Top 3 Japanese Summer Songs for Karaoke!
Good day, it’s Nam-chan.
In Kyoto, the Gion matsuri finally has a “coming soon” feel to it!
Seems like there is going to be a huge gathering of people next week.
A certain topic has gotten popular recently, which is “Do you go for Karaoke??”
But we are not talking about KTV here hahah
For example, you go with colleagues of friends for dinner after work to destress, while enjoying a good meal and drinks. Just when you think it’s about time to leave, and prepare to stand up, suddenly someone says:
“I feel like singing today!”
Usually that person is someone high rank or position.
There will be someone who says, “We’ve been waiting for someone to say it!” There will also be someone who raises both hands to pray to the skies, thinking, “No! I can’t go home!” But everyone will be drunk, though having lost their voices to sing, will continue singing their best songs. Or rather, continue shouting their songs. At the restaurant itself. That, is Karaoke.
So what songs do the Japanese usually sing/shout? Especially during this hot summer, what songs resonate with the citizens of the islands in the Far East islands ?
I did a casual investigation into this!
< Top 3 Japanese Summer Songs! Ranked by Japanese in their 20’s >
< Male Artiste >
Number 3: “Tsunami” by Southern All-Stars
There is not a single soul in Japan who doesn’t know who this group is. In Japan, their fame is comparable to Michael Jackson or the US President Obama. As such, the song “Tsunami” has ranked into number three! Summer songs are usually uptempo, but this is a love song. A heartrending sound that pierces through the listener, and lyrics that describes an ephemeral love through the male perspective, the song was born to become a historical hit!
Number 2: “Aa- Natsuyasumi / Ah- Summer Vacation” by TUBE
This is a summer song from the 90s! To think that when compared to so many songs this came in number 2! This song became a huge hit as it was played as part of a television commercial! It is certainly the famous song representing our fathers’ and mothers’ era!
Well then, it’s number one from the male artiste!
Number 1: “Natsu Iro / Colours of Summer” by Yuzu
You may have heard of these lyrics before:
|Down this long, long slope
You ride on my bicycle on the back
Keeping my hands on the brake
While descending the slop slowly
This song is famous for it’s chorus. It is a song filled with life, receiving huge support from both guys and gals. I would sing them when I go for karaoke too. By the way, it’s against the law for two people to ride a bicycle, so please don’t do it…! lol
That was the three songs from the male category, a playlist you’d want to play as you drive along the coast of the ocean. Especially number two’s “Aa- Summer vacation” by TUBE, even though it’s older than 10 years ago, is a such a summer classic that it will definitely be played at swimming beaches.
Next up, female artiste top 3!
< Female Artiste >
Number 3: “Ponytail to Shushu / Ponytail and Scrunchies” by AKB48
Ranked in number 3 is an idol group that Japan is proud of. Getting more and more active in Asia, soon it will not be an exaggeration to call them international idols. Within the songs by this idol, “Ponytail and Scrunchies” has rocked Japanese companies. Furthermore, this song is “easy to sing”, “choreography is cute”, and “everyone gets high from this song”. As expected from idol music!
Number 2: “Hanabi / Fireworks” by aiko
This should be the top summer song for gals who have a love interest to sing. Not only is it easy for gals to sing, it catches the attention of the guys because it’s a song by aiko too, “two birds in one stone” so to speak! The lyrics that portray innocence resonate with the gals, becoming a song that will be definitely be sung!
Number 3: “Natsumatsuri / Summer Festival” by whiteberry
When we think about the summers of Japan, we think about “Fireworks”, and whiteberry’s “Summer Festival” is the perfect portrayal of the fireworks. This is the only song whiteberry has ever released, and hasn’t been in the music scene for a very long time. Yet “Summer Festival”, a song released more than 10 years ago, is still going strong as a top selection in popularity. Surely someone in their teens or their twenties have sung this at karaoke?
Yes, the “Summer Festival” scene is perfect for females! It may just be my opinion, “Summer Festival” is a song I’d like to listen to right after fireworks party, returning home to drink Chu-hai (while sitting at the veranda) peacefully. hahah
That brings us to the end of the top 3 Japanese Summer Songs! as ranked by Japanese in their 20’s. What do you think about it?
If there are any Japanese artistes that are gaining attention in Asia, one might start wondering “Fwah? Is that food or a person? A fruit? Is it delicious?”
If you like music, how about using this chance to start on Japan’s pop music, and you may start thinking about singing them at karaoke.
If you ARE interested in the music, be sure to drop me a comment!
That’s it for today!