Oricon publish their Favorite Artist Ranking for 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, Oricon has finally chosen to publish the results of their annual Favorite Artist poll.  This ranking is based on a survey that the company runs each year which polls 20,000 Japanese citizens of various different age groups in order to acquire a respectable representation of the public’s opinion. While it is likely not totally accurate, the poll remains a very interesting statistic to consider, particularly when compared to the results for previous years.

There have been a number of shifts over the past year, most notably that popular rock band Mr.Children have risen to the top of the ranking for the first time in 8 years.  Many respondents cited the band’s mature musical style and the ‘humanity’ present within their lyrics as key factors for their choice.  Following them at #2 is singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada, who was #5 last year, and well-known idol group Arashi falls to #3 after topping the ranking for 7 consecutive years.  Also of note is the rise of acts back number and Gen Hoshino, who have placed at #6 and #9 respectively, both largely garnering support from Japan’s young people.

Read on below for a look at both the full Favorite Artist ranking and the Demographic breakdowns.

-Oricon Favorite Artist Ranking 2017-

  1. Mr.Children (↑2)
  2. Hikaru Utada (↑3)
  3. Arashi (↓2)
  4. B’z (-)
  5. Ikimonogakari (↓3)
  6. back number (↑10)
  7. Yuzu (-)
  8. Spitz (↑2)
  9. Gen Hoshino (↑29)
  10. SMAP (↓4)
  11. Perfume (↑2)
  12. Kana Nishino (-)
  13. BUMP OF CHICKEN (↑1)
  14. KinKi Kids (↑1)
  15. Namie Amuro (↓4)
  16. GReeeeN (↑11)
  17. AAA (↑13)
  18. TOKIO (-)
  19. Nogizaka46 (↑17)
  20. Kanjani8 (↑3)

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  • Comments

    • eplizo

      Did you guys perhaps notice Utada Hikaru shitting on your faves? :)

      That’s called longevity and public appeal. Not everybody has that.

    • mikamika

      I find it kinda hard to believe that Arashi is ranked in all demographic groups except for the 30s…
      But I can totally live with this ranking, lots of good acts ranked (and some I’ll simply ignore).

    • honey girl

      Lmao kana’s literally only loved by 10 year olds…lmao Love it’s album sales truly reflect it.

      • Damn

        LOL

      • Everyone already knows that Kana’s fans are mainly teens though…

      • LJL

        I am pretty sure her targeted audience are mainly teens

    • honey girl

      Also semis like Arashi is losing it with the public this year. Was anyone even excited for their releases this year?

      Also I wonder when this survey was taken seeing as Namie had a 4 spot drop. I would think that since she announced her retirement, everyone would be in their feels.

      Hikki, another day another slay!

      • Lol

        They only lose 2 spot drop after 7 yrs on top..public still excited of their releases then if not they wont be in the top 10 lol

        • But they are definitely going downhill.

      • Dayse

        LoL, that slogan at the end was gold. 😂👌

    • i think it isnt “favorite” artists, it’s kinda “well known artists”….

    • It`s depressing to see no good LDH groups up there, but this year has been a horrible year for them. Like only flower, happiness, and the rampage made me happy…

    • Pedro Flores Tafoya

      Hikaru will always be Japan’s sweetheart even if she doesn’t release anything she’s in everyone’s heart and mind.

    • Wow, okay. Cool.

    • What

      Wow Ikimonogakari loved by all ages

    • I need to know what Yuzu did to stay so high on so many lists.

    • Dayse

      Ikimonogakari did great, liked in the full range of demographics. woah.
      I’m kinda sad that Ayu wasn’t gracing any spot, I thought she would be popular with at least women in 20s and 30s at least, who experienced her golden days.
      I mean, Ayu tries so hard, my poor sweetie. 😔

      I’m happy for Arashi, it’s hard not to like them, I giggle like an idiot while watching their dvds.LOL (although I confess I haven’t checked yet their new album).
      As for my queen 👑, no big surprise, but always good to see she’s well liked, good to know I’m not the only one whose heart was stolen by that H 🐝. 💕