Well now is as good a time as any to look at the voting for the top ten H!P singles of 2009 as voted for by you the general wota public and by me the general wota waste of public space that could probably be used to plant a virtual tree instead or something. I actually did plant a virtual tree once through my bank. I called it Yaguchi. I’m still not entirely sure how that helps the environment but hey, what do I know? I’m not a dodgy government scientific advisor with source material to hide.
So what of the results? Well never in the history of voting has one mistake made such a difference.* As of twenty-five minutes past three (GMT) of the 8th December 2009 the votes are (fanfare please)…
Morning Musume – Shouganai Yume Oibito 23% (46 votes)
Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai 23% (45 votes)
Buono – MY BOY 12% (24 votes)
Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess 8% (16 votes)
Berryz Kobo – Dakishimete Dakishimete 8% (16 votes)
Morning Musume – Naichau Kamo 5% (9 votes)
Berryz Kobo – Ryuusei Boy 3% (6 votes)
Berryz Kobo – Rival 3% (5 votes)
Buono – Bravo☆Bravo 3% (5 votes)
C-ute – Bye Bye Bye! 3% (5 votes)
Berryz Kobo – Seishun Bus Guide 2% (4 votes)
Buono – Co.no.mi.chi 2% (4 votes)
S/mileage – Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai 2% (3 votes)
Berryz Kobo – Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama 1% (2 votes)
C-ute – EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!! 1% (2 votes)
Mano Erina – Hajimete no Keiken 1% (1 votes)
Mano Erina – Sekai wa Summer Party 1% (1 votes)
Mano Erina – Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo 1% (1 votes)
Guardians 4 – Omakase♪Guardian 1% (1 votes)
S/mileage – Suki Chan 1% (1 votes)
Buono – Take It Easy! 0% (0 votes)
C-ute – Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu 0% (0 votes)
Mano Erina – Otome no Inori 0% (0 votes)
Mano Erina – LOVE & PEACE = Paradise 0% (0 votes)
Shugo Chara Egg! -Shugo Shugo! 0% (0 votes)
Shugo Chara Egg! – PARTY TIME 0% (0 votes)
Shugo Chara Egg! – Watashi no Tamago 0% (0 votes)
Guardians 4 – School Days 0% (0 votes)
Guardians 4 – PARTY TIME 0% (0 votes)
Guardians 4 – Watashi no Tamago 0% (0 votes)
S/mileage – aMa no Jaku 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 197
So it’s 23% each for Morning Musume’s two best selling singles of the year, Shouganai Yume Oibito & Nanchatte Renai. However Shouganai has had one vote more. So it’s a victory by 46 votes to 45. I think now is as good a time as any to quote Wendybird’s comment from the voting thread.
“I’m sleepy and sick and accidentally clicked Naichau instead of Nanchatte FUCK THEY LOOK KIND OF SIMILAR
Yeah don’t worry. It’s unlikely to make any difference to anything.
Well regardless, looking past the big two singles, sitting comfortably in third place is the ever reliable Buono with their MY BOY single. Followed by Momusu again with Kimagure Princess and then the Berryz with their excellent Dakishimete Dakishimete.
Well thank you to everyone who voted. Obviously you are all wrong. The correct top ten** would clearly be…
10. S/mileage – aMa no Jaku
That pv has been subbed by SimpleSub. Please visit them to check out more of their work.
Anyway what a great debut. I think S/mileage could turn out in future years to have been the best thing to happen to H!P in 2009. Just watch them grow. They’ll be as big as Berryz Koubou and C-ute soon enough and in Maeda Yuuka they have an idol who’ll rival the best of them very soon indeed.
9. Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai
That pv has been subbed by LDK. Who are LDK? Do they have a site? Beats me.
Anyway a return to form for Momusu as far as I’m concerned. A song that sounds modern and fresh. I’d have to say mostly I prefer fun songs but something more serious every now and again is a good thing. I just wish the fun stuff would sell as well.
8. Buono – Bravo☆Bravo
It’s a late release but worth the wait. Buono are so reliable aren’t they? I mean they never let you down. You can always rely on them to come out with solidly good singles. In this single, just like their best singles Renai Rider, Kiss Kiss Kiss and MY BOY, they rock. Probably with a capital R actually.
7. Buono – MY BOY
That pv has been subbed by WCS. Again I’m not sure exactly who they are.
Buono are so reliable aren’t they? I mean they never let you down. You can always rely on them to come out with solidly good singles. Hmm…déjà vu? This was their best single of the year and probably the best pv of the year too. Buono rock. It’s what they do best. They’ve proven it twice again this year (at least).
6. Mano Erina – Otome no Inori
Comparing Mano’s music to the rest of H!P is about as arbitrary a thing to do as making a top ten singles list. Err…so…anyway…well I like it and I put it sixth. Mano is great. I can’t wait to hear her album. Mano’s continued emergence, coupled with the emergence of S/mileage, has made this year a lot better than it would have been otherwise. All three main groups were a bit disappointing this year but Mano wasn’t. I love this song and I really love that pv. It’s strange really. Mano’s covers are so similar but her pv’s spoil us all. It’s better than great covers but boring pv’s.
5. Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess
That was subbed by someone called Ethan and has caused quite a bit of discussion on the nature of interpreting the original language when translating into English. Which is fun. Other subbing services are available. So here is one of H!F‘s versions…
This. Song. Is. Great. It is! It is! It is! I haven’t fallen so hard for a Momusu song in a long time. Kanashimi Twilight is probably the last Morning Musume song I’ve liked as much as this (Resonant Blue was good though as was Nanchatte Renai but not quite as moreish. This song is like prime quality heroin). It’s fun and catchy and it just reminds me of that golden era of Momusu when they had hits like Renai Revolution 21, Mr Moonlight, Souda (We’re Alive) and Koko ni Iruzee. It’s a real pity that the Japanese public don’t seem to want the more genki stuff. Oh and the pv has Ai-chan in a hat. What more could you want?
4. S/mileage – Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai
Talking of fun what could be more fun than S/mileage na na naing away to a cute beat while holding improbably sized phones in the equally cute pv? Nothing that’s what. Okay I’m not too fussed on their third single Suki Chan but even so S/mileage will prove to be solid gold over the coming years. Their major label debut is awaited with great optimism. Now if only I could get the single v for this cheaper than £20.
3. Berryz Koubou – Dakishimete Dakishimete
That pv again subbed by H!F.
FU. FU. FU. FU. FU. Need I say more? I’m still mostly nonplussed by the popularity of the Berryz but this, like with Dschinghis Khan, shows just what great potential they have. Meanwhile the pv has Miyabi showing off a great outfit (and great legs). Hmm…maybe I should have made a top ten pv’s post too.
2. C-ute – Bye Bye Bye!
That pv has been subbed by ggliff of Musume-Central from a translation by someone called Airieeeeen. The lyrics could do with clearing up a little but it’ll do nonetheless.
C-ute are probably on a par with Morning Musume for me right now. Obviously in terms of history they can’t compete but over the last couple of years only they are more than holding their own. Even so I’ve found their singles disappointing this year. With this one great exception. C-ute go disco and I go YES. YES! YES! YES! YES YES! This is totally the kind of song they should be doing. So just why was this (like Berryz Koubou with Dakishimete Dakishimete) such a disappointing performer in the charts? The Japanese record buying public make no sense. Bah (humbug?) It’s still great and Shock! will be too so all is good.
1. Mano Erina – Sekai wa Summer Party
Let’s go! Let’s go do the Charleston to an incredibly old-fashioned sounding tune. I use the word “tune” because even the word “tune” sounds old-fashioned. This shouldn’t be good should it? But it is. The one word that sums this song up the best is “glee” or “GLEE” to be more precise. Yay. Yay. YAY! S. U. M. M. E. R. P. A. R. T. Y. SUMMER PARTY! This song definately needs a 60’s crime caper with a cast of dozens of stars like Phil Silvers and Herbie to do it justice. I love this song and frankly it should be made compulsory to listen to it each day.
* The term “history” is hereby taken to mean “the history of this blog” and should not be taken in any wider context.
** The term “correct top ten” is hereby taken to mean “in the eyes of the blogger” and is not intended to indicate any actual worth as an opinion.
Last years top ten as decided by me is here. There was going to be a public vote but it was thought that Ant’n’Dec would probably win somehow. Also all the money for voting would have gone to greedy shysters.