I really can’t think of anything else at of the moment so I’ll be taking the time to remember some awesome old-school j-pop and anime hits. Some of these songs have influenced me in my childhood while some are just plain great.
In no particular order…
Hikaru Utada – Automatic
-Hikki’s debut single which was a worldwide hit. For much of the old-school anime and j-pop fans, I’m pretty sure that Hikki’s music became a cornerstone of their j-music influence. Only two words can describe this song: AWESOMELY EPIC.
Ayumi Hamasaki – Two of Us
-Interestingly enough it was not anime that that first got me into j-pop but gaming. This song is the ending theme of the game Thousand Arms, the first game that I played on the PS1. This song is just made of pure love and so much win! One thing to note is that Thousand Arms was made by Atlus and this is the proof that Atlus has been making great games and music way before Shin Megami Tensei and Persona.
Akira Sudou – Y’know (Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Opening theme)
-You know, the Bubblegum Crisis series is probably one of the forgotten anime titles out there and if you’ll ask me, BGC 2040 was much better than the original, heck it was epic and the opening theme of the anime just made it more epic. Old school anime rock for the win, yeah!
Pizzicato Five – Sweet Soul Revue
-This song simply remind me of the awesome ’90′s. This song is probably one of their best songs ever, along with Twiggy Twiggy. Pizzicato Five was pretty known around the world during the ’90′s. This was one of the early j-pop songs that I have heard outside of anime and gaming, heck even the local radio stations played this song a lot back then!
GLOBE – Genesis of Next (Cyborg 009 ending theme)
-This is one of the best j-trance music ever created. Its full version is over 9 minutes worth of pure trance eargasm goodness.
GLOBE – Feel like Dance
-Another reminder of how awesome the music of ’90′s were. Globe is one of the first j-pop groups that I grew to love and cherish. For me, this is probably the best song they ever made.
Heartsdales – CANDYPOP feat. Soul’d Out
-I’m not really much of a J-urban fan but this is just great! The song is so happy, the PV is just so colorful and lively and Heartsdales are just so beautiful… Too bad Heartsdales already disbanded…
Moonlight Densetsu (Sailor Moon opening theme)
-This is one of the most EPIC anime themes ever in existence, so epic that many artists have done their own versions of this song. I don’t give a damn if you’re a girl or a boy, I say Sailor Moon is for all genders and the opening theme transcends time.
Megumi Hayashibara and Masami Okui – Kujikenaikara! (Slayers Ending theme)
-Oh ’90′s how awesome your music! This song right here is the definition of cute. How awesome this song can be? You got Megumi Hayashibara who’s the queen of seiyuus of the ’90′s and Masami Okui before her JAM Project days singing together! Awesome cuteness! The music video is just so old school!
Do As Infinity – Fukai Mori (Inu Yasha ending theme)
-This song has probably launched Do As Infinity to worldwide fame. Do As Infinity is arguably one of the best j-pop groups of all time and all of their songs are AWESOME, I tell you. If you hadn’t heard of their music, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THEIR SONGS. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
I just miss the old school anime and j-pop music that most may have already forgotten or even don’t know of.
There you have it, some of the best old school anime and j-pop songs that I can remember. This post may also double as a guide to awesome old school anime and j-pop music for the new anime fan.