Alright gang, here it is! The top 5 songs of the year! These are all songs I’ve listened to very frequently over the past year, and are the best of 2015.
5. Rev. From DVL – What a Surprise
I know so many people have an impression of Rev. from DVL being the Kanna show, but honestly they have some to fhte most consistently great idol music out there. What a Surprise, because of that, isn’t a surprise to me, but it might be to those of you who haven’t checked out Rev. It’s performed by about half of the group, featuring the older members of Rev, and is a more laid-back, mellow kind of funk/disco sound. Right away the song hits you with the best part, the phenomenal chorus. The rest of the song is great too, featuring some solid vocal work from Rev, a great guitar solo near the end, and just a lot of great, mellow idol music. The thing that Rev has been doing so well lately is being a more classic idol group, with some great performances and top notch music. I get a big old-school Morning Musume vibe from them sometimes, which is a very good thing in my book.
4. LinQ – LinQuest – Yagate Densetsu e
This song is as perfect for me on paper as it is in practice. Hyadain writing an epic of a song for LinQ with video game chiptune sound in there? Sign me up. This song is just so big – it’s one of the songs that the word “epic” works for. Every member is constantly belting out their lines (and every member does get a solo). It’s a tad melodramatic but in the best kind of way. Aside from the strong melody and performances, this song is perfect down to the details – the chiptune inclusion here and there works very well, as do the little instrumentation details that pop up. I also love the lyrics and how the song builds them up. When all the members sing “hitori janai” in the slower section near the end, it genuinely moves me to tears. This song is perfectly built up and constructed, and I really hope LinQ keeps up the good work!
Like all of Stardust Promotion’s groups lately, Takoyaki Rainbow has been putting out some consistently great things. However, their best song yet is Genki Uri no Shoujo. It’s.. weird, but in the best possible way. It’s high energy funk that includes things like two of the members doing a comedy routine mid-song, which is followed up by Kurumi hamming it up, belting out lines. If you aren’t already onboard with Stardust’s madness, Genki Uri no Shoujo might not be for you. However, if you’re like me and want idol music to be as weird as it possibly can and you want it to include as much disco/funk as it can, Genki Uri no Shoujo might be your best bet. It’s strange, frenetic, and one of the most addicting songs of the year.
2. Team Syachihoko – J.A.N.A.I.C.A
Speaking of Stardust being manic and strange, J.A.N.A.I.C.A fits the bill! Written by tofubeats and Seamo, J.A.N.A.I.C.A is a high-energy parapara dance themed song that manages to be both a great song and still Syachi-brand weird. For example, the rap verse is strange but totally fits into Syachi’s type of weirdness. That said, while it is a generally weird song, it still feels very cohesive. I don’t know parapara dance very well, but it seems like it would be a fun song to dance to for that. The other thing that draws me to Syachi and makes me love this is just how high energy of a song it is. While Team Syachihoko has some great slower songs (Maji Kansha, Yume no Tochuu, Akeboshi), Syachi’s biggest strength is their energy, and J.A.N.A.I.C.A has it in spades. It’s fun, great to listen to, and an incredibly cohesive, well put-together song.
1. Juice = Juice – Umaretate no Baby Love
While I could have reorganized my top 10 a million times, Umaretate no Baby Love is my favorite song of 2015 by miles. If you had told me in January 2015 that my favorite song of 2015 would be a Juice=Juice album song I would have laughed at you, but here we are. I’ve written about it in my First Squeeze review, but honestly Umaretate no Baby Love is not only perfect, but it’s perfect for me. It’s upbeat, happy disco music (the chorus even starts out with ‘boogie woogie baby!’), with a great arrangement. The performances are spot on (all of Juice=Juice is in top form and they’re all very strong vocalists), and I even love the lyrics. Even the ending is just perfect. Umaretate no Baby Love is one of those rare songs that feels like it was made just for me – it’s just about a perfect song, and one of my favorite idol songs of all time.