So, at the time of writing this, on March 16, 2020, the world has entered a medical crisis with the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. Considering recommendations from various global health organizations, many of us are limiting our contact with others and are working from home and generally staying in as much as possible, to limit the spread of the virus. I know that I’ve moved to completely working from home for the time being, and my state just announced that all restaurants, bars, and other similar places of gathering (like museums, cafes, etc) need to be closed for at least a week, maybe more. It’s a scary time, a scary time where a lot of us have a lot of free time and would like to keep our minds off of things. So, my number one thing I usually turn to is Jpop idol content, and luckily a lot of idol groups and Japanese entertainment companies are putting out a lot of their content for free for a limited time during all of this. So this post is a collection of things I have found, but it is not at all comprehensive – plenty of groups are moving to more digital content to keep a connection with fans throughout this time. So if you’re, like me, feeling stressed out about everything, here is some content you can enjoy to take your mind off of things and relax.
As I thought of making a top list of 2019, my thoughts went to be more ambitious. While I always love making my end of year lists, as the decade of the 2010s came to a close I became more and more thoughtful of the decade of the 2010s when it came to idol music, especially considering I had been a fan throughout the entire decade. With the rise of the idol boom in the early 2010s to the current slate of idols today, it has been an exciting decade to follow. And so, I decided to make a list of my top favorite idol songs of the 2010s. This list is intended to both be an overview of the Japanese female idol industry over the 2010s as well as a personal list, things I thought were particularly influential but also things I thought were particularly good. I hope that in making this list I can come even remotely close to encapsulating a decade of quality music. Additionally, this list is being ordered by release date, as just coming up with this list was a doozy, let alone ordering it in terms of either influence or quality.