Kenshi Yonezu's 'Lemon' is Japan's Most-Popular Karaoke Song: See Top 10 List

Kenshi Yonezu
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Kenshi Yonezu

Japanese karaoke giant Daiichikosho unveiled its top 10 most-sung songs of 2019, and Kenshi Yonezu's "Lemon" was the most popular song on the company's DAM karaoke machines this year so far.

According to the survey, the J-pop hitmaker topped the list of most-sung acts for the second consecutive year. "Lemon" also ruled the weekly ranking for a record 84 weeks straight, from March 18, 2018, to Oct. 26, 2019.

"I'm honored. It feels like such a long time ago that I wrote this song," shared Yonezu upon hearing the news. "Considering that my life will probably go on for some time to come, I'm filled with gratitude that I've been given such a priceless experience." He also thanked fans for choosing his songs despite their relative difficulty: "A lot of my songs are hard to sing, so I feel the love from those who sing them. Thank you so much."

Two acts that didn't make the top 10 last year entered in 2019: Aimyon came in at No. 2, while Official HIGE DANdism made the list for the first time ever at No. 9. If the list was limited to songs released in 2019, HIGE DAN's "Pretender" would come out on top.

Genre-wise, Sayuri Ishikawa's classic enka numbers "Amagigoe" and "Tsugaru-kaikyo Fuyugeshiki" dominated the top two slots in the category for the fourth year in a row. The K-pop list sees BIGBANG's "FANTASTIC BABY" at No. 1, and Yoko Takahashi's "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" from Neon Genesis Evangelion leads the anime tally for the second year in a row.

Daiichikosho compiled the list based on data from its Internet streaming karaoke service DAM from Jan. 1 to Nov. 16, 2019. A complete tally based on data up to Dec. 31 will be compiled and released later. See the top 10 songs and acts below.

DAM Karaoke Top 10 Songs of 2019 (General 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. Pretender / Official HIGE DANdism
8. A Cruel Angel's Thesis / Yoko Takahashi
9. Chiisana koi no uta / MONGOL800
10. Kanade / Sukima Switch

DAM Karaoke Top 10 Acts of 2019

1. Kenshi Yonezu
2. Aimyon
3. back number
5. Mr. Children
6. Hibari Misora
7. Arashi 
8. Southern All Stars
9. Official HIGE DANdism
10. Miyuki Nakajima