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9:07 pm - 08/26/2011

What’s your favorite song by Hamasaki Ayumi?







Recochoku recently revealed the results of its latest group of rankings, asking users to choose their favorite songs by beloved pop singer Hamasaki Ayumi.

The ranking was split into three different categories, each describing a different aspect of the famous singer. The first is a lyric ranking, where users picked a song whose lyrics they most sympathized with. Coming in first place for this list is the title track of her first album, “A Song for XX“. Both male and female users responded that they could relate to the themes of insecurity as a young person. Despite being released in 1999, “A Song for XX” continues to be one of her most popular songs.

The second ranking is “The Ayu song you want to hear in the summer”, and was easily dominated by her sunny 2006 track “BLUE BIRD“. The PV for “BLUE BIRD” features Ayu singing cheerfully on a beautiful white beach, perfectly fitting the summer atmosphere of the upbeat song.

Lastly, Recochoku asked users to rank which Ayu song made them cry the most. Since releasing the song “Days” in 2008, Hamasaki has continued to perform the song at concerts with her dancer Syu-ya, who helps paint a sad story that elicits tears from both Ayu and her fans.

Check out the full ranking for each theme below!

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< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
01. A Song for XX
02. Days
03. MY ALL

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
01. BLUE BIRD
02. July 1st
03. Greatful days

< The Ayu song that made me cry the most >
01. Days
02. You were…
03. HEAVEN

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What songs would you have chosen?

TH via Barks

I never cared for Days but I am happy the readers picked Ayu's more modern songs!!!

burger 27th-Aug-2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I can never pick an overall favourite (although Surreal will always be up there) because it changes from month to month haha but Memorial Address always makes me cry.
urban_twilight 27th-Aug-2011 04:23 am (UTC)
This. I think Memorial address and teddy bear are her saddest songs.
ohprecioustime 27th-Aug-2011 04:25 am (UTC)
same I can't pin down an all-time favourite more like an all-time favourite group of songs
rainbow_yarn 28th-Aug-2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Memorial Address is definitely her saddest to me; it got through to me even before I read the translated lyrics. Makes me sob.
eliteseal 27th-Aug-2011 04:48 am (UTC)
There are too many classic songs for ayumi. Hard to choose 1 over the other. But bluebird do gives a refreshing vibe when it was released. Still remember that MV where Ayumi wears the white gown with her blue bikini prancing around the white sand, the feeling of summer just dawn upon me and i must admit it was a marvelous take.
soil_soil 27th-Aug-2011 04:48 am (UTC)
I feel weird for being able to say, almost instantly, that Rainbow is my favorite song of hers. It's just so pretty. So sad but so happy. I dunno. I really like how they broke this down into different categories though! I'm sure if I sat and thought about it a bit more I'd be able to categorize different ones.
g_odalisque13 27th-Aug-2011 04:50 am (UTC)
i completely agree that BLUE BIRD is her best summer song <3 though i love Glitter too, tbh

i have a hard time picking an absolute favorite, but Pride is always at the top of my list. i also love forgiveness, Sexy little things, Rule, STEP you, Bold & Delicious, Voyage, Duty, Marionette... okay i did an even worse job at narrowing down my favorites than i thought OTL
kawaii_honey 27th-Aug-2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Sparkle's lyrics resonate with me. I like hearing Inspire and Independent in the summer. and ones that make me cry, Heaven and Memorial Address, definitely. I cannot watch her sing Memorial Address without getting really sad

all-time favorite is so hard to decide. I'd probably choose Game, Sexy Little Things, Naturally, all singles & most album tracks from (miss)understood, and Rainbow
fictionitusxd 27th-Aug-2011 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm more of a Voyage fan. The arrangement for it was beautiful! AND it was used in an awesome drama...
sakichi 27th-Aug-2011 05:17 am (UTC)
My favorites are Memorial address, talkin' 2 myself, fated, JEWEL, Pride, and M. (miss)understood is my favorite album. <3
gossipgyaru 27th-Aug-2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Most Sympathized = DAYS. SFM.
Most cry worthy = Memorial Address (also one of my fav ever songs by her omg <3 so much)
shavashava 27th-Aug-2011 05:41 am (UTC)
oh ok I can kiiiiiiiiiiiinda see the resemblance to Yamaguchi Momoe in that picture.
raviolikenshin 27th-Aug-2011 06:32 am (UTC)
i think momoe and satoshi ohno from arashi look more alike
itsanthonybitch 27th-Aug-2011 06:26 am (UTC)
fairyland is the best summer song ever
koutaishi 27th-Aug-2011 07:06 am (UTC)
Memorial Address and Mirrorcle World.
ryuugazaki 27th-Aug-2011 07:19 am (UTC)
I have a stronger bias towards remixes of Ayu's songs than the original versions, but HEAVEN (Original) has to be my favorite.
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ryuugazaki 27th-Aug-2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my God that's my favorite Ayu track of all time. OF ALL TIME.
taecish 27th-Aug-2011 07:51 am (UTC)
my favourite is everything from her first 5 albums
newsvsyamapi 28th-Aug-2011 10:02 am (UTC)
+1000
lilipute 27th-Aug-2011 08:12 am (UTC)
probably Connected

that song was on replay when I read Mushishi, which made the song all that sadder
19861122 27th-Aug-2011 09:00 am (UTC)
< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
BOYS AND GIRLS LOL

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
fairyland :)

< The Ayu song that made me cry the most >
HEAVEN...
kerplunk 27th-Aug-2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
"< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
BOYS AND GIRLS LOL"


LOL XD
casenumber825 27th-Aug-2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
The Ayu Song who lyrics I sympathized with:

Difficult, because lots of Ayumi's song have lyrics that I can relate to.

I'm gonna say possibly 'I Am...' or 'A Song For XX' or 'Greatful Days'

The Ayu song I want to hear in the Summer:

BLUE BIRD, fairyland or Beautiful Day

The Ayu song that made me cry the most:

Memorial Address, teddy bear or untitled ~for her~

satsucake 27th-Aug-2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Mine would be:

< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
01. A Song for XX
02. Real Me
03. Days

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
01. BLUE BIRD
02. glitter
03. Sunrise

< The Ayu song that made me cry the most >
01. Days
02. fated
03. Replace
rainbow_yarn 27th-Aug-2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Why these songs? I don't get it. What.

< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
01. Real Me
02. Sparkle
03. My Name's WOMEN

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
01. Sunrise ~LOVE IS ALL~
02. Startin'
03. Humming 7/4

< The Ayu song that made me cry the most >
01. Memorial Address
02. Ballad
03. Happy Ending


OH MAN OH MAN can't wait for Five.
jessui 27th-Aug-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Fly High and Evolution.
I miss the Ayu from the LOVEppears/Duty days. :(
kerplunk 27th-Aug-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
01. A Song for XX
02. it was
03. End roll

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
01. Fly high
02. Green
03. July 1st

bunnyshoxx 27th-Aug-2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
< The Ayu song whose lyrics I sympathized with >
01. No way to say
02. GUILTY
03. Like a doll

< The Ayu song I want to hear in the summer >
01. BLUE BIRD
02. Beautiful day
03. Greatful days

< The Ayu song that made me cry the most >
01. BALLAD
02. Days
03. GUILTY

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Actually there are many more Ayu song that have made me cry. Her lyrics are just too beautiful (;^;) <3

I like the songs they picked though. A lot of love for Days <3
mia_p 29th-Aug-2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Appears, Kanariya, Surreal, M, Audience, To Be, Endless Sorrow, Free & Easy, Talkin' 2 Myself, pretty much every song off 'Duty'! So hard to choose
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