Memorable music

MacrossSOngCollectionAfter watching on NHK World a documentary on the songs of Studio Ghibli’s animated movies (like Nausicaä or Laputa), I started listening to an old playlist of anime background music (BGM) and songs collections from my late-20s and 30s. I had forgotten how much those tunes could get stuck in your head (particularly “Konya Wa Hurricane” from Bubblegum Crisis, “Ai-Oboe te i masuka” from Macross, the crashing song from Megazone 23 Part 2, or any songs from Kimagure Orange Road). I realize that this is something missing from recent anime that I’ve seen: memorable music. I really miss that. And it makes me sad — and very nostalgic!

My playlist also includes a few hits from great J-pop artists like Aikawa Nanase, Glay, Globe, Namie Amuro, TRF, Yoko Kanno and even a few Enka songs by Misora Hibari!

Do you have anime or J-pop favourite songs ?

[ Traduire ]

[ Update – 2019/02/23 ] For the curious, here’s the full playlist (recently augmented)—and I have added plenty of links so you can sample them :

TYCY-5435This playlist includes (for now) a total of 55 songs (for a duration of 3:29:00 hours !). For those who wonder, anime Original Soundtrack (OST) or J-pop song collections can be purchased in many places: I favour CD Japan, but there is also YesAsia and sometimes they can even be found on Amazon. Unfortunately, most of those CDs are no longer available… Although, surprisingly, most of them can be listen to on Youtube! Give it a try…

MEGAZONE_23_SONG_Bande_OriginaleThis is my Top 50ish of anime & J-pop soundtracks (presented in a roughly alphabetical order of the artists), but there are so many other titles that I couldn’t fit here. This is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. For me it was quite a trip to the memory lane, but I hope this playlist will introduce many readers to this genre of music ! I sincerely believe that there is no other media that has put so much emphasis on including really memorable music into their production… Follow the links and enjoy!

 

Titles

Duration

Artist(s)

Album [links]

Yume Miru Shojo Ja Irarenai / 夢見る少女じゃいられない [I can not get a dream girl] 4:18 Aikawa Nanase Red [video live on Youtube]
The Sore Feet Song (TV Size) 1:28 Ally Kerr Mushishi Soundtrack 1 [Youtube]
Konya Wa Hurricane [There’s a Hurricane Tonight] 4:40 Kinuko Ohmori Bubblegum Crisis OST [video on Youtube]
Message #9 (Opening theme) 3:56 種ともこ / Tomoko Tane Gasaraki OST Vol.1 “Gasaraki densyo ongaku I” [Youtube]
Beloved 2:44 Glay Beloved [live on Youtube]
Love again 4:44 Globe Love Again [Youtube]
Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (Opening theme) 4:37 Joe Hisaishi Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind OST [Youtube]
Carrying You (Ending theme) 4:08 Joe Hisaishi & Azumi Inoue Castle in the Sky [Laputa] OST [Youtube]
Princess Mononoke (main theme with vocal) 3:32 Joe Hisaishi & Yoshikazu Mera Princess Mononoke OST
手紙をかくよ/ Tegamiwo kakuyo [I write a letter] 4:06 Judy And Mary Pop Life / The Great Escape [Youtube]
Believe in future 4:33 Kahala Tomomi Love Again / Natural Breeze Kahala Best 1998-2002 [Youtube]
Heartbeat of Shinma 5:07 Kenji Kawai Vampire Princess Miyu OST [Youtube]
Ai-Oboe te i masu ka / 愛・おぼえていますか [Do you remember love?] 6:29 Mari IIjima Macross Song Collection [anime version on Youtube / CD version]
Ai ha nagareru / 愛は流れる [Love flows] 4:06 Mari IIjima Macross Song Collection [Youtube]
Shou hahuryuu (Shaopairon) / 小白竜(シャオパイロン) [Small White Dragon] 1:11 Mari IIjima Macross Song Collection [Youtube]
Macross / マクロス (Opening Theme) 3:10 Fujiwara Makoto Macross Song Collection [Youtube]
Zankyo Komoriuta / 残侠子守唄 4:55 Misora Hibari Kayokyoku 2 songs (Enka) / Original Best 50 [Youtube / Duo live with Mori Masako !]
Something ‘bout The Kiss 4:28 Namie Amuro Something ‘bout The Kiss / Genius 2000 [Youtube]
Stop The Music 3:37 Namie Amuro Dance Tracks Vol. 1 [Youtube]
Ride On Shooting Star (Ending Theme) 2:21 The Pillows Ride On Shooting Star / FLCL (Fooly Cooly) [from Geneon CD Sampler] [Youtube]
Adesso O Fortuna 4:07 Sherry Record of Lodoss War [Youtube]
Fly Me To The Moon (Rei [ep #23] TV Size Version) 1:08 Megumi Hayashibara Neon genesis Evangelion Ⅲ [Youtube]
We Will Win 1:59 Reba West Robotech Perfect Collection [Youtube]
Lonely Soldier Boy 4:17 Michael Bradley Robotech Perfect Collection [Youtube]
It’s You 2:13 Reba West Robotech Perfect Collection [Youtube]
Look Up (The Sky Is Falling) 4:52 Michael Bradley Robotech Perfect Collection [Youtube]
スリル / Suriru / Thrill 4:42 Tomoyasu Hotei Hotei Greatest Hits 1990-1999 / King & Queen [Youtube]
Boy Meets Girl 4:48 TRF Billionaire [Youtube]
Yattsukero! / やっつけろ! [Damn it!] 3:30 Mine Matsuki Mospeada Super Collection (Yellow) [Youtube]
Blue Rain / ブルー・レイン (Ending theme) 3:47 Mine Matsuki & Andy Koyama Mospeada Super Collection (Yellow) [Youtube]
Areno he / 荒れ野へ [To the desert] 2:38 Mine Matsuki Mospeada Super Collection (Yellow) [Youtube]
Ai no koishi / 愛の小石 [Pebble of love] 3:24 Mine Matsuki Mospeada Super Collection (Yellow) [Youtube]
Ushinawa re ta densetsu (Yume) o motome te / 失われた伝説(ゆめ)を求めて [In Search of Lost Dreams] (Opening Theme) 3:48 Andy Koyama Mospeada Super Collection (Yellow) [Youtube]
不人幻魂合体術 / Fujingenkon Gattaijutsu 1:25 Okui Masami 「少女革命ウテナ」 バーチャルスター発生学 / Revolutionary Girl Utena: Virtual Star Embryology / Complete CD Box
輪舞-revolution-(TV size) [Ronde – Revolution] 1:35 Fuchizaki Yuriko 「少女革命ウテナ」 バーチャルスター発生学 / Revolutionary Girl Utena: Virtual Star Embryology [Youtube]
Yakusoku Wa Iranai [I Don’t Need Promises] (Opening Theme) 3:35 Yoko Kanno  Escaflowne [Youtube]
Asai En 1:21 Yoko Kanno / Raiché Coutev Sisters Macross Plus OST II [Youtube]
Voices 3:58 Yoko Kanno / Akino Arai Macross Plus OST [Youtube]
残酷な天使のテーゼ / Zankoku na tenshi no tēze (A Cruel Angel’s Thesis — Opening Theme) 4:02 Yoko Takahashi Neon Genesis Evangelion I [from Geneon CD Sampler] [Youtube]
淋しくて眠れない / Samishikute nemurenai [I am lonely and can not sleep] (Ending Theme) 4:24 タケウチユカ [Takeuchi Yuka] Megazone 23 OST [Youtube]
鏡の中のアクトレス / Kagami no naka no akutoresu [Actress in the mirror] (Opening theme) 3:35 中原めいこ [Nakahara Meiko] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube]
秘密く・だ・さ・い / Himitsu kuda-sa i [Please Tell Me the Secret] 6:31 冨永みーな [Minomi Tominaga] メガゾーン23 SONGコレクション [Megazone 23 Song Collection] / Megazone 23 Part II OST [Youtube]
夏のミラージュ / Natsu no mirāju [Summer Mirage] 4:30 和田加奈子 [Kanako Wada] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube]
悲しいハートは燃えている / Kanashii Haato wa moete-iru [Sad Heart is Burning] 4:06 和田加奈子 [Kanako Wada] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube live video]
あの空を抱きしめて / Ano sora wo dakishimete [Embrace The Sky] 4:19 和田加奈子 [Kanako Wada] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube]
背中ごしにセンチメンタル / Senaka goshi ni senchimentaru [Sentimental behind my back] 4:21 宮里久美 [Kumi Miyazato] Megazone 23 OST [Youtube / Live with interview – 1:08 to 3:46]
風のララバイ / Kaze no rarabai [Wind lullaby] 4:43 宮里久美 [Kumi Miyazato] Megazone 23 OST [Youtube / from anime]
優しいジェラシー / Yasashii Jerashii [Tender Jealousy] 4:47 富沢美智恵 / 本多知恵子 [Tomizawa Michie / Honda Chieko] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube: 4:30 – 9:13]
M01 謡I [Song 1] – Making of Cyborg 4:29 川井憲次 [Kenji Kawai] 機動隊 ~Ghost In The Shell~ OST [Youtube]
M05 謡II [Song 2] – Ghost City 3:35 川井憲次 [Kenji Kawai] 機動隊 ~Ghost In The Shell~ OST [Youtube]
M10 謡III [Song 3] – Reincarnation 5:45 川井憲次 [Kenji Kawai] 機動隊 ~Ghost In The Shell~ OST [Youtube]
Madame Butterfly 1:59 菅野よう子 [Yoko Kanno ] Memories Soundtrack [Disc 1] [Youtube]
オレンジ・ミステリー / Orenji Misuterii [Orange Mystery] (Opening theme 2) 3:53 長島秀幸 [Nagashima Hideyuki] きまぐれオレンジ・ロード Loving Heart / Kimagure Orange Road: Loving Heart [Youtube]
背中ごしにセンチメンタル / Senaka goshi ni senchimentaru [Sentimental behind my back] 4:50 高岡早紀 [Takaoka Saki] メガゾーン23 SONGコレクション [Megazone 23 Song Collection] (longer version possibly from Part 3?)
Cautionary Warning (original) 3:27 John Sykes Kachou Ouji Hard Rock Save The Space OST [Disk 2, track 05] / Legend of Black Heaven [Youtube / Opening version]

One thought on “Memorable music

  1. Thanks for this list, Clodjee. I’m not even close to being done listening to it, but there are some heartbreakingly good memories attached to many of these songs. Lovely walk down memory lane…

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