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janfive 2009-03-24 05:09

Hall of Fame: The Greatest Anime Songs of All Time
 
I'm starting a thread on the Greatest (the Top or the Best) anime songs of all time. Every week I'm inducting ten songs into the canon of the greatest anime songs of all time by posting its details, video and lyrics. The result would be what you call the Anime Songs Hall of Fame, basically the cream of the crop in anime songs. Of course, not any anime song will do, that's why I'm looking at anime sites polls and awards for basis and not merely my own personal taste. Also, your suggestions would be much appreciated.

CRITERIA:
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list of Anime Song Countdowns used as reference:
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THE ANIME SONG HALL OF FAME
The First 1,000 Songs Inducted [A-D]
The First 1,000 Songs Inducted [E-K]
The First 1,000 Songs Inducted [L-Z]
The Second Wave

Here are my inductions into the Hall of Fame for Week 1:

"CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA" by Hironobu Kageyama
Dragon Ball Z (TV) Opening Theme #1 (episodes 1-199) [1989]

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"Sekai ga Owaru Made wa" by WANDS
Slam Dunk (TV) Ending Theme #2 (episodes 28-49) [1994]

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"Tank!" by Seatbelts
Cowboy Bebop (TV) Opening Theme (episodes 1-25) [1998]

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"Mazinger Z" by Ichiro Mizuki
Mazinger Z (TV) Opening Theme [1972]

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"Zankoku na Tenshi no Te-ze" by Yoko Takahashi
Shin Seiki Evangelion (TV) Opening Theme [1995]

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"Sobakasu" by Judy & Mary
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (TV) Opening Theme #1 (episodes 1-38) [1996]

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"Hare Hare Yukai" by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (TV) Ending Theme #1 (episodes 1-13) [2006]

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"Candy Candy" by Mitsuko Horie
Candy Candy (TV) Opening Theme [1976]

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"Ai Senshi" by Daisuke Inoue
Kidou Senshi Gundam II: Ai Senshi (Movie) Ending Theme [1981]

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"Pegasus Fantasy" by MAKE.UP
Saint Seiya (TV) Ending Theme #1 [1986]

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Jan-Poo 2009-03-25 11:59

Nice idea. You certainly listed ten of the most popular opening/ending songs, personal opinions apart none can argue about that.

You asked for suggestions, and i do have some, however these are so popular that i think you would have put in the thread anyway, however just to be sure:

Lum no love Song - Uruseiyatsura
Ai wo Torimodose - Hokuto no Ken
Doraemon no Uta - Doraemon
Blue Water - Fushigi no Umi no Nadia
Mad Machine - Bubblegum Crisis (this is probably the only case i know where the song is more famous than the series itself)


I haven't seen any movie in your list, so i'm not sure if they are allowed however there are a few songs that are very very popular

Ai wa Boomerang - Uruseiyatsura Beautiful Dreamer
Ai Oboete Imasu ka - Macross Ai Oboete Imasu ka
Tonari no Totoro - Tonari no Totoro

DJLowrider 2009-03-25 12:24

A few recommendations for the list:

We Were Lovers - OP theme from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
The Sore Feet Song - OP theme from Mushishi
It's Gonna Rain - Second season ED theme from Rurouni Kenshin
Yakusoku wa Iranai - OP theme from The Vision of Escaflowne
Dango Daikazoku - First season ED theme from Clannad

I'll try to offer some others another time, but these are a few OPs and EDs that really stick out in my mind as being fantastic.

christinemarie 2009-03-25 19:11

Here's are 10 of my recommendations and also among of my top 50 anime theme favorites of all time
*link below the anime music theme songs are the one's who song the theme*

0) Borutesu V Faibu no uta by Horie Mmitsuko - opening theme of Voltes V 1977
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1) Daydream Generation by Matsuko Mawatari - ending 5 of Yuyu Hakusho 1992
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2) My Friend by Zard - ending 4 of Slam Dunk 1993
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3) Ai ha Kurayami no Naka de by Zard - opening 22 of Detective Conan 1996
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4) Purachina by Maaya Sakamoto - opening 3 of Card Captor Sakura 1998
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5) Sore Ga Ai Deshou by Shimokawa Mikuni - opening theme of FMP:Fumoffu 2003
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6) Sakura Kiss by Chieko Kawabe - opening theme of Ouran H.S. Host Club 2006
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7) Colors by FLOW - opening 1 of Code Geass 2006
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8) Sorairo Days by Shoko Nakagawa - opening theme of Gurren Lagann 2007
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9) Triangular by Maaya Sakamoto - opening 1 of Macross Frontier 2008
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janfive 2009-03-26 04:30

Thanks a lot guys! actually I have a list of songs beforehand that I will post on Saturday or Sunday and the amazing thing is that I have at least one song from your recommendations (Lum no Love, Ai wo Torimodose, Sori Ga Ai Deshou, Yakusoku wa Iranai and Tonari no Totoro) included for week 2. It goes to show how classic and timeless these songs are. Even Triangular is considered an instant classic, debuting just last year. Your other recommendations are very familiar and I'm sure I'll induct them in the coming weeks. A you might guess this is more of a vanity project for me since I'm fairly new in anime music appreciation sparked by the recent anime songs boom in Japan thanks to the Haruhi, Gundam and Macross anime singles. I'm doing this for those who share my new passion for great songs accompanying Japanese animation, a forum to watch, listen and probably sing along to the songs we love. Hopefully, when I'm done posting a thousand songs (probably a couple of years from now), I'll post a ranked list of the greatest anime songs based on your recommendations and other lists and polls. Again, thank you for your time and contributions.

C.A. 2009-03-26 06:07

Mazinger Z is definitely one of the greatest songs ever, when I heard Aniki sing it live, I could feel the mecha spirit in his powerful voice. Also Minmay's Ai Oboeteimasuka, the song that made me cry watching an anime for the first time, its one of the most beautiful songs ever.

For us mecha fans, there's one song we all love:

Yuusha Oh Gaogaigar OP
Masaaki Endoh - Yuusha Oh Tanjou!

Irkalla 2009-03-26 08:56

Spoiler for my rec ^^:

-Kh- 2009-03-26 11:48

I'm going to add a few songs to the list, although many that crossed my mind when I read the title have already been posted.


That's all I can think at the moment without going through all my albums looking for specific songs which I don't really remember the names but know they are there.

Edit: Added Youtube links to make it easier for anyone interested on hearing the songs.

-KarumA- 2009-03-27 02:01

strange for some reason when I enter this topic youtube plays the vids with no sound and from that point on as well if I go to youtube.com to watch something. But then after rebooting firefox it works again right until I enter this topic again o.o;

-Kh- 2009-03-27 03:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by -KarumA- (Post 2300711)
strange for some reason when I enter this topic youtube plays the vids with no sound and from that point on as well if I go to youtube.com to watch something. But then after rebooting firefox it works again right until I enter this topic again o.o;

Must be some bug in the forums with janfive's embedded players.

I don't have any problem like that (I'm on Opera), but it does annoys very much every time I enter a thread and there are tons of youtube screens up with no spoiler tag or anything.

ddwkc 2009-03-27 06:31

All listed are great songs indeed. I would add:

RahXephon OP - Hemisphere (Maaya Sakamoto)

MADLAX IN - Nowhere (FictionJunction YUUKA)

Digimon JP OP - Butter-Fly (Koji Wada)

Laputa Theme Song - Carrying You

Kino no Tabi OP - All the Way (Mikuni Shimokawa)

Bokurano OP - Uninstall (Chiaki Ishikawa)

Busou Renkin OP - Makka na Chikai (Yoshiki Fukuyama)

KimmyChan 2009-03-27 06:34

Pretear opening - White Destiny by Yoko Ishida - I <3 THIS ONE! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz_Nq12SAeU

janfive 2009-03-29 03:26

I'm also using Firefox (version 3.0.7) and the videos play with sound. But if -KarumA- can't play the videos without sound then probably others can't too. If anyone can help me remedy the situation, like do I need spoiler tags for the sound to work along with the video? (since this is my first time embedding youtube videos using the BB Code tags) then I will make the necessary corrections the next time I post. I hope I won't have to drastically change my current format since in my opinion it's more convenient for those who view this thread to watch the videos in the same tab.
Also after reading Zaseka's recommendations, I am also at a quandary whether to include songs which were already famous when the anime aired. Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" was a hit in 1983 and used in the Speed Grapher in 2005. I'm inclined to believe that people familiar with the song would recognize it as an 80's gem infamously banned by MTV due to the band's risque music video rather than as an anime song.

Thank you guys for your recommendations! Here are my inductions into the Hall of Fame for Week 2:

"Ai, Oboete Imasuka" by Mari Iijima
Chou Jikyuu Yousai Macross: Ai, Oboete Imasuka (movie) Insert Song [1984]

suggested by C.A.
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"Lum no Love Song" by Hiroko Matsuya
Urusei Yatsura (TV) Opening Theme #1 (episodes 1 to 77) [1981]

suggested by Jan-Poo
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"Yuzurenai Negai" by Naomi Tamura
Magic Knight Rayearth (TV) Opening Theme [1994]

suggested by -Kh-
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"Ai wo Torimodose" by Crystal King
Hokuto no Ken (TV) Opening Theme #1 (episodes 1-82) [1984]

suggested by Jan-Poo
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"Yuusha-oh Tanjou!" by Masaaki Endo
Yuusha Ou GaoGaiGar (TV) Opening Theme [1997]

suggested by C.A.
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"Sore Ga Ai Deshou" by Shimokawa Mikuni
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (TV) Opening Theme [2003]

suggested by christinemarie
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"Tonari no Totoro" by Azumi Inoue
Tonari no Totoro (movie) Ending Theme [1988]

suggested by Jan-Poo
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"Yakusoku wa Iranai" by Maaya Sakamoto
Tenku no Escaflowne (TV) Opening Theme [1996]

suggested by DJLowrider
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"Butter-fly" by Kouji Wada
Digimon Adventure (TV) Opening Theme [1999]

suggested by ddwkc
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"HOWLING" by abingdon boys school
Darker Than BLACK - Kuro no Keiyakusha (TV) Opening Theme #1 (episodes 1-14) [2007]

suggested by Zaseka
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KimmyChan 2009-03-30 10:03

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World Opening - "Metamorphose" (Another fantastic song) :) -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vFQnlkuY_g

signorRossi 2009-03-30 12:55

JFYI - Opera and Flash in Linux don't digest well that many embedded videos too. CPU is 100% and screen redraws very slowly.

DJLowrider 2009-03-30 14:27

A few more recommendations from me:

Battlecry - OP song from Samurai Champloo
Adesso e Fortuna (Flame & Ete) - OP song from Record of Lodoss War OVA
Konya wa HURRICANE - first episode OP song from Bubblegum Crisis OVA
Tell Me Why - OP song from Berserk
Ultra Relax - second season OP song from Kodomo no Omocha (a.k.a. Kodocha)
Libera Me from Hell - insert song/BGM piece from Gurren Lagann

wOoOzZy 2009-03-30 14:43

It's a tough one to call. *I hate Cha-La Head-Cha-La*

There have been a few series that step it up as far as the OPs and EDs go. FMA and Bleach come to mind with a bunch of theirs. I also really liked the OP to S.E. Lain (which has an awesome slide guitar riff in the full version) and the ED of Chrono Crusade.

I know there are a bunch of others I'm leaving out. Some stuff for Inuyasha was very good and I personally liked the ED to Midori no Hibi. The production makes the girls voice sound so soft and pleasing to listen to.

But the top marks have to go to the inevitable. Cowboy Bebop wins it for OP and especially for ED. What makes it so good is that the music isn't just good by OP/ED standards. It stands up to any music you can throw at it. There's no OP like Tank!, it has a solid and catchy bass line, and a great sax solo. And maybe I'm biased because I'm a bassist but The Real Folk Blues has one of the best bass performances I've ever heard. And it's played on a bass instead of a quantized keyboard bass-synth like so many OPs and EDs have.

zzeroparticle 2009-03-31 00:55

Well, this thread certainly seems to have garnered quite a bit of interest. I'm wondering if people are interested in running a sort of "Song of the Week" event as a way to get people hooked on anime music. At this point, I'd be more than willing to help run it if there is sufficient interest in such a project.

So if this sounds enticing, let me know and maybe we can work some sort of system to run this event. I've already got a few thoughts in mind, but I'd like to make sure that the interest level is sufficiently high before I commit my time into getting this to work.

Full Metal Coast 2009-03-31 01:18

good idea zzeroparticle thats a joy idea.
ill be keen

DJLowrider 2009-03-31 07:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by zzeroparticle (Post 2309704)
Well, this thread certainly seems to have garnered quite a bit of interest. I'm wondering if people are interested in running a sort of "Song of the Week" event as a way to get people hooked on anime music. At this point, I'd be more than willing to help run it if there is sufficient interest in such a project.

So if this sounds enticing, let me know and maybe we can work some sort of system to run this event. I've already got a few thoughts in mind, but I'd like to make sure that the interest level is sufficiently high before I commit my time into getting this to work.

I'm down for this. Maybe we can have a few tiers to it as well, such as Song of the Month picked from that month's Songs of the Week and eventually maybe a Song of the Year too. Just a thought I had.


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