Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Namie Amuro defeat AKB48 and DA PUMP. DA PUMP is back this week, facing off against two newcomers. Find out what Ronald thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!
Oricon #1: / Billboard Hot 100 #1: Hello Pro All Stars – YEAH YEAH YEAH (not in the Oricon Digital Singles top 20 / not in the Billboard Download Songs top 100 / not in the Billboard Streaming Songs top 100)
The intro to this! It sounds so familiar! It’s killing me that I can’t figure out what it is! But the main song actually isn’t that bad. They took a basic structure that’s been heard a million times, and added a few contemporary touches that made it better. 6/10
Oricon Digital Singles #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: BUMP OF CHICKEN – Sirius (not released physically / Billboard Hot 100 #3 / not released for streaming)
This is the most immediate response to a BUMP OF CHICKEN song I’ve had in a while. It’s really good! Surprisingly so. I sometimes find BUMP OF CHICKEN to be one note, but this song has such a drive to it. The rhythm of this so energetic and really propels the song forward, creating a sense of excitement as it goes on. 8/10
Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DA PUMP – U.S.A. (Oricon #20 / Billboard Hot 100 #2 / Oricon Digital Singles #3 / Billboard Download Songs #3)
Same review as before: The eurobeat, the eurobeat, the eurobeat… I’m a bit of a sucker for it. It’s just so fun and nostalgic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is what it is. 6.5/10
1. Oricon Digital Singles #1 / Billboard Download Songs #1: BUMP OF CHICKEN – Sirius
2. Billboard Streaming Songs #1: DA PUMP – U.S.A.
3. Oricon #1: / Billboard Hot 100 #1: Hello Pro All Stars – YEAH YEAH YEAH