#1 Song Review:  Week of 3/30 – 4/5 (SKE48 v. AKB48 v. Sandaime J Soul Brothers)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw ONE OK ROCK defeat Nogizaka46 and aiko to take the top spot for a second week in a row. This week, we a newcomer facing against a recent entry and a blast from the past. 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: SKE48 – Chicken LINE (Recochoku #23 / not in the iTunes top 50)

Ronald: I actually don’t mind this. It’s not annoyingly cute like their other songs I’ve heard. There’s a Latin flair to this which is actually enjoyable and gives the group a new energy. It’s a fun song. 6/10


Recochoku #1: AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki (Oricon #23 / iTunes #9)

Ronald: Same review as before – This is pleasant. It’s nothing too cute, but then it’s not something really amazing. It’s just kind of there, but not in a bad way though. It reminds me a lot of one of Nishino Kana’s less interesting singles from a few years ago. Like I’ll listen to if it randomly comes on, but I’m not going to seek it out. 5/10


iTunes #1: Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Feel So Alive (not released physically / Recochoku #5)

Ronald: Same review as before – I surprisingly like this. I don’t really care for this group anymore, but I do like a song here and there that they’ve put out since I was over them. This song is like multiple songs mashed into one, but it works. It’s an EDM song, but it’s not the usual generic EDM crap that LDH acts revel in. I’ve heard ELLY rap before and found it really lame, but his rap actually works here. It’s a nice, new addition to the group’s dynamic. But I don’t know if it’s something I want to hear on every song in the future. 8.5/10


Ronald’s Rank:

1. iTunes #1: Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Feel So Alive

2. Oricon #1: SKE48 – Chicken LINE

3. Recochoku #1: AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki


Which one do you like more?

Oricon #1: SKE48 – Chicken LINE
Recochoku #1: AKB48 – 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki
iTunes #1: Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Feel So Alive

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