50 Favorite Idol Songs of 2021 (So Far)

A quick text list (plus playlists!) of my favorite idol songs of the year

This list is part of the May/June 2021 issue of Idol Watch, a companion newsletter to This Side of Japan that’s all about idols. You can return to the main newsletter here.

Here are my 50 favorite idol songs of 2021 so far, listed in alphabetical order. Here is a Spotify and YouTube playlist of the songs featured here. There are a few not available in either of the platforms, so I added a few honorable mentions to fill their spaces. Enjoy!

  1. 22/7 - “Boku Ga Motterumononara

  2. Amefurasshi - “MICHI

  3. BEYOOOOONDS - “Now Now Ningen

  4. BiS - “LOVE

  5. BiSH - “STAR

  6. buGG - “Shake It! Shake It!!!!!!!

  7. CYNHN - “AOAWASE

  8. DAI DAI DAI - “YUUKAI

  9. Dempagumi.inc - “Princess Dempa Power! Shine On!

  10. Dopechan - “stargaze

  11. EMPiRE - “HON-NO

  12. fishbowl - “Shinkai

  13. FRUN FRIN FRIENDS - “Vanilla

  14. GOMATEN - “DAISUKI

  15. GoodDay - “Anthem

  16. HIRAGANA KAMIYADO - “Kiseki No Uta

  17. HKT48 - “Kimi To Dokokae Ikitai

  18. HULLABALOO - “Nolka Solka Polka

  19. Iginari Tohokusan - “Ujira To Omedazu

  20. Iori Noguchi/=LOVE - “Haikei Anata Sama

  21. KOTO - “BACK TO THE UNIVERSE

  22. Lila Gray - “Yukai the World"

  23. Lily of the Valley - “Tanjo Zenya

  24. link laze - “Shooting game

  25. lyrical school - “TIME MACHINE

  26. meme tokyo - “ANTISUGGEST

  27. Morning Musume ‘21 - “Renai Destiny ~Honne Wo Ronjitai~

  28. mzsrz - "Noise Cancelling"

  29. NELN - “REM

  30. NiziU - “Take a Picture

  31. Nogizaka46 - “Gomenne Fingers Crossed

  32. O'CHAWANZ - “Rest of the Girls

  33. Old Newspaper - “Bubble

  34. ORβIT - “Blind

  35. PIGGS - “VISITOR

  36. PRODUCE 101 SEASON 2 - “Let Me Fly

  37. Pure White Canvas - “Loser Girl

  38. Qumali Depart - “Genkai Megendai Ken%

  39. RilisReverse - “Reversal

  40. RYUTist - “mizugarasu

  41. Sakurazaka46 - “BAN

  42. SANDAL TELEPHONE - “SYSTEMATIC

  43. Sexy Zone - “RIGHT NEXT TO YOU

  44. situasion - “the blue dahlia

  45. Solaris in the Rain - “Forever and Ever

  46. Suisei Hoshimachi - “GHOST

  47. SZWARC - “Sweet Escape

  48. STU48 - “Hitorigoto De Katarukurainara

  49. TEAM SHACHI - “JIBUNGOTO

  50. Up Up Girls (2) - “Pa-re


Next issue of This Side of Japan is out July 14. You can check out previous issues of Idol Watch from this year here: January & February / March & April

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