Top 25 Anime Theme Songs


Anime music lovers have sought to determine which shows have the best theme music, and the results certainly provide an anison tour de force – for once with musical merit rather than the show’s sheer popularity helping settle matters.

The ranking:

1. Lion (Macross F)

2. Don’t say Lazy (K-ON!)

3. Only My Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

4. Chase the world (Accel World)

5. Scarlet Ballet (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)

6. Crossing Field (Sword Art Online)

7. Tori no Uta (Air)

8. Connect (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

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

10. Little Busters! (Little Busters!)

11. Sparkling Daydream (Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!)

12. Irony (Ore no Imouto ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai!)

13. Hare Hare Yukai (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

14. Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san)

15. Platinum (Card Captor Sakura)

16. Karma (Tales Of The Abyss)

17. Pre-Parade (Toradora!)

18. To Be Beginning (Fate/Zero)

19. Happy Girl (Papa no Iu Koto Wo Kikinasai!)

20. Motteke! Sailor Fuku (Lucky Star)

21. Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi-C  (Nichijou)

22. Secret Base ~ Kimi ga Kureta Mono 10 years after version (Ano Hana)

23. Naisho no Hanashi (Nisemonogatari)

24. Motto Hade ni Ne! (Kannagi)

25. Nirvana (Inu x Boku SS)

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    Avatar of Godot
    Comment by Godot
    12:52 28/11/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    LION is so good!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    all these anime otakus with memory problems.... obviously they don't remember love.... ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I knows what you did there ;)

    I cannot sure that song can be categorized as a theme song or not, but, that's by far the best anime song in my list and it's already 30 years old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahah... great, at least someone picked it up.

    sure it was a theme song. it was the main song for the original macross movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    couldn't agree more with the above

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    Comment by vanchrian
    22:47 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I actually prefer Triangler over Lion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 29/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    While we're at the topic of Macross theme songs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Holy... was that zettai ryouiki cat girl Minmei!?

    Damn, this is how Frontier should have been (the CGI is easily on par too...) There needs to be an official SDF Macross remake with this guy as the chief animator made like RIGHT NOW

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ZOMG. Where is this from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 30/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    02:57 apparently, it's been made for some pachinko machine... pretty sad that those parasites are the only ones investing quality money in the true Macross universe :(

    I wonder if we'll ever get to see a Macross anime with the true UN Spacy emblem again... and to stay on topic, preferably with Yoko Kanno.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Hahahahahaha, another list by shitty hardcore otaku tastes.

    But at least in the top its a series that is king in music: MACROSS.

    The rest are what you expect of moetards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I was hoping to see Last Exile

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, its awesome, but hits is supposedly "TOP" there are better and memorable songs to boot, problem here is the short memory of certain fans that vote for this lists.

    To vote any "TOP" you cannot conveniently pick the series you know or are form of from the last 10 or so years only, but look at the history of anime to then make a valid "TOP" since the 60s and till now.

    If it was "top" in the last 10 or 15 years, then no problem.

    If you were to make a "top" sports cars, would you only pick those form the last 5 years?

    Mainstream rock music, a top 10 top 20, top 50, would you pick only those form the last 5 or 10 years? Leaving Nirvana, Motley Crue, Scoprions, etc, etc, tect out?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Mad because Mr.Elitist's songs aren't in the top.
    Cry more, your tears sustain me

    Comment by Anonymous

    @1300 Your ignorance keeps sustaining me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I'm really pleasantly surprised to see Lion at #1.

    Even better, Karma is on the list, and it was one of the best video game OPs ever (imo).

    A decent list. I'm going to go update my will, clearly the universe has mischief afoot.

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    Comment by Cabulb
    21:13 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by macona
    14:37 28/11/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Let us not forget the Norio Wakamoto version of the Lucky Star opening:

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 29/11/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Schrödinger's fuku - under neath lies a male penis and a female penis, existing in parallel til the sailor fuku is removed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Much better than the original.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Good list but i have chose others titles like:
    - Tank! - Cowboy Bepop
    - Colors - Code Geass
    - Gravity - Wolf's Rain
    - Hikari no Senritsu - Sora no Woto
    - Ano Hi Time Machine - Natsume
    - Kuroi Namida - Nana
    - Lost in Blue - Mouryou no Hako
    - Modern Strange Cowboy - Needless
    - What`s Up, People?! - Death Note
    - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I like your list

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    higurashi for sure....great opening song.

    also im surprised that Cruel Angel Thesis - Evangelion, isnt here, but i guess to eavh his/her own.

    Last kiss - Orphen. Ending
    You get to burning - Nadesico
    PSI-missing - touru majustu no index
    no limit - basquash
    Message 9 - Gasaraki
    Heart of sword - Rurouni Kenshin
    Dress (Bloody Trinity Ver.) - Trinity Blood

    Just few of my favs

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    Comment by Roy
    22:46 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    agree with him Cruel Angel Thesis - Evangelion,Heart of sword - Rurouni Kenshin
    Dress (Bloody Trinity Ver.) - Trinity Blood, opening for cowboy bepop, opening for heat guy j,openings for full metal alchemist and brotherhood, opening for spice and wolf, opening for samurai champloo opening for 1season, the 1st movie 2 second of ghost in the shell, opening for hellsing, Ride on a Shooting Star (FLCL, R.O.D read or die series and movie, buso renkin, Yu Yu Hakusho, blood plus, Moon Phase, My Bride is a Mermaid, Full Metal Panic! Chaos; Head, outlaw star by the one

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    add the guren lagann intro and the hajime no ippo: new challenger and your list is perfect :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    How dare they miss this legendary song for the 2000's decade

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 29/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    FUCK YEAH Platinum

    I think the Yoko Kanno density in this list is still too low (absence of Tank! is ridiculous), but at least she's taken the top spot.

    I'm also pleased that

    - Tori no Uta (that was a given until a few years back, but recently otaku seem to forget...)
    - Irony
    - Naisho no Hanashi
    - Motto Hade ni ne

    made the list.

    Lack of
    - KARMA (Requiem for the Phantom)
    - Do You Remember Love (Macross)
    - Adesso e Fortuna (Record of Lodoss War)
    - Kirei na Kanjou (Noir)
    - Let Me Be With You (Chobits)

    is very regrettable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am very impressed you mentioned "Adesso e Fortuna". That's also one of my favourite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This guy knows what he's talking about.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    10:31 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's any consolation, Yoko Kanno did compose Platinum for Maaya Sakamoto.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh I know that, in case that wasn't clear. I wouldn't have used the word "density" if it was only one title (probably).

    All the themes she composed for Maaya are gorgeous, and the lack of Kiseki no Umi, Yakusoku wa Iranai, Hemisphere, Tune the Rainbow etc. is disappointing. But Platinum is as worthy a representative as any of them I guess.

    I would have at least expected Sousei no Aquarion to appear somewhere though, since it's been a NicoNico favorite back in the day, but oh well.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    12:25 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't know that. I'm also surprised that not even anything from Aquarion Evol made it as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree here. Anything Yoko Kanno + Maaya Sakamoto is a big thumbs up in my book.

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    Comment by ArrowInTheKnee
    12:46 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)


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    Comment by Tasche
    13:09 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    (/・ω・)/Lets にゃー!

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    Comment by justadood
    14:57 28/11/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "Period" -Chemistry, for FMA Brotherhood is good
    so is 'sore feet song' for Mushishi...
    the OP for Dennou Coil, and the OP for Jormungand stick in the head..

    Things have improved the last few years...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "period" is good but i prefer "rain"-SID that op was EPIC!

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    10:34 29/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good choice. I like "Golden Time Lover" by Sukima Switch as well.

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    Comment by kintama00
    16:03 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Cruel Moon (Moonlight Lady ED) ^^

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    Comment by EndlessGr8
    13:45 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gunslinger Girl:
    The Delgados - The Light Before We Land

    One fantastic anime OP and I've got an entirely new favorite band.

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    Comment by Roy
    22:52 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^I agree to this

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really enjoy the music from Gunslinger Girl, but my preference is the second season's opening: Kokia - Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi.

    Comment by Zplus
    16:13 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Best ending of an anime is Roundabout.
    Unquestionably undoubtedly veritably proven scientific fact™.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    does licensed western songs even count?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 02/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    can't help but agree

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 28/11/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oath Sign>To be Beginning

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