There was a huge amount of superb anime music to choose from this year! Although it was really hard to narrow it down to a somewhat small list, we still think we did a good job getting the top 20 best Jrock anime songs from this year. In no particular order, let’s explore!

Boku no Hero Academia 2
Peace Sign by Kenshi Yonezu

米津玄師 - ピースサイン , Kenshi Yonezu - Peace Sign

Kenshi Yonezu is undoubtedly one of the most popular talented artists to break out of the indie scene in recent time. His song Peace Sign has already garnered over 48 million views in the six months that it has been out. His particular voice and captivating melodies speak well with Japanese pop rock listeners, and he can proudly boast about having written the music himself while also providing the vocals. Pretty much all of his music videos are fated to receive millions of views without fail, whether the song features himself on vocals or a Vocaloid.

Peace Sign
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Ousama Game The Animation
FEED THE FIRE by coldrain

「王様ゲーム The Animation」ティザーPV

This is probably the heaviest pick out of all the featured songs on this list! We’re sure many of you are very familiar with coldrain by now. With their latest album FATELESS, they’ve shown the world that they’re taking back their primitive metal sound! FEED THE FIRE delivers just that and is without a doubt able to quench your thirst for heavy music!

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Shoukoku no Altair
Akairo by Civilian


Akairo is a really lively song with a very heroic and adventurous sound, it even adds some funk to it as well. Ironically, it is combined mellow vocals which however still fits perfectly! By the middle eastern inspired intermezzo, it is made especially apparent that the song is accommodated to Shoukoko no Altair (unfortunately this part isn’t included in the short trailer above).

CIVILIAN was formerly known as Lyu:Lyu and has Koyama Hidekazu as the front-man. He first started getting recognition for his Vocaloid work under the name HoehoeP.

The official music video can be found here, although, it is not available outside of Japan.

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Clockwork Planet
Anti Clockwise by After the Rain

【MV】アンチクロックワイズ/After the Rain(そらる×まふまふ)【クロックワーク・プラネットED】

Not only is Anti Clockwise a dynamic and interesting pop-rock song with its fast pace and wacky piano, but also a song where we can hear mafumafu’s inhumanly pitched (well, at least for most males) shine in the choruses. After the rain’s other vocalist, Soraru, keeps a fairly low key in Anti Clockwise to allow mafumafu’s vocals gleam timely which results in an ideal harmonizing balance.

Anti Clockwise
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Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
Blow out by Konomi Suzuki

鈴木このみ「Blow out」(TVアニメ「ロクでなし魔術講師と禁忌教典」OP)

It was impossible to leave out Konomi Suzuki from this list, one of the most popular artists on the anime scene right now! Her song Blow out is explosively catchy and leaves a strong impression after just one listen! Even though the song follows a very traditional “anime rock” sound, it still manages to punch a fresh and magnetizing take!

Blow out
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Kagerou by ReaL

Gintama (2017) Full Opening | "Kagerou" by ReaL + Lyrics

I would not be mad to say that many of the best Japanese music is affiliated with Gintama, and the song which ReaL provided—Kagerou—is no exception! Along the super catchy and rocking guitars melodies, and the enticing drums, ReaL pairs the song with high pitched vocals that without a doubt lifts the energetic intensity by heaps!

The official music video can be found here, although, it is not available outside of Japan.

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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Aozora no Rhapsody by fhána

fhána / 青空のラプソディ - MUSIC VIDEO

fhana’s song Aozora no Rhapsody has been incredibly well received ever since it popped up on the anime Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon. It’s super upbeat and has the potential to swing anyone’s bad mood into dancing mode! Watch the video and dance along! “Chu Chu Yeah”!

Aozora no Rhapsody
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Uncontrollable by Ito Kanako

いとうかなこ / Uncontrollable

Combining classical piano, electronic synth, and rock guitars, not forgetting to mention Ito Kanako’s unique voice! Uncontrollable is quite an engaging song as it is fast paced! It is also quite hard to pinpoint the right words to describe Ito’s unique voice, but one thing is for sure, the anime community loves her work! She a veteran in the field and Uncontrollable shows that she’s still going strong!

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Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari

MY LIBERATION / ナノ Music Video

nano is a master when it comes to producing rock music! MY LIBERATION offers super catchy melodies and a symphonic backing, along with nano’s intense and dramatic vocals!

nano first received recognition on niconico, mainly uploading Vocaloid vocal covers. Ever since then, nano’s music has spread all over the general Jrock scene. As a trivia, nano grew up in America which explains the perfect English pronunciation.

My Liberation / Paraiso
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Jikan no Shihaisha
RULER GAME by Fo’xTails

【Fo'xTails】TVアニメ『時間の支配者』OPテーマ「RULER GAME」Music Clip

Fo’xTails’ RULER GAME provides an awesome and fast-paced power metal song for the shounen anime Jikan no Shihaisha (Chronos Ruler). RULER GAME is accented with subtle synths and classical piano, it also comes with a charismatic guitar solo by the end of the song.

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Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

ZAQ / BRAVER -Music video full size-

ZAQ is going strong with her latest intense song BRAVER, accommodated for the food cooking anime, Shokugeki no Soma! While ZAQ’s powerful vocals easily stand out, the instrumentals in this song are powerful too, in the way it grabs you by the collar and forces you to headbang involuntarily.

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Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau
Hashitairo by rionos

rionos/ハシタイロ MUSIC VIDEO(FULL SIZE) (TVアニメ『クジラの子らは砂上に歌う』ED主題歌)

Unlike most of the picks in this list, rionos’ song Hashitairo is very calming and soothing. Close your eyes while listening to rionos’ dreamy and relaxing voice to take yourself far away from the chaotic world we call “reality”.

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Our sympathy by Alfakyun.

+α/あるふぁきゅん。 「Our sympathy」 2017.2.8 Release

The most prominent part of Our Sympathy is without a doubt Alfakyun.’s strong and fierce vocals which go really well with the hectic rock instrumentals! Despite her strong vocals, she’s able to switch to a lighter, more feminine voice on demand, as demonstrated in this song.

Starting out in the Vocaloid doujin community, Alfakyun. finally expanded and made her way to the anime scene, with Our sympathy being her anime debut song.

Our Sympathy
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Saiyuki Reload Blast
Refrain by Luck Life

ラックライフ / リフレイン [Music Video](TVアニメ『最遊記RELOAD BLAST』エンディング主題歌 )

Luck Life excels when it comes to guitar licks and it shows well in the intro and the solo part of Refrain. Even though they have a fairly traditional pop-rock sound, in Refrain, the band makes themselves stand out with their stimulating and entertaining guitars.

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Adrenaline!!! by TrySail

TrySail 『adrenaline!!!』-Music Video YouTube EDIT ver.-

This song by TrySail is super uplifting as you probably already guessed by its name, Adrenaline!!!. It’s a sweet and fun song, smacking lively trumpets throughout the entire song, as well as packing tons of the anime pop sound for you to indulge yourself in. The three-unit group TrySail is composed of voice actresses: Momo Asakura, Sora Amamiya, and Shiina Natsukawa.

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Atom: The beginning
Kaidoku Funou by After the Rain

【MV】 解読不能/After the Rain[そらる×まふまふ]【アトム ザ・ビギニングOP】

We have After the Rain mentioned twice on this list, that is not (only) because of favoritism but because of how exceptional and captivating their sound is! The two vocalists, mafumafu, and Soraru are in excellent harmonizing balance in this vigorous rock song!

Kaidoku Funou
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Boku no Hero Academia 2
Sora ni Utaeba by amazarashi

To keep up with the Boku no Hero Academia theme, amazarashi composed an emotional song that radiates the feeling of determination and courage. This is almost a U-turn compared to their recent more depressing sounding work. However, it doesn’t take away that this is still an excellent song which the Boku no Hero Academia fans seem to agree on!

Sora Ni Utaeba
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Sh0ut by Sawano Hiroyuki

SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] 5th single『gravityWall/sh0ut』DIGEST

The song Sh0ut—like all of Sawano’s music—has the signature sound that only Sawano seem to be able to offer. Specifically here, Sh0ut offers futuristic electronics, faint rock guitars, paired with vocals by Tielle and Gemie. As Re:Creators is predominantly a somewhat cryptic anime, the vocals follow the same cryptic direction in terms of feel, which both Tielle and Gemie truly captured!

Sawano Hiroyuki is probably one of the best-known anime music composers; with big titles backing him up, such as Attack on Titan, Gundam, Kill la Kill and many more!

gravityWall / sh0ut
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Black Clover
Haruka Mirai by Kankaku Piero

感覚ピエロ『ハルカミライ』 OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO(TVアニメ「ブラッククローバー」OP)

Unlike many of Kankaku Piero reckless pop-rock music, Haruka Mirai is slightly more sophisticated to match the theme of the anime Black Clover. Other prominent parts include the little rap part by the beginning of the song which certainly spices up the song!

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Needless to say, the song My Hero keeps a heroic theme, but interestingly enough, the band decided to include a small orchestra in the song—which is always a pleasant addition! It is worth mentioning that lead vocalist Tanaka and rapper Johnny sport some interesting voices, so don’t be shy and have a listen in case this is your first contact with this band.

Find You
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Bonus Song

Fukumenkei Noise


SILENT BLACK KITTY’s song FALLING SILENT features an alternative rock sound that is reminding of TK from ling tosite sigure’s guitar, fused with vocals reminiscence of supercell’s typical vocals. Translation: Very smooth guitar which is mixed with exquisitely executed effect pedals, making the song never stale! The vocals are nasal and at the same time, sweet and mysterious that melts in with the instrumentals gracefully.

Unfortunately, this song was never featured as the opening, nor ending theme song for Fukumenkei Noise, but as an insert song (also known as “incidental music”, a song which can be heard during the body of the anime). For that reason, we feature this as a bonus song.

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So that was it! The top 20 songs from this year compiled into a single article! Do you agree with our picks, or would you suggest other songs instead? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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