This year has completely reawakened my love for Japanese pop music, to the point where I’m listening to it so much that I feel I can actually make favorites lists for it again! So, here we are, with my top 3 favorite j-pop songs of the summer! This really isn’t a “review” type post.. More so just my feelings on the songs and why I love them so much.
Haruma Miura Night Diver
Released on August 26th, 2020
Official MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6-IaSJLNOA
Available for streaming? Yes!
The first thing I will say about this one is that I absolutely love Haruma’s vocals. He really shines in this and I think it effectively shows off his range and what he was capable of with his voice. Though the tempo of the song is upbeat, the lyrics are very.. Sad? Especially in relation to his death. So, while this song is at the top of my playlist, it’s also one that makes me think about a lot of things. It’s a song that seems to be about loneliness and in the translation, even talks about losing something (or someone) important. The music video is worth a watch to see Haruma’s dance performance. He did so well with conveying the emotions of the lyrics. I also loved the water effects and the various lighting and the color palette fit the tone and mood of the song as well! It was nice watching the making of documentary movie for this and seeing how it was all put together. Definitely check out the video if you can!
King & Prince Mazy Night
Released on June 10th, 2020
Official MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aCS8d9e3nI
Available for streaming? No 😦
Update 9/15/20: Okay, maybe J&A heard me and unlocked the Mazy Night MV so it is linked above so we can all properly stream and support Kinpuri!! Hopefully this trend continues (and also that it wasn’t a mistake)!! It’s not the full MV, but it gives you an idea!
This is it. This is the song. This song has such a great slow burn during the intro verse and bridge that starts showing it’s EDM genre inspiration as it goes into the chorus. And I can’t even properly explain how much I love it. The chorus is very catchy, especially with the “cheers” (or however you want to describe it) that happens towards the end of each chorus. One thing I really love about songs like this is how they have a very loud, fun chorus and then immediately gets softer and more subtle as the verses start up again, which this does perfectly and not ending up a mess. This song also has an official music video,
but sadly is region locked. If you know how to get around it, give it a watch. It’s a nice video, actually. I was impressed with Kinpuri’s dancing. I’d love to get the version that has the dance videos on it someday soon. This is definitely a song meant to be performed in a huge venue where everyone is having a good time. Maybe someday.
Tomorrow x Together Everlasting Shine
Released on August 19th, 2020
I think this might be one of my overall favorite releases of the entirety of 2020. The rhythm, the flow, the vocals, the production, the nostalgia it gives me everytime I listen to it is incredible. TXT is one of my favorite groups, so maybe the bias is showing a bit here, but this song really is something special. It’s very fresh. The song is for an anime, so it would sound a bit different from what they normally do, but it just suits them so well. I’d love for them to do more songs like this in the future. Maybe it’s just my small obsession with anything acoustic sounding, which is another reason why it stands out to me so much over other songs. Also, the message of the song is so hopeful. They literally say to turn your tears into hope, which I think really can be said for 2020 overall since we all need a little hope right now. So, if for some reason you aren’t listening to TXT yet, please do yourself a favor and check them out. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
There were other j-pop songs that I really enjoyed this summer, like N/A’s No Good, but spoiler alert: that’s getting its very own post that I hope to have up later tonight.
As always, thanks for reading!