#1 Song Review: Week of 11/6 – 11/12 (Arashi v. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi v. Yonezu Kenshi)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Yonezu Kenshi defeat Keyakizaka46 and DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi and Yonezu Kenshi 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 #1: Arashi – Doors ~Yuki no Kiseki~ (not released digitally / not released for streaming)

Ronald: This is actually enjoyable. There’s a nostalgic air about this song. I do like the R&B elements of the song and the moments where the members harmonize. 7/10

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Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi (Oricon #101 / Billboard Hot 100 #6 / Download Songs #4)

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: Yonezu Kenshi – Haiiro to Ao (+Suda Masaki) (not released physically / Billboard Hot 100 #5 / not available for streaming)

Ronald: I’m indifferent to it honestly. After listening to the rest of Kenshi’s album, which is really good, surprisingly so, this as the closer is just meh. It could be a back number song. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before and not that memorable. 5/10

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Ronald’s Rank:

1. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Arashi – Doors ~Yuki no Kiseki~

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

3. Download Songs #1: Yonezu Kenshi – Haiiro to Ao

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Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Arashi – Doors ~Yuki no Kiseki~
Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi
Download Songs #1: Yonezu Kenshi – Haiiro to Ao (+Suda Masaki)

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