The biggest thing to happen this summer was probably Yonezou Kenshi releasing his new album, STRAY SHEEP, and making his entire discography available across all streaming services worldwide. Released a month ago STRAY SHEEP still sits on top (or near) of all the album charts.
Next up two songs that absolutely ruled the digital streaming charts all summer:
YOASOBI- Racing into the Night
btw The First Take (and The Home Take thanks Corona) is a series put out by Sony to promote their artists where the artists record a song in one take, it's launched a few streaming hits.
This video is old but this seems to be the song they released this summer and is still charting months after release. A collab with Yonezou and obviously meant for the Olympics :(
ARASHI- IN THE SUMMER
I missed this one but it seems to have been released for international fans?
One of Johnnys newer groups.
There was some big talk last year about there being being a boy group battle this year because of Produce 101 JAPAN, some other survival shows, a number of new boy groups debuting and the thought that Johnnys power grip on the industry is weakening.
The group that came out if PD101 Japan is JO1 and they have been doing well in physical sales.
This one doesn't count for the summer because it's being released at the end of the month and probably won't be a hit anyway but I like it so you get it.
THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE- FEARS
This too... I like DISH// so you get DISH// they're up and coming ok!!
DISH//- Bokura ga Tsuyoku
Though not as big of a hit as the top songs here this song has been floating around the top of the Billboard top 100 all summer and Aimyon is a very popular artist:
Aimyon- Naked Heart
Another popular artist with songs constantly in the top 10 is Official Higedandism
Official Higedandism- Laughter
I felt bad not including any girl groups but the biggest girl group hit of the summer was NiziU- Make You Happy which was posted here before but I wasn't sure if TWICE's Japanese release from this Summer was posted already so here's that:
Last but not least Tokyo Jihen is continuing their comeback this year after disbanding 9 years ago!
Tokyo Jihen- Alianza de sangre
Did I miss anything important? Do you have any favorite Japanese songs?
Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Billboard Charts