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Emerging out of the ecstasy of Japan's boomtime economy in the late '70s and early '80s, City Pop fused the country's mainstream pop traditions with Western grooves and an ephemeral, high-gloss perfectionism that was as cosmopolitan as it was catchy. Its closest Western analogs would have to be Yacht Rock or British sophisto-pop, but without the cocaine divo...

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Title Artists Album Duration
1
Bohemian
Taeko Onuki Romantique 00:04:09

Taeko Onuki, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Arranger

(P) 1980 Sony Music Labels Inc.

2
City Lights By The Moonlight
Tomoko Soryo City Lights by the Moonlight 00:03:52

kuro, Lyricist - KYOZO, Lyricist - Tomoko Soryo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yasunori Souryou, Composer, Arranger

(P) 1977 BMG Funhouse, Inc.

3
Whisky Lullaby
Tomoko Soryo City Lights by the Moonlight 00:04:31

Yasunori Soryo, Composer, Arranger - Tomoko Soryo, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kuro & Kyozo, Lyricist

(P)1977 Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

4
Lipstick Message / Rouge No Dengon (Remastered 2019)
Yumi Arai Cobalt Hour 00:03:02

Masataka Matsutoya, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Yumi Arai, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kunihiko Murai, Producer - Shouro Kawazoe, Producer

℗ 2019 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

5
Lucky Guy (2019 Remastered)
Makoto Matsushita Quiet Skies 00:06:23

Makoto Matsushita, Vocals, MainArtist - Makoto Matsushit, Composer

© 1983 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC. ℗ 1983 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC.

6
Imagination (2012 Remastered)
Junko Yagami Communication 00:04:09

Junko Yagami, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

© 1985 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC. ℗ 1994 east west japan Inc.

7
Tokyo Reggie
Masayoshi Takanaka Seychelles 00:04:20

Yukihiro Takahashi, Author - Masayoshi Takanaka, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1976 UNIVERSAL SIGMA, a division of UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

8
Plastic Love
Mariya Takeuchi VARIETY -30th Anniversary Edition- 00:04:54

Mariya Takeuchi, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Tatsuro Yamashita, Producer, Arranger

© 1984 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC. ℗ 1992 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC.

9
An Insatiable High
Masayoshi Takanaka An Insatiable High 00:10:08

Masayoshi Takanaka, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UNIVERSAL SIGMA, a division of UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

10
Summer Breeze
Piper Summer Breeze 00:03:23

Piper, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Light In The Attic Records (P) 2019 Light In The Attic Records

11
Sunshine Kiz
Piper Sunshine Kiz 00:03:07

Piper, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Light In The Attic Records (P) 2020 Light In The Attic Records

12
Melting Blue
Akira Inoue SEASIDE LOVERS 00:04:19

Akira Inoue, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Denise Swinnerton, Lyricist

(P) 1983 Sony Music Labels Inc.

13
Only A Love Affair
Hiroshi Sato Awakening 00:04:47

Hiroshi Sato, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lorrain Feather, Lyricist

(P) 1982 ALFA MUSIC,INC.

14
Weekend Love
Yurie Kokubu Relief 72 Hours 00:04:07

Yoshiyuki Sahashi, Composer - Masako Arikawa, Lyricist - Tetsuji Hayashi, Arranger - Yurie Kokubu, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tadashi Yamashia, Arranger

(P)1983 Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

15
I Thought It Was You
Kimiko Kasai Butterfly 00:07:09

Kimiko Kasai, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Herbie Hancock, Associated Performer, Piano, Producer, Associated Performer, Piano, Producer - Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock, Associated Performer - H. Hancock, Composer, Lyricist - M. Ragin, Composer, Lyricist - Bennie Maupin, Soprano Saxophone - J. Cohen, Composer, Lyricist - Ray Obiedo, Guitar - Webster Lewis, Piano - Paul Jackson, Bass - Alphonse Mouzon, Drums - Bill Summers, Percussion - Mari Kaneko - Yuka Kamebuchi - David Rubinson & Friends, Inc., Producer - Fred Catero, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tomoo Suzuki, Recording Engineer - Bryan Bell, Recording Engineer - David Rubinson, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

16
君は天然色
Eiichi Ohtaki A LONG VACATION 00:05:06

Eiichi Ohtaki, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bannai Tarao, Arranger - Takashi Matsumoto, Lyricist

(P) 2021 THE NIAGARA ENTERPRISES.

17
LOVE SHOWER
Minako Yoshida LIGHT'N UP 00:03:15

Tatsuro Yamashita, Arranger - Minako Yoshida, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1982 ALFA MUSIC, INC.

18
Spaceship Earth / Aoi Fune De (Album Version / Remastered 2019)
Yumi Matsutoya Voyager 00:04:27

Yumi Matsutoya, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Masataka Matsutoya, Producer, Recording Arranger, Synthesizer Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Keishi Urata, Synthesizer Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 EMI Records Japan, a division of UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

19
Velvet Motel
Eiichi Ohtaki A LONG VACATION 00:03:45

Eiichi Ohtaki, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bannai Tarao, Arranger - Takashi Matsumoto, Lyricist

(P) 2021 THE NIAGARA ENTERPRISES.

20
Japanese Rhumba (2019 Remastering)
Haruomi Hosono Paraiso 00:03:34

Glenn Miller, Composer, Lyricist - Haruomi Hosono, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Yellow Magic Band, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Haruomi Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1978 ALFA MUSIC, INC.

21
Ripple Dance
Casiopea MAKE UP CITY 00:05:00

Akira Jimbo, Composer - Issei Noro, Arranger - Casiopea, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P)1980 ALFA MUSIC,INC.

22
Midnight Cruisin'
Kingo Hamada midnight cruisin' 00:04:43

KAN CHINFA, Lyricist - Nobuo Kurata, Arranger - Kingo Hamada, Composer, Arranger, Performance, MainArtist - Hamada Kingo, Composer, Arranger - Kan Tinfa, Lyricist - Kurata Nobuo, Arranger

© 2001 east west japan Inc. ℗ 1982 east west japan Inc.

Momoko Kikuchi, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Light In The Attic Records (P) 2020 Light In The Attic Records

24
First Light (2018 Remaster)
Makoto Matsushita First Light 00:04:33

Makoto Matsushita, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, MainArtist

© 1981 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC. ℗ 1981, 2018 WARNER MUSIC JAPAN INC.

25
Tokyo Lover
Mioko Yamaguchi Yume Hiko 00:04:04

Akira Inoue, Arranger - Mioko Yamaguchi, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1980 A KAY MUSIC RECORDING

26
雨のケンネル通り
Epo Goodies 00:04:34

Harold Wheeler, Arranger - EPO, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1980 Sony Music Labels Inc.

27
Slack Key Rumba
Haruomi Hosono PACIFIC 00:03:01

Haruomi Hosono, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1978 Sony Music Labels Inc.

28
SUMMER BLUE
Bread And Butter Late Late Summer 00:03:59

Haruomi Hosono, Arranger - Bread And Butter, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kazuko Kobayashi, Lyricist - Fuyumi Iwasawa, Composer

(P) 1979 ALFA MUSIC, INC.

29
Surprise
Cindy Angel Touch 00:04:48

Yuji Toriyama, Arranger - Cindy, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chinfa Kan, Lyricist - Hiroshi Narumi, Arranger

(P)1990 BMG FUNHOUSE, INC.

30
Kennedy Airport
Kazumasa Akiyama NEW YORK 00:04:24

Shigeru Suzuki, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1978 Sony Music Labels Inc.

About Playlist

Emerging out of the ecstasy of Japan's boomtime economy in the late '70s and early '80s, City Pop fused the country's mainstream pop traditions with Western grooves and an ephemeral, high-gloss perfectionism that was as cosmopolitan as it was catchy. Its closest Western analogs would have to be Yacht Rock or British sophisto-pop, but without the cocaine divorcée ennui of the former or the languid melodrama of the latter. This was energetic, earnest and very poppy music that was both proficiently smooth and quirkily adventurous. This playlist gathers up some of the highlights of the genre, with icons like Yumi Arai, Eiichi Ohtaki, and Haruomi Hosono alongside genre stalwarts like Piper, Momoko Kikuchi, Epo, and Shigeru Suzuki. Photo: Haruomi Hosono, courtesy of Light in the Attic/Mike Nogami

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