Worst Singles of 2010

I’m bringing you my third, and possibly last, 2010 ranking: the worst singles of 2010. Let’s be honest not every single is an instant classic. And it’s practically impossible to like every single song idols make.

Believe it or not this was the absolute hardest countdown to make. Even though I am incredibly critical of songs, and may like songs less than other songs, I can’t think of one song I truly hate. Even though this is labeled as the worst, I don’t find this songs to be so horrible I can’t listen to them. These are just my least favorite singles. Which, technically makes them the worst.

Here’s my list.

10. Going! – KAT-TUN

When this song came out I thought it was utter garbage. Since then I have started to like it a little bit more, but I definitely think it’s one of KAT-TUN’s weakest A-sides ever. This was KAT-TUN’s first single without Jin. (When he still was going to come back.) And honestly it seems like they didn’t know what to do without him. So they made a song with auto tune and mediocre music and passed it off as acceptable. What I really dislike about this song is the pitch never changes. The verse, bridge, and chorus are all song almost identically. Except for some extended notes no other aspect denotes that it’s a different part of the song. The lyrics are pretty lame too. They try to come off as inspiring, telling you to chase your dream. But it just seems cheesy to me.

9. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama – S/mileage

When I first heard this song I really did like it. The music is catchy, the beat is danceable, and overall it sounds really cute. It seems to have everything going for it. That is until you read the actual lyrics of the song. Not only are the lyrics not the best written in the world, it doesn’t really make sense. I still don’t see how anyone’s rival in love could be a mother. I doubt the mother would even look twice at a teenager. There you go, problem solved. And the song doesn’t even say the mother wants him. They just accept her as their rival because she is pretty.

8. Aitai Riyu – AAA

It really seems like everyone in the world loves this song, except me. I’m pretty sure from some award show this song is up for best song. But I just don’t get it. The song has every element that I usually like. It’s kinda touching and is about longing for someone. But to me the song is just lackluster. And some parts even come off as whiny. For that reason it reminds me of Osaka Koi no Uta.

7. Sakura Girl – NEWS

When this song first came out I actually did like it. But that’s mostly because I was so NEWS deprived I would have settled for any song. At the time if they made a song about octopi I would have sung it’s praises. And it’s not even that this song is bad, because it’s not. I mean, the harmonies are absolutely incredible. However, the song itself is pretty mediocre. And so it makes it on the list. Maybe it’s the way that it’s sung in soft tone, but this song is actually really forgettable. I literally haven’t listened to this song since about 2 months after it was released. And it’s a shame because I do think the lyrics have some really cute aspects to it. But I just can’t get into it.

6. Wonderful World – Kanjani8

I guess I should probably love this song because of the utter weirdness and lack of seriousness of it. But I find the song itself to be so lame that I’m actually embarrassed to be listening to it. And believe me I do enjoy the crazyness that is Kanjani8. But the only thing this song has going for it is that it’s random. What I like about their other songs is that the lyrics are actually good. I mean literally half the song is them saying wonderful. But this is absolutely catchy and I want to like the song. Really I do. But I absolutely refuse to like or listen to music that has absolutely no meaning. Hence why I’m so critical of music. And hence why I listen to so much Japanese music in the first place. I’m sure I’ll get a bunch of people jumping down my throat saying I don’t know what I’m talking about, that this song has such a deep meaning.

5. Dear Snow – Arashi

Dear Snow has the exact same problem that Sakura Girl has. The song is just ok. The lyrics are really sweet. But Arashi has released like a hundred songs with basically the same exact lyrics. And even though I do like the lyrics, there’s nothing special about the music to draw me in and make me like it. Or think it’s better than just being mediocre. Which is why I like Sakura Girl more, at least the music is interesting. The lovely amount of Nino solos doesn’t even make me like this song more.

4. AkKanbe Bashi – Watarirouka Hashiritai

Watarirouka Hashiritai usually makes some of the best and cutest idol songs out there. So, I was completely surprised when I heard this song. First off, I absolutely hate the music and the way it’s sung, it makes it sound like a children’s song. I swear some parts of it sound almost exactly like do your ears hang low. It just makes the song overly immature. If that aspect alone wasn’t enough, the lyrics are terrible. I’m not even sure what a taunt bridge even is. Apparently the whole song is about taunting the person you want to confess to on the taunt bridge to become a couple. Which is completely random and stupid. Unless a taunt bridge is part of some obscure Japanese fairytale I’ve just never heard of.

3. Sakura no Shiori – AKB48

I absolutely hate how this song is sung. I’m not really a fan of choir music to begin with, but to mix it with AKB48 is just, in my opinion, a horrible combination. But it really has nothing to do with AKB48 per say. No matter who released a choir single, I would hate it. The lyrics themselves also aren’t the best. It’s basically about the cherry blossoms being a symbol of parting with someone. And it’s basically almost the exact same as AKB48’s song 10nen Zakura. Which is a way better song.

2. Seishun Collection – Morning Musume

Seishun Collection seems to be the one song that everyone seems to hate. It seems diehard Momusu fans and non-fans alike, can agree on just how awful it is. I think a main reason I dislike the song is because of just how bland and washed out it sounds. The music is soft but at the same time it’s trying to be upbeat, but failing terribly. And the song is sung in such a calm matter that it is absolutely forgettable. The lyrics aren’t anything to write home about either. The lyrics are trying to be fun and inspirational. Telling you that life is to short and to live without regrets, while boldly facing the future. But the song lacks a punch, and because of that the lyrics feel empty.

1. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ – C-ute

Surprised I found a song to top Seishun Collection? Didn’t think it was possible? But of course it was, and it’s called Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~. This songs has got to contain the stupidest lyrics that have come out of H!P in a long time. The lyrics from the verse and bridge are pretty much on par with what H!P usually releases, but it’s the chorus that ruins everything. Oh yeah, making an entire song about being thankful for being born, isn’t complete garbage or anything. A chorus is pretty much what defines a song. And if it’s not good it brings the entire song down, like it did with this song. Because, honestly, if this song had a better chorus I’d probably like it more. The music isn’t half bad and the other lyrics aren’t so terrible.

Best Album Songs of 2010

Continuing in my 2010 countdown extravaganza, (every time I use the word extravaganza I can’t help but think of RuPaul) this post is dedicated to the best album songs of 2010. 2010 was an extremely great year for idol albums. Nearly every main group in idol agencies released albums. Not to mention the subgroups that released albums. There was tons of songs to pick through. Which made picking my main ten songs super difficult. And since there are so many songs, you know I had to add some honorable mentions as well. ;] Also, I tried to make every song a group song, solos just wouldn’t have seemed right.

10. Shigatsu Sengen – C-ute

I remember when I first saw the PV for this song. I was so under whelmed by it I decided to skip the whole Shocking 5 album all together. And for a while I did. But after another listen, and actually giving the song a chance, I actually do like this song. I love that the music is soft and light, but still pleasant to listen to. I love that the lyrics are very nostalgic. About not forgetting precious memories, and living the present to the fullest. I also love that every member gets a chance to shine in this song.

9. Neko Damashi – Watarirouka Hashiritai

I absolutely love this song because it’s so adorable. Especially all of the talking in the background. I also really love how the music sounds like drama music.

However, everyone seems to hate Watarirouka Hashiritai and there are no English translations of the song. So honestly a song called cat soul could be about anything. XD

8. Okii Hitomi – Morning Musume

When I first heard this song I immediately hated it just because Sayumi was in it. I mean come on, her voice is so bad that ALL of her lines are auto tuned. But after I watched the powerful performance of this song at Morning Musume’s spring concert, I feel in love with it. And ironically, Sayumi’s lines are my favorite. I think they are really perfect for the song and add a nice touch. I absolutely love the heavy dance background music. And I absolutely love the flawless way the 6th gens voices blend together. I love that the whole song is about innocently falling in love for the first time. I mean staring with big eyes means that you’re innocent and are unsure what to do.

7. Faraway – KAT-TUN

Usually I really dislike songs that are this slow. But after reading the translation I couldn’t help but love it. The songs are so beautiful and touching I could cry. I literally almost cried reading the lyrics. They still choke me up now! It’s all about lost love. Regretting letting someone go, then realizing you can’t undo what’s been done, and having to live with the pain and holding onto the sweet memories. The song is really incredible. And from just listening to it, you’d never be able to tell the lyrics are so sad and touching. The song is also sung so light and beautiful.

6. Kataomoi – Buono

Because my love life is always bittersweet I always love a good song about unrequited love, one sided love, or love from a far. Songs about that are usually my favorite idol songs. Maybe I should like more varieties? XD So of course I love Buono’s song about unrequited love. This song is also really sad. But I can’t help loving it because I relate to it. The lyrics are also about loving someone but not telling your friends about it. Which I’ve done when I liked my friend’s boyfriend. XD But the lyrics aside, I love this song because it is so catchy. The upbeat chorus gets stuck in my head for days.

5. Shinku – Hey! Say! JUMP

This has been my favorite JUMP No. 1 song for months now. I first fell in love with this song because the music is incredibly amazing. It’s strong and danceable, and insanely catchy. I also love the chorus. It’s hands down the absolute best part of the song. Of course I love the lyrics too. It’s another song about love slipping away. Except this song is about love so strong that even though you’re gone I can still feel you and your warmth. Which as I girl I think is incredibly sweet and appealing.

4. Everything – Arashi

Arashi makes some of the catchiest music ever! I mean, try listening to the chorus and not instantly loving it! The song itself is incredibly amazing to listen to. You have Arashi’s voices that blend insanely well, and you have upbeat piano infused music. The only real fault about this song is MatsuJun’s semi long solo with his terrible voice. XD The lyrics are pretty much on par with everything Arashi releases. It’s pretty much about missing someone and being alone, but trying to live on strongly.

3. Grand Demo Rouka Demo Medatsu Kimi – Berryz Koubou

I was completely not expecting to like this song when I first heard it. Since I like cutesy idol voices, and this song is sung by the 2 deepest voices in Berryz. But I absolutely love this song! I love the almost anime sounding music. And I love the how Yurina’s and Maasa’s harmony lines sound. That’s easily the best part of the whole song. Especially Yurina’s she sounds so adorable. And of course I love the lyrics because they are all about longing for someone. And I think it’s cute because it’s also about not wanting your crush to stand out so the only one who notices them is you.

2. Futari/130000000 no Kiseki – NEWS

This is another one of those songs that I love because it’s so touching. I guess I’m a sap when it comes to music. Or maybe it’s just that I like the idea of pretty boys singing about heartbreak, while being all sad and sensitive. The lyrics are so sweet because they are about losing someone you love but not being able to get over it. And now all your left with is sadness and the feeling of I still want you. And wondering what went wrong. You have to be made out of stone for this song not to touch your heart.

1. Namidacchi – Morning Musume

Of course the best album song of 2010 had to go to Morning Musume. It’s really sad that all of their best songs are wasted on album tracks. I mean, this album is so good I wanted to put 4 tracks in the top ten! What’s so great about this song is it’s the best of both worlds. It’s starts out really pretty and slow, and then picks up to be insanely upbeat and happy. It even has an incredible rap part. This song has everything. But what makes this song number 1 for me are the lyrics. The song is so inspiring that it’s beautiful. That no matter how strong you act it’s ok to cry, in sad or happy times. You should always give yourself over to your emotions.

Honorable mentions:

1. Aa Koi – C-ute
2. Wonderland – NEWS
3. Summer Splash – Arashi
4. Moonlight night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo~ – Morning Musume
5. Yakimochi wo Kudasai! – Berryz Koubou
6. Ai Scream – Hey! Say! JUMP
8. Right Now – KAT-TUN
9. Kossetsu Romance – Watarirouka Hashiritai
10. Independent Girl ~ Dokuritsu Joshi de Aru Tame ni – Buono

Best Singles of 2010

It’s getting to be that time of year again where we bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new one. And honestly, a year really does pass too quickly. I could have sworn it was just yesterday I was getting excited over turning 18 soon.

Since a lot of great idol things have happened in the past year, it’s time to rank the best and worst of 2010. So, I bring you part 1 of my 2010 ranking extravaganza. In this post I’ll be ranking my personal favorite 10 singles of 2010.

I decided to make this series in my blog because I haven’t done anything special about the new year in this blog since I first started it. So look forward to my next posts: best album songs and top ten worst singles of 2010. If I get extremely bored or extremely inspired, I may also do the worst album songs, best B-sides, and the best and worst of subgroups.

Here are my top ten singles of 2010! Keep in mind it was extremely difficult to make a top ten. I had to bump A LOT of songs I love. :/

10. Our Steady Boy – YuiKaori

YuiKaori have only released 3 singles in total, so it might be too soon for some to regard any of their singles as the best of the year. However, I don’t really care too much about what anyone else might think, but I am in love with YuiKaori. Better yet, I am in love with this song. There is just so much I love about this song. Since it’s used as the theme for an anime is has the heavy overly cutesy music, mixed with the adorable voices and overall infectiousness of YuiKaori themselves. But what puts this song in the top ten for me is the lyrics. Since I’ve been in more one-sided love then I can count, I can completely relate to the lyrics of a girl not being noticed by the guy she likes. Yeah that might be lame, but relating to all the girlish feelings of love in the lyrics is half the reason I listen to idol music. And I have actually be in the exact same situation as these lyrics with one of my friends. Our exact agreement was not to fight over him and to be perfectly ok/accept whichever one of us ended up with him. Needless to say, neither of us had him. Well, not relationship wise anyway. I don’t think anyone cared about that part. XD

9. Yumemiru 15sai – S/mileage

When this song first came out I actually didn’t like it all that much. I was turned off by the fact that it sounded so much different then what they were releasing up until this point. It actually took me a couple months to like this song, but once I did I was listening to it nonstop. Ironically, the overall techno type music is a main factor of why I like it. But I really love this song because of the varied ways it’s sung. The way the verse is sung, the fast backup singing of the bridge, the chorus, and, my absolute favorite, the high notes. Which are mostly sung by my beloved Kanon. The lyrics are also really adorable, even if it’s about a 15 year olds love.

8. Gyu! – Wattarirouka Hashiritai

I absolutely had to have a Wattarirouka Hashiritai song on my list. Practically every single one of their singles are amazing, and this song isn’t the exception. This song is hands down the cutest song of 2010. Mostly because of Wattarirouka Hashiritai’s cute gyus in the background. However, this is my only basis for liking the song. I still have yet to go come across an English translation of the song.

7. Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo – Momoiro Clover

Momoiro Clover is an idol group I actually did not think I was going to like. But after listening to Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo I was completely impressed. This song is just absolutely incredible. There are so many things going on in it, it’s hard not to like the song. From the Momoclo raps through out the song, the mesmerizing speed most of the song is song with, and Akari’s sexy speaking part and solo parts in the chorus. I even love the echo during the chorus. Not to mention Kanako’s strong and adorable solo towards the end of the song. Oh and practically dying at Ayaka’s aha~n. XD The lyrics themselves are a little random to say the least. I think they’re supposed to mean that they are some great thieves because they will steal your heart. But regardless of the overall meaning, the song is insanely catchy.

6. SHOCK! – C-ute

There has been a lot of hate out there for this song because it’s Airi central. But ever since my first listen I was absolutely blown away by it. It was a breath of fresh air after all the mediocre songs they were releasing. I am absolutely in love with the music. It’s like half circus, half James Bond. It’s just amazing. The lyrics are also pretty meaningful too. I love that it’s the initial shock of finding out that you’re being cheated on, but then refusing to be tricked again. It’s pretty much a classic.

5. Change UR World – KAT-TUN

This is the newest song on my 2010 list, because it usually takes me a few months before I really realize just how epic a song is. But this song I ended up liking right off the bat. Mostly because this is, in my opinion, the best KAT-TUN song released in quite some time. It’s got the heavy guitar, and rock sound that their earlier songs used to have. And of course I love that since Jin left, the lines have been distributed more evenly. I mean Koki and Maru completely killed in this song. And also Kame’s incredible high notes at the end. I also greatly appreciate how long Koki’s rap is. As I’ve said before Koki’s raps are my favorite parts of KAT-TUN songs. I also love the sexy grunt he does during his solo line. I think the lyrics are cute too. They’re basically about chasing your dreams, or making your dreams happen. So the song can be taken as inspirational.

4. Love Wars – Queen & Elizabeth

When I first heard this song I initially didn’t like it because the chanting in the beginning made it sound immature. But after a few listens I was in love. I like the fact that it sounds very youthful like everything was written by a high school girl. Which means the lyrics aren’t the absolute best but they are cuter this way. And since I am still a teenage girl, I love the song for just that fact. That and the song is so catchy, it gets stuck in your head for days.

3. Beginner – AKB48

Beginner is yet another one of those songs I didn’t like on the first listen. I didn’t like it because it was completely different than AKB48’s previous singles. Except River, which I still don’t really like. About a month later I read the English translation of Beginner and thought the lyrics were great. So then of course I love the song now. I think the lyrics are pretty meaningful. Unchain yourself from what you’ve always been told to thought and know. And everyone should be a Beginner because we don’t really know what we’re doing in this life. At least that’s what I get from it. The lyrics are actually kind of confusing. There’s a lot of lines that are like Mad Hatter questions. And are like in the suicide club the famous question: are you connected to yourself? You’re not really sure how to answer it. Throughout the song it makes a lot of remarks like that. But I like the meaning I got from the song.

2. Maji Bomber – Berryz Koubou

I love love love this song. I literally can’t go a day without listening to it. And yet I don’t think anyone else loves it as much as I do. The song only sold like 15k. But the song is so catchy and addictive. But I don’t even know why I like it so much. The lyrics don’t even make sense and are completely meaningless. I’m not even sure what being a serious bomber is supposed to mean .But there’s just something about this song that I can’t stop listening to it.

1. Monster – Arashi

Arashi makes absolutely incredible music. When their song is good, it isn’t just good it’s incredible. So naturally an Arashi song just had to take the top spot. It was extremely hard picking between Troublemaker or Monster, but somehow I did. There’s just something so infectious and so addictive about Monster. I just love that the music is dark and mysterious, and yet at the same time somehow still upbeat. The overall sound is really amazing, Arashi always blends together beautifully. And of course I love the lyrics. Leave it to Arashi to have a song about being a Monster but still have it being about love.

Honorable mentions: (just because I had wayyyy more favorites than 10, these are in no particular order)

1. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game – Morning Musume
2. Kimi Shika – No Sleeves
3. Genkimono de Ikou! – Mano Erina
4. Otakebi Boy WAO – Berryz Koubou
5. Fighting Man – NEWS
6. Dream After Dream ~Yume Kara Sameta Yume~ – AAA
7. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game -Morning Musume
8. Hitomi no Screen – Hey! Say! JUMP
10. Gomen ne Summer – SKE48
11. Troublemaker – Arashi

Hello!Project 2010 poll!

Paul from Hello!Blog has his H!P 2010 poll up. Which you can take here. And I gotta say I was pretty excited to take this poll. I pretty much wait every year to do this poll, because I love to see how much my opinion has changed in a year.

My results are drastically different from last year for 2 reasons. The first and main reason is that I can’t vote for my top 3 members from last year in this poll. Koharu, Kanna, and KonKon were my top 3 last year. And of course I’m still incredibly sad about what happened with my top 3. Well minus KonKon. So I had to basically push my next 3 to numbers 1-3. Which sucks because they’re not really my top 3 in H!P, but anymore I suppose they are/have to be. The second reason being that my opinions of the girls have changed a lot. Some girls have started to annoy me. And on the opposites spectrum I’ve begun to realize how awesome some of the girls I hardly paid attention to are.

So here’s my results.

This year’s H!P is really different from last years. Last year it was just your top ten, but this year you had to rank every single girl. Which made some of the choices extremely difficult. Especially on the least favorite end. It was hard to pick which girl I dislike more, but somehow I managed. Some of my results might seems unusual to the average H!P fan. So I’m going to explain the “weird” ones first.

LinLin: Some people might find it weird that LinLin is number one. But it was a pretty obvious choice for me. I follow Morning Musume the closest out of any H!P group, so of course a girl from Momusu was going to be number one. I really LOVE LinLin. She’s got the best personality of the current line up. She’s extremely funny, always speaks her mind no matter how weird some of it sounds, and has a lot of energy. She reminds me of Koharu in that aspect and is probably why I love her so much. And most of the time she usually hands down has the best answers for the Pocket Morning Questions. They’re usually full of win. LinLin is also uber underrated. Her voice is incredible I can totally see her being a main singer when the current girls graduate. Was her Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari part in the the Nine Smile Concert a little bit of foreshadowing? I’d like to think so. LinLin being sub leader would be incredible.

Mitsui Aika: Aika in the top 10? Aika number 3? You bet! A lot of people dislike Aika because she’s a little on the boring side. And I agree she kind of is. But most of the time Aika has to play down her personality because the other members of Morning Musume don’t really seem to like her that much. Most of the time they act like she’s a bother to have around. Even when she was the teacher in Yorosen they seemed pretty annoyed by her. Sure it was a little obnoxious to be in every single picture with the dog. But if that was Sayumi doing it they would have thought it was cute. But I love Aika. I think she’s incredible sweet and genuine. And I always look forward to reading her blog. So anyone out there who hates Aika, go ahead and hate her. That means there’s just more Aika for me. I also want an Aika photobook already! I don’t think Aika herself can make it anymore clear how much she wants one.

Fukuda Kanon: It’s no surprise to anyone who reads my blog regularly that over the past year I’ve developed an infatuation for Kanon. I pretty much haven’t taken my focus off of her since Shugo Chara Egg was formed. I don’t know what draws me to Kanon more her adorable voice or even more adorable voice. But whatever it is I am completely smitten with Kanon.
However I don’t really know too much about her personality wise, since there’s a lack of S/mileage things being subbed and translated. But if their debut goes according to plan I’ll have plenty of time to learn about her. After all she did just turn ichigo this year. ;]

Kamei Eri: Eri isn’t really that weird of a choice to be in the top ten, because she seems to be extremely popular among H!P fans. But it’s a little weird for me to put her up so high. When I first got into H!P she was always the one member who I forgot about. But recently I’ve been becoming a fan of Eri. I just find her naiveness, to be incredibly adorable. I think it’s also pretty cute that she is 21 and still doesn’t completely act like an adult. But I mean everything about Eri just screams cuteness. I absolutely love her voice. It’s cute without sounding screechy or being forced to sound that way. She’s also pretty cute herself. However not with her current hair. XD

Tokunaga Chinami: I started to really take notice of Chinami while looking at the cover for the H!P 2009 calendars. Chinami stood out right away because she was the only one who looked genuinely happy. I’ve been intrigued by Chinami ever since. Chinami just seems to always be cheerful and happy. She adds a really energetic super positive element to Berryz. She’s also really gorgeous. And steals the spotlight from the recent Berryz PVs. Especially Watashi no Mirai no Danna Sama. Even though she’s not up front much in that video, when she is she looks adorable. And definitely gets your attention.

As for my picks on the negative side of the spectrum, 21-25 are all basically tied for 25th place. These girls either lack personality or overall vocal ability. They’re arrogant, narcissistic, or just plain annoying. And usually are a combination of all of these elements. They’re just the H!P girls I could seriously do without. Though recently I found that Chisato isn’t absolutely annoying all the time. But I still don’t particularly like her. And I’m starting to like a few of ManoEri’s songs. That doesn’t mean she can actually carry a note.

These year’s poll also featured a current H!P units/solo artist rank. My result are the following.

The results where pretty obvious. Of course Morning Musume would remain number one. Even though the quality of their songs has been going through a dry spell lately, they still managed to have a few gems through that. Kimagure Princess and Naichau Kamo for the singles. And SONGS, Guru Guru Jump, and Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou on the album side.
C-ute’s results were even more obvious. In 2009 they kicked out my favorite member. And if that wasn’t bad enough their size diminished even more when Erika left. So C-ute pretty much turned into a weak and sad 5 member group. That features 3 member I don’t really like, 1 I love, and 1 whose floating somewhere in the middle. Even though Shock turned out to be more awesome then I expected it to be, there others songs aren’t too great.
Buono and Berryz made it to the top three because they’re songs are always consistently amazing. I didn’t exactly do back flips for Our Song, Buono made up for it with their incredible songs My Boy and Bravo Bravo. As for Berryz their last 5 singles have been some of my all time favorite Berryz singles. Most of them were double A sides for twice the awesome.

So there you have it my results and opinions for this years poll. Love them or hate them. Take them or leave them. They’re just my opinions about H!P and you don’t have to agree with them.