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List of best-selling music artists in Japan

The best-selling music artists in Japan include Japanese artists with claims of 15 million or more record sales. Japan is the second largest music market in the world behind the United States, and the biggest in Asia, according to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[1]

Sources that provide the sales an artist or record company claim via press release, rather than certified or reported by reliable third parties such as Oricon, are denoted by a "†".


  • Oricon Charts 1
  • Artists by sales 2
    • 50 million or more records 2.1
    • 30 million to 50 million records 2.2
    • 20 million to 30 million records 2.3
    • 15 million to 20 million records 2.4
  • Notes 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Oricon Charts

Oricon provides accumulated physical sales of all entries on its singles and albums charts (started in 1968 and 1970, respectively).[2] Note that Oricon does not count sales of the records that did not enter or fell off of the charts, unlike Nielsen SoundScan. Therefore, it generally shows fewer numbers than reported sales via record labels, and may not reflect the real sales obtained by these artists. In addition, it excludes recording artists like Michiya Mihashi,[3] Yujiro Ishihara, Hibari Misora, and Hachiro Kasuga who had garnered most of commercial success before Oricon was established in the late 1960s.

The best-selling artists by number of singles sold are B'z (35.443 million) in first place, AKB48 (31.111 million) in second place,[4] Mr. Children (28.45 million) in third place,[5] and Southern All Stars (25.179 million) in fourth place.[6] Ayumi Hamasaki holds the record for being the best selling solo artist and being the only solo artist to sell more than 50 million in total.[7]

The list excludes sales of albums or singles recorded by artists in collaboration with others as part of a singular artist or group's total.

Artists by sales

50 million or more records

Artist Sales Genres Years active
B'z 81.82 million+[8][9] Hard rock / Pop rock / Blues rock 1988–present
Hachiro Kasuga 70 million†[10] Enka 1947–1991
Hibari Misora 68 million†[11] Kayōkyoku / Jazz / Enka 1945–1989
Mr. Children 59.12 million[8][9] Pop rock / Power pop / Progressive rock 1988–present
Ayumi Hamasaki 53 million+[12] Pop / Dance / Electronica / Rock 1998–present
Hikaru Utada 52 million†[13] Pop / R&B / Rock / Dance 1996–2011 (on hiatus)
Glay 51 million†[14] Pop rock / Power pop / Progressive rock 1988–present

30 million to 50 million records

Artist Sales Genres Years active
Southern All Stars 48.94 million Pop rock / Soft rock / Folk rock / Blues rock 1975–present
Dreams Come True 43.33 million Pop / new wave / R&B 1988–present
L'Arc-en-Ciel 40 million†[15] Alternative rock / Pop rock / Post-punk 1991–present
Tomoyasu Hotei 40 million†[16] Rock 1988–present
Yumi Matsutoya[note 1] 39.40 million Pop / Rock / Jazz / Folk / Kayōkyoku 1968–present
AKB48 38.69 million[17] Pop / Electropop / Dance-pop / Bubblegum 2005–present
Zard 37.45 million Pop rock 1991–2007
SMAP 35.18 million Bubblegum / R&B / Dance-pop / Electropop 1991–present
Namie Amuro 33.91 million R&B / Hip hop / Pop 1992–present
Chage and Aska 31.40 million Folk rock / Pop rock 1979–2009, 2013–present
X Japan 30 million†[18][19] Heavy metal / power metal / speed metal 1982–1997, 2007–present
Arashi 31.79 million Pop 1999–present

20 million to 30 million records

Artist Sales Genres Years active
Seiko Matsuda 29.64 million Pop / Kayōkyoku 1980–present
Globe 28.93 million Synthpop / Eurobeat / Trance 1995–present
KinKi Kids 26.06 million Pop 1993–present
Akina Nakamori 25.37 million Pop / Kayōkyoku 1982–present
Tube 24.55 million Pop rock / Power pop / Surf rock / Blues rock 1985–present
Exile 23.49 million Pop / Dance / R&B / House 2001–present
Every Little Thing 22.76 million Pop rock / Power pop / Soft rock 1996–present
Maki Ohguro 22.67 million Pop / new wave 1989–present
Morning Musume 22.47 million+ Dance-pop / Electropop / Teen pop / Bubblegum 1998–present
Masaharu Fukuyama 22.23 million Rock / Pop 1990–present
Miyuki Nakajima 21.96 million Folk / Rock / Kayōkyoku / Enka 1975–present
TRF 21.71 million Dance-pop / Eurobeat / R&B 1993–present
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi 21.37 million Rock / Folk 1977–present
Noriyuki Makihara 20.83 million Pop 1990–present
Spitz 20.68 million Alternative rock / Power pop 1987–present

15 million to 20 million records

Artist Sales Genres Years active
Speed 19.55 million Pop / Dance / R&B / Hip hop 1996–present
Kome Kome Club 18.66 million+ Pop / Soul / Funk 1982–1997, 2006–present
Misia 17.99 million+ Pop / Soul / R&B / Dance 1998–present
Toshinobu Kubota 16.33 million+ R&B / Pop / Soul / Neo soul 1981–present
Kyosuke Himuro 16.25 million+ Rock / Pop 1988–present
Momoe Yamaguchi 16.22 million+ Pop 1973–1980
Yōsui Inoue 15.809 million Rock / Folk 1969–present
Hiromi Gō 15.805 million Pop / Kayōkyoku / R&B 1972–present
Kenji Sawada 15.71 million Pop / Rock 1969–present
Mai Kuraki 15.5 million+ Pop / R&B 1999–present
The Checkers 15.38 million Rock 'n' roll / Pop rock / Rockabilly / Doo-wop 1981–1992
Miki Imai 15.31 million+ Pop 1986–present
Judy and Mary 15 million Pop rock 1992-2001
Dragon Ash 15 million Alternative Rock / Hiphop 1996-Present


  1. ^ Includes releases under her maiden name, Yumi Arai.

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Further reading

External links

  • Yamachan Land (Japanese) — Japanese chart archives of selected best-selling artists (last updated December 2007)
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