If you were to map my musical DNA, a sizable portion would be indebted to 90’s J-pop. To me, this is a truly magical time in music, but it’s rarely discussed or shared outside of Japan.
Being an aficionado of certain sounds within this era, I’ve tracked down hundreds of highlights over the years. And I think it’s time to share my carefully curated playlists with the world.
With this in mind, we have a new ongoing Bias List feature – The 90’s J-Pop Roadmap.
I’ll be writing about (and rating!) a number of singles from Japan’s 90’s pop boom, constructing a timeline of the era piece-by-piece.
Whether you’re familiar with these artists or not, I invite you to go on this journey with me and discover new classics you may have never heard before.
May 26: Access – Naked Desire
Jun 22: TRF – Boy Meets Girl
Oct 11: B’z – Love Phantom
Feb 21: Pamelah – Kirei Ni Nanka Aisenai
May 22: Masayuki Deguchi – Speed Of Life
Sep 16: V6 – Take Me Higher
Oct 7: Nanase Aikawa – Koigokoro
Oct 23: ROmantic Mode – Resolution
Aug 21: Favorite Blue – True Gate
Jan 28: Pool Bit Boys – Sunshine
Feb 11: Wands – Brand New Love
April 22: KinKi Kids – Jetcoaster Romance
May 13: m.o.v.e – Rage Your Dream
June 24: T.M.Revolution – Hot Limit
Feb 3: T.M.Revolution – Wild Rush
July 14: Ayumi Hamasaki – Boys & Girls
Sep 22: Shazna – Aqua
Nov 17: Pool Bit Boys – Ao No Kiseki