Tuesday, June 24, 2014

50 Idol Songs I Adore

I think every idol fan has their own collection of idol songs that they adore. Some have very small lists with only a few different groups. Others have colossal lists with songs from all kinds of idol groups.

My list has fifty songs.


And no, I did not include Perfume songs in that list. Otherwise half the spots would be filled with Perfume songs. I'm just using a concert pic of them for this post's thumbnail. A fan's list of personal favorites is something that can be very intimate. What I've noticed from favorites lists if that they reflect the kinds of music a person leans toward to, what they look for in an idol group. While I've always had my own list of favorites, I've never really thought to share it with anyone. One, because it's fifty songs, and two, because I just never really thought anyone would be interested. But a reader sweetly asked if I would do just that, so perhaps I was wrong! And besides, I've been writing on the Wonderland for over two and half years now. It's probably about time I listed my favorite idol songs! Of course, first I have to figure out what those songs are. I didn't have a list written down; I mean, the songs are all in my iTunes library, so I guess that helped. Even with that, making a list this big is still a challenge. I think the highest number I've ever done for a list is twenty? Fifty is over double that. But I just have a lot of idol songs that I've grown to love, that I never get tired of listening to. But compiling all those songs into one post is one hell of a task.

I also hesitate to make a list of my favorite idol songs, because I feel like that list changes as each year goes by. Newer songs come out that I end up liking just as much as some the older songs. And then the matter of ranking all those songs? There are a very minute handful of songs I know where to rank, but everything else depends on what kind of mood I'm in. If I'm more biased toward serious songs, I'm gonna end up ranking them higher and vice-versa with more lighthearted songs. So I've thought long and hard about my long list of favorite idol songs. I've revised this list several times, switching songs around, and adding and deleting other songs. Honestly, it's difficult for me to rank most of these songs because they're all amazing. The songs on this list are the ones I'd give five apples, the ones I find to be the most enjoyable. They're my favorite songs from a variety of idol groups, all with different concepts and images. Comparing songs that can be different from each other but still good isn't an easy task. Nonetheless, I think I've done it. But I ask you to keep in mind that this is a very malleable ranking of songs; the only ones I've solidly ranked are my top 5.

Before we get to my 50 favorite idol songs, I have a few that came close to making that list. Even if they're not on the list, these songs are all very good, and I highly recommend listening to them.

Honorable Mentions

- Eat it by BiS
- Go! Go! Heaven by Speed
- Kizuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46
- Make New World by Curumi Chronicle
- Mushi no Onna by Togawa Jun
- Namida no Regret by Scandal
- Oogoe Diamond by AKB48
- Otome Pasta ni Kandou by Tanpopo
- Shabondama by Morning Musume
- Uchouten Love by S/mileage
- UFO by Pink Lady

And now the big fifty. Because there are fifty songs on this list, I'm just going to briefly go over why I like each one. Otherwise I'd drive myself crazy trying to write so much. So bear with me, because even with the shortened blurbs, this is still a very long list. I'd say there's a prize if you make it all the way to the end, but there's nothing I can give away. Well, grab a glowstick and pop in some earbuds, and let's get started!

50. Nicola by Vanilla Beans - Starting the list is a song from a group I don't talk about that much. Still, I think it is so thoughtful that Vanilla Beans decided to pay tribute to one of the greatest inventors of all time, Nikola Tesla! Oh, wait a minute. This song isn't about the Serbian inventor. But it is a very nice song! I don't follow Vanilla Beans very closely, but I do like a lot of stuff off their VaniBest album, especially this song! Nicola is such a soothing song. The vocals alone could put you right to sleep. I mean that in a good way! There's just this sophistication and retro class to Nicola, like something you'd hear in a 1960s commercial for air freshener.

49. Suki-chan by S/mileage - There's something depressing about listening to 4nin S/mileage songs these days. Even so, that doesn't deter me from completely avoiding my personal favorite S/mileage song, the bright and happy Suki-chan. I think Suki-chan really encompasses what made 4nin S/mileage work so well. Suki-chan is cheerful and cute, delving into one of the most innocent of concepts: having a crush! There's something that's so adorable about Suki-chan, and I think that comes from the way S/mileage sings this song. The girls were all so young at the time. It really is crazy how much S/mileage has changed since Suki-chan...

48. Sailor Fuku wo Nugasanaide by Onyanko Club - So Aki-P's been writing catchy but dirty songs for awhile now! Actually, Sailor Fuku wo Nugasanaide isn't anywhere near as explicit as I thought it was going to be. I mean, yes, the song is about sex, but in the same way that Virgin love was about sex. And honestly, I kind of like the lyrics. They're actually a pretty good summation of how any teenage girl has felt during at least one part of adolescence. And besides, the song is really catchy. Sailor Fuku wo Nugasanaide kind of has this 1950s sound to it. Which I suppose only adds to the lyrical irony!

47. Ya・Me・Te! by Especia - Speaking of retro music, here's Especia! I really need to get more into Especia, especially since Ya・Me・Te! is such an awesome song! They're an idol group that lives in the 80s, and as someone who enjoys her fair share of 80s pop music, Ya・Me・Te! is right up my alley! The big appeal of Ya・Me・Te! to my ears is how retro it sounds. I mean, it's not retro-inspired, it literally sounds like something that came out of the 80s. With all that brass and funk, and some really good vocals to boot, Ya・Me・Te! is totally gnarly! That's 80s slang, right? Okay, I'm going back to the present.

46. Love like candy floss by SweetS - Sometimes I wonder how SweetS would have turned out if they'd stuck around longer. I guess Tokyo Girls' Style stands for what SweetS would look like in the future. Actually, TGS covered Love like candy floss, but in my opinion, the original stands supreme. You just can't beat the instrumental in the original version! I love how light Love like candy floss sounds. That's kind of a weird word to describe the song, but everything about the song just sounds very light. And yet Love like candy floss has that same maturity that many SweetS songs had, but I think Love like candy floss handles that mature sound best!

45. Urahara by Buono! - I could have put a lot of songs off of We Are Buono! on this list, but my favorite track is Urahara. It's one of the more laid-back songs on the album, but it still has the trademark pop-rock sound that made Buono! such a great unit. Urahara is an incredibly pretty song, and I think it nails the laidback sound that other Buono! songs like Take It Easy! and Natsu Dakara! were trying to do. My favorite part is the chorus; there's this yearning captured in the chorus, both musically and lyrically. Speaking of lyrics, I think Urahara's are also a strong aspect of this song. But then again, there aren't exactly any weak points in this song.

44. Konwaku Confuse by 9nine - I think the more popular 9nine song would be Shining Star, but personally, I like Konwaku Confuse better. What I love about Konwaku Confuse is that it sounds like what I like to call space pop. This is music that sounds like it should be playing in some Star Trek-esque future where everything is bright and cars fly. There's also a bit of a fantasy vibe to Konwaku Confuse. This is a very uplifting song, and I always feel like leaving this planet when I listen to it. Also, the vocal arrangement in Konwaku Confuse is wonderful. Overall, Konwaku Confuse is pretty in the same way the galaxy can be pretty.

43. Ijime, Dame, Zettai by Babymetal - As I have stated before, I am not the biggest fan of Babymetal. Or metal music. I guess that's why I like Ijime, Dame, Zettai so much; it's not as metal-y as some of Babymetal's other songs. There's this beautiful piano that opens Ijime, Dame, Zettai, and most of the song leans more toward hard rock, which I can handle better than metal. I also really like the anti-bullying message of Ijime, Dame, Zettai. I mean, it's good to have positive messages in music! As I have said before, I also love Suzuka's voice, and she absolutely rocks in Ijime, Dame, Zettai. Can she get a solo career already?

42. Fashion Monster by Kyarypamyupamyu - Yes, technically, Kyarypamyupamyu doesn't consider herself an idol but... Fuck it, I'm keeping Fashion Monster on the list. Since I reviewed it way back in the olden days, Fashion Monster has grown on me. A lot. I even got used to the overly high notes in the chorus! Because holy shit, this song is catchy. And it's spoooooky! Okay, not really, but it's fun and Halloween-themed. Come to think it, there were several Halloween-themed songs in 2012. Fashion Monster is quirky without being annoying or falling into the pitfalls of other Kyary songs. Besides, it's just a fun song!

41. Kanashiki Heaven by C-ute - I feel kind of bad having Kanashiki Heaven on this list, since it's less of a C-ute song and more of an Airi/Chissa song. Nonetheless, it's still my favorite C-ute song, and I'm looking forward to the single version on C-ute's upcoming single. The highlight of Kanashiki Heaven for me is definitely the vocals. I love both Airi and Chissa's voices, and they blend really well in Kanashiki Heaven. Particularly when they're harmonizing. The acoustic sound is also really nice in comparison to the dance pop singles C-ute's been throwing out lately.

40. Mister by Kara - Ah, Mister takes me back to Kara's early days in Japan. It's funny how they started with a more K-pop sound in Japan then started doing more J-pop sounding stuff and then lost three members! Through Kara's colorful release history, Mister is still my favorite J-pop single of theirs. I also like Go Go Summer! and Jumping, but not as much as Mister. I think what appeals to me about Mister is that it's not exactly a cute song, but it sounds very... flirtatious? There's just this sass in the delivery of the song, which is only accentuated by the famous butt dance for Mister. Butts or not, I still think Mister is one of Kara's best songs.

39. Next flight by Passpo - I miss The Airline Trilogy. Especially Next flight, which was the song that made me think Passpo was worth looking into. Next flight is much more rock compared to the rest of Passpo's discography, so this was probably the wrong song to get into Passpo with. But damn, I can't help if this song freaking rocks! I mean, it starts with that sick guitar solo and then the vocals come in all serious and hardcore! And even if the song is super-hardcore for Passpo, it still has a surprisingly uplifting chorus. So the best song to represent Passpo? Nope. But a song that rocks? HELL YES!!!

38. Cherry Cherry Boom Boom by Weather Girls - If all of Weather Girls' songs packed as much of a punch as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom does, I'd probably follow them a lot more closely. Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, despite sounding like a the title of a porno, is catchy, energetic, and memorable. It is my favorite Weather Girls song. I'm not even sure how to describe Cherry Cherry Boom Boom. It's kind of a mix between pop and rock and maybe a little bit of Mideastern music? It's very different from the girlish hyper pop that Weather Girls usually releases, which only makes it stand out even more in their discography.

37. Neo Traveler by amU - It really is such a shame that amU didn't last longer than it did. They were a technopop idol duo! How cool is that!? Everything off their album Prism is a worthwhile listen, but my favorite track has to be Neo Traveler. If Aira Mitsuki and Saori@destiny were an idol duo (and no, Park of the Safari does not count), then I think their music would sound a lot like Neo Traveler. This song is one of the more futuristic-sounding tracks on the album, and I love all the little embellishments in it. My favorite part is when the vocals blend together! If you want some idol technopop, I highly recommend Neo Traveler.

36. Radar Man by Togawa Jun - I'm not sure which is better about Radar Man: the song itself or Jun's live performance of the song. You see, Jun wore a robotic arm for Radar Man. In 1984. A robot arm. I could just leave it at that, but Radar Man is also such a great song. It has all the melodramatics that make Togawa Jun such an interesting singer. Most of what makes Radar Man such an awesome song is the way Jun delivers in going from delicate high notes to harsh screaming to loud belting then back to operatic singing. Add to the bombastic catchiness of the chorus, I can imagine Radar Man was one hell of a song to see live.

35. Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo by NMB48 - I don't really get what this song is about (the correct title should be Extinct Red-Haired Girl), but I don't really care either. Because the disco is strong in Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. NMB48 bounced onto the scene with this song, and I don't think they've managed to top it since. There is so much energy in Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo, and the song has such a distinctive sound compared to all of NMB48's other work. I think Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo would make a really good party song. I just want to get up and dance when I hear this song!

34. Special Generation by Berryz Koubou - Like Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo, Special Generation also has a ton of energy. And that makes it awesome. Special Generation is practically iconic in Berryz Koubou's discography and for good reason. In my opinion, it's the song that sums up their image the best. It's got all the quirkiness and fun that Berryz excels at. And it's a song delivered by the world's sassiest middle schoolers. Seriously, I wish I had this much sass in middle school. Even if Berryz has been floundering in their more recent years, songs like Special Generation remind me that there are times when they can crank out something great.

33. Gotta Getcha by Bump.y - It really is such a shame that Bump.y is disbanding. I didn't follow them closely, but they did have a few songs I really liked. Such as Gotta Getcha! I may be cheating considering Gotta Getcha is technically a cover of some K-pop song. I didn't hear the original song, but I think the cover is so cool! I can tell it was originally a K-pop song; it has some facets of one like random rapping and ad libbing notes. But I think Bump.y handles this song well, and they deliver a really fast-paced, fist-pumping song. Gotta Getcha really is a standout among Bump.y's discography and nothing like their other music.

32. Melodies by GAM - Melodies is such a remembered song! I mean, that's why everyone remembers it, right? Because the song is so gosh darn good? Riiiiiight? Yeah, I'll save the music video for another discussion. On its own, Melodies is memorable enough! First of all, you've got Fujimoto Miki and Matsuura Aya harmonizing like masters. Those two alone make for a great duo. And Melodies is a pretty song. There's something very girlish about Melodies, mainly in the instrumental. I love the breaks where Melodies sounds very light and delicate like a frilly little pastry. Oh, if only GAM could have stuck around longer...

31. Wani to Shampoo by Momoiro Clover Z - Like with We Are Buono!, I could put many, many more track from Battle and Romance on this list. In fact, there's one more further down! But my favorite album track on Battle and Romance is the batshit-crazy Wani to Shampoo. Funny enough, when I first listened to this song, it was like someone set off a bunch of fireworks. Composed by Hyadain, Wani to Shampoo is unbelievably insane. In fact, me telling you isn't enough; you have to listen to Wani to Shampoo to realize how insane it is. But it's a good kind of insane. The kind of insane you get from inhaling a pack of Crystal Light (don't do that, by the way).

30. Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ by Morning Musume - One word: Yossie. Good god, Yoshizawa Hitomi made this song. Of course, what else made Mr. Moonlight was the style. As the title indicates, this is a song done in the style of big band mixed with J-pop. Mr. Moonlight sounds big. The band used for this song absolutely kills it, and Abe Natsumi, Goto Maki, and of course, the ladykiller herself Yoshizawa Hitomi completely own this song. I would actually really love for someone to choreograph a partner dance to this song, because Mr. Moonlight is just begging for that. So hey, someone make that happen.

29. Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai by SKE48 - For a very long time, I thought that SKE48 was the '48 group that got solely happy, cheerful songs, never foraying into serious territory. First, Kataomoi Finally proved me wrong. Then I found out about Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai. For SKE48, Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai is one of their most serious songs. And that's not even factoring in the music video. My personal nickname for the Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai is Les Miserables: SKE48 Style. There's something about the sad tone of Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai that really gets me into it. I'm not completely sure what that something is yet.

28. Shunkan Sentimental by Scandal - Another group that isn't really considered an idol group; I practically have a list by now! Shunkan Sentimental was actually the song that got me into Scandal. I heard a snippet on a Youtube video, and from there, I discovered Scandal's other songs! Shunkan Sentimental isn't my absolute favorite Scandal song, but it's definitely high up there. I love how dark and edgy Shunkan Sentimental is, and I really wish Scandal would do this more rock-oriented style of music more often. Shunkan Sentimental is a heavy song, but it's a heavy song that rocks harder than anything Scandal's put out recently.

27. Rottara Rottara by Buono! - Perfume may have been the group that got me into J-pop, but Buono! was the group that got me into idols. Both groups being trios is merely a coincidence. Rottara Rottara was the first idol song I ever listened to, and I instantly loved it. Rottara Rottara is one of Buono!'s pop-rock songs, and hoo boy, is it catchy. In fact, had Rottara Rottara not been as catchy as it was, I may never have gotten into idol music. Luckily, Rottara Rottara is all-around an amazing song with a perfect chorus that only emphasizes how perfect the rest of the song is. Gosh, just listening to Rottara Rottara brings back memories.

26. Konna Watashi de Yokattara by Kikkawa Yuu - If Kikka released more songs like Konna Watashi de Yokattara, I may follow her more closely. But I don't know if she can even duplicate the formula that made Konna Watashi de Yokattara such a great song. Part of why I love this song is because it's so different. It's still an idol song, yes, but there are so many parts of it that you would think wouldn't work but somehow do. Like the sing talking, and all the different verses in it. This song should have sounded way too busy, but somehow came out as Kikka's best song. And since then, Kikka hasn't come close to Konna Watashi de Yokattara's level of greatness.

25. Science Girl Silence Boy by Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica - I don't know how, but I keep finding Sakura Gakuin subunits that are cooler than Sakura Gakuin. One of those being their science-themed subunit Kagaku Kyumei Kiko Logica. It's really a pity that this group only released one single, and that was over two years ago. Science Girl Silence Boy is such an interesting little song, and surprisingly not very idol-sounding. I mean, it's not like BiS music or anything, but still. The lyrics are the best part of Science Girl Silence Boy with all these science references from graduated cylinders to Albert Einstein to H2O2. This song makes science sound fun!

24. Robokiss by W - How could I forget about the best duo to ever emerge from Hello! Project? Gosh, I could put so many W songs on this list... But my favorite has got to be Robokiss. Robokiss has all the mischief and zaniness that made W such a great duo. Also Aibon and Nono's great chemistry helped. I almost don't know what to say about Robokiss, because I feel like everyone knows it's a great song. I guess what I love about Robokiss is how playful it is. And as always, Aibon and Nono make a great vocal team. I do want to give special mention to the PV for Robokiss, because it's just as great as the song. Besides, Berryz Koubou backup dances in it!

23. Korekara Wonderland by AKB48 - I already went into why I love Korekara Wonderland once, so I'll just sum up what I said then. AKB48 has done a number of retro-style songs (one of the more popular ones being Koisuru Fortune Cookie), but Korekara Wonderland is the one that works the best. And no, I'm not just saying that because the title has the word "Wonderland" in it. Korekara Wonderland has this breeziness to it that makes me want to get down and boogie. Whoops, now I'm slipping into 70s slang! But really, Korekara Wonderland is such an enjoyable song, and I don't think AKB48 can ever top the retro fun of it.

22. Nerve by BiS - I don't know how I can even write about BiS without getting sidetracked into their disbandment. I just can't believe it's really- crap, I'm doing it again. Time to focus on Nerve! One of their first songs and one of their more popular ones, Nerve is great in all its renditions. It isn't my top BiS song, but it is in my top 3. But for the longest time, I've never really been able to figure out why. I just know that when I listen to it, I like it. I think what contributes to Nerve's personal appeal is that it gets in your head really easy. Especially that opening riff. I guess that's what I love about Nerve: how strangely memorable it is.

21. Doll by Scandal - Watching the music video for Doll makes me realize just how much Scandal has changed since then. So much that listening to Doll is like a nostalgia trip. Alongside Shoujo S and Scandal Baby, Doll is one of Scandal's more recognized songs. Which I am 110% okay with, because holy shit, this song rocks. I think Doll is more of a rock song than pop, but it still retains the pop-rock sound that made Scandal such a cool group to me. When I think of Scandal's sound, Doll is the song that always pops up in my head. Well, that and one other song we'll get to after a few more songs...

20. Roman ~My Dear Boy~ by Morning Musume - One of Morning Musume's strengths and weaknesses is how they leap around from sound to sound. Currently, they're riding the electropop wave, but when they released Roman ~My Dear Boy~ they forayed into a more rock sound. Okay, more like pop rock but still. That lasted for only one song, but I love Roman ~My Dear Boy~. I think what I love about Roman ~My Dear Boy~ is how uplifting it sounds. I originally thought the song was about defending yourself from politicians (thanks, music video) but it's more of a "do-your-best" type of song. But it is one of my favorite "do-your-best" songs!

19. Banzai Venus by SKE48 - What, you didn't seriously think the only SKE48 song on this list would be their depressing one, did you? Banzai Venus is one of my favorite idol singles overall, even if that Shirogumi B-side is the weakest of the three songs. If you asked me to describe SKE48 with one song, I would go with Banzai Venus. Because this song is SKE48 at their happiest and bubbliest. I mean, how could anyone hate Banzai Venus? That's like hating a puppy for jumping around and doing puppy things. Listening to Banzai Venus always puts me in a better mood, and then I end up humming it for the rest of the day.

18. Beginner by AKB48 - I was listening to the SNH48 version of Beginner the other day, and the mixing was terrible as usual. But the magical thing about Beginner is that shitty mixing or not, it's still one of their best songs. I just love the tone of Beginner; it was the first of AKB48's serious fall singles and still stands as the best. And I love the message of Beginner. Beginner is a very abrasive song, especially in the beginning, but then it makes this 180 into being an empowering song about overcoming challenges. The delivery of Beginner makes that message about not giving up ten times more memorable. And how can you forget that music video?

17. Connect by ClariS - Yes, I admit it. The only reason I know this song exists is because I watched Madoka Magica. Real kid-friendly anime by the way, I would recommend it to all small children under the age of eight. Regardless of Madoka's deceptive content, Connect is still a very pretty song. It sounds like your average anime theme, but I like that it's more orchestral. And the way the duo of ClariS sings it is also nice, particularly the key changes. Key changes can improve just about any song. Unless it was a shitty song in the first place. Connect, however, is not a shitty song. It's a beautiful song! And it makes me half of ClariS is leaving.

16. Kodou no Himitsu by Tokyo Girls' Style - Would you look at that! It's the song that got me into TGS! Actually, the music video was what got me into TGS, but Kodou no Himitsu helped! Kodou no Himitsu was the song that started them on the path of the 90s Avex sound and Royal Mirrorball Mixes. And while that sound's gotten a little repetitive over time, Kodou no Himitsu still stands as one of my favorite TGS songs. I think that's mostly because the melody of Kodou no Himitsu is so good. I watched the video for the first time and instantly remembered that kickass melody. And the rest, I suppose you could say, is history.

15. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru by AKB48 - AKB48's Sailor Fuku wo Nugasanaide, only with more implications of underage sex! Fun for the whole family! Yes, Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru was/is controversial. In other breaking news, water is wet. Maybe I'd get more worked up about it if Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru was handled poorly, but I think it works really well. The song is serious, and it's only the music video that brings up the underage sex vibes. Lyrically, the song is an interesting look into the mind of a teenage girl and sex (even if said song was written by a middle-aged man). So is it creepy? A little, but only in the most fascinating ways.

14. Kids by Vanilla Beans - Another cover, this time a cover of a Western artist! Have any of you readers listened to MGMT? Well, Kids is their most popular song (and they will never play it at a concert again). And I love the original! It's one of my favorite English-language songs! I'm just not sure if I love the original or Vanilla Beans' version. I love that Vanilla Beans keeps the beat from the original but changes it to match their smoother, more refined style of music. As usual, the vocals are also just as soothing. And the girls' English isn't too shabby either! I guess I'm kind of cheating with a cover on the list, but Kids is such a good cover!

13. Sakura Nakimichi by Whiteberry - There are many idol sakura songs out there, but I don't really have much that I really love. Well, Sakura Nakimichi is one of those few that I do! First of all, Whiteberry is a wonderful band, and you should all check out their music. That being said, Sakura Nakimichi has the youthful cheeriness that so many other Whiteberry songs have. And that's pretty much why I love Sakura Nakimichi. It's so gosh darn happy. I always prefer happy sakura songs over sadder ones. Whiteberry's lead vocalist Yuki sings the song with such heart. Her voice isn't the best, but she sings so expressively, especially in Sakura Nakimichi.

12. Koko ni Iruzee! by Morning Musume - So here's my thing about happy songs. The happy songs that I like the best are the ones that have a ton of energy. And they also do this thing where they make me feel happy. To say that Koko ni Iruzee! is a happy song is an understatement. It is an exuberant song. All four minutes and twenty nine seconds of this song is pure, unleaded enthusiasm, and I love it. I love every minute of Koko ni Iruzee! especially the very last part. Morning Musume has done fifty shades of songs, but Koko ni Iruzee! will always be my favorite from them. It captures that exhilarating feeling of happiness perfectly.

11. Pinky Jones by Momoiro Clover Z - For the longest time, I didn't want to listen to Pinky Jones. I have no idea why, I guess I just wasn't interested. I was a fool. Pinky Jones, how do I even describe Pinky Jones... It's like someone took a bunch of different sounds from xylophones to bagpipes to Indian music and threw them all into a big giant pot. Then set the pot on fire. And I'm not sure where I'm going with this metaphor. What I'm trying to get at is that Pinky Jones is an irresistibly catchy song that has all the unbridled brightness of the Battle and Romance singles. It's my favorite track off Battle and Romance and my favorite MomoClo song.

10. 10nen Zakura by AKB48 - What a more appropriate song to have at #10 than 10nen Zakura? I swear I didn't put 10nen Zakura at #10 so I could do that. If you took a look at my top 20 AKB48 songs, then you'd know that 10nen Zakura is at #2. This is my favorite sakura song; it has all the happiness I love in sakura songs while still managing to be a little bit sad. 10nen Zakura is about graduating and the future, two very prominent topics for the average adolescent. And yet 10nen Zakura approaches the future with optimism, while still acknowledging the uncertainty of it. That's why I love this song so much.

9. My Ixxx by BiS - Oh man, I remember when the music video for My Ixxx stirred up all that controversy. It also introduced me to BiS, so I'm thankful for that controversy! I remember watching the video and taking more interesting in the song. Because music video aside, My Ixxx is a really great song. At the time, I liked it because it had a more alternative sound than other idol groups I was following. Even the vocals sounded different from what I was used to then (which keep in mind was lots and lots of Perfume. The vocals in My Ixxx sound kind of grainy but intentionally so. The atmosphere overall to My Ixxx makes the song a great listen.

8. Teck Teck Walk by Bellring Shoujo Heart - First things first, everything off of Bedhead is great, and you should go listen to that album. But in my opinion, the album's standout track is Teck Teck Walk. Teck Teck Walk is a positively ethereal song, with a hauntingly beautiful string melody that sounds similar to The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony. And then the vocals sound so dreamy and distant; it's one of the occasions where Bellring Shoujo Heart's shitty production works. Teck Teck Walk is so dreamlike; I'd even venture to say that the song is dream pop. The mesmerizing, slow pace is beautiful; even if you're not a fan of Bellring Shoujo Heart, give this a listen.

7. Kagayake Sorairo Shoujo by Curumi Chronicle - The funny thing about Curumi Chronicle's music is that it ranges from cute and idol-y to straight-up EDM. But of her more idol-y songs, Kagayake Sorairo Shoujo is my absolute favorite. I think what I like about Kagayake Sorairo Shoujo is that it's kind of a mix of technopop and EDM, with a few parts venturing into EDM territory but the song mostly retaining its adorable technopop sound. This is the kind of music I'd picture Saori@destiny doing if she was more of an idol. Kagayake Sorairo Shoujo was the first song to introduce me to Curumi Chronicle, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in her.

6. BeauTeen!! by Scandal - What is a BeauTeen anyways? I could never figure that out. Now I think it's just a cool way of spelling beauty/beautiful. Well, of all the Scandal songs I've listened to, BeauTeen!! is my favorite. Why? Because it's so happy! There are two types of Scandal songs I like the best: their harder, serious songs and their overwhelmingly happy songs. BeauTeen!! falls into the latter category. I think what I like so much BeauTeen!! is how earnest the song sounds. BeauTeen!! revolves around affection, the most devoted kind of affection there is. I'm not a huge romantic, but there's some infectious about how earnestly romantic BeauTeen!! sounds.

5. Limited addiction by Tokyo Girls' Style - In retrospect, 2011 was a good year for Tokyo Girls' Style. Or maybe that's just me looking through rose-tinted shades. But Kodou no Himitsu, Liar, and Limited addiction were all great songs. In my opinion, Limited addiction is TGS at their best. It has a killer instrumental, a solid arrangement, and Konishi Ayano's vocals practically made the song. Seriously, the girl has pipes. It's a shame she's been having voice problems as of late. Limited addiction is mature and sensual, with an uncomfortably mature and sensual video to go with it. Despite the ages of the girls at this time, Limited addiction is TGS at their finest.

4. Primal by BiS - Ah, more memories. I remember the music video for Primal grossing me out so much. But at the same time there was something fascinating about the raw nature of the music video. And I think that's because Primal is such a raw song. Primal isn't a ballad but it has all the emotion in a great ballad. I mean the vocals are so... I don't even know what words to describe them with. BiS isn't exactly known for their good vocals, but in Primal, the girls sound like they are singing their hearts out. I'd actually really recommend watching the music video for Primal; I think it really captures the feelings in the song.

3. Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ by Zone - Nothing like a ballad to lift your spirits! I listed this song under my top 10 ballads, but it's also one of my favorite songs in general. What ties into my love for Secret Base are the lyrics. I don't pay close attention to idol lyrics, but when the lyrics are good, I do. Secret Base is such a heartfelt song, and all the emotions in it are easily relatable. The song explores nostalgia, friendship, most of all, saying goodbye. They're simple themes but the girls of Zone deliver them powerfully. There aren't many songs that get me teary-eyed, but Secret Base is one of them.

2. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou by AKB48 - Another song that gets me teary-eyed is Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou! But those are for very different reasons. This is my favorite AKB48 song, and one of my favorite idol songs. As I've stated before, this is not a happy song. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou delves into bullying and suicide and has the nerve to do it from a rather brutal perspective. It makes for a powerful song that strikes a chord with me every time I listen to it. Which is why I can't believe that a group who would release a song like Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou has fallen so far from that level of quality. Still, that doesn't stop Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou from being a phenomenal song.

1. Suki Suki Daisuki by Togawa Jun - You know how I said at the beginning I had a hard time ranking all of these songs? Well, that was mostly true. But I knew from the very start my #1 song would be Suki Suki Daisuki. To me, it is Togawa Jun at her most idol-y with all the biting lyrics and dramatic vocals that are a staple with her music. Suki Suki Daisuki goes from cutesy to melodramatic at the drop of a hat. The lyrics are saccharine sweet yet morbidly insane at the same time. Suki Suki Daisuki may not be the nicest idol song out there, but it is an interesting song. And at the end of the day, that's enough for me.

Anyone make it to the bottom of the list? If so, congratulations! You got through Nia's 50 idol songs in one piece! Your prize is... freedom of speech on the Wonderland! Would anybody else care to share their favorite 50 idol songs? Or 20? Or even 10? 50 is a big number, but I always love reading what other people's personal favorites are!

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  1. I think the nmb48 song zetsumetsu kurokami shoujo translates as extinct black haired girl, the idea being that loads of Japanese girls dye their hair now so it's not its natural black colour. Thanks for making this list :)

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    1. Oh, I get it now! That just makes Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo even more interesting!

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  2. My favorite Vanilla Beans song that I've heard is "Sub Call Girl Madoka" from Vanilla Beans III.

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    1. I haven't heard that Vanilla Beans song. I'll go check it out!

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  3. holy crap how did you even do that XD I personally have a hard time ranking my favorite idol songs, I probably couldnt even do a top 5 (if i have to really think about it). Let's see, i'll try to name 10 songs in no particular order that i really like.... starting now

    1. Dempagumi.inc - Orange Rium
    2. Scandal - Scandal Baby
    3. Babymetal - Benitsuki, Akatsuki
    4. Nogizaka46 - Sekkachi na Katatsumuri
    5. AKB48 - Beginner
    6. Bellring Shoujo Heart - Ice Cream... or Edge of Goodbye
    7. Perfume - Dream Fighter (probably my fave perfume song)
    8. Tokyo Girls' Style - Himawari to Hoshizuku
    9. BiS - BiSimulation
    10. Yumemiru Adolescence - Mawaru Sekai

    (i tried really hard to pick different groups XD)
    ps. i know you said you're not into metal but Ijime Dame Zettai is probably one of Babymetal's most metal song, it's very power metal XD

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    1. I'm still not sure! I spent hours switching everything back and forth! The first 10 were easy, but then everything else was such a challenge!

      I like your top 10! Well, I'm not a fan of a few of those songs, but I love the Scandal, AKB48, and Bellring Shoujo Heart songs! And Perfume is always a treat; Dream Fighter's #4 in my personal top 20 Perfume songs!

      Wow, is Ijime, Dame, Zettai really one of Babymetal's most metal songs!? Like really!? Maybe I'm less of a metal wimp than I thought!

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  4. I gave it a try but it's not easy, even with only 12 songs:
    1. Twinklestars - Dear Mr. Socrates
    2. BABYMETAL - Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
    3. TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE - Liar
    4. Folder5 - Ready!
    5. dream - Our Time
    6. COSMETICS - tomorrow
    7. Hekiru Shiina - MOTTO sweets
    8. 80_pan - DISCO BABY
    9. Prizmmy☆ - my transform
    10. HINOI Team - Please Forgive Me
    11. Sister Q - Night and Day [and the PV is brilliant!]
    12. Morning Musume - Ai no gundan
    ... and many others

    If you miss amU, you must like aco's project "spoon+", don't you?

    And speaking of the voice of Ayano (TGS), it's recently got better! More details here: http://tokyogirlsupdate.com/tokyogirlsstyle-hibiya-concert-20140622570.html. For the audio of it, THIS is awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MW22am9r00. More songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivgOVCJjnM.

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    1. Nice list! You've got so many different idol groups on it! I love Liar and Ai no Gundan! And also Headbanger! And yes, I love spoon+. Still mis amU though!

      I'm so happy that Ayano's voice is getting better; I've been really worried about her this past year. She sounds much better in this more recent clip!

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  5. That's some impressive list! But the nostalgic man here is sad because you've put UFO in Honorable Mentions. I know that you don't look really much for Showa idols, but that song was one of the first million-sales idol singles... Oh well.

    I expected more H!P and TGS on your list. You review them a lot... I was kind of surprised with Whiteberry, that's some pretty unknown group, and the song was something unexpected as well (most people like more their version of Natsu Matsuri than their original songs)!

    ...so you saw Madoka Magica....
    I thought that you would put the ending, but the opening it's OK. For me, the movie opening it's better, it makes me happy and makes me run excited like a crazy dude everywhere. Yeah, it's as weird as you're thinking.

    So, now that you've made a top 50 and are alive to say it, how do you feel?
    And, little challenge: Get your favorite Media Player and tell us the most played songs.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I don't really look into Showa idols... I probably should, but I've just never gotten around to it. I did know that UFO was Pink Lady's most successful single, and that they were one of the first really successful idol groups! The song is so catchy; I was so close to putting it on this list.

      I have a lot of H!P and TGS songs that I love, but I could just make a list of my favorite H!P or TGS songs if I wanted. I wanted this list to include favorites from all sorts of different idol groups I've followed (or not followed). I may end up making a top 20/25 H!P song list in the future though...

      Yep, I love Natsu Matsuri too, but Sakura Nakimichi was the Whiteberry song that grabbed me. They were such a fun, peppy band; I really wish they'd stuck around for maybe one more album.

      I am actually not a huge fan of the ending theme to Madoka Magica. I don't think it's a bad song, but it's not very... I don't consider Kalafina an idol group.

      Hrm... 50 songs later, I feel... accomplished? This list will probably change even more as the years go by. For now, it's like a snapshot of a period in time.

      According to my iTunes playlist, the five most played songs are:
      1. Suki Suki Daisuki
      2. Kids
      3. Teck Teck Walk
      4. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
      5. My Ixxx

      But I had to transfer a lot of these songs recently, so I lost the previous play history. I think before the most played song was Primal and Secret Base, Limited addiction, and 10nen Zakura weren't far behind.

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  6. Fantastic list, so much so that I've even seen it being retweeted around by idol gakkyokuha in Japan.

    In my case, the following songs are ones I love:

    BiS - no regret
    Especia - Stereo Highway
    BiS Kaidan - BiS_kaidan
    LinQ - Kimochi
    Paipaidekami - Prairie Dog
    You'll Melt More! - YuruZero (they've only ever performed this live, but it's fantastic)
    SKE48 - Nakama no Uta
    Steam Girls - destiny
    SDN48 - Never!
    Dempagumi.inc - Nantetatte Shangri-La
    Curumi Chronicle - KITTY
    Cheeky Parade - C.P.U!? -Hige Driver remix-
    80_pan - 80_pan
    NECRONOMIDOL - Atai no Tsumeato
    Kamen Joshi - AMATSUCHI
    Izukoneko - last cat factory
    AKB48 - Bokura no Kamihikoukitachi
    Armor Girls - Kokoroid
    PASSPO - MASK
    Bellring Girls Heart - Teck Teck Walk
    Rhymeberry - SUPERMCZTOKYO
    Alice Juban - Zenkai Hero
    Morning Musume '14 - Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
    UNDER FACE - WALL BREAKER
    BABYMETAL - Catch me if you can
    Terashima Yufu - #Yuflight
    Cosmetic Robot - Digital LOVE
    ICT Lovelies!! - Ja Ja

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    1. I did notice someone linked this post on Twitter. It's really flattering; this post now has a bunch of views too!

      You've got a pretty fantastic list yourself! I love the variety! I might even check a few of these songs out...

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  8. 1. Roman ~My Dear Boy~ - Morning Musume
    2. Dear My Teacher - AKB48
    3. Kataomoi Finally - SKE48
    4. Idol Nante Yobanaide - AKB48
    5. Aitakatta - AKB48
    6. Knock Me, Knock Me - Oomori Seiko
    7. Nostalgic J-Pop - Oomori Seiko
    8. Suki Suki Daisuki - Togawa Jun
    9. Midnight Seijun Issei Kouyuu - Oomori Seiko
    10. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou - AKB48
    11. Nandome No Aozora Ka? - Nogizaka46
    12. Boku No Taiyou - AKB48
    13. Virgin Love - AKB48
    14. Senaka Kara Dakishimete - AKB48
    15. I Wish - Morning Musume
    16. Megitsune - Babymetal
    17. Renai Revolution 21 - Morning Musume
    18. Orange - Curumi Chronicle
    19. Toomawari No Aijou - Nogizaka46
    20. Seifuku Ga Jama Wo Suru - AKB48
    21. Ponytail To Shushu - AKB48
    22. Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo - NMB48
    23. Gekiteki Joy! Before After - Oomori Seiko
    24. Love Like Candy Floss - SweetS
    25. Shabondama - Morning Musume

    I think I really badly need help. My list is lacking in variety, I desperately want to discover other idols.

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