#1 Song Review: Week of 2/22 – 2/28 (Hey! Say! JUMP v. Hoshino Gen v. LiSA)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Perfume top HKT48 and Yonezu Kenshi. This week, we have two newcomers facing off. Find out what various staff members thought of the songs that topped the physical and digital charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Hey! Say! JUMP – OVER THE TOP (not released digitally)

Ronald: I’ve been generous to Hey! Say! JUMP over the past few months, but not today. What is this? A typical disco-y Johnny’s song that sounds like something any of those groups could put out. Why ruin the run of actually good singles by putting something like this out? Just take more time in choosing what to release. 5/10


Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi (Oricon #28 / iTunes #8 / Billboard #2)

Ronald: Same review as before: Hoshino Gen has quickly risen to be one of the big names on the scene today. He’s is one of the two surviving breakout acts of 2015 along with back number (RIP Gesu no Kiwami Otome.), and it’s easily to see why. His song are just so bright and full of energy, but with a sound that is able to crossover to different audiences. “Koi” is a mix of old and new. It incorporates traditional Japanese music, jazz, and funk, but with a pop edge. I like the bridge on this song, and it’s pretty much the opposite of how I felt about the one in the Kanjani8 song. This one is organic and complex and it feels right. That being said, I would like to see Gen switch things up on his next single because I don’t want him to make a bunch of “SUN” clones. 7.5/10


iTunes #1: LiSA – Catch the Moment (Oricon #9 / Recochoku #6 Billboard #3)

Ronald: This is definitely an anime song. It’s ok, but it’s nothing I haven’t heard before. This song is like a by the numbers anime song. Something like this could be made in one’s sleep. 5.5/10


Ronald’s Rank:

1. Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi

2. iTunes #1: LiSA – Catch the Moment

3. Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Hey! Say! JUMP – OVER THE TOP


Which one do you like the most?

Oricon #1 / Billboard #1: Hey! Say! JUMP – OVER THE TOP
Recochoku #1: Hoshino Gen – Koi
iTunes #1: LiSA – Catch the Moment