Tower Records unveils their Yearly Bestseller Lists for 2016

Today Tower Records Japan have chosen to announce the releases which stand at the top of their Bestseller lists for the year 2016.  These rankings reflect the combined total sales of the Japanese, Imported, Limited, Analog, etc. versions of each Album/DVD sold through Tower Records stores from December 1st of last year through November 30th of this year.

The Japanese Year-End chart was topped by Hikaru Utada’s “Fantôme”, while the Foreign Year-End chart has been topped by the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest full-length “the Getaway”. The Jazz category was ruled by Norah Jones’ “Day Breaks”, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s interpretation of Beethoven’s 4th and 5th Symphonies (with the Concentus Musicus Wien) taking the top spot in the Classical category. As for Music DVDs, Arashi once again topped the ranking with their “ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2015 Japonism”; meanwhile, the top Soundtrack album of the year was the score to the smash hit film “Shin Godzilla”.  Finally, the top selling single at Tower Records’ stores was SMAP’s “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana”.

Congratulations of course go to all of the victors, and the full Top 20s for the Japanese Album chart, the Western Album chart, and more will follow after the cut.

-’Tower Records Japan’ 2016 Bestseller Lists-

Japanese Albums (Top 20):

  1. Hikaru Utada – Fantôme
  2. Gen Hoshino – YELLOW DANCER
  3. BUMP OF CHICKEN – Butterflies
  4. Arashi – Are You Happy?
  5. RADWIMPS – Kimi no Na wa.
  7. Hey! Say! JUMP – DEAR.
  8. Perfume – COSMIC EXPLORER
  9. Kazumasa Oda – Ano Hi, Ano Toki
  10. Sandaime J Soul Brothers – THE JSB LEGACY
  11. MAN WITH A MISSION – The World’s On Fire
  12. KAT-TUN – 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST “10Ks!”
  13. Ikimonogakari – Cho Ikimonobakari ~Tennen Kinen Members’ BEST Selection~
  15. Nogizaka46 – Sorezore no Isu
  16. E-girls – E.G. SMILE -E-girls BEST-
  17. back number – Chandelier
  18. KinKi Kids – N album
  19. Kana Nishino – Just LOVE
  20. Various Artists – HiGH & LOW ORIGINAL BEST ALBUM

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  • Comments

    • Mahdyah Rosita

      Wow Arashi, going strong as ever.❤ And Hey! Say! JUMP too❤❤
      Congratulations for all!

    • Himi Tsu

      Wahoo ! I’m (happily) surprised by JUMP’s ranking ♥ Well done !

    • MINO-SSI

      congrats jump <3

    • nothingsover

      YESSS Red Hot Chili Peppers! That album is so good.

    • Jo

      Wow Kygo is in top 20!

    • dani

      Ano Hi, Ano Toki ❤
      Such nostalgic album

    • the groupie who

      good job, eito! too bad they didn’t release an album this year :(

    • Tokyo Records

      I’m happy to see Perfume and BUMP OF CHICKEN doing so well. I wish Kana Nishino’s album did better, but anyway.
      I’m disappointed the other charts besides the “foreign”, of course, one were topped by, well, foreign acts, but anyway.
      Why don’t they show any numbers?

      • Tokyo Records

        EDIT: “the other charts besides the foreign one*”; not the second “but anyway”, instead I wanted to say that I wish they (the “foreign acts”) weren’t as popular and instead much more credit was given to their own country’s artists. In a sense I understand Norah Jones and Nikolaus Harnouncourt’s success, but still…
        In my opinion, people have the right to listen to whatever they want, but I also think they (and the Japanese people can’t say their music isn’t as good and don’t have any unique colour to it – it’s exactly the opposite) should “invest” in their own country’s artists more.

        Ryuichi Sakamoto probably still sees this as a failure from Tokyo Records, “why don’t they create their own platform”.

        • starlightshimmers

          Nikolaus Harnoncourt is popular in Japan? I only know him because he does historically accurate (or something like that) performances of Baroque pieces. As a Bach fan myself Harnoncourt is my favourite conductor.

        • Woahh, such pointless nationalism. I really don’t know what are you talking about. Japanese charts are always dominated by local acts, why does it hurts you so bad that there is one category where a Western act topped the list?

      • starlightshimmers

        I really wish Kana would go back to her more pop-R&B/electronic roots, not the current folk-y style she’s doing.

    • honey girl

      The Good Sis album has only been out for 2 months and it’s already a #1 yearly seller. What type of savage Queen! 😢

    • Mitsu

      DEAR JUMP. 😍

    • HevRev

      KAT-TUN’s had such a difficult year and yet they’re still in the top 20, proud hyphen :)

    • Matsumiyalover

      No one’s so surprised about SMAP and Arashi. Arashi is still going strong. So happy for them.

    • Historia Lenz

      Queendata and Arashi! :)

    • Kokoro Ai

      I’m so happy for MAN WITH A MISSION :D :D