I like a lot of idols, and follow a lot of groups out there. However, some groups just don’t appeal to me very much for various reasons. The members might not click for me, I might not like the style of the group, or I might not like the management. However, despite this, I find that some of my favorite songs come from groups I don’t follow (hence why I will eventually get started on that review project I keep putting off.) In a weird way this almost makes these songs more special, and will occasionally drive my interest in the group (this was originally the case with Nogizaka46 and Hashire Bicycle, but I’ve since become more of a fan of that group in question).
So here’s a list of songs that have become some of my favorites without being one of my favorite groups; note that if I list a group/artist you like, please don’t think I have anything against said artist, but just that they haven’t clicked with me.
Don’t Think, Feel! – Idoling!!!
I’ve liked Idoling!!! songs in the past; I really like Me ni wa Aoba Yama Hototogisu Hatsukoi and S.O.W. Sense of Wonder. However, Don’t Think, Feel really stands out to me. It has a kind of unique sound with some vocals that at least sound more mature than your average idol vocal, and the whole group sounds really great together. Other than that, though, it’s hard to explain why I love this as much as I do. It’s the right level of upbeat that tends to make me like a song, but it doesn’t have some of the other things that make me really like a song. Still, this is a ridiculously catchy fun song that is one of my favorites.
Hatsukoi Cider – Buono!
If you’ve seen my top songs of 2012 list you know that I loved Hatsukoi Cider to an almost ridiculous degree, despite generally not being a big fan of Buono! I don’t really fan over any of the girls in the groups, most of their stuff is just not my taste in idol music. However, Hatsukoi Cider was one of my favorite things to come out of 2012 because it was just a really good song, and beat the odds of coming from Buono (if you want a more detailed explanation, see my top 25 list).
Konna Watashi de Yokattara – Kikkawa You
There’s a pseudo joke one of my friends and I have about this song, in that we go “oh, Konna Watashi time” and basically marathon the song. I like Kikkawa You just fine, but this song alone made me briefly consider saving my money to go fly to see Yuu in concert. That didn’t happen because I’m not nearly a big enough fan of hers. But seriously, this was one of my favorite songs of 2011 (if I had ranked 2011, this would absolutely be in my top 5). The way the whole song fits together, from Kikka’s main vocals to the harmonies, to the various instrumentation, is perfect. The song keeps up a great pace, and builds up perfectly, especially in the section before the last chorus (“kimi no yaeba mo, etc.”). Also, not talking about it really now, but this is seriously one of my favorite PVs of the year as well.
Pera Pera Perao – Not Yet
Not Yet’s one of the AKB groups where I like all the members, but none of them are even close to favorite status (probably my highest ranking girl here would be Yokoyama Yui). Most of their other songs I like, but don’t love. This is possibly one of my favorite idol songs EVER. And I have no idea why. I only really discovered when it was performed in a shuffle at a concert featuring one of my 48 group oshimen, Oota Aika. And I was hooked. I think some of my friends got sick of just how obsessed I got with Pera Pera Perao. And even still, I have trouble quantifying or explaining just what I hear in the song. I think this is a situation where the sum’s greater than its parts, because everything about Pera Pera Perao just works for me. Also, I completely kill at this song at karaoke, so there’s that.
MAX Otome Gokoro – Super Girls
I have issues with Super Girls. The girls themselves seem fine, but I’m not super fond of certain things doing with the management and Puri Puri Summer Kiss bugs me in many many ways. But man, MAX Otome Gokoro was pretty much on repeat all of summer 2011 for me. It’s just a good/fun song, full of energy, and is a perfect song for the summer.