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Evangelion Opening Theme Tops Japan’s Karaoke Ranking for 30 Years



In commemoration of its 30th anniversary this year, Nagoya-based company XING announced the “JOYSOUND Karaoke 30th Anniversary Ranking” based on the number of songs sung over the 30-year period from 1992 to 2022, when the company’s JOYSOUND online karaoke service was first introduced.


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No surprise, the most popular song over the last three decades is “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis / A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” the opening theme for the 1995-1996 TV anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, originally sung by Yoko Takahashi. The iconic song won first place not only in the ranking of anime songs, but also in the overall ranking, which included songs from all genres other than anime songs. It was previously chosen by JOYSOUND as the most popular karaoke song in the Heisei era (1992-2019) as well.



JOUSOUND 30th Anniversary Anime Song Ranking top 20:



1. “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis/A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” (Yoko Takahashi / Neon Genesis Evangelion



2. “Touch” (Yoshimi Iwasaki / Touch)

3. “Single Bed” (Sharam Q / D・N・A2)

4. “Sobakasu” (JUDY AND MARY / Rurouni Kenshin)

5. “Himawari no Yakusoku” (Motohiro Hata /Stand By Me Doraemon)

6. “Sekai ga Owaru Madewa…” (WANDS / Slum Dunk)

7. “God Knows…” (Aya Hirano as Haruhi Suzumiya / The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

8. “Lion” (May’n and Megumi Nakajima / Macross Frontier)

9. “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (Supercell / Bakemonogatari

10. “Let It Go – Ari no Mama de” (Takako Matsu / Frozen Japanese dub edition)

11. “Sousei no Aquarion” (AKINO / Aquarion)

12. “Butter-fly” (Koji Wada / Digimon Adventure)

13. “Anata no Kiss wo Kazoemashou ~You Were mine~” (Yuki Koyanagi / Reign: The Conqueror)

14. “Melissa” (Porno Graffitti / Fullmetal Alchemist)

15. “Cutie Honey” (Kumi Koda / Re: Cutie Honey)

16. “Moonlight Densetsu” (DALI / Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon)

17. “1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou” (SIAM SHAD / Rurouni Kenshin)

18. “Uso” (SID / Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

19. “Gekkouka” (Janne Da Arc / Black Jack)

20. “only my railgun” (flipSide / A Certain Scientific Railgun)



JOUSOUND Anime Song Ranking top 10 in the 2020s:


1. “Gurenge” (LiSA / Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

2. “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis/A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” (Yoko Takahashi / Neon Genesis Evangelion

3. “Homura” (LiSA / Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train)

4. “Himawari no Yakusoku” (Motohiro Hata /Stand By Me Doraemon)

5. “Niji” (Masaki Suda / Stand By Me Doraemon 2)

6. “Kaibutsu” (YOASOBI / BEASTARS)

7. “Cry Baby” (Official Hige Dandism / Tokyo Revengers)

8. “Yesterday” (Official Hige Dandism / HELLO WORLD)

9. “Sugar Song to Bitter Step” (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN / Blood Blockade Battlefront)

10. “Single Bed” (Sharam Q / D・N・A2)




Source: XING press release


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