Top Anime Songs To Add to Your Playlist Even if You Aren't Otaku

April 30, 2024

Simply speaking, otakus are people of all ages who are passionate anime and manga fans. They love watching Japanese cartoons, reading Japanese comics and novels, collecting merchandise, and listening to the soundtracks of their favorite shows.

But the songs below are so iconic and addicting that even people who have never watched anime can recognize them from social media, as they have recently gone viral.

Enjoy!

“Idol” by YOASOBI - (Oshi No Ko)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/7ovUcF5uHTBRzUpB6ZOmvt?si=1542867d5d804d10]

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Oshi no Ko is an anime about the dark side of showbiz, mixing supernatural and realistic, modern elements to create a memorable story. And if shows about the celebrity world appeal to you, I can recommend more anime about musicians and showbiz.

As for Yoasobi, they are a Japanese pop duo formed in 2019 by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It comprises producer Ayase and Lilas Ikuta (Ikura), who are the singer and songwriter. Represented by the slogan "novel into music," the duo originally released songs based on short stories.

"Crowds" by WHITE ASH (Gatchaman Crowds)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/5MbhvsafMgw7sOIvoWROFA?si=5e8630a6c6614f5f ]

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WHITE ASH was a Japanese rock band that lasted from 2006 to 2017. Initially, it was a cover band for Arctic Monkeys. They are responsible for the opening themes of the sci-fi anime Gatchamen Crowds and the song “The Phantom Pain” from the acclaimed game “Metal Gear Solid V.”

"Flyers" by BRADIO (Death Parade)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/52sk8TPaHcLQVCjFaeRI6t?si=8334f2b20eac4e4f]

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BRADIO (an acronym for "Break the Rule And Do Image On") is a bold and stylish Japanese funk rock band aiming to break the rules of everyday life to create a new good place. The members call their fans Funky Party People (FPP).

"Lost In Paradise" by ALI ft. AKLO (Jujutsu Kaisen)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/7kRKlFCFLAUwt43HWtauhX?si=45fa2ea1b39a4f9c]

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Performing the first ending theme of a top hit in anime today, ALI (“Alien Liberty International”) is a multinational hip hop/funk band formed in Tokyo by members with mixed roots in Japan, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa.

"Stray" by Steve Conte (Wolf's Rain)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/7swECnbepUVzrMmUIBbXC2?si=4d044dcadf16474a]

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Steve Conte is the artist who lent his voice to the soundtrack of this deep anime about love and freedom. He’s an Italian American musician, songwriter, guitarist, music producer, and lead singer of the band Steve Conte NYC. Besides Wolf’s Rain, his participation in anime soundtracks includes Cowboy Bebop, RahXephon, and Ghost in the Shell.

"Kigeki (喜劇)" by Gen Hoshino (Spy x Family)

https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/5SuOikwiRyPMVoIQDJUgSV?si=310948ef11604cf7

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Spy x Family quickly became a fan favorite for being a wholesome anime spiced up with action and comedy. Due to its popularity, it's common to see fans all over the world expressing their love for the show through fanarts, memes, cosplays, or even collecting and carrying anime merch of the lovely characters!

The song “Kigeki,” also known as “Comedy,” went viral through a soothing remix by l u n a I r e. The composer and singer of the original version, Gen Hoshino, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and writer. The song was released on April 8, 2022, and peaked at number four on Japan’s Hot 100 and 127 on Billboard Global 200.

"Bling-Bang-Bang-Born" by Creepy Nuts (MASHLE)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/0kdqcbwei4MDWFEX5f33yG?si=291e4676e8ac4a36]

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This fun and addictive hit was created by the Japanese hip-hop duo Creepy Nuts. Their single "Bling-Bang-Bang-Born" was released on January 7, 2024, as the opening theme for the second season of the anime series Mashle: Magic and Muscles. It topped the Billboard Japan’s Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks and reached number eight on the Billboard Global 200!

"Duvet" by Bôa (Serial Experiments Lain)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/42qNWdLKCI41S4uzfamhFM?si=8ddf2ee20da44b21]

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Bôa is the name of an English alternative rock band formed in London in 1993. But they weren’t always a rock band, as the crew progressed from a funk to a rock band over the years. The anime Serial Experiments Lain is well-known for its complexity, and the song by Bôa has recently come back to our ears through social media trends.

"River" by Anonymouz (Vinland Saga)

[LINK: https://open.spotify.com/intl-pt/track/1kPoNSnxGFq5UZbGyNymsK?si=1610084828214e8c]

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'River' was selected as the opening theme for the TV anime Vinland Saga SEASON 2. It has been played over 10 million times worldwide, attracting attention from various channels.

The singer, Anonymouz, has gained recognition since she started covering J-POP in English on YouTube. Her clear voice quality has been praised, and even before her major debut, her song, Eyes, was selected for a worldwide commercial tie-up involving the SONY Xperia 5 II.

 

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