Top 6 Japanese Christmas Songs to Add to Your Christmas Music Playlist

  • Christmas is coming soon, so what are the songs in your Christmas playlist? Are they the same as last year and the years before? Aren’t you bored of listening to the same Christmas songs every year?

    Why not try listening to Japanese Christmas songs for a change? These Japanese classics have a different sound, and the Japanese language itself brings a new element.

    1. “Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas” by Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル)

    “Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas” is the first Christmas song written by Utada Hikaru, the Japanese pop icon and ruling queen. The song was released on her Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 album. It was also used in her Pepsi Nex commercial. The lyrics talk about a person who on Christmas Eve, could not wait for Christmas Day. The lyrics ponder on why people chase for tomorrow instead of appreciating today.
    It is a romantic ballad that will touch anyone’s heart.

    2. “Hurry Xmas” by L’Arc~en~Ciel

    Here’s a treat for the rock fans out there.
    “Hurry Xmas” is L’Arc~en~Ciel’s 34th single which was released in 2007, and then re-released in 2008, 2009, and 2010 with different art covers, making it one of the band’s most re-released singles. It must be doing well which enables it to be re-released so many times, so do check it out, wherever it is you are usually getting your music from.

    The song is only available to premium members on L’Arc en Ciel’s official Youtube, so if you want a sneak peek, check out this cover version:

    3. “Merry Christmas” by Bump of Chicken

    This song was released in 2009 and seems to be somewhat influenced by Irish music/Celtic music, which gives the song a unique edge. A little bit melancholic, the song picks up the mood as it progresses. It is definitely different than the Christmas sounds you are used to.

    4. “Xmas Story” and/or “Present” by JUJU

    If you like to listen to Christmas songs sung by artists with powerful voices, you can JUJU, she is a fantastic vocalist!
    While “Xmas story” is a love ballad, “Present” has a heart-wrenching video, with lyrics that speak of sadness and kindness.
    Sadly, “X-mas Story” is not available on JUJU’s official channel, but “Present” is.

    5. “Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow” by Perfume

    For those who don’t know Perfume, they are an all-girl group making contemporary electronic dance music with autotuned vocals, often described as technopop. If there is a representative sound of how walking around Akihabara feels, Perfume is one of those sounds.
    If you know and like other Perfume’s songs, you are bound to like this one due to its similar music style. This song is Perfume’s first digital release.

    6. “Christmas Eve” by Tatsuro Yamashita

    And finally, the king of pop in Japan from the 80s who has unexpectedly returned by becoming viral on YOutube recently, along with the even more virally popular singer Takeuchi Maria, who happens to be his wife. This song is one of the most popular in Japan, but since the official version is not available for free on Youtube, check this cover first.

    Hopefully, there is at least one Japanese Christmas song on this list which tickles your fancy. Enjoy the Christmas season and may you have a very merry Christmas with these Japanese songs added to your Christmas songs playlist!

    *Featured Image by albertypma74 on Instagram

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