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City Pop Digest

 - 9 Mar 2019

Score: 2

DJ Rocket Brown's City Pop Recommendation Chart

The following is a ranking chart I develop to help me and others recommend City Pop artist to others who don’t know where to start on their musical journey. Don’t think of this as a “Good Music vs bad music” type of list, but rather a Ranking of who I would take priority over recommending to someone. I'm sharing it as sort of a topic of discussion, I know this is HIGHLY subjective, which is why I would like to hear your thoughts. If an artist is in the highest tier (S), These Artists are Pioneers & Helped Define the genre. The Lowest Tier (C) means that these are Artists who are good, but barely count as City Pop and/or Artists whose work is a good example of city pop but doesn’t break any boundaries. Everything in the middle (A-B) are artist, while not mandatory listening, have a very exceptional library of City Pop. #

S TIER1. Tatsuro Yamashita 2. Mariya Takeuchi3. Toshiki Kadomatsu4. Junko Ohashi5. Anri6. Eiichi Ohtaki7. Harry Honsono8. Miki Matsubara9. Junko Yagami 10. Omega Tribe11. EPO12. Minako Yoshida13. 14. Taeko Ohnuki15. Yoshino Fujimaru# A TIER1. Casiopea2. Amii Ohzuki3. Toshinobu Kubota4. Yellow Magic Orchestra5. Meiko Nakahara6. Hiroshi Sato7. Makoto Matsushita8. Mai Yamane9. Dreams Come True10. Kingo Hamada11. Yurie Kokubu12. Terumasa Hino# B TIER1. Yumi Arai (Yumi Matsutoya)2. Bread & Butter3. Haruko Kuwana4. Piper5. T Square6. Chocolate Lips / Miho Fujiwara7. So Nice8. Katsumi Horri Project9. Spectrum10. AB’s11. Jadoes12. Hitomi Toyama13. Shigeru Suzuki14. Kimiko Kasai# C TIER1. Hideki Saijo2. Akira Terao 3. Mari Ijima4. Motoyoshi Iwasaki & WINDY5. H206. Hako Yamasaki7. Cho Kosaka8. Ginji Itoi9. Kyozo Nishioka10. PAO11. SHOGUN12. Ginji Ito13. Hiromi Go14. Sadistic Mika Band15. Yasuyuki Okamura16. Char17. Ryo Kagawa18. Pink Lady

Comments

RocketBrown says:

Let me know your thoughts and who you'd might include on this list and where.

Posted at 03:05 UTC, 2019-03-09

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lecheez says:

cool list! looks like from S to C also indicate some big names to obscurities,which i agree is a good way for others to be introduced by.

Posted at 12:04 UTC, 2019-03-09

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YuRi0 says:

Cool list man, I'd like to vouch for Char in the S tier since the man had a stratocaster literally dedicated to him for shilling the Mustang Fender his entire career. He really changed the rock music scene in the 70s with hits like Smoky, Shinin' you shinin' day, among some others and is widely recognized in japan for his incredible skills in guitar playing as well as songwriting and singing. Think, the Jimi of japan!

Posted at 17:50 UTC, 2019-03-25

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RocketBrown says:

Cool list man, I'd like to vouch for Char in the S tier since the man had a stratocaster literally dedicated to him for shilling the Mustang Fender his entire career. He really changed the rock music scene in the 70s with hits like Smoky, Shinin' you shinin' day, among some others and is widely recognized in japan for his incredible skills in guitar playing as well as songwriting and singing. Think, the Jimi of japan!

I would actually agree with comparing Char to Jimi Hendrix, part the reason he's not higher on the list is not because of his cultural significance, but rather that the only Songs that I've heard by him so far that quality as City Pop are Kagerou and the other two you just mentioned lol.

When I constructed this list, it wasn't about who's a better musician than the others or who's less significant, but rather who who has contributed the most to the Genre of City Pop. Keep in mind there are a lot more very Iconic and game changing artist that fall in the Bottom tier simply because they aren't associated with City pop (Hideki Saijo, Hiromi Go, Ryo Kagawa, & Pink Lady) but that doesnt make their music inferior or bad.

Posted at 06:26 UTC, 2019-03-27

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