Japanese karaoke giant Daiichikosho released his 10 most sung songs of 2019, and Kenshi Yonezu's "Lemon" was the most popular song on the company's DAM karaoke machines to date.
According to the survey, the J-pop hitmaker topped the list of top performers for the second year in a row. "Lemon" also ruled the weekly ranking for a record 84 straight weeks from March 18, 2018 to October 26, 2019.
"I'm honored. It seems like a long time ago I wrote this song," Yonezu shared when he heard the news. "Since my life is likely to continue for some time, I am grateful to have received such an invaluable experience." He also thanked fans for choosing their songs, despite the relative difficulty: "Many of my songs are hard to sing, so I feel the love of those who sing them. Thank you very much."
Two acts that did not reach the top 10 last year came in 2019: Aimyon came in second, while Official HIGE DANdism made the list for the first time in ninth position. If the list was limited to songs released in 2019, "HIGE DAN's" Pretender "would be over the top.
In terms of gender, Sayuri Ishikawa's enka classics "Amagigoe" and "Tsugaru-kaikyo Fuyugeshiki" dominated the top two places in the category for the fourth consecutive year. The K-pop list sees BIGBANG's "FANTASTIC BABY" in the first place, and Neon Genesis Evangelion's Yoko Takahashi's "Thesis of a Cruel Angel" tops the anime count for the second year in a row.
Daiichikosho compiled the list based on data from its Internet karaoke service, DAM, from January 1 to November 16, 2019. A full data-based record by December 31 will be compiled and released later. See the top 10 songs and acts below.
DAM Karaoke: Top 10 Songs of 2019 (Overall Category)
1. Lemon / Kenshi Yonezu
2. Marigold / Aimyon
3. Sayonara Elegy / Masaki Suda
4. Ito / Miyuki Nakajima
5. Sharuru ("Charles") / Balloon
6. Paprika / Foorin
7. Applicant / Official DIGITAL OF HIGE
8. Thesis of a cruel angel / Yoko Takahashi
9. Chiisana koi no uta / MONGOL800
10. Kanade / Sukima Switch
DAM Karaoke The Top 10 Acts of 2019
1. Kenshi Yonezu
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5. Mr. Children
6. Hibari Misora
8. All Southern Stars
9. HIGE OFFICIAL DANCING
10. Miyuki Nakajima