Oricon Weekly number-one singles

Posted Jan 19, 2012
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  1. Again
    #1

    Again (2009)

    956 views

    "Again" is Japanese pop rock singer-songwriter Yui's thirteenth single, and first single after she went on hiatus in November of 2008. "Again" was released on June 3, 2009 by her label Studioseven Recordings and was released in two formats: CD and CD+DVD.


  2. To Love You More
    #2

    To Love You More (1995)

    679 views

    "To Love You More" is a single by Celine Dion, written by David Foster and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., writing under the pen-name Junior Miles. It was released in Japan on October 21, 1995. The lyrics are about a woman who makes an impassioned plea to her lover so that he does not leave her for another woman.


  3. Candle In The Wind 1997
    #3

    Candle In The Wind 1997 (1997)

    595 views

    "Candle in the Wind 1997" is a re-written and re-recorded version of Elton John's own 1973 hit "Candle in the Wind" that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.


  4. Massachusetts
    #4

    Massachusetts (1967)

    479 views

    "Massachusetts" is a song by the Bee Gees, released in 1967. Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb. Robin Gibb sang lead on this song and it would become one of his staple songs to perform during concerts on both Bee Gees and his solo concerts. It later appeared on their 1968 album, Horizontal.


  5. A Day In Our Life
    #5

    A Day In Our Life

    384 views

    "a Day in Our Life" is the seventh single of the Japanese boy band Arashi and the first single released after they switched to their new record label J Storm. The single was released in one edition.


  6. The Sound of Silence
    #6

    The Sound of Silence (1965)

    285 views

    "The Sound of Silence" is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song was written by Paul Simon over the period of several months between 1963–1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut studio album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..


  7. Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro
    #7

    Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro (2004)

    213 views

    "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" (誰かの願いが叶うころ, lit. "When Someone's Wish Comes True") is Hikaru Utada's 13th Japanese-language single (15th overall) and her 1st and only Japanese single for 2004. She released 2 versions of Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro: CD and DVD. It was released on April 2, 2004. Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro is also included in the "Our Last Days" - "Casshern" OST as the theme song. Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro debuted at #1 on the Oricon chart with 150,020 copies sold, became her sixth single to go #1 for two consecutive weeks, and went on to sell 365,000. It was performed on Music Station and on her Utada United 2006 tour. The single reached #1 on Oricon and charted for 22 weeks. This song became the #14 song of 2004 in Japan. "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" was featured in a Sony commercial for Hi-MD.


  8. Love So Sweet
    #8

    Love So Sweet

    205 views

    "Love So Sweet" is a Japanese song, and the eighteenth single, by the Japanese boy band Arashi. The single was released in two editions: a regular edition containing a bonus secret track and karaoke versions of the songs released in the single, and a limited edition containing a bonus track entitled "Fight Song". With its lyrics written by Arashi and music composed by member Kazunari Ninomiya, it was created in 2006 as an image song for the group's variety show G no Arashi.


  9. Flavor Of Life
    #9

    Flavor Of Life (2007)

    209 views

    "Flavor of Life" is Hikaru Utada's 18th Japanese single (25th single overall). The physical single was officially released on February 28, 2007.


  10. Be My Last
    #10

    Be My Last (2005)

    175 views

    "Be My Last" is a song by Hikaru Utada, released as her 14th Japanese single on September 28, 2005. It was used for the 2005 film Spring Snow, an adaptation of the 1966 Yukio Mishima novel of the same name.


  11. Bokura No Machi De
    #11

    Bokura No Machi De

    164 views

    "Bokura no Machi de" (????? in Japanese text, translates to "In Our Town") is the third overall single by the Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, and the second from their second studio album, Cartoon KAT-TUN II You. The first ballad to be released as a single, it is also the first commercially released song to not feature Jin Akanishi who took a sabbatical from the group in October 2006 to study in Los Angeles. The single was released in three editions; a regular edition with instrumental versions of the title track and a b-side, a first press limited edition with a bonus track and its instrumental version and a limited edition with the single's music video.


  12. Dearest
    #12

    Dearest (2001)

    160 views

    "Dearest" is a song by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki, released as her 24th single on September 27, 2001.


  13. Wish
    #13

    Wish

    132 views

    "Wish" is the fifteenth single of the Japanese boy band Arashi. The single was released in two editions: a regular edition containing karaoke versions of the songs released in the single, and a limited edition containing a bonus track. The regular edition also contains a hidden track of the group's Secret Talk, in which the members' conversation lasted about forty-two minutes in total before the track was edited down to about thirty-eight minutes.


  14. Evolution
    #14

    Evolution (2001)

    141 views

    "Evolution" is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist and lyricist Ayumi Hamasaki, released on January 31, 2001 as the second single from her fourth studio album I Am... (2002). Influenced by the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. in North America, Hamasaki sought a new inspiration for her then-forthcoming album; instead off writing songs about confusion, loneliness and love like her previous efforts, she was encouraged to engage in more peaceful and worldly themes. This resulted into several songs on I Am..., including "Evolution".


  15. Addicted To You
    #15

    Addicted To You (1999)

    119 views

    "Addicted to You" is a song by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada from her second studio album Distance (2001). It was released as the album's lead single on September 6, 1999 by EMI Music Japan. "Addicted to You" was written by Utada and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; this is her first collaboration with American producers and composers. The single artwork was shot by American photographer Richard Avedon and features two black-and-white figures of Utada. Musically, "Addicted to You" is a R&B and rock song.


  16. LOVE & TRUTH
    #16

    LOVE & TRUTH (2007)

    122 views

    "Love & Truth" is the tenth single by the Japanese artist Yui. The title song, "Love & Truth", was used for the Japanese movie Closed Note starring Erika Sawajiri, who played Yui's counterpart role in the TV drama version of Taiyō no Uta. The music video was directed by Takahiro Miki.


  17. Rescue
    #17

    Rescue (2009)

    112 views

    "Rescue" is the tenth single by Japanese boy band, KAT-TUN, and their fourth single from their fourth studio album, Break the Records: By You & For You. It was released on March 11, 2009 and became the group's tenth consecutive number one single on the Oricon daily and weekly charts tying them with NEWS for the second longest streak of number one singles since their debut in Japanese music history.


  18. A Song Is Born
    #18

    A Song Is Born (2001)

    118 views

    "A Song Is Born" was a collaboration between Ayumi Hamasaki and Keiko (Globe) for the Song Nation non-profit project by Avex, which was created to raise funds to help the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The song was composed by Tetsuya Komuro, but unlike the other two single releases of the project, "The Meaning of Peace" (a duet between BoA and Kumi Koda) and "Lovin' It" (a duet between Namie Amuro and Verbal of M-Flo), the lyrics were written by Ayumi Hamasaki. Hamasaki went on to record a solo version on this song, which appeared on her fourth studio album, I am....


  19. Boys & Girls
    #19

    Boys & Girls (1999)

    116 views

    "Boys & Girls" is a song by Ayumi Hamasaki, released as her ninth single, on July 14, 1999. In addition to being Hamasaki's first Maxi single, it was also her first certified million-seller. In its first week of release on the Oricon, it ranked at number two as Ami Suzuki's "Be Together" debuted at the top spot with sales of over 300,000 copies. The following week, however, it was able to top the charts.


  20. Sexy Music
    #20

    Sexy Music (1981)

    115 views

    "Sexy Music" is a 1981 single taken from Irish female vocal group The Nolans' 1980 album Making Waves, and later hit by Japanese idol duo Wink.


  21. Wait & See
    #21

    Wait & See (2000)

    99 views

    "Wait & See (Risk)" (stylized as Wait & See ~リスク~; translated to Wait & See ~Risk~) is a song by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada from her second studio album Distance (2001). It was released as the album's second single on April 9, 2000 by EMI Music Japan. Written by Utada and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, "Wait & See (Risk)" is a R&B and rock song. Two b-side tracks, "Hayatochiri" and "Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)", where featured on the single.


  22. Y.M.C.A.
    #22

    Y.M.C.A. (1978)

    103 views

    "Y.M.C.A." is a song by the American disco group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from their third studio album Cruisin' (1978). The song reached number two on the US charts in early 1979 and reached number one in the UK around the same time, becoming the group's biggest hit. It is one of fewer than forty singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide. A medley with "Hot Cop" reached number 2 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.


  23. Endless Sorrow
    #23

    Endless Sorrow (2001)

    98 views

    "Endless Sorrow" is a song recorded by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released as her 22nd single on May 16, 2001.


  24. Yorokobi No Uta
    #24

    Yorokobi No Uta (2007)

    87 views

    "Yorokobi no Uta" (喜びの歌 in Japanese text, translates to "Song of Joy") is the fourth overall single by Japanese boy band, KAT-TUN, and the first from their third studio album, KAT-TUN III: Queen of Pirates. The single was released in two editions; a regular edition with the songs and its instrumental versions and a limited edition with a DVD of the music video.


  25. Colors
    #25

    Colors (2003)

    91 views

    "Colors" (stylized as COLORS) is Hikaru Utada's 12th Japanese-language single (14th overall), and is the only single she released in 2003. It was released on January 29, 2003 and debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts with 437,903 copies sold in the first week, and became her fifth single to perform the rare two-consecutive weeks at the #1 slot feat. Two versions were released, CD and DVD.


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