Top 10 (+2) Idol Holiday Songs

Happy holidays, everyone! Since it’s almost Christmas for everyone and it’s the middle of the winter holiday season, I thought I’d make a list of my top ten winter/holiday/Christmas themed idol songs for Happy Disco.

Honorable Mentions:
100kai no Kiss- Matsuura Aya

I love Ayaya, don’t get me wrong, and I want to put this song on the list. However, the song has nothing to do with winter or Christmas. It’s here because the PV features Ayaya dancing in “winter clothes” in front of a Christmas tree, and it’s snowing outside. But 100kai no Kiss is a fantastic song no matter the season, and the PV’s also wonderful.

1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku- SKE48

The PV to SKE48’s latest single is a treasure trove of interesting things and hilarity. Basically, there are guys dressed as Santa dancing in the background through parts of the PV. This song/PV gets the spot because the PV is WEIRD and Santa dancing in the background is the icing on the cake.

10. Manatsu no Christmas Rose- AKB48

This song is not quite Christmas-y enough to make higher on the list; it’s in the name and there are some references to Christmas-related things, but the fact that this seems to take place in “manatsu” (midsummer) means it’s not quite the quintessential idol Christmas song.

9. Aitai Lonely Christmas- C-ute

Now this makes the list! I actually really like this song, despite putting it down at #9. However, to me it doesn’t really convey the spirit of the season properly. I realize that in Japan Christmas as a holiday is more about spending time with your significant other, but singing about how your heart hurts is not a way to get into the holiday spirit. Therefore, while this is a good song I’d argue, one of the better offerings from recent H!P, it’s not quite what I’m looking for on this list.

8. Sexy Snow- W

This also isn’t quite fitting to the spirit of the season. However, with happier lyrics than Aitai Lonely Christmas, at least it fits in a bit better. This is more about romance in the winter season than about the holidays, but it’s a catchy and addicting song that fits onto this list well.

7. Marui Taiyou ~Winter Ver~ – T&C Bomber

This actually seems to be a bit more of a New Year’s song than a Christmas song, but it’s still a great song by one of the most underappreciated H!P groups of all time. Happy Winter!!!!

6. Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru – Tanpopo

This is a beautiful song by the original generation of Tanpopo! I was happy when five of the current H!P girls did covers of it; granted, none of them quite did it justice (though I still bought Maimi’s off iTunes), it’s nice that classic Hello!Project songs are still remembered. This is more of a traditional-sounding song (with the title mentioning “holy bells”), but it’s still a great song.

5. Yoyaku Shita Christmas- AKB48

For anyone who doesn’t follow AKB48 much, this song was a c/w song on the recent single, Chance no Junban. Now, at first I really didn’t like this song all that much; I thought it was slow and kind of boring. However, lately it’s really grown on me. It’s a sweet song about meeting someone on Christmas eve and the song and PV have pretty much everything; the bridge even contains the song Jingle Bells. The song’s slow and it isn’t really a normal, upbeat idol song but it’s sweet in its own right, as a little Christmas card from AKB48.

4. Christmas ga Ippai- AKB48

THIS is a more upbeat, Christmas-y song by AKB48’s Team K. At this point these Christmas songs have it all, and Christmas ga Ippai is no exception. The lyrics are very sweet and I do like how cute and upbeat the song is; it both makes it a better song and makes it more idol-y, which I always enjoy.

3. Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru- Tanpopo

This is probably my favorite song on this list, and it’s really a classic winter song for idol fans. As a song it definitely falls more into a winter than a holiday category and it’s really more about spending time with your sweetheart during the winter, but it’s a fantastic song, especially during this season.

2. Merry X’Mas to You- Matsuura Aya

This is actually not as known as a lot of the other songs on this list; it’s the B-side to Ayaya’s single ‘100kai no Kiss’ and I absolutely love this song. The lyrics are so simple (mostly just “Merry Christmas for you”) but it really shows off how beautiful Aya’s voice truly is; if anyone can pull this off in the idol world, it’s Ayaya. It’s a beautiful Christmas song that I think could easily go on any Christmas album. This might be an unknown to a lot of people, but to me it’s a keeper.

1. Pittari Shitai X’Mas- Pucchimoni

Could I really pick out any other song? It’s an H!P classic and it’s pure fun. The PV is just silly and the song itself isn’t serious at all, but it’s a fun, enjoyable Christmas song that is still a fan favorite.

Have a very happy holidays, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful winter season!!

Top 5 Idol Promotions!

Idols sell a lot of stuff. A loot. So, here’s my top list of the five idol commercial/cross-promotions that I find to be the most interesting/fun.

5. W Sells Cannibal Pancakes. 

I really wanted to put the one where W sells acne cream instead of this, but the idea of W force feeding pancakes to pancakes is kind of hilarious; W promotes cannibalism folks. No wonder Kago and Tsuji had scandals.

4. Morning Musume sells Pocky!

It’s a classic, what can I say? Ishiyoshi at the end, Morning Musume being chased by a gorilla who is probably Tsunku with his creeper face at the end. Also, Morning Musume did a LOT with Glico and pocky, having Yes! Pocky Girls on the 5th album and a 2 minute video of each member tasting mousse pocky and going “OH IT’S LIKE SEX IN THE MOUTH.” So. Classic gets 4th.

3. “Yes, I need to sell some tea. Or crackers. Or rice. Or soap?” “Call Matsuura Aya!”

Kind of cheating, but seriously. Ayaya can sell ANYTHING. The above is Ayaya singing with a couple of models backdancing. Uh, yeah, that made me want to buy some pretz.

^THAT is to sell tea. I don’t even know what’s going on. But I feel like a lot of the time advertisers are like “what to do to sell tea… CALL AYA.”

She just sings. And pours tea. And this is considered effective sales tactics. Therefore, Ayaya can sell anything to anyone.

2. What do I want for Dinner? Ohhhhhhh MEAT!! 😀

Again, slightly cheating. It’s Rika. But seriously; “Hmm, we want to sell meat… Ishikawa Rika singing and dancing!” And apparently this song (Rika singing different types of beef products) was played in grocery stores. Kind of fantastic. I approve.

1. “Buy this juice to drink it with me!” *WOTA BUY JUICE*

Seriously, this is the best promotion ever. Get the most popular idol group right now and get them to dress up as vegetables and sing a song involving vegetable names. It’s even a catchy song; I’ve found myself going around singing “yasaiiii oh woah woah shisutazu!” to myself before I even realized I was singing about vegetables.

Even though this is really catchy as a song and is really entertaining as a PV (I have this deep love for the costumes; I WANT the asparagus costume Sae is wearing. I’d wear it out and about.) the real genius here is in the other videos that exist.

That’s right. A video that’s JUST your idols drinking juice. The title has “together” in it so I assume the video’s basically “drink juice with me!” If this isn’t an amazing tactic I don’t know what is. “I want to drink juice with my idol! Let’s go out and buy this brand so I can feel connected to Lovetan/Miichan/Acchan/whoever.” The sad thing is, if I were in Japan I’d totally do that.

So therefore, the Yasai Sisters of AKB48 are THE best idol promotions ever!