#1 Song Review: Week of 1/22 – 1/28 (KinKi Kids v. Mr.Children v. DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw NEWS defeat Mr.Children and DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi. Mr.Children and DAOKO x 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 Hot 100 #1: KinKi Kids – Topaz Love (not released digitally or for streaming)

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Ronald: This is better than most of the KinKi Kids songs I’ve had to review here. It’s pleasant, nothing really new or remarkable though. There is a certain heartwarming familiarity to the song. 6/10

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Oricon Digital Singles #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: Mr.Children – here comes my love (not available physically / Billboard Hot 100 #4 / not available for streaming)

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Ronald: Same as before: I feel like I’ve heard this before. It’s just the same old Mr.Children. It doesn’t grab me. There’s nothing here to excite me. It doesn’t build to anything. It’s just… nice. 5/10

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Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi (not in the Oricon top 100 / Billboard Hot 100 #13 / not in the Oricon Digital Singles top 10 / Billboard Download Songs #20)

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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Ronald’s Rank:

1. Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1: KinKi Kids – Topaz Love

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

3. Oricon Digital Singles #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: Mr.Children – here comes my love

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Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard Hot 100 #1: KinKi Kids – Topaz Love
Oricon Digital Singles #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: Mr.Children – here comes my love
Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi – Uchiage Hanabi
  • Comments

    • WD79

      Topaz Love is co-written by Koichi & Tsuyoshi, so they always know what works best with them. The song’s biggest advantage however is in the poetic/difficult lyrics written by Tsuyoshi, and during the D-melo where they have to sing different lines with different meanings but ending up at the same point.

    • KinKi’s Topaz Love single cover kinda reminds me with their L Album cover.

    • srqs srqs

      Finally, the review is out. I wonder about the “delay”.

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