7 Popular Japanese Songs You Will Remember From the 90’s

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  • Have you ever felt that when you hear some old Japanese songs it reminds you of the 90’s? If so, chances are you actually grew up with some of the Japanese singles that were popular abroad as well as in Japan!

    Sweet Soul Revue

    The song was released in 1993 by PIZZICATO FIVE (used to be PIZZICATO V), a Japanese band originated in Tokyo, Japan. In the Philippines, this single was used as a theme song for the anime series Ranma 1/2 (shown locally) and became a number 1 hit during the ’90s.

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    Hohoemi no Bakudan (The smile bomb)

    Released in 1992 by a singer/songwriter Mawatari Matsuko (馬渡松子), this song was used as an opening theme for Anime series Yuyu Hakusho/Ghost Fighter.

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    Automatic/Time will tell

    This is an R&B single by Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) which was released in 1998 and was praised as one of the best Japanese singles ever released. The same song gave Utada Hikaru a way to stardom in Japan.

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    Feel like dance

    1995 single of the Japanese band Globe which also became popular outside of Japan. The album which includes “feel like dance” sold about 4,136,000 copies in Japan.

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    It’s gonna rain!

    Popularized by Kyoto-born singer/songwriter Bonnie Pink in 1997, “It’s gonna rain!” is a pop-rock single that was used in animè series Rouroni Kenshin or Samurai X as a fifth ending theme song.

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    Moonlight Densetsu

    Known for being the opening theme song of animè Sailor Moon for two seasons, Moonlight Densetsu or Heart Moving was released in 1992 by DALI and Misae Takamatsu (高松美砂絵).

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    A Cruel Angel’s Thesis

    Single by a Japanese Pop singer Yoko Takahashi (高橋洋子) in 1995, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” or “Zankoku na Tenshi no Teze” in Japanese became a theme song of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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    What about you? What Japanese songs would you include into your “best from the 90’s” list?

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