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Songs with Lyrics

Music is a great way to study a language since we can easily enjoy listening to a song over and over and memorizing the lyrics. It can also help with pronunciation and songs often include everyday vocabulary and expressions rather than just what you will find in a textbook. I don’t claim to be an expert on Japanese popular music (JPOP) and most of my collection is many years old. Still, below I include some popular artists’ songs which I am sure you should be able to come across in a karaoke setting. You can listen to the song and view the lyrics in original Japanese, romaji as well as an English translation. Enjoy!

  1. Chihiro Onitsuka (鬼束ちひろ)
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    Song: Infection | Play song
    Album: This Armor
    View Lyrics
  2. Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ)
    Song: Vogue | Play song
    Album: 2001 – A Best
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  3. Dreams Come True (ドリームズ・カム・トゥルー)
    Song: Suki | Play song
    Album: Best Of
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  4. Garnet Crow (ガーネットクロウ)
    Song: Mysterious Eyes | Play song
    Album: first soundscape ~水のない晴れた海へ~
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  5. Glay (グレイ)
    Song: However | Play song
    Album: Review – Best of Glay
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  6. The Gospellers (ゴスペラーズ)
    Song: Hitori (ひとり) | Play song
    Album: Frenzy
    official site website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  7. Hikaru Utada (宇多田光)
    Song: Can you keep a secret? | Play song
    Album: Distance
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  8. Ken Hirai (平井堅)
    Song: Rakuen (楽園) | Play song
    Album: Rakuen (楽園)
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  9. Mai Kuraki (倉木麻衣)
    Song: Secret of My Heart | Play song
    Album: Delicious Way
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  10. MISIA (ミーシャ)
    Song: Everything | Play song
    Album: MISIA Greatest Hits
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  11. Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵)
    Song: Sweet 19 BLUES | Play song
    Album: Sweet 19 BLUES
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  12. Seiko Matsuda (松田聖子)
    Song: Anata ni Aitakute (あなたに逢いたくて) | Play song
    Album: Vanity Fair
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  13. SMAP
    Song: Yozora no mukoo (Beyond the Night Sky) | Play song
    Album: SMAP AID
    Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics
  14. Southern All Stars (サザンオールスターズ)
    Song: Manatsu no kajitsu (真夏の果実) | Play song
    Album: Ballads 3 (Disc 1)
    Official Website | Wikipedia Page
    View Lyrics