together we’re screwed’

43/Marshmello & Anne-Marie – FRIENDS [pop]
‘Haven’t I made it obvious? Haven’t I made it clear? Want me to spell it out for you? F-R-I-E-N-D-S’

44/joan – i loved you first [retropop]
‘My heart is full but yours is running out, I think I’m afraid of what comes next’

45/Jeremy Zucker – comethru [pop]
‘I’m trying to realize it’s alright to not be fine on your own’

46/A Great Big World – You [acoustic pop]
‘Barely just a spark in the open darkness of the ether, the world beneath her’

47/Rudimental – These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) [pop]
‘Calling me when I’m drunk, remind me of what I’ve done And I know it ain’t pretty when you’re trying to move on’

48/YoungR — Remember [soul/funk]
‘I came to forget things will never be the same again’

49/Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies [country]
‘Now you’re lifting me up, instead of holding me down, Stealing my heart instead of stealing my crown’

50/LANY – I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore [retropop]
‘The only way to get past this feeling is to tell myself you’re not coming back’

Selections of 2018: Anisong

Good year for anime music, so much so I’ve got to put double the number of selections than I normally would.

Anime Theme Songs

1. halca – Kimi no Tonari (Wotakoi ED)

2. Nakajima Yoshiki – Sake to Ikura to 893 [Yakuza] to Onna (Hinamatsuri ED)

3. Mizuki Nana – Suiren (Basilisk ED2)

4. Reol – SAIREN (Major 2nd ED2)

5. XX:me – Torikago (DARLING in the FRANXX ED1)

6. Kusunoki Tomori – To see the future (SAO Alt: GGO ED)

7. TRUE – Sincerely (Violet Evergarden OP)

8. nano.RIPE – Azalea (Citrus OP)

9. Uchida Maaya – youthful beautiful (SSSS.GRIDMAN ED)

10. Aimer – Ref:rain (Koi wa Ameagari no Youni ED)

11. DJ Misoshiru to MC Gohan – Apron Boy (Emiya-san’chi no Kyo no Gohan OP)

12. Kradness – Tandeki Mirageism (Nil Admirari no Tenbin OP)

13. Akatsuki Rin – Early Days (Jikkenhin Kazoku OP)

14. NakamuraEmi – Kakatte koi yo (Megalo Box ED)

15. Ono Daisuke – Endless Happy World (Gakuen Babysitters OP)

16. MIYAVI vs Shishido Kavka – Get Into My Heart (Tsukumogami Kashimasu OP)

17. MYTH&ROID – HYDRA (Overlord II ED)

18. Suda Masaki – Long Hope Philia (Boku no Hero Academia movie theme/S3 Ltd ED)

19. fripSide – Love with You (Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet OP)

20. Yanagi Nagi – Mimei no Anata to Hakumei no Mahou (Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara ED)

21. Suzuki Minori – Crosswalk (Amanchu Advance OP)

22. Kuraki Mai – Koyoi wa Yume o Misasete (Tsukumogami Kashimasu ED)

23. ORESAMA – Hotohashiru (Muhyo & Roji ED)

24. Mukai Taichi – Reset (Kaze ni Tsuyoku Fuiteiru ED1)

25. Luck Life – Naru (Tsurune OP)

26. Wagakki Band – Sasameyuki (Kyoto Teramachi Sanjo no Holmes ED)

27. OxT – Silent Solitude (Overlord S3 ED)

28. Takada Yuki & Kotobuki Minako – hectopascal (Yagate Kimi ni Naru ED)

29. Haruka to Miyuki – 17sai (Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara OP)

30. Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – Asayake to Nettaigyo (Kokkoku ED)

15 Other Ani(artist) songs, insert songs, charasongs, mixed-media, games, c/w tracks, special EDs etc

1. Suzuki Konomi – Alcatel (Summer Pockets OP)

2. Suara – Amayadori (Kotowari c/w)

3. YURiKA – Toki no Foliage (Katakoi Contrast ED)

4. Absolute Castaway [Nakae Mitsuki] – Sirius no Yūen

5. Sasaki Eri – Dia vo Lhizer (Brave Neptunia OP)

6. Takada Yuki & Kotobuki Minako – Suki, Igai no Kotoba de (Yagakimi final EP ED)

7. Sena Wataru feat. Sana – Hitori Tabi

8. Umehara Yuichiro – Hana no Mai, Yami no Uta (Senjushi charasong)

9. Nakajima Yoshiki & Tanaka Takako – Nitta to Hina no Monogatari (Hinamatsuri charasong)

10. GARNiDELiA – Kyokiranbu

11. Toki Shunichi – Kaze (Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi EP13 ED)

12. H☆E☆S (Numakura Manami, Seto Asami, Fuchigami Mai) – terzetto rhapsody (Ongaku Shojo IN)

13. Koyama Momoyo, Mimori Suzuko, Tomita Maho, Aiba Aina – Star Divine –Finale- (Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight IN)

14. Azuna Riko – Rise (Yagakimi ep9 IN)

15. Sakamoto Maaya – Gyakko (FGO Cosmos in the Lostbelt theme)

Anime soundtracks
There really were quite a lot of good works this year and I can tell, cos my iPod is full of soundtracks for my work commute.

1. Tanaka Takashi & Hosono Shinichi – Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
Loved the soundtrack so much I translated a piece featuring the two songwriters here.

2. mabanua – Megalo Box
Producer mabanua has worked with the cream of the Jpop & Japanese hip-hop/urban scene so it’s no surprise to hear the vast range of sounds on the soundtrack. ‘Dope’ is I think, the word they use to describe how good it is.

3. Oshima Michiru – Yagate Kimi ni Naru
Saw Oshima’s name and I knew this would be a score of epic proportions. Still rather low-key and somber by Oshima’s usual standards but her trademark gorgeous harmonies remain – they are so, so beautiful and so emotionally-charged.

4. Osawa Shinichi (Mondo Grosso) – Banana Fish
A good mix of gritty, light and melancholy. Like the series, the music takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. And the soundtrack’s available on vinyl!

5. Kato Tatsuya, Fujisawa Yoshiaki – Shojo Kageki Revue Starlight
A powerhouse combination of the bombastic and inventive. I knew the vocal tracks in the show would be great but I didn’t think that the soundtrack would be 10x better. Fujisawa’s ki-ringtone alone is one of the most memorable jingles of 2018.

6. Evan Call – Violet Evergarden
This would’ve been the prettiest soundtrack of the year if Yagakimi hadn’t come along.

7. Rasmus Faber – Harukana Receive
Something a little different from the norm, Swedish DJ Faber gives us an entertaining mish-mash of electropop, traditional Okinawan island sounds and jazz/bossa nova lines.

8. fox capture plan – Aobuta
One of my fave bands for a while, hybrid-jazz (no other real way of describing their sound) trio fcp have been active in dorama soundtrack composing in recent years and their first venture into the anime industry is surprisingly more mellow than I’d expected [PS. Check out their score for the Confidence Man gekku drama, which is even better!]

9. Yoshimata Ryo – Koi wa Ameagari no Youni
Another soundtrack designed to tug at the heartstrings and it succeeded at doing that, much more so than the series itself.

10. Hashimoto Yukari – Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai
Hashimoto’s great at producing whimsical, light-hearted pieces for comedies but as with her work on 3gatsu no Lion, is just as good at the heavier stuff, and this soundtrack is a nice mix of both.

11. Yanagi Nagi – Just Because!
Took an eternity for this to get a physical but Yanagi Nagi’s maiden anime score was well worth the wait.

12. Fujisawa Yoshiaki – Houseki no Kuni
The anime was in 2017 but the soundtrack came out early Jan 2018. Atmospheric and unsettling, listening to this makes me look over my shoulder to see if the Moon People are on their way…

13. Ushio Kensuke – Liz to Aoi Tori
Not as impactful as his work on Ping Pong or Devilman Crybaby but still packs a (gentle) punch.

14. Takahashi Ryo – citrus
Forgive me, but I actually laughed out loud when I saw that Takahashi was attached to do the soundtrack for citrus, that…trashy yuri series (I still like it though!). His work here is stellar, as always, if a bit more melancholy than I’d thought it would be.

15. Tateyama Akihiko – Yuru Camp
Feelgood soundtrack for a feelgood show. Not quite sure why an Celtic/Irish-themed score (complete with whistles & flutes) should suit an anime about outdoors camping in the middle of winter so well…

Comments:
//There seems to be no soundtrack release planned for Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi which aggrieves me as Iga Takuro’s score is wonderful.
//Hayashi Yuki’s Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru and Fujisawa Yoshiaki’s Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho just missed out.

Albums
Only category with not so many good ones. Most albums are just singles collections with a bunch of crap filler tracks and bonus tokuten to be honest – not much more is needed to sell a disc these days, unfortunately. I’ve already gone fully digital these days

1/Saito Soma – quantum stranger
Such a different beast from the usual seiyuu stuff – Saito had a hand in writing 8 out of the 12 tracks and he has a clear idea of his artistry and style, which veers closer to Western sounds of jazz, blues and acoustic folk than his contemporaries’ bubblegum pop tendencies.

2/Aisaka Yuuka – Okujou no Mannaka de Kimi no Kokoro wa Aoku Kaoru Mama
Aisaka has quite the mish-mash taste in music (CreepHyp is her favourite band) and it’s reflected in this debut long-player that features an equally diverse songwriting lineup including CreepHyp’s Ozaki Sekaikan, Omori Seiko and ALI PROJECT. Looking forward to seeing what else Aisaka brings to the table in future but first, she’ll need to recover from an illness that has put her career on the backburner for the last half-year or so.

3/annabel – Cosmic Gardener
At least I can always count on annabel to churn out at least 1 good record a year.

4/kano – Two
5/kano – Rye
One is a doujin one is a major album. Both are good.

6/canoue – canoue chronicle II
Doujin duo of Manyo & Shimotsuki Haruka.

7/Suara – Hikari
First original album in 3 years, fine as ever.

8/CHiCO with HoneyWorks – Watashi wo Someru I no Uta
They keep churning out the same kind of stuff and I keep lapping it up – there’s just that girlish charm to their lyrics and the stories that they tell that has me coming back for more.

Selections of 2018: Japanese

Here we go for 2018.

Tracks

A very mainstream list, or so I’d like to think. Obviously not looking at the Oricon charts any more since it’s all x46 & y48 & Johnny’s with only Yonezu Kenshi to break the monotony…

1. Minami – Lilac
Confusingly, another Minami (美波). Love her voice, she’s gonna gain more popularity as her first single will be the Domestic na Kanojo anime OP. Official site here.

2. Aimyon – Marigold
Gotten so big that she’s playing Kohaku already.

3. Zutto Mayonaka de Ii no ni. – Byoshin o Kamu
Also my fave PV of the year.

4. Sukimaswitch – Revival
You know, this is that song from that very popular BL dorama Ossan’s Love that the whole world watched (loved it – HaruMakiiiiiii!!)

5. Sekitori Hana – Hotaru
Finally going major next spring with Universal! Hope she does well

6. Majiko – Hibiwareta Sekai
Another former utaite bouncing around from major label to major label, while still making awesome music.

7. vivid undress – yours
Lost their drummer but not their mojo. The kind of band I’d be going to see every live of if I still lived in Japan…

8. WHITE JAM – Amaoto
Cheesy! So cheesy! So catchy! (Shirose’s so good-looking in the PV…)

9. Reol – Saisaki
Wait for it – another utaite gone big in sound and popularity. People accuse her of selling out (now she’s sans the band as well), but I really like the direction she’s going in now, both musically and visually.

10. E-girls – Perfect World
Yeah, my obsession with them Exile girls continues.

11. Aimer – Omoide wa Kirei de
One of the tracks on the Black Bird EP that didn’t have a tie-up.

12. Da Pump – U.S.A
You can’t not give in to this phenomenon. I was all ????? upon first listen but…after watching the PV…you know the drill.

13. WEAVER – Saigo no Yoru to Ryusei
So much feels…they’ve slowly wormed their way into my heart over the years.

14. Chemistry – Heaven Only Knows
Not quite Pieces of a Dream (it’s 17 years old already!!) but I’ll always love their jams.

15. Perfume – Mugen Mirai
There sure is a lot of trash EDM in Jpop lately but we can always rely on Nakata to pull something out of his rabbit hat.

Albums

I can’t emphasize enough how important Spotify and Youtube are; the bulk of this list would come from bands I already know or what Spotify’s shoving at me or acts I discovered through Youtube . Hopefully these bands, who wouldn’t get a sniff of any breakthrough via the normal channels if this was 2008, are finding a new audience – streaming is the future and the future is now.

1/ADAM at – Psycho Break
Jazz-piano rock hybrid instrumental jams – much in line with what I’ve been listening to in recent years. Similar to Jizue, Schroeder-Headz, fox capture plan etc but with a rockier feel as he often employs a full support band.

2/Aoba Ichiko – qp
This album generated quite a bit of buzz so I had to check it out – trust the wisdom of crowds, qp is really a stunning album. So beautiful, so ethereal – you’ll feel like worshipping at her feet after you hear her sing.

3/JYOCHO – Utsukushii Shumatsu Cycle
My other weakness asides from jazz-pop is…wait for it…math-rock. Sorry for being predictable with my love of irregular time signatures.

4/Kaneko Ayano – Shukusai
This is one of the times I’m really grateful to Spotify for plonking this down in my recs. Stripped-down, old-fashioned rock-and-roll that’s packed with raw emotion.

5/Helsinki Lambda Club – Tourist
Cheerful indie pop that makes me wanna floss the night away…surely it’s a crime to be this catchy.

6/KOKIA – Tokyo Mermaid
Celebrating her 20th anniversary this year, KOKIA continues to impress by subtly evolving her sound – I did not expect to hear or enjoy her singing country-tinged folk in that haunting voice of hers.

7/Awesome City Club – Catch the One
You’ll probably already have cottoned on to the fact that they’re one of my favourite bands.

8/NakamuraEmi – NIPPONNO ONNAWO UTAU Vol.5
A belated discovery. Such sass, and I don’t normally care for female rappers.

9/fox capture plan – Capturism
You knew they would make this list. Sucker for whatever they do, loving the soundtrack work as well (they did the Gekku drama Confidence Man!)

10/odd foot works – odd foot works
Feelgood hip-hop that reminds me of the 00s when I was into Dragon Ash and RIP SLYME and rap incorporated more melody – NDW is one of my bops of the year.

11/Siamese Cats – Virgin Graffiti
Laidback surfer pop-rock that they’ve been peddling for 10 years, marrying catchy kayokyoku melodies with their love for The Beatles and Yo La Tengo.

12/Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – Botsuraku

Rapper who started out on Nico Nico using the Shigaisen moniker. Botsuraku is his 4th and final album before he ‘retires’ at the age of 20, seemingly unable to withstand the pressures of the music industry after a series of bizarre events, summed up best by the paragraph above from the Japan Times. I still believe he’ll be back eventually, too much talent in there to not use it. Just needs to get off the internet (mom was right when she took his iPhone away).

13/DE DE MOUSE – be yourself
Songs got stuck in my head after just 1 listen. Absolute bangers

14/evening cinema – Confession
Such a dramatic, melodic catchy pop album – like Shibuya-kei and city pop got married and gave birth to a piece of cheese. He made this same list last year, as did JYOCHO and Awesome City Club.

15/Roth Bart Baron – Hex
They’ve got an expansive folk-rock sound (think bits of The Lumineers or Mumford & Sons) that appeals to people who grew up on Western rock like yours truly. Been around for a bit and they’re touring North America as well, so it’s good to see more people getting to discover them.

1000 Japanese tracks

Said I’d post this list a couple of months ago.

  • This year I constructed a playlist of a 1000 of my favourite songs by Japanese artists – they could be anything from songs that first brought me into Jpop (like the first 10 on the list), made me fall in love with an act or a genre or simply, songs where I abused the ‘repeat’ button.
  • I referred to my Last.fm charts a lot which unfortunately only go back to 14 years so that’s missing a slice of my early Jpop-listening days from the late 90s to 2003 – had to trawl through my extensive archives and portable devices listening to older playlists and albums.
  • Almost 2/3rds of the list are 2000s tracks, with the 2004-06 period contributing 30% of the list overall. Figures, cos I was in university then and a hikikomori with too much time on my hands.
  • Not a saint only buying physical CDs (through Yesasia & CDJapan), so I obviously have a large collection of downloaded music: Audiogalaxy, winMX, winNY, Share, Bunko/Public MM tracker, soulseek and Jpopsuki being the primary sources in the 2000s. Nowadays I just check Youtube and stream off Spotify, then buy on iTunes or Recochoku if something’s to my liking – physical CDs are a no-go for me now thanks to space limitations.
  • Oldest songs would be from the ’60s, stuff that I found through kayōkyoku compilations & such. There are newer tracks too: 5 songs from 2017, in fact. Anisong/doujin/eroge themes makes up a good percentage (around 40%) of the list though a chunk of that overlaps with jrock/jpop as more & more rock acts such as VELTPUNCH and Tokyo Karankoron have had songs used in animation over the last decade.
  • I compiled the list by rough groups of 10 songs each with a loose ‘theme’ to them ie anisong rock, kayokyoku/folk faves, j-urban and so on and so forth. My favourite of these is probably the Kajiura Yuki vocal tracks list
  • It appears Tomatsu Haruka has the most tracks featured on the list both solo and as part of a unit (8). Not intentional at all.
  • Two of the songs here have nonsensical made-up lyrics: 100s’s Honeycom.ware & B-DASH’s Cho. One is in traditional Okinawan dialect (Warabigami)
  • Tracks with solo female vocals outnumber males by 588 to 367, with 30 duets, 14 instrumentals & 1 vocaloid. I blame the anisong for that high ratio of girls to guys…
  • To listen to every second of every song would take 3 days 2 hours 14 minutes and 34 seconds.
  • I tried to link to Youtube wherever possible but there are some with Spotify links (you’ll need an account for that) & legal Recochoku/iTunes/Mora (samples) links.

01. Ozaki Yutaka – I LOVE YOU (1983)
02. Hosokawa Takashi – Kita Sakaba (1982)
03. Southern All Stars – Manatsu no Kajitsu (1990)
04. Inagaki Junichi – Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa (1992)
05. Yamashita Tatsurō – Christmas Eve (1983)
06. Takeuchi Mariya – Genki o dashite (1984)
07. Madoka Hiroshi – Musōbana (1978)
08. Arai Yumi – 12gatsu no Ame (1974)
09. Murashita Kōzō – Hatsukoi (1983)
10. Yoshida Takurō – Ashita ni Mukatte Hashire (1976)

When I began my sojourn into Japanese music, I was not impressed. It was mostly bubblegum pop (Johnny’s, Hello Project, Hamasaki Ayumi) of little substance and really, it wasn’t ’til I stumbled across Ozaki Yutaka via a random download through Audiogalaxy that I started to think that Jpop might have more to it. Around that period my mom would flick through random folk/enka shows on NHK as well, which was how I got into the classic hits. These 10 tracks represented some of my earliest favourites that I first heard in the late 90s. 

11. Utada Hikaru – Wait & See ~Risk~ (2001)
12. m-flo loves melody. & Ryohei – miss you (2003)
13. Tokyo Jihen – Sōnan (2004)
14. sleepy.ab – Shiki Utakata (2006)
15. Spitz – Robinson (1995)
16. Yen Town Band – Swallowtail Butterfly -Ai no Uta- (1996)
17. FREENOTE – Re:Channel (2004)
18. Onitsuka Chihiro – Gekkō (2000)
19. Chemistry – Pieces of a Dream (2001)
20. HY – AM11:00 (2003)

  • These would be the 10 I’d say best reflect my overall taste in Japanese-language music – a mix of styles from urban to pop to rock and indie.
  • The defunct FREENOTE is probably the band here that is closest to my heart as I watched a bunch of their lives when I was still staying in Japan.
  • Obviously Utada Hikaru is my First (Jpop) Love [pun fully intended] and I think my local record shop was sick of me calling up on them all the time to find out whether her latest album had arrived.
  • Will never forget how loud I squeed when I found Onitsuka Chihiro’s first album in a pokey corner of a CD store in some godforsaken mall in town. It really was so hard to get hold of original copies of Japanese music at the time… (for a high-school kid like me)
  • I fell in love with Spitz after buying a triple-CD bootleg of their tunes out of desperation. I made sure to get their albums proper after Yesasia came into existence.
  • If you asked me to pick my #1 Japanese song of all time, push come to shove, I’d nominate Swallowtail Butterfly. 

21. Ōsawa Yoshiyuki – Soshite, Boku wa Tohō ni Kureru (1984)
22. KAN – Ai wa Katsu (1990)
23. Happy End – Kaze o Atsumete (1971)
24. H20 – Omoide ga Ippai (1983)
25. Nakamori Akina – Slow Motion (1982)
26. Moritaka Chisato – Watarasebashi (1993)
27. Kosaka Akiko – Anata (1973)
28. Hibari Misora – Kawa no Nagareru Youni (1989)
29. Ohashi Junko – Tasogare My Love (1978)
30. Yamamoto Kotaro to Weekend – Misaki Meguri (1974)

More evergreen classic Jpop tracks, the type you see oft featured on cover albums. Have a soft spot for melancholic, minor-key power ballads like Ohashi Junko (sad to hear that she was diagnosed with early-stage esophageal cancer earlier this year, hope she recovers well) and Nakamori Akina’s songs here.

31. JUDY AND MARY – Kaze ni Fukarete (1997)
32. Misia – Everything (2000)
33. Quruli – Bara no Hana (2001)
34. THE BACK HORN – Sunny (2001)
35. fra-foa – Light of sorrow (2002)
36. Noanowa – Yume no Arika (2009)
37. the pillows – That House (1998)
38. ANATAKIKOU – Fushigi na Ito (2005)
39. LOST IN TIME – Mada Furusato e wa Kaerenai (2006)
40. Swinging Popsicle – I just wanna kiss you (2004)

Another 10 songs that I’d consider to be amongst my favouritest of all times. noanowa and LOST IN TIME are 2 acts I spent a lot of time pursuing live as well – Yume no Arika is just so explosive to watch in person.

41. Sakai Masaaki – Saraba Koibito (1971)
42. Kondo Masahiko – Yuyake no Uta (1989)
43. Wada Akiko – Ano Kane o Narasu no wa Anata (1972)
44. Bread & Butter – Ano Koro no mama (1979)
45. Moriguchi Hiroko – Mizu no Hoshi e Ai o Komete (1985)
46. Anzen Chitai – Suki sa (1986)
47. Kubota Toshinobu – La La La Love Song (1996)
48. Fukuyama Masaharu – Heart (1998)
49. The Jacks – Tokei o Tomete (1968)
50. Akai Tori – Tsubasa o Kudasai (1971)

More all-time favourites. The Jacks is the one that stands out most on this one ‘cos it’s JP psychedelic-rock at its finest (not that there was a lot of that being made in the first place).

51. Every Little Thing – Time goes by (1998)
52. Fumido – Nakimushi no Uta (2005)
53. DEPAPEPE – Summer Parade (2005)
54. Lost in Time – Anata wa Ikiteiru (2004)
55. TRICERATOPS – Jewel (2004)
56. dorlis – Mabataki (2005)
57. Soutaiseiriron – Jigoku Sensei (2009)
58. Shiina Ringo – Kabukichō no Joou (1998)
59. Rin’ – Fuhen (2004)
60. ELLEGARDEN – Missing (2004)

  • It’s funny to think now that I actually discovered certain acts through watching NHK’s weekly (dead) Pop Jam show – TRICERATOPS and acoustic instrumental duo DEPAPEPE being 2 examples. Pop Jam died in 2006 & was replaced by Music Japan which in turn died in 2016. I haven’t tuned into NHK for ages now so god knows what’s replaced that now.
  • I discovered this Time Goes By (and other classics like Zard & YMO) through playing beat mania GB2 Gatcha Mix on the bloody Game Boy Color back in 2000. Somehow, I could still tell that it was a great tune despite being chiptuned beyond recognition.

61. Porno Graffitti – Saboten (2000)
62. EXILE – Your eyes only -Aimai na Boku no Katachi- (2001)
63, Hitomi – IS IT YOU? (2001)
64. Suga Shikao – 8gatsu no Serenade (2001)
65. YOSHII LOVINSON – CALL ME (2005)
66. SURFACE – Kimi no Koe de Kimi no Subete de… (1999)
67. Hysteric Blue – Haru~spring~ (1999)
68. Mr.Children – Tomorrow never knows (1994)
69. Sakamoto Ryuichi – energy flow (1999)
70. Hamasaki Ayumi – M (2000)

  • Another way I discovered Jpop hits at the turn of the century was through the MTV cable channel that would play the odd Jpop track here and there, and through watching dorama. EXILE and Hitomi’s tracks here were the themes from one of my fave doramas – Dekichatta Kekkon (Shotgun Wedding), headlined by Takenouchi Yutaka and Hirosue Ryoko
  • Hysteric Blue is one of those bands who used to be so big but whose legacy will forever be tarnished by an unsavoury scandal – in 2005, guitarist Akamatsu Naoki was jailed for 14 years, reduced to 12 upon appeal, for raping teenage girls. He’s due for release in October 2018.

71. Onsoku Line – Nagareboshi Line (2005)
72. Hirakawachi 1-chome – Hoshi kara Fuku Kaze (2004)
73. school food punishment – 04:59 (2010)
74. B’z – Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni (2000)
75. Hotaru Biyori – Ringo Ame (2010)
76. CUNE – Refrain (2002)
77. Okuda Tamio – E10 Rider (1996)
78. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Kimi to Iu Hana (2003)
79. Tsubakiya Shijuso – Koharu Biyori (2004)
80. Otsuka Ai – Daisukidayo. (2004)

  • Supposedly a rock-themed list but for some reason, Otsuka’s power ballad is tacked on at the end here.
  • I’ve written about Hirakawachi 1-chome before. The duo recently reformed for a series of gigs on the 10th anniversary year of their split and their previously-estranged mom came to see their tour finale. Elder brother Ryunosuke has remained in music all the while (he also married a single mother & they recently had their 1st child), but younger brother Naojiro’s now a personal trainer.

81. Lia – Tori no Uta (2000)
82. Supercell – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (2009)
83. Ishiwatari Junji & Sunahara Yoshinori + Yakushimaru Etsuko – Kamisama no Iu toori (2010)
84. DOES – Shuraba (2007)
85. Suneohair – Waltz (2005)
86. Galileo Galilei – Aoi Shiori (2011)
87. Chatmonchy – Shangri-la (2006)
88. Lama – Fantasy (2011)
89. FLOW – DAYS (2005)
90. SPYAIR – Samurai Heart (Some Like it Hot) (2011)

  • Anime themes list. The first 10 that came to mind when I thought of ‘anisong’ – which apart from maybe Lia & Supercell, is probably not what other people think of when they think of ‘anisong’!
  • The opening bars of Suneohair’s Waltz evokes bittersweet memories tinged with regret, as I suspect it would do for those of us who watched and were able to relate to Honey & Clover during our college/uni days.
  • Aoi Shiori reminds me of Japan – I’d quit my job & was living in Japan, doing my ‘jibun sagashi’ thing when the song was released that summer. I particularly like the line ‘Mada jikan wa bokura no mono de’ (Time is still ours to spend as we wish).

91. DREAMS COME TRUE – Asa ga Mata Kuru (1999)
92. Superfly – Ai o Komete Hanataba o (2008)
93. JUJU – I can be free (2008)
94. Nishino Kana – Tatoe donna ni… (2011)
95. Dew – Dandelion (2008)
96. Natsukawa Rimi – Nada Sousou (2001)
97. Cocco – Jukai no Ito (1999)
98. ZONE – Secret Base ~Kimi ga kureta mono~ (2001)
99. Fayray – feel (2004)
100. RUI (Shibasaki Kou) – Tsuki no Shizuku (2003)

101. Shojo Jidai – you-aholic (2011)
102. Spangle call Lilli line – Crawl (2002)
103. Supercar – Yumegiwa Last Boy (2002)
104. Nao’ymt feat. S-key-A – Okay (2008)
105. Perfume – 575 (2010)
106. Amuro Namie – COPY THAT (2009)
107. Apogee – 1,2,3 (2009)
108. Modern Conya – Namida no Ame (2003)
109. Aira Mitsuki – China Discotica (2008)
110. Sakanaction – Identity (2011)

A vague attempt at an electronic-themed list.

111. Kobukuro – Million Films (2004)
112. Sukimaswitch – Furete Mirai o (2004)
113. Sasuke – Ajisai no Uta (2004)
114. Hata Motohiro – Uroko (2007)
115. L’arc~en~ciel – Honey (1998)
116. Fujifrabric – Akakiniro no Kinmokusei (2004)
117. Kuchiroro – Hawaii (2005)
118. BUMP OF CHICKEN – Guild (2004)
119. Oda Kazumasa – Masshiro (2004)
120. The Miceteeth – Kiri no Naka (2004)

  • Guild was a song that meant a lot to me when it was first released (on the album Yggdrasil) – lyrics about being tired and feeling like there’s no point in being alive resonated within me.
  • Mentioned it before, but I don’t really listen to Fujifabric’s music any more after they chose to continue on when vocalist Shimura Masahiko died – he was the last remaining original member of the band from the indie days and I don’t recognize anything of what Fujifabric used to be.
  • The Miceteeth are my favourite J-ska group but of course, I had to pick the one song that’s most unska-like. Try Subarashii Hibi for something a little more upbeat & typical of their sound.

121. Ketsumeishi – Sakura (2005)
122. Hilcrhyme – Shunkashūtō (2009)
123. RIP SLYME – Tasogare Surround (2004)
124. Aqua Timez – Sen no Yoru o Koete (2006)
125. ORANGE RANGE – Ikenai Taiyō (2007)
126. Steady&Co. – Shunkashūtō (2001)
127. Dragon Ash – Shizuka na Hibi o Kaidan o (2000)
128. Ozawa Kenji feat. Scha dara Parr – Kon’ya wa Boogie Back (1994)
129. HOME MADE KAZOKU – Thank you!! (2005)
130. Spontania feat. Juju – Kimi no Subete ni (2008)

Mainstream hip-hop/rap songs. I had a tendency to pick them when I went for solo karaoke in Japan despite having the rapping skills of a drunk priest.

131. BONNIE PINK – Last Kiss (2004)
132. KOKIA – Arigatō… (1999)
133. Tomosaka Rie – Cappucino (1999)
134. Odani Misako – rain (1997)
135. Shibata Jun – Hoshi no Yoin (2002)
136. Le Couple – Sofa (1997)
137. Hana*Hana – Sayonara Daisuki na Hito (2000)
138. Hirosue Ryoko – Rhythm (1999)
139. I WiSH – Asu e no Tobira (2003)
140. Kiroro – Nagai Aida (1998)

  • Quite a few of my early favourite Jpop songs on this list, which in hindsight, were pretty depressing. KOKIA’s is an ode to someone who’s died, Hana*Hana’s is a breakup song, and I can’t think of many Shibata Jun songs that aren’t depressing…
  • Hirosue Ryoko ain’t a great singer (she’s an actress so…) but I spent so much time listening to her albums which I had loaded on my old Creative Jukebox Zen MP3 player, during the 4 & 1/2 hour bus rides between London Heathrow and my boarding school in Somerset. I didn’t even own a mobile phone then, fun times.
  • I didn’t learn until a lot later on that Cappucino was a Shiina Ringo-written track (which she eventually self-covered), but I still prefer Tomosaka’s version
  • I thought Last Kiss might’ve been the weirdest choice for an anime theme ever but somehow, the lyrics ended up fitting Gantz so perfectly. Odd.

141. Mr. Children – Sign (2004)
142. TUBE – Natsu Matsuri (2004)
143. Under Graph – Paradigm (2005)
144. Do As Infinity – Tooku made… (2001)
145. KUMACHI – Sayonara (2003)
146. Kuwata Keisuke – Shiroi Koibitotachi (2001)
147. LUNA SEA – I For You (1998)
148. Janne Da Arc – Gekkōka (2005)
149. Ulfuls – Waraereba (2002)
150. 19 – Ashiato (2001)

More of those ‘ultimate favourite tunes’ (I have a lot of those). DAI was one of the first Jpop/rock bands I got into, and I remember having to hunt down their CDs when I went on holiday to Singapore back in the day before Internet shopping existed.

151. Kaientai – Okuru Kotoba (1979)
152. Ogura Kei – Saraba Seishun (1971)
153. Iruka – Nagoriyuki (1975)
154. Sakamoto Kyu – Ue o Muite Arukou (1961)
155. EPO – U, Fu, Fu, Fu (1983)
156. Kai Band – Anna (1979)
157. Hamada Shogo – Midnight Flight -Hitoribocchi no Christmas Eve- (1985)
158. Matsuda Seiko – Akai Sweet Pea (1982)
159. Nakajima Miyuki/Kashiwabara Yoshie – Haru na no ni (1983)
160. Ota Hiromi – Shiawase Miman (1977)

Classics, classics, classics. I wish I had more time to discover more of them. I do get fed up with modern day artists picking the same ones over and over to cover though – I really don’t want to hear another version of Nagoriyuki tbh…

161. Moriyama Naotaro – Toki no Yukue~Jō.Haru no Sora~ (2005)
162. BEGIN – Kimi o Miteiru (2004)
163. HY – Toki o Koe (2010)
164. Atari Kosuke – Ieji (2006)
165. Koja Misako – Warabigami (1997)
166. Nakashima Mika – Sakurairo Mau Koro (2005)
167. Matsushita Nao with Gontiti – Tsuyukusa (2006)
168. Rin’ – Sakura Sakura (instrumental with shakuhachi, shamisen) (2005)
169. Oshio Kotaro – Sakura. Saku koro (2004)
170. Hitoto Yo – Morainaki (2002)

  • Songs with a traditional feel, which tend to set my tear ducts into action pretty quickly. HY’s Toki o Koe, an Okinawan-flavoured tune (backed by a modern choir!) about the sacrifices of grandparents gets me every time.
  • Koja Misako’s Warabigami may sound alien to most – it’s sung in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) though over the years the likes of Natsukawa Rimi & Hana*Hana have recorded it in standard Japanese
  • At first I thought Morainaki was partly sung in a foreign language before I realized it was just Hitoto’s version of…yodelling or something. She’s half-Taiwanese, and her life has been eventful. Her parents died early on – her father when she was a young child, and her mother when she was 16. She got entangled in a messy affair with musician/producer Kobayashi Takeshi (who was married to his My Little Lover bandmate Akko at the time) in 2007 but they split in 2013 and she’s now married to guitarist Yamaguchi Shuhei and they have a child.
  • And yes people might remember Moriyama Naotaro for dissing anisong back in 2005 or so when he wished the moe and Akiba-kei stuff would disappear (responding to seeing Negima on the charts). His songs are lovely though, and the classic Sakura was later covered by Idolmaster seiyuu! w

171. RYTHEM – Kasumizakura (2007)
172. I WiSH – Yakusoku no Hi (2004)
173. Matsumoto Eiko – Naturally Yours (2000)
174. Ganaha Mina – Tsuki no Shizuku (2006)
175. Michelle143 – Futarigurashi (2006)
176. Takei Shiori – Sakurairo (2006)
177. Hoshimura Mai – EVERY (2005)
178. Takaoka Ai – LaLaLa (2004)
179. Lyrico – Kiseki no Hana (2002)
180. Le Couple – Ichinichi no Owari ni (2000)

  • Female singers, mostly ballads. There are a lot of these types in Japan, and most are underappreciated chart-wise.
  • Lyrico now operates under her real name Tsuyuzaki Harumi. She’s a powerhouse vocalist that again, Japan can’t seem to appreciate ‘cos it ain’t cute or novel.
  • I thought Takei Shiori (signed to Giza, home of Kuraki Mai etc) had a lot of potential but it just didn’t work out for her and she retired from singing at the age of 23 when her contract ended. Now a normal salarywoman.
  • Similar story for Takaoka Ai, another Giza talent who left the company in 2009 and after 2 years at Box Corporation, went on hiatus in 2011 at age 29. Never returned to the biz since.

181. Do As Infinity – Shinjitsu no Uta (2002)
182. Tanizawa Tomofumi – Kimi ni Todoke (2009)
183. Kukikodan – Aoi Hana (2009)
184. Rie fu – Life is Like a Boat (2004)
185. Younha – Houkiboshi (2005)
186. Takahashi Hitomi – Aozora no Namida (2005)
187. YeLLOW Generation – Tobira no Mukou e (2004)
188. Linked Horizon – Guren no Yumiya (2013)
189. Jinguji Sakura & Teikoku Kagekidan – Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan (1996)
190. Kuraki Mai – Secret of My Heart (2000)

More anisong that aren’t very anisong. Except maybe Sakura Taisen, which topped my list of my 100 favourite anisong.

191. SPECIAL OTHERS – STAR (2007)
192. Bonobos – Ano Kotoba, Ano Hikari (2004)
193. organic stereo – Upon My Soul (2008)
194. Tokyo No.1 Soul Set – Naked Waltz (2005)
195. POMERANIANS – Nagareru Hoshi no Youni (2005)
196. Dry & Heavy – Dawn is Breaking (2000)
197. ACIDMAN – Sekitou (2002)
198. Sacra – Yesterday (2003)
199. Iwase Keigo – Kurikaesu wa Kuchiguse to Zaiakukan (2002)
200. THE YELLOW MONKEY – MY WINDING ROAD (1998)

Not much of a theme going on here it seems. There’s ska, post-rock, dub, plain ‘ol rock.

201. Hoover’s Ooover – Fender (2003)
202. the brilliant green – angel song -Eve no Kane- (2001)
203. YOGURT-pooh – 8gatsu no Echo (2002)
204. Tokyo60WATTS – Soto wa Samui kara (2004)
205. 100s – Honeycom.ware (2005)
206. THE LOCAL ART – Sakura (2006)
207. SPARTA LOCALS – Tokyo Ballerina (2005)
208. Scoobie Do – Parade (2004)
209. STARBOARD – Drawing (2006)
210. Straightener – Hashiru Iwa (2002)

Some of my favourite rock acts. The majority of these I got hold of through trading albums on Soulseek – I recall some of those users being very particular about who they’d allow to download their stuff so unless you had a substantial collection of your own, you’d never get access.

211. Sing Like Talking – Spirit of Love (1995)
212. Skoop on Somebody – Sha La La (2001)
213. Kirinji – Kimi no Koto dayo (2008)
214. JAY’ED – Everybody (2009)
215. Yamamoto Ryohei – Moon Sexy (2004)
216. Crazy Ken Band – Loco Loco Sunset Cruise (2005)
217. Kinmokusei – Futari no Akaboshi (2002)
218. RAG FAIR – She Side Story (2002)
219. silly – break of dawn (2004)
220. m-flo – Yours only, (2001)

Urban/r’n’b music. Not a genre I usually favour but there is always the odd track here and there that piques my interest. Most of these acts have either ceased to exist or sunk into obscurity.

221. Syrup16g – She was beautiful (2001)
222. the ARROWS – Buribura (2004)
223. Saito Kazuyoshi – Kimi wa Boku no Nani o Suki ni nattan darou (2007)
224. advantage Lucy – Kaze ni Azukete (1999)
225. Sunny Day Service – Yoru no Melody (2000)
226. Burger Nuds – Kusa no Hana (2002)
227. THE BACK HORN – Requiem (2004)
228. Kicell – Hakobune (2004)
229. té – Onore ga bun… (2005)
230. Tsushimamire – Umeumai Tanedekai (2004)

The full title of the té track is 己が分を知りて及ばざる時は速やかに止むるを『智』と言うべし。I won’t bother trying.

231. YUI – LIFE (2005)
232. Salyu – Inazuma (2010)
233. Yamamoto Sayaka – Tsukushi no Kotozute (2006)
234. My Little Lover – DESTINY (1998)
235. wyolica – Saa Ikou (2000)
236, Yaida Hitomi – Andante (2002)
237. Aikawa Nanase – Ai no Uta -Magenta Rain- (2004)
238. Fukuhara Miho – Yuki no Hikari (2008)
239. aiko – Eriashi (2003)
240. NIKIIE – Shunkashuto (2010)

241. Bridge – Pool Side Music (1994)
242. Dojima Kohei – So She, So I (2005)
243. Harco – Kimi no Kami ni Furetai (2006)
244. Instant Cytron – SEE FOR MILES (1995)
245. Flipper’s Guitar – Coffee-Milk Crazy (1989)
246. Kaji Hideki – Sibylla wa Aru hi Totsuzen ni (1998)
247. Vanilla Beans – Nicola (2008)
248. Takeshi Nakatsuka – Koi no Uta (2005)
249. Uma no Hone – Moegara (2005)
250. Monopolys – Oyatsu (2010)

Vaguely (neo) Shibuya-kei theme. This is another subset of Jpop that I couldn’t quite get into – tried hard with the genre’s main exponents ie Pizzicato Five, Cibo Matto, Cornelius, Kahimi Karie etc but they all flew over my head. Conclusion: it’s only the twee pop variety that appeals to me!

251. Sasagawa Miwa – Himawari (2005)
252. Makichang – Chigusa (2008)
253. Makiyo – Sakura Saku made (2004)
254. Garnet Crow – Last love song (2001)
255. Teshima Aoi – Tsuredure Biyori (2007)
256. Hirahara Ayaka – Smile (2004)
257. Abe Mao – 19sai no Uta (2010)
258. Uemura Kana – Milk Tea (2005)
259. Shibasaki Kou – Katachi aru mono (2004)
260. Ikimonogakari – Koisuru Otome (2006)

261. Himuro Kyosuke – MONOCHROME RAINBOW (2003)
262. BOOWY – Marionette (1987)
263. Hotei Tomoyasu – Battle Without Honor or Humanity (2003)
264. JITTERIN’ JINN – Natsu Matsuri (1990)
265. Sharan Q – 18ka-getsu (1992)
266. Anzen Chitai – Jirettai (1987)
267. Inoue Yosui – Yume no Naka e (1973)
268. THE BOOM – Chūōsen (1996)
269. Brief & Trunks – Ishiyaki Imo (2000)
270. Southern All Stars – Namida no Kiss (1992)

271. Oe Senri – Kakkowarui Furarekata (1991)
272. Rebecca – Friends (1985)
273. DEEN – Kono mama Kimi dake o Ubaisaritai (1992)
274. J-WALK – Nani mo Ienakute…Natsu (1991)
275. Kobayashi Akiko – Koi ni Ochite -Fall in Love- (1985)
276. Off Course – Sayonara (1979)
277. Koizumi Kyoko – Watashi no 16sai (1982)
278. Kome Kome Club – Kimi ga iru dake de (1992)
279. L-R – Kimi ni Niji ga Orita (1993)
280. Murashita Kozo – Hidamari (1987)

281. GRAPEVINE – Bokura nara (2003)
282. GOING UNDER GROUND – Kirari (2005)
283. Base Ball Bear – Dakishimetai (2007)
284. Koeda Riko & Ogasawara Aki [Ohara Sakurako] – Chippoke na Ai no Uta (2013)
285. Tokyo Karankaron – Spice (2015)
286. Kinoco Hotel – Yuyake ga Shitteru (2010)
287. Hamada Akiko – 22 (2003)
288. Nico Touches the Walls – Sara Rainy Day (2007)
289. Tokyo Jihen – Nodoteki 3punkan (2009)
290. CureaL – Ichigo Biyori (2010)

291. little by little – Kanashimi o Yasashisa ni (2003)
292. Ikeda Ayako – Prism (2007)
293, Makino Yui – Undine (2005)
294. Round Table feat. Nino – rainbow (2005)
295. marble – Violet (2009)
296. KOTOKO – SHOOTING STAR (2002)
297. Matsushita Moeco – Ame Agari (2001)
298. Fukuda Mai – Tenshi no Yubikiri (1998)
299. Melocure – Meguriai (2003)
300. Little Viking – FUTURE (2002)

301. Kakoi Miku – Digidigi lala (2009)
302. Ohashi Trio – We’re Waiting (2008)
303. melody. – Close Your Eyes (2006)
304. AZU – CHERISH (2008)
305. BAGDAD CAFE THE trench town – Sweet Memory (2006)
306. Youmou to Ohana – Hare nochi Hare (2009)
307. Kawamura Yuka – Yūhi ga Shizundara (2003)
308. Koda Kumi – hands (2005)
309. MINMI – Ai no Mi (2004)
310. Amuro Namie – Baby Don’t Cry (2007)

  • I discovered Kakoi Miku when she was one of the artists on the bill of a random live I attended. Very taken by her stage presence.
  • melody. is better known as Miyavi’s wife these days.
  • I will always regret not seeing more of Youmou to Ohana live – vocalist Chiba Hana passed away from breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 36, which came as a shock to me. Anime fans may recognize the duo for their song Sekai wa Odoru yo, Kimi to. that was used as the Ikoku Meiro no Croisee OP.

311. Momoiro Clover Z – Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo (2012)
312. Negoto – Mercy Lou (2009)
313. GO!GO!7188 – C7 (2001)
314. TK from Ling Tosite Sigure – unravel (2014)
315. Nirgilis – 24 Searchlight (2006)
316. can/goo – Kokoro no Uta (2004)
317. [iksi:d] – Jounetsu (2002)
318. Strawberry Jam – Kasabuta with “TANBARIN” (2002)
319. Tsubokura Yuiko – Ao no Requiem (2002)
320. Kyoko – Mirai Seiki Maruhi Club (2000)

321. Flying Kids – Boku de aru Tame ni (1996)
322. JUDY AND MARY – Sobakasu (1996)
323. Curio – Kimi ni Fureru dake de (1998)
324. Pierrot – Barairo no Sekai (2003)
325. Keno – Ohayou (2000)
326. 7!! – Bye Bye (2011)
327. The Scanty – I Love You (2002)
328. Arimachi Masahiko – Through the Night (1998)
329. Tokuyama Hidenori – FOR REAL (2000)
330. Salia – Trust (2000)

Older rock anisong.

331. W-inds. – Shiki (2004)
332. V6 – Dasenai Tegami (2001)
333. Sakuraba Yuichiro (Nagase Tomoya) – Omae yanai to Akannen (2003)
334. KinKi Kids – Jōnetsu (2001)
335. D-51 – Dreamin’ on (2004)
336. Arashi – A.RA.SHI (1999)
337. SMAP – Lion Heart (2000)
338. Breath – Kimi o Machi Tsuzuketeita (2003)
339. Hirai Ken – Hitomi o Tojite (2004)
340. Kiyokiba Shunsuke – Itsuka… (2005)

The boy-band 10, or so I tried. Was always partial to a bit of cheesy Johnny’s dancing.

341. The Folk Crusaders – Kanashikute Yarikirenai (1968)
342. Minami Saori – 17sai (1971)
343. Yuki Saori – Ikigai (1970)
344. Tulip – Seishun no Kage (1974)
345. Yamaguchi Momoe – Ii Hi Tabidachi (1978)
346. Candies – Haru Ichiban (1976)
347. Asada Miyoko – Akai Fūsen (1973)
348. Kubota Saki – Ihōjin (1979)
349. Pink Lady – S.O.S (1976)
350. Ishikawa Sayuri – Amagigoe (1986)

Some of these classics I discovered through other artists’ cover versions, like Ihojin (through Ishii Tatsuya) and Akai Fusen (through the Indigo).

351. I-lulu – Garasu no Hitomi (2006)
352. Azuma Maki – Kimi e (2003)
353. ao – Kotoba no Tokei (2005)
354. Angela Aki – Tegami ~Haikei, 15 no Kimi e~ (2008)
355. Tsuji Shion – Digital Mode (2010)
356. CORE OF SOUL – Hello Hello ~another star~ (2006)
357. Yamaguchi Yuko – believe (1999)
358. Kato Izumi – Blue (2006)
359. Okumura Hatsune – Koi, Hanabi (2007)
360. Nakamura Ataru – Tomodachi no Uta (2006)

361. Black Biscuits – Timing (1998)
362. Koyanagi Yuki – Be alive (2000)
363. MAY – Sarai no Kaze (2006)
364. Nakashima Mika – Yuki no Hana (2003)
365. LOVE PSYCHEDELICO – I will be with you (2001)
366. Okamoto Mayo – TOMORROW (1995)
367. Kayo Aiko – Hitomi no Naka no Meikyū (2003)
368. HAL – the starry sky (2001)
369. Matsu Takako – Koishihito (2001)
370. D-LOOP – Morning Mist (2004)

371. Magokoro Brothers – Dear, Summer Friend (2004)
372. Suzuki Keiichi to Moonriders – Anoko no Love Letter (1976)
373. TETSU69 – Shinkirou (2002)
374. YOUR SONG IS GOOD – Wahwah Boogie Boogie (2006)
375. LAST ALLIANCE – Akai Hana (2006)
376. TRIBAL CHAIR – brave new world (2005)
377. tobaccojuice – Triangle (2005)
378. Dirty Old Men – Kokoro no Kasa (2010)
379. roly poly rag bear – orange colored sky (2003)
380. Sambomaster – Tegami ~Kitaru beki Ongaku toshite~ (2006)

381. Kimura Yumi – Inochi no Namae (2001)
382. RIKKI – Suteki da ne (2001)
383. Inoue Azumi – Kimi o Nosete (1988)
384. Chiba Saeko – Ice Cream (2003)
385. Sakamoto Maaya – Platina (1999)
386. Okui Masami – Rondo -Revolution- (1997)
387. Okazaki Ritsuko – For Fruits Basket (2001)
388. Tamura Naomi – Yuzurenai Negai (1994)
389. Arisaka Mika – Yume o Sugite mo (1999)
390. Iwao Junko – Scarlet (2000)

391. Masayoshi Minoshima feat. Nomico – Bad Apple (2007)
392, MOSAIC.WAV – Saikyō x Keikaku (2006)
393. Team Nekokan – Airman ga Taosenai! (2007)
394. Team UD – Rambling Feather (2006)
395. ave;new Project feat. Sakakibara Yui – Sukissu Steady Kiss (2009)
396. ave;new feat Sakura Saori – Awayuki (2007)
397. Erio o Kamatte-chan – Os-Uchūjin (2011)
398. Takagaki Ayahi – Kigurumi Wakusei (2010)
399. Inoue Marina – Dokkyun Heart (2009)
400. fripSide NAO project! – Wireless Cosmic (2008)

Tagged: Denpa/annoying/meme songs. I lost all my enthusiasm for Anisama a long time ago but will never regret that random year I went & saw Nomico performing Bad Apple…8 years ago.

401. Momotsuki Gakuen 1nen D-gumi (Kadowaki Maii, Nabatame Hitomi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryoko, Matsuki Miyu) – Moonlight Love (2005)
402. Zetsubo Shojotachi (Tanii Asuka, Sanada Asami, Goto Yuko, Matsuki Miyu) – Koiji Romanesque (2008)
403. Kugimiya Rie, Horie Yui, Kitamura Eri – Orange (2009)
404. Sato Rina, Inoue Marina, Chihara Minori – Keikenchi Jōshochū (2007)
405. Akasaki Chinatsu, Tamura Mutsumi – Kill Me no Baby! (2012)
406. MAKO, Endo Aya, Makino Yui – Sora wa Shojo no Tomodachi sa (2009)
407. Sakurako K-ON Bu (Hikasa Yoko) – Don’t say “lazy” (2009)
408. Sato Rina, Kanda Akemi, Nonaka Ai, Kobayashi Yu – 1000% SPARKING (2006)
409. Goku. Rakujokai ((Sakura Ayane, Koiwai Kotori, Yamamoto Nozomi, Nanjo Yoshino, Goto Saori)) – Oato ga Yoroshikutte…yo! (2012)
410. Need Cool Quality – Kodoku Signal (2014)

Female seiyuu units for specific anime.

411. See-Saw – Tasogare no Umi (2003)
412. Shimokawa Mikuni – tomorrow (2002)
413. AKINO – Sōsei no Aquarion (2005)
414. the Indigo – Na mo Shirenu Hana (2002)
415. éf [Orikasa Fumiko] – Koi Kaze (2004)
416. Hana*Hana –Kaze no Hana (2003)
417. Bana – Shell (2002)
418. Yonekura Chihiro – FRIENDS (1999)
419. Suara – Musouka (2006)
420. Mizuki Nana – innocent starter (2004)

421. FictionJunction YUUKA – Akatsuki no Kuruma (2004)
422. Hikita Kaori – Michiyuki (2005)
423. Kalafina – Hikari no Senritsu (2010)
424. Tanaka Rie – Fields of Hope (2004)
425. Chiba Saeko – Sayonara Solitia (2004)
426. See-Saw – Yasashii Yoake (2003)
427. FictionJunction KEIKO – Kaze no Machi e (2005)
428. Makino Yui – you are my love (2005)
429. Seki Tomokazu – Shoot (2003)
430. Kuwashima Houko – Shinkai no Kodoku (2005)

This would be the Kajiura Yuki vocal tracks pick. Notably, only one of her compositions has ever been sung by a male – seiyuu Seki Tomokazu as part of the Gundam SEED charasong series (he voices Yzak Joule)

431. Chiaki Naomi – Kassai (1972)
432. Nakayama Chinatsu – Anata no Kokoro ni (1969)
433. Takeuchi Mariya – Junai Rhapsody (1994)
434. Sugar Babe – Down Town (1975)
435. Checkers – Anoko to Scandal (1985)
436. Yano Akiko – Kuma (1976)
437. Matsutoya Yumi – Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara (1974)
438. Mayuzumi Jun – Tenshi no Yūwaku (1968)
439. GARO – Chikyū wa Merry-go-round (1972)
440. Ozaki Kiyohiko – Mata Au Hi made (1971)

441. Bianco Nero – Shokichi -Jōkyo-hen- (2005)
442. Fureai – Fushigi na Hito (2001)
443. Ōhata Yūichi – Itsumo no Coffee (2004)
444. Utamaro – Kagerō (2006)
445. Keitaku – Negai (2005)
446. Fujioka Masaaki – Kirisame (2005)
447. Gentouki – Minami Hankyū (2001)
448. Okano Hironori – Lemonade (2007)
449. CANCION – ZERO (2006)
450. Hirosawa Tadashi – Niji no Tsuzuki (2007)

Male singer-songwriter acoustic ballads.

451. No Regret Life – Nishimuki (2006)
452. Aobouzu – Mabuta no Ura ni wa (2005)
453. B-Dash – Cho (2002)
454. Charcoal Filter – Kodoku na Taiyō (2001)
455. WRONG SCALE – End of Pain (2003)
456. TRICERATOPS – Bokura no Ippo (2006)
457. doa – Uzumaku Yozora (2004)
458. LOVE LOVE LOVE – Planetarium (2010)
459. ELLEGARDEN – Yubiwa (2002)
460. STRAIGHTENER – Tender (Title Version) (2005)

461. Aqua Timez – Niji (2008)
462. Def Tech – Canción de la Expansión (2006)
463. Monkey Majik + Yoshida Kyodai – Change (2007)
464. mihimaru GT – Tsuyoku Tsuyoku (2006)
465. Aoyama Thelma feat SoulJa – Soba ni iru ne (2008)
466. RSP – Kansha. (2008)
467. Kreva feat Kusano Masamune (Spitz) – Kureba ii no ni (2007)
468. GReeeeN – Kimi Omoi (2008)
469. FUNKY MONKEY BABYS – Mou Kimi ga Inai (2007)
470. SEAMO with Bennie K – A Love Story (2005)

Vaguely rap/hip-hop-themed.

471. Chihara Minori – Aoi Kotō (2008)
472. fripSide – only my railgun (2009)
473. angela – Asu e no brilliant road (2003)
474. Misato Aki – Kuchibiru Daydream (2006)
475. Inoue Marina – beautiful story (2007)
476. Ishida Yoko – White destiny (2003)
477. Maeda Aki – Minna ga Ii ne (2000)
478. Takahashi Yoko – metamorphose (2004)
479. Yokoyama Chisa – Renai no Sainou (1994)
480. Suzuki Yume – Sore demo Ashita wa Yatte kuru (1995)

I have never liked that other massive Takahashi Yoko hit; it’s just one of those songs that never failed to irritate me. Same can be said of other anisong classics like Digimon’s Butterfly, Tenchi’s Boku wa Motto Pioneer or Cowboy Bebop’s Tank!

481. Sekaiichi – Niji (2006)
482. plane – disco Mou Aenai (2008)
483. Psycho le Cemu – Omoide Aruki (2004)
484. Remioromen – Konayuki (2005)
485. Suneohair with Azumi (Wyolica) – happy end (2005)
486. Sid – Uso (2009)
487. B’z – FOREVER MINE (2004)
488. BUMP OF CHICKEN – Planetarium (2005)
489. SOPHIA – One Summer Day (2005)
490. TRIPLANE – Dear friends (2006)

491. Hanazawa Kana – Renai Circulation (2010)
492. Tainaka Sachi – Saikō no Kataomoi (2006)
493. Sphere – Moon Signal (2010)
494. Ceui – Sōai Calendula (2013)
495. KEYTALK – Ouka Ranman (2015)
496. UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – Sugar Song to Bitter Step (2015)
497. Sakamoto Maaya – Korekara (2015)
498. Ishikawa Chiaki – Prototype (2008)
499. Miyano Mamoru – Boku no Heroine (2015)
500. Hikita Kaori – Kumori Glass no Mukō (2009)

501. EXILE – Hane 1/2 (2003)
502. Sato Chikuzen – Kyō mo kimi ni koi shita (2005)
503. Koda Kumi – Come With Me (2003)
504. PUSHIM – FRESH! (2005)
505. canapecco – Teddy (2006)
506. J Soul Brothers – Fuyu Monogatari (2013)
507. Jasmine – sad to say (2009)
508. Suzuki Masayuki & Shimatani Hitomi – Futari de Iijanai (2007)
509. Santara – Taiyō (2004)
510. Sowelu – Last Forever (2004)

I used to be a massive fan of EXILE when Shun was still in the group – I never felt like Takahiro matched up with Atsushi as well as Shun did, and Hane 1/2 is the best example of why. I watched the video of that medley of songs the pair did during a reunion performance at Atsushi’s live last year and like most of the crowd (and Atsushi himself), I was in tears throughout.

511. APOGEE – Spacy Blues (2008)
512. Toddle – Hesitate to see (2005)
513. Chirinuruwowaka – Hanamuke (2005)
514. LOSTAGE – Tanemaku Hitobito (2006)
515. Oceanlane – Sign (2005)
516. detroit7 – Raymond (2005)
517. Spangle call Lilli line – rara (2010)
518. Hirama Mikio – Serifu (2005)
519. Bugy Craxone – 11gatsu (2004)
520. Tsubaki – Memai (2005)

  • Tsubaki were one of the earlier melodic Jrock bands I got into during my uni days. Sadly vocalist Isshiki Noriyasu succumbed to brain cancer in 2017, an ailment he had been suffering from since 2010.
  • Usually abhor the terrifying attempts by Japanese bands to Engrish (re: Beat Crusaders etc) but Oceanlane were different, because singer Kay Naoe is half-English.

521. Takahashi Mikako – Negai no Toki (2003)
522. Ishikawa Chiaki – Uninstall (2007)
523. Faylan – AROUSING SOUL (2009)
524. Hashimoto Miyuki – innocence (2005)
525. Chiba Saeko & Nanri Yuuka – Without you (2005)
526. Tomatsu Haruka – motto Hade ni ne! (2008)
527. Sphere – Now loading…SKY!! (2010)
528. eufonius – Bokura no Jikan (2005)
529. Ceui – Centifolia (2009)
530. Atsumi Saori – Mou sukoshi…mou sukoshi… (2003)

Another group of much-loved songs from anisong artists, seiyuu and the like. Though some of them remind me of series I’d rather forget, like Takahashi’s ending theme from L/R: Licensed by Royal, which probably ranks amongst the 10 worst anime I’ve had the displeasure of completing. Back in those days, you watched whatever was fansubbed – beggars can’t afford to be choosy.

531. Idoling!!! – Queen Bee~Shōjo no Jidai kara~ (2011)
532. Afilia Saga – Embrace Blade (2015)
533. AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie (2013)
534. BoA – LISTEN TO MY HEART (2002)
535. Dream – Kono Natsu ga Owaru Mae ni (2005)
536. Move – silent white? (2000)
537. Utada Hikaru – Automatic (1998)
538. Speed – my graduation (1998)
539. Sugawara Sayuri – Kimi ga Iru kara (2009)
540. Perfume – love the world (2008)

  • This was supposed to be a female idol-centric theme but as you can see, I ran out of selections pretty fast. Never understood Momusu or things like that 20 years ago so not much has changed there.
  • The Idoling!!! song came at the peak of the Hallyu wave in Japan and was pretty much, the most Kpop thing not made by a Kpop group. It was written by Sweetune, for one thing.
  • Koisuru Fortune Cookie is one of only two AKB48 songs I can claim to like – the other being Sugar Rush.
  • And of course BoA was my introduction to Kpop even though her style was so distinctively urban Jpop
  • Perfume’s love the world was my ringtone (on my old HTC) for a long while.

541. Horishita Sayuri – honey (2004)
542. Fairlife feat. Kishitani Kaori – Niji (2004)
543. Matsukura Saori – Choucho. (2006)
544. Hoshimura Mai – Sunao ni Narenai (2005)
545. Kanno Yoko & Kiyoura Natsumi – Obento o Tabenagara (2009)
546. Youmou to Ohana – Yureru (2008)
547. Nakano Yoshie – Soleil (2008)
548. dorlis x Toki Asako – Room 305 (2010)
549. BONNIE PINK – Water Me (2007)
550. I’s CUBE – Hane (2008)

551. Noto Mamiko – Yūgao (2004)
552. Kotobuki Minako – Hikari no Kage (2009)
553. Horie Yui – Andante (2005)
554. Ueda Kana – FLOWER IN THE DARK (2005)
555. Kuribayashi Minami – Hoshizora no Waltz (2003)
556. Ohara Sayaka – ray of light (2004)
557. Hirano Aya – Doushite… (2006)
558. Ueda Kana, Horie Yui, Tamura Yukari – Compass ~Egao no Yukue~ (2005)
559. Tamura Yukari – Hanbun (2005)
560. Kawaragi Shiho – Rin to, Rin to (2006)

Character songs-centric (do play spot the ancient forgotten series!). Somehow there ended up being quite a few Ueda Kana-featuring tracks (well, 4) in this list overall. Guess she was just the flavour of the day back then thanks to Fate/stay night etc

561. Haisuinonasa – Aru Yoru no Kokyū (2012)
562. Schroeder-Headz – Blue Bird (2014)
563. Kotringo – Konnichiwa Mata Ashita (2007)
564. Singer Songer – Shoka Rinrin (2005)
565. YUKI – Dramatic (2005)
566. Cocco – Dugong no Mieru Oka ni (2005)
567. Rurutia – Selenite (2005)
568. MAMALAID RAG – Harusame Dōchū (2002)
569. L’arc~en~ciel – Hitomi no Jūnin (2004)
570. the pillows – Ice Pick (2007)

571. Arai Akino – VOICES (1994)
572. Tane Tomoko – Love Song (1998)
573. Honda Minako – Kaze no Uta (1999)
574. Jinguji Sakura & Teikoku Kagekidan – Yume Mite Iyou (2000)
575. Kotobuki Minako – metamorphose (2010)
576. Takagaki Ayahi – LIFE (2009)
577. Toyama Nao – Koko kara Hajimaru Monogatari (2011)
578. Hayami Saori – Yume no Hate made (2017)
579. mao – Sentiment (2010)
580. Aina – Yasashii Sayonara (2005)

Hayami’s song is one of the newest songs on the list. It’s the best song Takeuchi Mariya’s written in years, that she really should’ve kept for herself.

581. Kiroro – Mirai e (1998)
582. day after tomorrow – for you (2002)
583. Mizuki Arisa – Hitomi no Chikara (2002)
584. Atsumi Saori – Ashita ni Nareba (2006)
585. Jungle Smile – Dakishimetai (2001)
586. Onitsuka Chihiro – Sign (2003)
587. Ono Mayumi – See Saw (2005)
588. Naja – 5 [Five] (2003)
589. Kiyoura Natsumi – Kaze Sagashi (2007)
590. Every Little Thing – nostalgia (2002)

591. Love Psychedelico – This is a Love Song (2002)
592. Hysteric Blue – Naze… (1999)
593. the brilliant green – There will be love there ~Ai no Aru Basho~ (1998)
594. Nishihata Saori – Hearts (2001)
595. Sleepin’ JohnnyFish – Radio Jack (2003)
596. Scudelia Electro – Sha la la (2002)
597. Kurosawa Kenichi – Pale Ale (2001)
598. Changin’ My Life – Eternal Snow (2002)
599. Shifo from UNIVERS★LD – Real (1999)
600. BUCK-TICK – Kuchizuke (2010)

601. Atari Kosuke – Natsu Yūzora (2008)
602. Moriyama Naotaro – Kachōfūgetsu (2010)
603. Nagayama Shōta – Arigatō (2006)
604. Kawaguchi Kyogo – Suiyobi no Asa (2004)
605. Kumaki Anri – Haru no Kaze (2007)
606. Kawae Minako – Shiawase (2005)
607. Ohnuki Taeko – Anata o Omou to (2001)
608. Hajime Chitose – Miyori no Mori (2007)
609. SAKURANBO – Poroporo (2005)
610. Hikawa Kiyoshi – Omokage no Miyako (2005)

Ah, I didn’t know where to tack on the one and only contemporary enka song I love…it still sticks out like a sore thumb. 

611. riya – Dianoia (2004)
612. Veil x Lia – Tazunebito (2008)
613. Duca – platonic syndrome (2009)
614. Hashimoto Miyuki – Star Drops (2007)
615. Chata – Kawari yuku Sekai no Tame ni (2006)
616. Marie – Seikōtōtei (2009)
617. Misato Aki – Montage (2004)
618. Kotera Kanako – Cry for me, cry for you (2007)
619. Murata Ayumi – Shining Star (2004)
620. KAKO – Junka (2007)

Eroge themes. I got into these through playing Stepmania to relieve the monotony of doing my uni dissertation.

621. Katakiri Rekka x Shimotsuki Haruka [MW] – Tamashii no Dōkoku (2009)
622. UR@N – refrain moon (2007)
623. eufonius – Narcissus (2005)
624. Chata – Shizai Senri~Koihime Yobite Hyakka no Ou to Nasu (2007)
625. Faylan – Gekka no Rasen (2007)
626. Ayumu – Occultics no Majo (2009)
627. Yuna – Towarebito (2006)
628. flair – Subarashii Sekai (2005)
629. Nakahara Suzuka – Remember (2006)
630. yozuca* – My wish = Only one (2010)

Mostly eroge/game themes. flair’s is a song written by Koshiro Yuzo for the Namco X Capcom game.

631. Chano – Kimi to Watashi o Tsunagu Mono (2010)
632. 40mp – Natsukoi Hanabi (2010)
633. fhána – kotonoha breakdown (2012)
634. Fullkawa Honpo (feat. Kikuchi Ryota) – Storywriter (2013)
635. Sasanomaly – Kyokankaku Obake (2015)
636. Duca – Ai no Niwa (2007)
637. Marie – Clover Heart’s (2003)
638. Yuria – Koe ga Kikoeru ~Calling You~ (2007)
639. Nana – Be_Natural (2006)
640. KAORI – Tenmu no Mai, Akatsuki no Mon (2005)

  • Mix of more eroge songs and doujin music.
  • I’d gotten into fhána through kotonoha breakdown, which featured the vocal of Naka Makiko from Tornado Tatsumaki. The EP it was taken off (New World Line) was from before the group hired towana as a fixed vocalist and went major. Not trying to be a snob or whatever but their music now doesn’t appeal to me as much – too much polish and overproduction; I prefer a more understated, stripped-down sound.
  • Storywriter is one of those songs that makes me feel depressed upon listening, even if the lyrical content isn’t particularly sad. It’s a pity Fullkawa has been in semi-hiatus mode since 2015

641. Ishii Tatsuya – River (2003)
642. SOX – B-chiku Sentai SOX (2015)
643. Onmyoza – Kōga Ninpōchō (2005)
644. GRANRODEO – Hen’ai no Rondo (2013)
645. UVERworld – D-tecnolife (2005)
646. Stereo Dive Foundation – Daisy (2013)
647. Takahashi Naozumi – Muteki na Smile (2006)
648. Ide Yasuaki – Reckless Fire (2001)
649. wyse – Kokoro no Sukima (2002)
650. Kotani Kinya – Glaring Dream (2000)

Grab bag of anime themes. Glaring Dream is from Gravitation, which represented my first taste of anything LGBT in anime.

651. 9nine – Cross Over (2010)
652. TRUSTRICK – Flying Fafnir (2015)
653. ZAQ – hopeness (2016)
654. ELISA – hikari (2008)
655. ClariS – Connect (2011)
656. Aimer – Anata ni Deawanakereba~Kasetsutōka~ (2012)
657. Kon Natsumi – Niji no Kakera (2014)
658. AKINO from bless4 – Miiro (2015)
659. Avaivartika – Sky5 (2015)
660. Origa – Mizu no Madoromi (2004)

Some of my ‘newer’ anisong favourites (apart from Origa I suppose). Though anything within the last 10 years seems ‘new’ to me….

661. tiaraway – Omoide good night (2004)
662. savage genius – Itsuka Tokeru Namida (2006)
663. Suzuki Tatsuhisa – Towayuki (2006)
664. Cell Division (Suzuki Tatsuhisa & Hatano Wataru) – Sweet Depression (2007)
665. Brace;d – Devotion (2006)
666. Tanisaki Naomi – Daisuki dayo (Into Your Heart) (2004)
667. Saegusa U-ka in db – Whenever I think of you (2002)
668. Under17 – Kujibiki Unbalance (2004)
669. Miko Twins (Kadowaki Mai & Matsuki Miyu) – just for my love (2005)
670. Makishima Yuki, Yoshikawa Yukako & Fujita Saki – Himitsu (2007)

These were all tracks that I loved when they were released, but I had not listened to for a very long time. Some not in 10 years! Really loved Sweet Depression, released back when I thought 90% of male seiyuu sang dreadfully – how times have changed.

671. More Peach Summer Snow (Noto Mamiko, Ikezawa Haruna, Saito Chiwa, Hirohashi Ryo) – Gaburingo Kajiri Tai (2005)
672. Saito Chiwa – Kami to Hairpin to Watashi (2006)
673. Kondo Takashi – Hitori Bocchi no Unmei (2007)
674. Eclipse (Tomatsu Haruka, Hayami Saori, Nakajima Megumi) – nO limiT (2009)
675. Chiba Saeko, Orikasa Fumiko, Kawasumi Ayako, Noto Mamiko – Ichigo Complete (2005)
676. Inoue Marina – Bara no Hitsugi (2006)
677. Horie Yui, Nonaka Ai, Inoue Marina, Hirano Aya, Fujita Saki – A Happy Life (2007)
678. Sphere – Hazy (2011)
679. Sasaki Nozomi – Futari no Kisetsu ga (2006)
680. Toyoguchi Megumi – Gindokei (2005)

  • More character and seiyuu unit songs.
  • More Peach Summer Snow has always been my favourite seiyuu idol unit name as it’s named after the characters: Moa + Momo(ka) + Natsu(mi) + (Ko)yuki. The lyrics also played around with those themes
  • Some songs instantly make your heart soar due to the memories they evoke and that final EP seiyuu cast’s cover of A Happy Life is one example. Manabi Straight! was truly something special to me at the time.

681. NakamuraEmi – YAMABIKO (2016)
682. haruka nakamura – Luv (sic) pt2 [acoustica] w/ Shing02 (2013)
683. amarazashi – Anomie (2011)
684. Tanimura Nao – If I’m not the one (2008)
685. REIRA starring YUNA ITO – endless story (2005)
686. Flower – Still (2011)
687. Amuro Namie – WANT ME, WANT ME (2005)
688. Yusuke – Himawari (2009)
689. Asia Engineer – Eternal Pose (2005)
690. AZU – Jikan yo Tomare (feat. SEAMO) (2008)

691. Shiggy Jr. – Summer Time Love (2015)
692. Frederic – Oddloop (2014)
693. Kimonos – Yureru (2010)
694. PLASTIC GIRL IN CLOSET — Magic Word (2012)
695. Shibuya Keiichiro feat. Ohta Rina – Sacrifice (2012)
696. Soutaiseiriron + Shibuya Keiichiro – Our Music (2010)
697. FOX CAPTURE PLAN – Shissō suru Senkō (2014)
698. la la larks – end of refrain (2014)
699. Awesome City Club – Outsider (2015)
700. TAMTAM – Enter Key (2014)

Newer indie music, though some of them have gone major.

701. Morita Koichi & Top Gallant – Seishun Jidai (1976)
702. Watanabe Machiko – Kuchibiru yo, Atsuku Kimi o Katare (1980)
703. Matsuyama Chihiro – Koi (1980)
704. The Wild Ones – Omoide no Nagisa (1966)
705. Sakakibara Ikue – Natsu no Ojōsan (1978)
706. Signal – 20sai no Meguriai (1976)
707. Ishida Ayumi – Blue Night Yokohama (1968)
708. Moriyama Ryoko – Kinjirareta Koi (1969)
709. Mori Shinichi – Minatomachi Blues (1969)
710. Pinky & Killers – Koi no Kisetsu (1969)

A few more folk and classic pop songs. Music was so innocent back then, ugly old dudes regularly appeared on TV and idols could actually sing…ah.

711. Suzuki Konomi – DAYS of DASH (2012)
712. SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki – aLIEz (2014)
713. Kitade Nana – Kesenai Tsumi (2003)
714. Taneda Risa – Wareta Ringo (2013)
715. fhána – Que Sera Sera (2013)
716. Itou Kanako – Fetishism Ark (2010)
717. Mizuhara Mai from Harajuku BJ Girls – Brand New Morning (2006)
718. binaria (Yanagi Nagi + annabel) – Kamiiro Awase (2016)
719. Suara – Hikari no Kisetsu (2006)
720. Takahashi Hitomi – Atashi no Machi, Ashita no Machi (2008)

  • Anisong tracks by female vocalists of the upbeat variety.
  • the mizuki with Sawano is from the indie band Itsue who feature somewhere else on this list
  • I was so uninterested in seiyuu at the time Shin Sekai Yori aired that I didn’t even know Taneda Risa was a seiyuu and not a singer w
  • Of course, Mizuhara Mai is now better known as the singer from GARNiDELiA.

721. Nishiwaki Yui – Kimi ga Iru kara… (1998)
722. Kasahara Hiroko – Condition Green~Kinkyū Hasshin~ (1990)
723. Iwasaki Hiromi – Touch (1985)
724. Maekawa Yoko – Cutie Honey (1973)
725. Hashimoto Ushio – Kokoro no Tobira (1985)
726. Terada Keiko – Thank you, love (1996)
727. TOM CAT – LOVE SONG (1985)
728. Matsuzawa Yumi – Asu no Egao no Tame ni (2000)
729. MIO – Mieru Darō Byston Well (1983)
730. Moriguchi Hiroko – ETERNAL WIND ~Hohoemi Hikaru Kaze no Naka~ (1991)

Anisong classics! Maybe it’s a stretch to call the Gate Keepers OP a classic when it’s only 18 years old…

731. whoo – Diary (feat Kakin) (2013)
732. Honeyworks – Boku ga Namae o Yobu Hi (feat. Gumi) (2015)
733. Honeyworks – Tokyo Summer Session feat. CHiCO (2015)
734. Mimimeme MIMI – Tentekomai (2015)
735. Absolute Castaway (Nakae Mitsuki) – Konpeitō Retrochika (2014)
736. H△G – Hoshimiru Koro o Sugite mo (2012)
737. Kano – Ima o Kakeru Shojo (2016)
738. Mili – Ikutoshitsuki (2017)
739. Shimotsuki Haruka & Nakae Mitsuki – mirage (2015)
740. yuxuki waga (s10rw) – Ashita e feat. towana (2012)

Doujin & utaite.

741. Field of View – Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku (1996)
742. Kids Alive – Bokura no Bōken (2001)
743. Sakai Mikio – Wonderful Life (2003)
744. Luck Life – Namae o Yobu yo (2016)
745. VELTPUNCH – Crawl (2008)
746. Vivian or Kazuma – Moment (2003)
747. SIAM SHADE – Life (2001)
748. Base Ball Bear – changes (2008)
749. ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Rewrite (2004)
750. II MIX DELTA – Toki o Koete (2007)

Mixed bag of rock-oriented anisong with the exception of the SIAM SHADE that got tacked on to follow-up lead singer Kazuma’s collab with Taiwanese talent Vivian Hsu for Gundam Seed.

751. Kamaboiler – Asa (2005)
752.Super Butter Dog – Sayonara COLOR (2005)
753. Thoroughblend – Yūgure Densha (2005)
754. Nakada Yuji – Shunrai (2012)
755. Merengue – Kimi ni Haru o Omou (2005)
756. redballoon – Ano Hi no Gogo (2005)
757. TRICERATOPS with May J – Startin’ Lovin’ (2010)
758. Quruli – Mahou no Jūtan (2010)
759. Spitz – Masayume (2004)
760. Yura Yura Teikoku – Machibito (2001)

761. Oku Hanako – Yasashii Hito (2006)
762. aiko – Koi no Super Ball (2011)
763. Yukawa Shione – Midori no Arch (2005)
764. Shono Juli – Kagerou (2005)
765. Shiina Ringo – Gips (2000)
766. suitcase rhodes – Shiroi Hanabira (2002)
767. tommy february6 – Lonely in Gorgeous (2005)
768. Chocolat & Akito – Tobira (2012)
769. Stereopony – Namida no Mukō (2009)
770. Dew – Night Wind (2007)

771. Makihara Noiryuki – Boku ga Ichiban Hoshikatta Mono (2004)
772. Bebechio – Namidabashi (2003)
773. Omori Yohei – Glider (1999)
774. Natural Punch Drunker – Shiori (2005)
775. haru x Daniel Powter – Find My Way (2008)
776. GACKT – Kimi ni Aitakute (2005)
777. HYDE – evergreen (2001)
778. Thmlues – Chinmoku no Kotoba (2005)
779. Suemitsu & the Suemith – Allegro Cantabile (2007)
780. Something ELse – Natsu Uta (2004)

781. Omigawa Chiaki – Hatch (2011)
782. Hanazawa Kana – Kokoro no Madobe ni te (2010)
783. Toyoguchi Megumi – Daigyakuten Kiss (2005)
784. Ohara Sayaka – flower in your heart (2006)
785. Nakajima Megumi – Tooku Kimi e (2011)
786. Hirohashi Ryo, Toyoguchi Megumi, Kojima Sachiko, Kuwashima Houko, Satou Rina – BAMBOO BEAT (2006)
787. Mineral Miracle Muse (Tomatsu Haruka, M.A.O, Yamazaki Erii) – Date Time (2013)
788. Koshimizu Ami, Sato Rina, Takahashi Mikako, Ueda Kana, Nazuka Kaori – Koisoku Jet (2007)
789. Toyosaki Aki, Mizuhara Kaoru, Kugimiya Rie – Kimi e to Tsunagu Kokoro (2009)
790. Ito Shizuka (with Yahagi Sayuri, Nakao Eri, Asano Masumi) – Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi-iro! (2009)

More seiyuu unit/chara songs. It used to be that they’d hire seiyuu for their acting first and be darned if they could sing or not but nowadays, it seems to be the other way around.

791. Kikkawa You – Kikkake wa YOU! (2011)
792. Kariya Seira – Colorful World (2016)
793. Yoshizawa Kayoko – Monogatari wa Kyō Hajimaru no (feat. Sambomaster) (2016)
794. Hyadain – Choose me feat. Sasaki Sayaka (2011)
795. Nanba Shiho – Kami o kiru 8tsu no Riyū. (2012)
796. Akira Kosemura – Hajimari no Kioku (feat. Yanagi Nagi) (2016)
797. Tenkousei – Tokyo City (2012)
798. Hanae – Kamisama Hajimemashita (2012)
799. Nomiya Maki loves m-flo – Big Bang Romance (2005)
800. Nisshoku Natsuko – Coelacanth (2011)

801. Jyukai – Koibito Dōshi (2006)
802. CooRie – Sonzai (2003)
803. Tateishi Rei – Tomodachi (2004)
804. Shela – Let me be with you (2003)
805. Snow – Sakasama no Chō (2006)
806. Yuumao – Sweet Home Song (2006)
807. Yanagi Nagi – Aqua Terrarium (2013)
808. Shimokawa Mikuni – Minamikaze (2005)
809. Sawai Miku – Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta. (2014)
810. Yato Yuria – Sayonara (2002)

811. Baba Toshihide – Kyō mo Kimi ga Suki (2005)
812. Utamaro – Itsuka wa Waratte Utaeru Kanashii Uta (2006)
813. Yamashita Tatsuro – FOREVER MINE (2004)
814. Hamada Shogo – Kimi ni Sasageru Love Song (2003)
815. Higuchi Ryoichi – 1/6 no Yume Tabibito 2002 (2002)
816. Hirosawa Tadashi x Oshio Kotaro – Baby, it’s time (2008)
817. Kobukuro – Towa ni Tomo ni (2004)
818. Suga Shikao – Gogo no Parade (2006)
819. Sukima Switch – Zenryoku Shonen (2005)
820. Ōhata Yūichi – Toki ga Tateba (2008)

821. Every Little Thing – fragile (2001)
822. mawari – Ichigo Milk (2000)
823. the Indigo – SHE SAID (2001)
824. DREAMS COME TRUE – Osaka LOVER (2007)
825. Alan – Ashita e no Sanka (2007)
826. Callin’ – Futari de (2006)
827. Itou Kanako – Sign (2005)
828. marhy – Hitomi no Tobira (2002)
829. Shiratori Maika – Aitai (2007)
830. Yusa Mimori – Cocoa (2000)

831. Sakamoto Maaya – Hemisphere (2002)
832. Kawada Mami – Hishoku no Sora (2005)
833. kukui – Concordia (2007)
834. Oshima Hiroyuki feat. Katakiri Rekka – why, or why not (2006)
835. annabel – Yoru no Kuni (2015)
836. Aimer x Chelly – ninelie (2016)
837. Shiraishi Ryoko – Kirari Futari (2009)
838. Saneyoshi Isako – Kaerimichi (2005)
839. Inoue Kikuko – jewelry (2005)
840. Yamamoto Maria – snow flower (2001)

841. Takahashi Hiroki – Chichi o Moge! More Moge version (2003)
842. G.addict (Kaji Yuki, Abe Atsushi, Terashima Takuma, Horie Kazuma) – signal (2009)
843. Sugiyama Noriaki – Pub’tte GO! (2009)
844. Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi – Matsuge ni LOCK (2015)
845. Kirii Daisuke – Itsumo Soba ni (2006)
846. Suzuki Tatsuhisa & Takagaki Ayahi – Onigokko Rhapsody (2011)
847. Yasumoto Hiroki & Inoue Marina – Wagahai wa Shugoju de aru, ka? (2008)
848. Ono Daisuke, Chihara Minori – Curry no Uta (2009)
849. KENN – Dokuritsu Doppo (2016)
850. Seki Tomokazu, Miyata Kouki, Takahashi Naozumi – Haruka, Kimi no Moto e.. (2004)

Anisong chara singles featuring guys. Chichi o Moge is my favourite song to piss people off with at karaoke!

851. the pillows – TRIP DANCER (1996)
852. Bump of Chicken – Hybrid Rainbow (2004)
853. the band apart – Circles and Lines (2006)
854. Ling Tosite Sigure – Shandy (2010)
855. Husking Bee – Balance Yohō (2002)
856. Bacon – Butterfly (2005)
857. Suck a Stew Dry – Kasa (2012)
858. WINO – New Dawn F (2001)
859. Asai Kenichi – Kiken Sugiru (2006)
860. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Absolute Ego Dance (1979)

861. rino — Yami ni Yureru Hidamari (2006)
862. Okazaki Ritsuko – Mamoritai Hito ga Ite (2003)
863. CooRie – Yami ni Saku Hoshi no Youni (2009)
864. Iwao Junko – Yoru no Uta (1999)
865. Neriki Ryosuke – Bitter Fruits (2001)
866. Konishi Katsuyuki – REAL (2007)
867. Kitamura Eri – Rasen (2007)
868. Tomatsu Haruka – Izanai no Uta (2010)
869. yozuca* – Kirameku (2006)
870. Saito Chiwa – staple stable (2009)

Anime character, image songs, ED songs + a game theme (the Tomatsu one from Tokyo Mono Hara Shi)

871. Hora (Shibata) – Lee Dae Ho (2012)
872. Uchu Conbini – Compass (2013)
873. Kitasono Minami – Contrition (2015)
874. Ling Tosite Sigure Pierre Nakano – Animus (feat. Origa) (2014)
875. Hasunuma Shuta – Kiten (2016)
876. Akai Kouen – NOW ON RADIO (2014)
877. ayU tokiO – Koisuru Danchi (2014)
878. Towa Tei – Apple (feat Sheena Ringo) (2013)
879. Itsue – Umi e Kaeru (2012)
880. number0 – AO (2012)

Indie bands, weird music.

881. Mitsu – Acerola (2012)
882. FREENOTE – Hello Goodbye (2008)
883. nano.RIPE – Patricia (2010)
884. Hearts Grow – Kasanaru Kage (2008)
885. margarets hope* – sunny day (2003)
886. risette – Parasol (2008)
887. Zboned Zubon – Koi Zansho (2005)
888. Nichika – Atarashii Mizu (2008)
889. Abe Fuyumi – trip -Uchi e Kaero- (2008)
890. ROCO – Patchwork Lady (2009)

891. Kuroda Michihiro – Shinkyō Ranka (2005)
892. ACID BLACK CHERRY – Yes (2012)
893. LUNKHEAD – Hakudaku (2004)
894. Otona Mode – Doko ka Tooku e (2006)
895. Yum!Yum!Orange – Precious Days (2005)
896. The Rodeo Carburettor – Speed of Flow (2008)
897. 9mm Parabellum Bullet – Caucasus (2006)
898. Ono Kiyofumi – 100 Mile (2006)
899. Okuda Tamio – Sasurai (1998)
900. Sakura Merry Men – River (2006)

901. Akeboshi – Peruna (2006)
902. Yamazaki Masayoshi – Zenbu, Kimi datta. (2003)
903. Kumagai Hisatake – Pride (2007)
904. Gomes the Hitman – Jitensha de Oikoshita Kisetsu (2000)
905. Oshiba Hiroki – Nijiiro (2006)
906. Peridots – Rōdō (2006)
907. suzumoku – Tekitō ni Tōmei na Sekai (2008)
908. Gentouki – Suteki na, Ano Hito (2003)
909. Sasuke – Sotsugyō no Hi (2006)
910. Lambsey – Kimi Matsu (2006)

911. BAAD – Kimi ga Suki da to Sakebitai (1993)
912. TIMESLIP-RENDEZVOUS – Ushinawareta Aozora (1999)
913. dream – Get Over (2001)
914. Iijima Mari – Ai.Oboeteimasuka (1984)
915. Takahashi Hiro – Taiyō wa Mata Kagayaku Toki (1994)
916. Arai Masato – Anime ja nai~Yume o Wasureta Furui Chikyūjin yo (1986)
917. Sasaki Isao – Uchū Senkan Yamato (1974)
918. Kohiruimaki Kahoru – City Hunter ~Ai yo Kienaide~ (1987)
919. Kuwashima Houko – Toki Hanate! (1999)
920. Tsuji Ayano – Kaze ni Naru (acoustic version) (2002)

921. Hirano Aya – God knows… (2006)
922. Kuwatani Natsuko – COOL EDITION (2006)
923. Ono Daisuke – “Tsumaranai Hanashi desu yo” to Boku wa Iu (2009)
924. Suzumura Kenichi – Sorekara (2006)
925. Nonaka Ai & Koshimizu Ami – Harmonies* (2006)
926. Nogawa Sakura – Sokujin no Pandora (2009)
927. Nabatame Hitomi – crescent love ~Tsuki no Namida~ (2006)
928. Atena (Toyoguchi Megumi, Kugimiya Rie, Noto Mamiko) – 0 or ∞ -Love or Unlimited- (2004)
929. Sanada Asami – Winter Garden (2006)
930. Kikuchi Mika & Koshimizu Ami – Otome wa Do My Best deshō? (2005)

931. Arisaka Mika – Getsumei Fūkei (slow version) (2002)
932. ClariS – Hirahira Hirara (2016)
933. Kalafina – fairytale (2008)
934. Shimizu Risa – Promised Land (2015)
935. Miyamoto Shunichi – Michishirube (2003)
936. Makino Yui – Towa no Omoi (2005)
937. Yasuno Kiyono – Chiisana Hitotsubu (2017)
938. Mieno Hitomi – Dearest (2001)
939. Uchida Maaya – Mivv Dream (2016)
940. TRUE – From (2017)

941. Mizuki Nana – POWER GATE (2002)
942. Tomatsu Haruka – Nanairo Michishirube (2010)
943. Iizuka Mayumi – Sincerely (2008)
944. Okui Masami – Olive (2005)
945. Tamura Yukari – Dōwa Meikyū (2006)
946. JAM PROJECT feat Okui Masami – Little Wing (2003)
947. Park Romi – Naked flower (2007)
948. Shintani Ryoko – CANDY POP SWEET HEART (2006)
949. Tange Sakura – Chura Uta (2005)
950. Sakuma Kumi, Sendai Eri, Ueda Kana, Tsuji Ayumi – My Friend (2005)

951. Yun*chi – Wonderful Wonder World* (2014)
952. Wagakki Band – Senbonzakura (2014)
953. Taguchi Shoichi & annabel – Tōmei Answer (2015)
954. Sangatsu no Phantasia – Hana ni Yūkei (2016)
955. Omokage Lucky Hole – Atashi Dake ni Kakete (2009)
956. DAOKO x Okamura Yasuyuki – Step-Up Love (2017)
957. Q-MHZ – ‘Gomen ne’ no Cinderella (feat. Suzuki Konomi) (2016)
958. Brian the Sun – Maybe (2016)
959. angela – Sidonia (2014)
960. ONE III NOTES – Shadow and Truth (2017)

961. Yousei Teikoku – Shijun no Zankoku (2007)
962. Minagawa Junko – TRUTH (2004)
963. Sakakibara Yui – Till I can see you again (2007)
964. Nabatame Hitomi – amaranth (2006)
965. Kuribayashi Minami – Crystal Energy (2006)
966. Nakahara Mai – Konoha Biyori (2004)
967. Shimomiya Eiko – Higurashi no Naku koro ni (2006)
968. Horie Yui – Romantic Flight (2003)
969. Seto Asami – Akanezora (2013)
970. Chisuga Haruka – Momoiro Symphony (2014)

971. Fujiki Naohito – Wonderful Days (2002)
972. Tamaki Hiroshi – Seasons (2004)
973. Fukuyama Masaharu – Squall (1999)
974. Ozaki Yutaka – OH MY LITTLE GIRL (1983)
975. Oda Kazumasa – Shizuka na Basho (2005)
976. Beautiful Humming Bird – Itsuka Watashi wa (2006)
977. Nanbatatin – Zurezure Knee Socks (2014)
978. Nishiuchi Mariya – Mō Ichido (2015)
979. Leola – I & I (2016)
980. Hirai Ken – Ookina Furudokei (2002)

981. Hayashibara Megumi & Okui Masami – KUJIKENAIKARA! (1995)
982. Sasaki Yuko – Pure Snow (1999)
983. Koizumi Kyohei – Chance (2000)
984. Iwao Junko – Moshimo Koibito ga Uchūjin nara (1995)
985. Tanaka Rie & Higasayama Tsugumi – Say Over (2002)
986. Yonekura Chihiro – Winter Wish (2001)
987. Sugai Eri – Silent Wind (2001)
988. Ashihara Miki from LITTLE VOICE – Prism (2002)
989. Miura Reiko – CONFIDENCE (2004)
990. Arai Akino – Sakasama no Niji (2002)

I deliberately compiled a lot of my favourite anisong towards the end of the list overall because it reflects the fact that the ‘genre’ represents a large chunk of what I listen to in present day

991. Pirokalpin – Michi e no Dōkei (2012)
992. Kominami Yasuha – Trash (2012)
993. yucat – Bōsō Machine (2012)
994. Urban Garde – Moeteruyo (feat. Paspo) (2012)
995. Callin’ – Furui Kutsu ni Shimitsuita Komoriuta (2012)
996. Sayonara Ponytail – Natalie (2011)
997. CreepHyp – Aini (2016)
998. Lamp in Terren – Innocence (2016)
999. keeno – fix feat. Lasah (2016)
1000. MAGIC OF LiFE – Double (2016)

2017: English Tracks

This is where the bulk of my listening went in 2017 – Youtube & Spotify rule, the album format is dead. Who’s got time to sit down for an hour to listen to a record? (my 1997 self would kill the me of 2017)

  • I’d been using my old iPhone 6 as a glorified iPod for most of the last 2 years and it finally died a couple of weeks ago so I bought an iPod Touch – my first since my Ipod (classic) 5th gen from 2005/6.
  • Headphones are unfortunately a no-go for me as I discovered when I got a Bluedio HT Bluetooth Wireless – they’re just incredibly uncomfortable & I’ve got skin issues so covering my ears up for sustained periods is not ideal. Earbuds are the only way to go for me & I currently rotate between 4 pairs depending whether I’m on the go or sat at home/in the office: Sennheiser CX 300-II, Creative EP-630, Xiaomi Mi Piston V4 Hybrids and Panasonic RP-HJE125 are what I’m using now. I tend to break a lot of these so I prioritize 1) price 2) fit 3) noise-isolation 4) bass boost in that order.
  • Genre-wise I remain all over the place but still comfortably mainstream – indie rock, electropop, soul/funk, EDM, acoustic folk, chill/ambient, country and contemporary Christian music are all represented on this list.
  • I honestly don’t follow or look out for any one artist in particular – it’s always about the songs for me. I mean, I’ve been listening to Freaky Friday a lot these past 6 months *sweatdrop*

PS please don’t mention Bodak Yellow, Passionfruit or Despacito.

1/Foster the People – Sit Next to Me
‘Feelin’ kinda tilted and I’m pourin’ out the truth’

2/Kehlani – Honey
‘I like my women like I like my money – green, a little jealous’

3/Kasabian – You’re In Love With a Psycho
“You got me walkin’ circles like a dog on a leash”

4/COIN – Boyfriend
“I don’t wanna be your boyfriend when you need a little company”

5/Capital Cities – Swimming Pool Summer
“Her eyes are laser-beaming me, Suspending all reality”

6/Charlotte Lawrence – Sleep Talking
‘Tellin’ me you’re different, but you’re just like the rest’

7/Cashmere Cat – Quit (feat. Ariana Grande)
‘We’ll fuck the pain away’

8/3LAU – Star Crossed
‘Don’t tell me that it feels like love’

9/Callum Beattie – We Are Stars
‘But something tells me you’re not quite lost without me’

10/Fickle Friends – Glue
‘Let’s stop being public, I guess we should get a room’

11/The Go! Team – Mayday
[instrumental]

12/Billie Eilish – idontwannabeyouanymore
“If teardrops could be bottled, there’d be swimming pools filled by models”

13/MercyMe – Even If
‘Oh give me the strength to be able to sing “It is well with my soul”’

14/Danielle Bradbery – Sway
‘No there ain’t nothing wrong when a song comes on that makes you wanna Sway’

15/Sheppard – Edge of the Night
‘Watching the weekend creeping closer into view, Eye of the Tiger on the highway home to you’

16/Before You Exit, Great Good Fine OK – Find Yourself
‘So don’t let someone find you until you find yourself’

17/Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Someone to Stay
“Can you keep me close, can you love me most?”

18/Dean Lewis – Need You Now
‘There’s broken bottles around me like a technicoloured hue’

19/Ruth B. – If This Is Love
“If this is love, why does it break me down, why do you break me down?”

20/Lecrae – I’ll Find You (feat. Tori Kelly)
“But when that ocean of doubt comes, don’t let me drown in my sorrow”

21/Charlie Puth – Attention
“You just want attention, you don’t want my heart”
[I actually like Puth’s latest album…God. I must be going soft…]

22/Katie Perry – Chained to the Rhythm
“Are we tone deaf? Keep sweepin’ it under the mat, thought we could do better than that”

23/Calvin Harris – Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)
“Starin’ at my diamonds while I’m hoppin’ out a spaceship, need your information, take vacation to Malaysia”

24/Felix Snow – Evening Buffalo
[instrumental]

25/Coast Modern – Dive
“So take my hand, let’s take a dive. Don’t hold your breath, we’re jumping in, dipping in the pool of life”

26/Phillip Phillips – Miles
‘Right now I need an escape from this gravity that holds me down’

27/Kiiara – Wishlist
“I’ve been riding shotgun in the silence, I love the taste of fear and Tanqueray”

28/Zara Larsson – One Mississippi
“We head for disaster, but live for the danger”

29/Sam Feldt X Lush & Simon feat. INNA – Fade Away
“I know it won’t stop if we turn the love up”

30/Joan – Love Somebody Like You
“I’m feeling emotion I wonder if you’re feeling it too”

31/French Montana – Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee)
“It’s not gonna work for you, nobody can equal me”

32/Sasha Sloan – Runaway
“Every time I fall in love, I go and fuck it up right when it gets good”

33/Empire of the Sun – On Our Way Home
“True hearts will wipe away every tear from your eyes, there should be no more without the pain”

34/Parcels – Overnight
‘I will stand, for I’ve won again’
[produced by Daft Punk!!!!]

35/Sufjan Stevens – Mystery Of Love
“How much sorrow can I take? Blackbird on my shoulder”
[never thought I’d live to see the day Sufjan performs at the Oscars….backed by St Vincent, Moses Sumney & Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile no less]

36/The Night Game – The Outfield
“I’m getting closer, but I’m still so far away. You got me standing in the outfield”

37/VÉRITÉ – When You’re Gone
“I don’t mind you leaving when the damage is done. And I don’t mind, I feel the same when you’re gone”

38/PVRIS – What’s Wrong
“Don’t need you to tell me I’m so cynical, quit being so over-skeptical, don’t need a metaphor for you to know I’m miserable”

39/Jacob Lee – Breadcrumbs
“Haven’t seen you in a little while, and I get a bit lonely”

40/The Vamps & Maggie Lindeman – Personal
“Girl don’t take it personal, but personally I think you’d be better with somebody like me”

41/NIIA – Nobody
‘Bruise me like a heartache, drink me like a milkshake’

42/Fall Out Boy – Champion
“If I can live through this, I can do anything”
[also never thought I’d live to a day where I find myself liking a Fall Out Boy song]

43/Jorja Smith – Fine Lines
“Wait, my train won’t leave for a minute, no connection delays my departure from you”

44/The xx – On Hold
“When and where did we go cold?”

45/Cheat Codes & CADE – Stay With You
“If you wanna do drugs, come through, through, through”

46/Tei Shi – Say You Do
“No, I never wanna say to you what I keep inside, cause when I think about it, you don’t know me like you say you do”

47/St. Vincent – Los Ageless
“How can anybody have you, how can anybody have you and lose you, how can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind too?”

48/EXES – Cain
“Been about a year since I found myself in London, living in your memory, revisiting our history”

49/Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – So Close
‘There’s no safety in desire, preserving life is as good as dying’

50/Hedley – Obsession
‘Can you take me to the dark side? And show me what it feels like’

2017: Lists

As promised, bullet lists of my 2017 listening.

10 Korean albums

1. Epik High – We’ve Done Something Wonderful
2. IU – Palette
3. Zitten – Uni-verse
4. Red Velvet – The Red Summer
5. Glen Check – The Glen Check Experience
6. Dear Cloud – My Dear, My Lover
7. Oh Hee Jung – Short Film
8. Jonghyun – The Collection ‘Story Op.2’
9. No Reply – Beautiful
10. Fromm – REVE

10 Japanese albums

1. Luck Life – Life is Beautiful
2. la la larks – Culture Vulture
3. toconoma – Newtown
4. Evening cinema – A True Romance
5. Jyocho – Aoi Ie de Bokura Kurasu
6. Yogee New Waves – New Waves
7. Shinrizumu – Have Fun
8. Awesome City Club – Awesome City Tracks 4
9. Yoshizawa Kayoko – Yaneura Ju
10. She Is Summer – Water

15 Jpop tracks

1. Kamisama, Boku wa Kizuiteshimatta – CQCQ
2. Doughnuts Hole – Otona no Okite
3. Beverly – I Need Your Love
4. Half time Old – Outfocus
5. ShuukaRen – Love Your LIFE
6. Perfume – If you wanna
7. MAGIC OF LiFE – Senkō Hanabi
8. Nishino Kana – Girls
9. REOL – Endless Line
10. Ryokuoshakai – Mata ne
11. E-Girls – Kitakaze to Taiyō
12. Ling Tosite Sigure – DIE meets HARD
13. Che’Nelle – Destiny
14. Mili – Ikutoshitsuki
15. Silent Siren – Love Balloon

10 Anisong albums

1/ Yonezu Kenshi – BOOTLEG
2/ Annabel – Nylon Town
3/ binaria – Tsuzuri
4/ Sana –Hush a by little girl
5/ Aoi Shota – Zero
6/ Yorushika – Natsukusa ga Jama wo Suru
7/ Nishizawa Shiena – Break Your Fate
8/ Yasuno Kiyono – Namida.
9/ Sphere – ISM
10/ Tamura Yukari – Princess Limited

10 Anime Soundtracks

1. Hashimoto Yukari – 3gatsu no Lion
2. Hayashi Yūki – Ballroom e Yokoso
3. Kajiura Yuki – Princess Principal
4. Iga Takurō – Tsuki ga Kirei
5. Suehiro Kenichirō – Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō
6. Kevin Penkin – Made in Abyss
7. Ushio Kensuke – Devilman Crybaby
8. Evan Call – Jikan no Shihaisha
9. Ōshima Michiru – Haikara-san ga Tooru Pt.1
10. Yokoyama Masaru – Kabukibu!

20 Anisong themes

1. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi (Fireworks theme song)
2. DAOKO x Okumura Yasuyuki – Step-Up Love (Kekkai Sensen & Beyond ED)
3. Yonezu Kenshi – Peace Sign (Boku no Hero Academia S2 OP)
4. Hayami Saori – Yume no Hate made (Haikara-san ga Tooru theme song)
5. ONE III NOTES – Shadow and Truth (ACCA13 OP)
6. GRANRODEO – move on! Ibara Michi (Saiyuki Reload Blast OP)
7. ORESAMA – Trip Trip Trip (Mahoujin Guruguru OP1)
8. ZAQ – Last Proof (Trinity Seven movie theme)
9. WEAVER – Dakara Boku wa Boku o Tebanasu (Sagrada Reset OP2)
10. Nakajima Megumi – Saturday Night Question (Net-jū no Susume OP)
11. angela – Zenryoku Summer! (Aho Girl OP)
12. SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle & Gemie – gravityWall (Re:Creators OP1)
13. Kanda Sayaka – Ubiquitous dB (Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale IN)
14. Flower – Taiyō no Elegy (Shōkoku no Altair ED1)
15. YURiKA – Kyōmen no Namida (Hōseki no Kuni OP)
16. Luna Haruna – KIRAMEKI Lifeline (Urahara ED)
17. Isobe Karin, Yoshino Yuna, Lynn – behind (Just Because! ED)
18. Yasuno Kiyono – Chiisana Hitotsubu (Isekai Shokudō ED)
19. Aimer – Hana no Uta (Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower ED)
20. Luck Life – Refrain (Saiyuki Reload Blast ED)

10 Other Ani(artist) songs, charasongs, mixed-media, games, c/w tracks etc

01. Saito Soma – Yoake wa Mada
02. Kokia – Nostalgia [Yūkyū no Tierblade Fragments of Memory OP]
03. Kokia – Kimi ga Iru kara Tsuyoku nareru yo [Yūkyū no Tierblade Fragments of Memory ED]
04. Masuda Toshiki – iNiTiaTiVe [Dear Vocalist]
05. Taichi Yō – Under the Moonlight [Princess Principal charasong]
06. Kalafina – Tonbo [Hyakka Ryōran c/w]
07. Tomatsu Haruka – Anata no Shiawase ni Watashi ga nareru nara [Uchōten Traveler c/w]
08. Inoue Marina – Far Away [Shingeki no Kyojin charasong – Armin Arlert]
09. fhána – Que Sera Sera ~Pontochō ver~ [Moon River c/w]
10. Uchida Maaya – c.o.s.m.o.s

The English stuff gets its own post, up next.

radio silence

9 months without a post, that’s a record I’d rather not have had. In my defense, I had written up a bulk of the year-end posts by mid-December but Jonghyun’s suicide hit me for six and I didn’t have it in me to finish them off.

・I will post the lists shortly though. I have been looking through my year-end best of lists and rediscovered songs and albums long forgotten; it’s fairly alarming that I once claimed them as my ‘favourites’ but a mere 3-4 years on, they leave the barest of imprints on my memory. I need them lists to remind myself of the past in the future (do I make sense?)

・That brings up the theme of my 2018 – (Re)discovery. Apart from continuing to slowly rip digital copies of my CDs, I’ve actually spent a few months trawling through my Japanese music archives, unzipping albums I downloaded a decade ago but never even got around to listening to. My teens & 20s were spent chasing the latest trends in an attempt to be one of those cool music kids but I don’t have the time or interest in doing that any more now that I’m in my mid-30s.

・One of my iPod playlists is titled ‘1000 Japanese tracks that influenced my listening’. I haven’t actually finished populating that particular list yet (about 600 tracks deep in at the moment) but perhaps I’ll post that list here…someday.


・Looking at my charts for the past 6 months it appears I have been listening to stuff recommended by Youtube and Spotify as well as the usual selection of anime theme songs. Albums are a relic of the past now and that’s fine by me – it’s all about the quick consumption nowadays; the streaming services, the music videos. I certainly don’t miss the crappy filler that padded up otherwise half-decent albums (for some reason, this particular track by James is what immediately comes to mind when I think of album filler) and I can just press SKIP whenever I hear something that’s not aurally pleasing.

・The only artist I’ve really picked up on this year is NakamuraEmi, whose song Kakatte koi yo is the ending theme song for the 50th anniversary Ashita no Joe project anime, Megalo Box. She’s a hard-hitting singer-cum-rapper who only made her major debut in 2015 through Nippon Colombia and is the first female soloist from Office Augusta in 14 years since Hajime Chitose. It’s taken quite a long time for her to get a break – she’s 36 this year and had been active since the late 00s as a conventional pop singer but it wasn’t until 2011 that Nakamura reinvented herself after discovering reggae, jazz and hip-hop and started incorporating those styles into her writing. Check out YAMABIKO, one of my fave tracks.

10cm – 4.0

I was jittery approaching the release of 4.0. Perhaps it is the 3-year gap between this record and the previous one (helpfully titled 3.0) that increases the anxiety, though there were a couple of placeholder songs [3.1 & 3.2 EPs] to tide us over. Is it writer’s block? Maybe even a drastic change in direction? Added to that was the departure of the not-so-well-known half of the group, guitarist Yoon Cheol Jong in July, ostensibly for ‘health reasons’ before his arrest for marijuana use was made public.

This is the most expensive solo concert in the world
I’m the singer and the audience is just you

Opening line from Phonecert (video linked above) – confidence, eh? But then.

Is everyone the same as me
But just holding it in?
Or am I the only bad person?
//
Help, somebody help
Somebody help
Somebody help me please tonight

goes the lyrics for lead single Help, a desperate plea for help, said to nobody in particular.

Sound-wise 4.0 toes the conventional 10cm line, which is to say, alternating between cheery and moody ballads. Not a bad thing, mind you, but I look back at 2.0 with its more experimental blues/bossa nova moments [한강의 작별 etc] and can’t help thinking I want to hear more of that. But hey – it ain’t broke, why fix shit? Koreans love this kinda stuff and that’s the audience that apparently matters most.

H△G – Major debut coming

H△G (pronounced Hagu/Hug) is a mixed-media group established in 2012 that has been making inroads in the indie/doujin scene with a couple of split records with the likes of Mili and ORESAMA. Officially, the band consists of singer Chiho and songwriter Yuta, alongside a group of ‘creators’ [writers] under the title Wish CREW as well as back-up musicians etc. Some of the current/previous line-up includes:

Chiho – vocalist with musical experience. Her dad is a jazz pianist & her mom a classical pianist.

Yuta – guitarist who spent his childhood in England. Also plays violin & piano, he composes the bulk of H△G ‘s songs.

Mitomo Yukihito – bassist. Also plays bass for Mili, Sandy Beach Surf Coaster etc

Enomoto Kenji – drummer. Also drummer in Sandy Beach Surf Coaster

Shoko – DJ, chorus. Also acts pretty much like the band’s manager, arranging their schedules & managing their SNS account

Masataka – Occasionally drums.


The group is due to make its official major debut via Tokuma Japan Communications on 26 July with its first single Natsu no Arika (夏の在りか), which has a tie-up with Metele [Nagoya Broadcasting Network], serving as the theme song for the station’s high-school baseball tournament coverage. Looks and sounds like more of the same H△G that we know, so I’m pretty stoked for that.


Before it drops though, you can check out H△G ‘s excellent recent Vocaloid Cover Album titled Koe in collaboration with the illustrator loundraw. Trailer above.

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