2019 was overall a great year for me and music definitly played a big part in it, I have to admit though that I listend to a lot of other music besides jpop. Most of my playlist is still japanese music but a lot of english, some korean, some chinese and some thai music found it's way on my playlist and there were some I badly love and played on repeat for weeks. Let's go in detail with what I liked best this year when it comes to japanese music. The start is a list of the songs I absolutly loved that have been released this year.
Battle Boys Fukuoka - 1000 km (this is by far my favorite Battle Boys song ever)
Amezari Red Stars - Be Alright (couldn't find it online)
SIRUP - Eien (towa) ni (sadly I couldn't find this online but if you have the chance please listen to it, it's so freakin' good, much better then the originial!!)
Of course these are not the only songs I loved the most this year, there have been a few albums I enjoyed pretty much all songs of, so I listed them extra. I did write a little about the album but I didn't link every single song but I did add a spotify link to the albums.
HARUMI - MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I wrote about this album before. I really love all the song on this so freakin' much. Her voice is super powerful and strong and she delivers the emotions in some of the songs so well. My absolute favorites are "Don't Break My Heart" and "DARE ME" but all the songs are so good. For only 5 songs this 'mini' album also has a good mix of songs. Absolutly recommended!!
_PRIZMAX_ - FRNKSTN
DANCE was the first song of this album that got uploaded to youtube. I loved it right away, thought now it's my least favorite song on the album. I honestly didn't knew what to expect of this album with the new members. I was so supprised that this is such a good album. All the songs are freakin' amazing up beat songs fully sung in english. By the way my absolute favorite of them is "WHO".
Mukai Taichi - 27; Mukai Taichi - Savage
I am a huge fan of Mukai Taichi. Not only is his voice really beautiful but I tend to really enjoy the style of his music. As you can see he released two albums this year. I would consider '27' to be a mini album since it has only 7 songs, thought Savage has only 11 songs as well. However what is most important is the music and guys you have to listen to this if you liked any of his music before.
I recommend all of the songs but it seems like I listend to ICBU and I very much recommend I Like it, thought honestly if you have some time do listen to all of his music, maybe you will love it as much as I do.
Sakudara Dori - Sakura da Festa BEST
Whenever I think about listening to this album I am like, naaahh this wasn't that good but then I listen to it and I love it so much each time. I don't know why I always think this way, maybe because Sakurada Dori will always be more of an actor then a singer to me or maybe a little bit because this cover looks so not like an album cover. However that doesn't matter because the songs on this album are amazing and I love that the style of music is very versatile. You will get everything from a slow songs, to a rock songs, to a song that gives happy summer vibes, to a badass song and more. I can't even name a favorite this time, I love the songs equally.
Super Dragon - 2nd Emotion
This is probably the album I listened to the most this year. After I went to two of their concerts of the Emotions tour back in March, I couldn't stop replaying this album for a long time. The songs on this album are seriously so good. My number one being 'Paya Paya' also because I love the dance but all the others are so damn good too. I even love the remixes and I uselly don't like remixes a lot. If you haven't listend to it, you should do it soon.
AKLO - REGULAR
I was so excited when AKLO announced to finally release a new album this year. I dig his three albums he released before as well as the collaboration album with Jay'ed so much. To be honest it took me a little to fully appreciate this album but I do now and if you like Rap you will love this as well, thought I would always recommend his older work more over this one. It's a great album anyway. My favorites are definitly 'Addicted' and 'WFN'.
INTERSECTION - INTERSECTION
I love these guys music since they released their debut song 'Heart of Gold'. They have the typical boy group sound, with some nice voices and addicting beats. I love singing along to their songs. When this got released I didn't expect to like all the songs on the album but I was so wrong. Each and every song on this got me so bad. All songs have this super addicting part that makes you want to sing along so bad and you will get them stuck in your head many times. Absolutly recommended!
Chanmina - Never Grow Up
If you like her music and style you will most likely love this album too. I especially love 'Call', 'Never Grow Up' and 'Like This'. To be fair I don't love all the songs on this album but most of them are really good so I decided to post it under the albums too.
DEVIL NO ID - Devillmatic
This album is so different to what I usually listen to. This whole album feels so messy but it works so well as a whole and even though all the songs have their specific sound it doesn't feel like one is sticking out more then the others. I don't know how to explain the music these three girls created. I just now I very much enjoy it! Give it a try if you haven't listend to any of their songs and if you might not like a song try out another one because they are quite different from each other. By the way I do love all the songs on this album.
Besides the new songs my new discovery of this year is "Official Hige Dandizumu". They are an indie rock group and their music is amazing. I bought three of their albums on itunes and so far I do enjoy them a lot. Another group I discoverd is "Novelbright", gosh they are awesome too, they are also an indie rock group. Besides these two I got very much into the group "NORD". I don't like all of their music, some is just too messy for me but I love some of their songs badly, especially the song 'Mirai'. Then I got more into the music of "CUBERS", I don't think the songs are super outstanding but they are really nice listening to and whenever a song of them get's played when I use the shuffle mode, I am very plesantly supprised to see it's on of their songs.
What are your favorites of 2019? Did you discover any groups you didn't knew before?