Ho ho ho! How goes? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Previously I’ve introduced Japanese Christmas songs. Since there are more songs to feature, I’ve decided to write another entry for it.
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs Part 2
Silent Eve by Midori Karashima
Original title: サイレント・イヴ
Year released: 1990
It was a theme song of a love-story TV drama in the 90s which was just the time Christmas was turning into a business for couples in Japan.
White Love by SPEED
Original title: WHITE LOVE
Year released: 1997
The biggest hit of a girls band from the mid 90s. It’s more like a winter song though. Very J-POP, I’d say.
Everything by MISIA
Original title: Everything
Year released: 2000
This song was also for a TV drama in 2000. It’s one of the biggest hits in the 2000s. The lyrics don’t mention but supposedly it is for Christmas time. Well, it sounds like it.
Suteki na Holiday by Maria Takeuchi
Original title: すてきなホリデイ
Year released: 2001
Since it was released in 2001, this song has been used for KFC TV commercial every year. Sounds like the way Christmas Eve by Tatsuro Yamashita got popular? (check the previous post) What a co-incidence, she is his wife.
HAPPINESS by AI
Original title: ハピネス
Year released: 2011
It’s rather a new song from the 2010s. It was used on Coca-Cola TV commercial during Christmas. CD sales isn’t big but this song is familiarized by many people.
Extra: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Original title: 戦場のメリークリスマス
Year released: 1983
It was composed for a Japanese movie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. It is known as one of films that David Bowie starred (Ryuichi Sakamoto also was in the film). This instrumental song remains beautiful through decades.
Japanese love seasonal songs, I suppose. I will introduce you more songs another time. Stay tuned.