80s Japanese Female Pop Singers

Updated July 20, 2017

Japaneses popular music, otherwise known as "J-pop," is a Western-influenced style of pop music in Japan that dates back to the early 20th century. It covers a wide array of musical styles, including dance music, soul music and rock and roll. During the 1980s, Tokyo, the capital of Japan, served as a hub of J-pop music. During that decade, the music charts were filled with many Japanese female pop singers.


During the 1980s, the Japanese musical artist Anri was a leading singer and writer of J-pop songs and music. In fact, she released 15 albums in the 80s, many of which were best sellers. She is particularly known for her blend of Western styles with Japanese elements in her music, and her international appeal even led to a tour of Hawaii. Her music remains enduring, as the artist's music was featured in the video game "Dance, Dance Revolution."

Mariya Takeuchi

Singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi was another female Japanese singer who found success in the 1980s. She released six albums during that decade, three of which vaulted to number one on the music charts. She also released 14 singles during that period and became popular due in part to writing her own lyrics. One of her more famous hits during that period was "Fushigi na Piichi Pai" (Mysterious Peach Pie). She continues to record and has released 11 studio albums as of 2008.

Yoko Ono

Known more for her marriage to John Lennon, Yoko Ono was also a respected musical artist in her own right and released several commercially successful albums in the 1980s. This includes the album "Double Fantasy," which reached number one on the music charts and was listed as one of "Rolling Stone" magazine's 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. During that same period, Ono released six singles and was the subject of a tribute album "Every Man Has a Woman."

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