In this new compilation of the most beautiful Japanese rock songs from anime and cartoons, we take a journey that starts from the 80s to the present day. Some songs may be more familiar to you, while you will not know others. But the common thread is only one: rock! For each position you will find the link to the song on YouTube. At the end you have a link with the FULL PLAYLIST to listen to the whole series of songs on our YouTube channel.
The most beautiful Japanese anime rock songs
1. Tom Cat – “Tough Boy” (Fist of the North Star)
Tom Cat is a band from the 80s and 90s. Fist of the North Star’s closing theme is “Love Song” and comes from their repertoire like “Tough boy”.
2. Crystal King – “You wa SHOCK! | Ai o Torimodose” (Fist of the North Star)
Another band that launched a hit song for Kenshiro. The original title is “Ai o Torimodose” (take back the love), but everyone calls it with the refrain phrase “You wa SHOCK!” (you are a shock).
3. Make-Up – “Pegasus Fantasy” (Saint Seiya)
This band formed in 1983. They produced three albums with songs inspired by this series: Saint Seiya Hits I, Saint Seiya Hits II and Saint Seiya 1996 Song Collection.
4. Maximum The Hormone – “Zetsubou Billy” (Death Note)
Maximum The Hormone was born in 1998 and is still in business. Their songs “What’s Up, People ?!” and “Zetsubou Billy” are the opening and closing theme of the second season of Death Note in 2007.
5. Nightmare – “The World” (Death Note)
Let’s stay on the Death Note series again and listen to this 2006 opening theme by Nightmare. In addition to “The World” this band also produced the song “Alumina”, both contained in the “Death Note Original Soundtrack”.
6. Asian Kung-Fu Generation – “After Dark” (Bleach)
Band active since 1996. In 2007 their song After Dark becomes the opening theme of Bleach.
7. PSY.S – “Angel Night” (City Hunter)
PSY.S was a progressive pop/rock group formed in 1983 by Masaya Matsuura and Chaka (as female vocals).
8. Hiroki Takahashi – “Makafushigi Adventure!” (Dragon Ball)
Let’s go back to the 80s with the very first opening theme of this anime with a planetary success. In 2005, singer Takahashi recorded a new version of the song, available in North America on iTunes.
9. Hironobu Kageyama – “We Gotta Power” (Dragon Ball Z)
Hironobu Kageyama is one of the most famous song performers for video games, anime, movies. Since 1999 he has been leader of the band JAM Project.
10. Kana-Boon – “Silhouette” (Naruto)
This is the sixteenth opening theme song and covers episodes from 380 to 405. Kana-Boon started their musical activity in 2008. Two other songs of theirs open the Naruto saga: “Diver” for “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” and “Spiral” for the video game “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4”.
11. JAM Project – “THE HERO!!” (One Punch Man)
In this song we find Hironobu Kageyama, who is the leader of the band and who we met at position 9. Along with him in the band there are Ichirō Mizuki and Mitsuko Horie. JAM stands for Japan Animationsong Makers.
12. LiSA – “Gurenge” (Demon Slayer)
LiSA is an acronym that stands for “Love Is Same All”. It is the stage name of the singer Risa Oribe. He also made other opening themes, such as those of My Hero Academia and Sword Art Online.
13. Linked Horizon – “Shinzou wo Sasageyo!” (Attack On Titan)
They call themselves a fantasy band, they dress retro and play symphonic rock and rock opera. In 2013 they made five songs for Attack On Titan.
14. Kishida Kyōdan and The Akeboshi Rockets – “Highschool Of The Death” (Highschool Of The Death)
This rock band works under the “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment” record label. In 2004 Kishida Kyoudan began to work individually and over the years several musicians have joined. The current lineup dates back to 2007.
15. Jo Stars – “Sono Chi no Kioku” (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
The secondary title of this song is “end of THE WORLD” and opens the third part of the series “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders”. This band includes Hiroaki Tommy Tominaga, Coda and Jin Hashimoto.
16. Egoist – “All Alone with You” (Psycho Pass)
Wonderful rock ballad by Egoist, a duo formed by the singers Ryo and Chelly. They also made the songs for Guilty Crown and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.
17. 9mm Parabellum Bullet – “Sacrifice” (Berserk)
It is the second opening theme of the 2016 Berserk anime and is performed by the 9mm Parabellum Bullet. Another hit of theirs for Berserk is called “Inferno”.
18. Nightmare – “Raison D’Etre” (Claymore)
For the Claymore saga, Nightmare in 2007 produced several songs. In addition to “Raison d’Etre”, also “Jojou” and “Criminal Baby”. We have already met Nightmare in the fifth position with “Death Note”.
19. L’Arc~en~Ciel – “Driver’s High” (GTO Great Techer Onizuka)
You also find this band with the names of L’Arc, Laruku, D’ARK ~ EN ~ CIEL, P’UNK ~ EN ~ CIEL. They are among the most famous Japanese musical groups. They produced “Season’s Call”, the opening song of the Blood+ anime, “Daybreak’s Bell” for Mobile Suit Gundam 00, “Good Luck My Way” for Full Metal Alchemist.
20. Porno Graffitti – “Melissa” (Fullmetal Alchemist)
We end this list of the 20 most beautiful Japanese anime rock songs, with “Melissa” from Porno Graffitti. Their name comes from the album “Extreme II: Pornograffitti” by the American band Extreme. Active since 2008 they produced 8 albums with Sony Music.