#1 Song Review: Week of 11/20 – 11/26 (AKB48 v. Yonezu Kenshi x DAOKO v. UNISON SQUARE GARDEN)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi defeat Kanjani8 and UNISON SQUARE GARDEN. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi and UNISON SQUARE GARDEN are back again this week, facing off against a newcomer. Find out what various staff members thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1: AKB48 – 11gatsu no Anklet (not available for streaming / Download Songs #20)

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Ronald: Normally, 48 songs annoy me, but not really this time. I like the nostalgic feel of this. It almost reminds me of something Seiko Matsuda would do. 6/10

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Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi (Oricon #116 / Billboard Hot 100 #7 / Download Songs #9)

Ronald: Same as before: This is basically a Yonezu Kenshi song featuring DAOKO. I have my problems with Kenshi, and they’re evident in this song. While listening to this, all I can think of is a rehash of a The Chainsmokers song. But I will say that DAOKO’s voice has improved. I listened to one of her albums a few years ago and I had to stop it a few songs in because her voice literally gave me a headache and made me want to vomit. I don’t have that issue now! However, I’m a bit lost as to what her point is. She was a rapper, and now she’s trying to be a popstar? I don’t get it… 5.5/10

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Download Songs #1: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – fake town baby (Oricon #27 / Billboard Hot 100 #4 / not released for streaming)

Ronald: I’m just not feeling this band in general. Like I said last week about their other song, there is nothing really setting them apart from a bunch of other bands doing similar material. This song is a tad more exciting though. I think this is only a success due to the tie-in. 5/10

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Ronald’s Rank:

1. Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1: AKB48 – 11gatsu no Anklet

2. Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi

3. Download Songs #1: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – fake town baby

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Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1: AKB48 – 11gatsu no Anklet
Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi
Download Songs #1: UNISON SQUARE GARDEN – fake town baby

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