The 90’s J-Pop Roadmap

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.


1990 / 1991 / 1992 / 1993 / 1994 / 1995 / 1996 / 1997 / 1998 / 1999

1990


1991


1992


1993

May 26: Access – Naked Desire


1994

Jun 22: TRF – Boy Meets Girl


1995

Oct 11: B’z – Love Phantom


1996

May 22: Masayuki Deguchi – Speed Of Life

July 29: Iceman – Dark Half (Touch Your Darkness)

Aug 7: Every Little Thing – Feel My Heart

Sep 16: V6 – Take Me Higher

Oct 7: Nanase Aikawa – Koigokoro

Oct 23: Every Little Thing – Future World

Oct 23: ROmantic Mode – Resolution


1997

Jul 1: T.M.Revolution – High Pressure

Aug 21: Favorite Blue – True Gate


1998

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


1999

July 14: Ayumi Hamasaki – Boys & Girls

September 22: Shazna – Aqua