J-Pop (Japanese pop) is great for beginning Japanese students because the songs have simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. Plus, Jpop has taken Japan, and the rest of the world by storm, so you may already be familiar with some of the most popular songs and Jpop artists.
The Jpop hit has basic, elementary-level vocabulary and a catchy beat.
“Automatic” – Hikaru Utada
Hikaru is an international vocalist and Jpop sensation. As a child, Hikaru split her time between Tokyo and New York. As a result, she learned to speak both English and Japanese.
Because of her knowledge of both languages, her music appeals to her English and Japanese-speaking fans. Hikaru’s beginner-friendly songs are great for Japanese-language students.
“Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” – SMAP
SMAP is Japan’s version of the boy band.
SMAP released “Sekai Ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” in 2004, and the song became an instant hit.
Still a popular karaoke selection, the song is also taught to kindergarten students in many public schools in Japan.
The Jpop hit has simple grammar and a snappy beat, which makes it ideal for anyone who is new to the Japanese language.
“Koi Suru Foochuun Kukkie” AKB48
With its decidedly western sounds and girl band persona, AKB48 became an instant favorite across all of Japan and most of the Asian continent.
While the band never took off in the English-speaking world, the simple vocabulary and upbeat, fun nature of the music makes it catchy and easy to follow.
Once you hear it, you’ll have a hard time getting this song out of your head!
“Umi wo Mi ni Ikou” – Spitz
Spitz is Japan’s answer to classic rock.
This Japanese summer anthem is all about going to the beach.
“Makenaide” – ZARD
This song, by Japanese pop star ZARD, is a popular Japanese sports anthem (like “We are the Champions” in the United States).
Simple verses and an easy-to-follow pop rhythm make it a catchy crowd favorite. So whether you’ve been speaking the language for years, or you’re just starting to learn Japanese, add this Jpop hit to your playlist.
The Blue Hearts – “Linda Linda”
A classic J-pop ballad, “Linda Linda” is a favorite among karaoke enthusiasts.
The music is a little faster than the other songs on the list, so it’s a great challenge for intermediate learners.
Pick your favorite songs from this list and add them to your playlist. With a little practice, you’ll learn the words and expand your Japanese vocabulary.
Remember, if you come across words or phrases you don’t understand, write them down and review them with your Japanese teacher.
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