Top 20 Greatest Anime Songs

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Anime music fans have been busily voting on what they feel are the best anime songs ever, and their choices certainly make for some interesting listening.

The ranking:

1. Ready!! (The IdolMaster)

2. Only my railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

3. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (Bakemonogatari)

4. Lion (Macross Frontier)

5. Connect (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

6. God knows… (The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya)

7. My Soul, Your Beats (Angel Beats!)

8. Hare Hare Yukai (The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya)

9. Sousei no Aquarion (Sousei no Aquarion)

10. LEVEL5 -Judgelight- (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

11. Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ (Ano Hana)

12. Butter-Fly (Digimon)

13. Oath Sign (Fate/Zero)

14. Motteke! Sailor Fuku! (Lucky Star)

15. Irony (Ore no Imouto)

16. Tori no Uta (AIR)

17. Seikan Hikou (Macross Frontier)

18. GO!GO!MANIAC (K-ON!)

19. Eternal Blaze (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha)

20. Someone Else (WORKING!!)


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    Avatar of ZaMpa
    Comment by ZaMpa
    20:36 03/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The question that comes to my mind after that ranking is :
    Do people voted for the song itself or the opening video ?

    If you listen without video, the whole thing change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 05/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are few songs that make me WANT to listen to them someone from working! was one and another was the first ed for gosick why they aren't ranked farther up the list I'll probably never understand

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 09/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should put Code Geass in.
    Flow's Colours is a good song and the video is perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a hard time believing in Idolmaster's victory were this the case. Strip the visuals from it and you really don't get anything impressive.

    And yet, Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari was an ending theme and had sketchy, scribble visuals, so... maybe not all voters voted with the same criteria.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    00:55 04/07/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Bogus list unless it includes:

    1. Cruel Angel Thesis - Evangelion

    2. Forces - Berserk

    3. Heart of Sword - Rurouni Kenshin

    4. Let Me Be With You - Chobits

    5. When the Higurashi Cry - Higurashi no Naku ni

    6. Invoke (phase shift) - Gundam Seed Destiny

    7. Kiri and Paranoid Android - Ergo Proxy

    8. Lillium - Elfen Leid

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 04/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I find this list's lack of Yoko Kanno disturbing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Do you mean kazaza2's list or the one in the article?

    It's good that two of her works are included, but frankly I think Lion is one of her weaker OPs. Aquarion on the other hand is legendary, but the lack of Tank!/Real Folk Blues, Rain/Gravity, Kiseki no Umi, Yakusoku wa Iranai, Platinum and Voices is seriously disturbing. And that's only as far as OPs/EDs go...

    The lack of Yuki Kajiura is equally incomprehensible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, a real list of the best anime songs would just be a Yoko Kanno list. Sometimes we need to be fair to the other musicians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @12:28 No, not easily. It's one of the rare occasions in the last 30 or so years someone managed to equal her genius, for _one_ song. That is hardly easily.

    Of course that doesn't change the fact that Ai Oboeteimasuka marks THE most epic and impactful use of a song in anime, and should therefore be number one in this list.

    BTW, did you link the wrong video?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yoko kanno, yuuki kajiura, maaya sakamoto, megumi hayashibara. Q;E.D

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 05/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn, wrong link in clipboard:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wckZcVFLU24

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 06/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do You Remember Love should definitely be #1 of all time. But "Inner Universe" and "Rise" from GITS should be there, and several others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, she's good but others are good too

    Ai Oboetei Imasu ka by Kato Kazuhiko is easily the equal of anything Yoko has done:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5JuvvA1A4A

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    HELL YES the number one anime song hands down no questions is Do you Remember Love from the Macross DYRL movie.

    In fact that movie IS anime. Music, animation, transforming robots and love triangles, big hair, and galactic scale war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any list of the greatest anime songs that doesn't include Green Bird is down syndrome level.

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    Comment by Imyou
    01:09 04/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Good calls. The Higurashi OP and EDs are incredible, and the original Kenshin OST is legendary - even the BGM by Noriyuki Asakura.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 05/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How about any of the eurobeat songs from INITIALLLLL D!!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 07/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also missing uninstall from bokurano which was amazing.

    The op's and ed's of sokyuu no fafner were also goddamn amazing.

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    Comment by Ken
    06:26 04/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ok list, needs more:

    1) Ranma ½ - "Omoide ga Ippai"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqgdguzG4Fk

    2) Nichijou - "Hyadain no Kakakata"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCswvr8eRNk

    3) Usagi Drop - "High High High"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXCwbKFCqd4

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 04/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Needs to Slam Dunk

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clannad ED as well

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro Chan's OP is undeniably the best

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF this list is bullshit! How can they not have any of the amazing songs from Eureka7!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Shangri-La - Fafner

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Haha the first thing I did was check to see if the Elfen lied Lilium was here, when I discovered it wasn't this list became instantly invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And... where the fuck is the darker than black OP (original).

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why only 20 why not 100 most memorable anime op/ed's. and chosen by real fans not the same dumb asses who keep making this shit list's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I could agree with you but the lack of Tank!, The Real Folk Blues and Kouga Ninpo Chou makes it hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd replace Seikan Hikou with Aimo myself from the same series, although placement wise that would be a tad too low.

    And both versions, both normal and the battle versions would be more than worthy replacements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's just like, your opinion, man.
    -the Dude

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I vote you for President!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 05/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    where is libera me from hell?

    row row fight the power!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    talk about going back years ago. Get with the times dude.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What I just said. Type B otakus are not the only one to ever please... ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zips instead of Invoke, and add on Reckless Fire - S. Cry. Ed. then I can agree with you

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    Comment by Actar
    14:08 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Opinions, opinions. It's only a bogus list if you disagree with it.

    I myself have tons of Anime songs that I like not featured on the list, but I respect the opinions of those who made it and don't cry their tastes foul for not adhering to mine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "My Boyfriend is a pilot." from Macross fame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i was hopeing for don't say lazy to be on the list or at list listen from k-on

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A list of "Greatest Anime Songs" is going to be highly subjective, and vary greatly from one person or group to the next. Obviously, not everyone has the same taste in music, and not everyone has seen the same anime to have heard their music. A more fitting title for this list would be "Popular Music From Popular Anime of the Last Few Years," though that isn't exactly a very catchy title. :P

    Getting worked up that a subjective poll among a limited group of participants doesn't match your own opinion is silly. Just think of the list as a way to find some new music you may have otherwise overlooked.

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    Comment by TenguSan
    15:16 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG, Lillium!! How is that not on the list?! Good call

    Comment by Anonymous

    How do people still like Heart of Sword? And Let Me Be With You? Seriously? You might as well vote for DoCo songs from Ranma 1/2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And what's wrong with DoCo songs? They're awesome!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Those of you who are listing Evangelion, FMA, GTO etc. songs as great anime songs is just the same as listing Beatles or Rolling Stones as great rock songs...
    Yeah, they might be great but it's already too OLD...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The hallmark of truly great music is being able to transcend time and altered taste, and still have an impact.

    Whether it be: "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones or the "Ninth Symphony" by Beethoven or even "Lilium" by Yukio Kondo.

    It's why "The Light Before We Land" by the Delgado's was just perfect for Gunslinger girl.

    Or "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead for Ergo Proxy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...And how does that make them not worthy of being included? Do songs go bad after a few years? "Oh classical music is so dreadfully old, it's shit. Modern hip hop is far superior." That's what you sound like.

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    Comment by coquette
    00:59 04/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Nothing from Yoko Kanno?

    The whole score from Wolfs Rain is nothing short of a masterpiece. Shame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You might want to double check the credits for the Macross F stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    there are 3 songs from Yoko in the list.
    The 2 macross frontier songs and Sousei no Aquarion.
    So 2 songs in the top 10 ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually there is one from Yoko Kanno. See Aquarion

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    Comment by coquette
    02:10 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I stand corrected.

    Yoko actually needs here own poll "Greatest Yoko Kanno scores and songs and then everyone else. ;)

    She's a true Japanese musical treasure!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 04/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    She should be on any "best video game music" list too











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