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10,000 Sentences: Music Lyrics

Almost forgot! For you music lovers out there, there are several sites out there where you can get the lyrics to your favorite Japanese music that you no doubt are playing to the exclusion of English and other languages :). Here is an inexhaustive list:

  11 comments for “10,000 Sentences: Music Lyrics

  1. Charles
    October 25, 2006 at 22:25

    Khatz (If I may be so bold),
    Thanks for the excellent posts!! You beat me to my next question. I’ve started with
    the music and needed a source for lyrics. Since you like hip-hop, I recommend Shonen No
    Kaze. Great band with a reggae flavor.


    P.S. Anyone else have any recommendations for music? I mostly listen to hard rock and the occasional hip-hop.

  2. Greg
    February 4, 2008 at 04:22

    Hey buddy! Newcomer to the site, but incredibly impressed (and, I’ll admit, annoyingly jealous) of what you’ve got here. At any rate, I hadn’t seen this mentioned anywhere so I thought I’d link this to you:

    It’s a great resource, especially since I picked up the Chinese version of Mulan the other day and I’m incredibly addicted to “男子漢” (

    Anyway. That’s enough out of me. If you’ve found it, great, if not, then I contributed something! Yay! Keep it up with the Chinese!!

  3. February 26, 2008 at 01:35

    I love Japanese songs. That’s why I decided to learn Japanese in the first place. Thanks for the links!

  4. Brent
    March 1, 2008 at 22:20

    Hey! I love this site, and when I get the kanji down, I may have something to work with. Anyways, I had a question about sentences and Japanese Songs.

    Should we use lyrics as sentences? (Because sentences are usually not grammatically correct…)

    I just wanted to be sure, because it would be nice to actually know what they’re saing, but I don’t know if it would mess up my Japanese learning.

    Thanks for listening!

  5. khatzumoto
    March 9, 2008 at 13:17

    >Should we use lyrics as sentences?
    Yeah, definitely.

    >it would mess up my Japanese learning.
    It wouldn’t. It’s no different from learning poetry. There are lots of allusions and allowances for rhyme, but it still makes just as much sense as an English song would to an English speaker/user; the vocab and structure are all there.

  6. isa
    September 18, 2008 at 22:54

    i like this site.. hey do u know any site which offers the guitar chords of japanese songs?? this info – i really dont have huhu

  7. Tyler
    March 31, 2009 at 20:50

    Oh, yeah. I’ve been listening to a LOT of Utada Hikaru, yet I had no idea I could use the lyrics as sentences. I was getting frustrated, too! D: I’m a sophomore in high school with no job, and I have no idea where to look for sentences. I mean…. I do….But the books and everything…I cannot afford~ This was great knowing this, but I still continue to search for ways to get sentences~


  8. Tyler
    April 5, 2009 at 01:20

    Well, I have a question. It might be good. O.O
    Should we use lines as sentences, or a whole lyrical phrase? What I mean is….
    Should we use this :どんな時だって (First line of Utada Hikaru’s song, Hikari)
    Or this : どんな時だって (first lyrical passage of the song)
    I was wondering, because a lot of times, a whole passage is written to convey ONE message. But it seems like sometimes one lyrical line could work alone.

  9. Chris
    November 21, 2009 at 17:49

    Looking at some of the music selections, as it seems Katz is definitely into the rap type of thing I just wanted to add my 2 cents.

    For folks into more alternative rock formats I want to definitely give a 2nd thumbs up to the listing of Asian Kung-Fu Generation. With these guys basically just think of Weezer. On catchy song after the other, lyrics that are understandable, and decent rock-credi prowess.

    A band I didn’t see on the list is Number Girl. These guys are just plain genious. Fairly equivalent to a Pixies, Sonic Youth, Nirvana type of mix. They’re not necessarily great for language learning since they’re screaming inaudibly half the time or playing around with crazy distortion or guitar riffs, but if you just want a Japanese band that can flat out rock they’re probably as good as it gets.

  10. ダンニ
    February 28, 2012 at 03:25

     This website is good because you can copy/paste the lyrics, just thought I ought to share it.

  11. Gabriel
    January 1, 2013 at 11:30

    DON’T FORGET…”Ogre You Asshole”…Nice sounding band. A mix between “Modest Mouse” and the riffs of Johnny Marr from “The Smiths”.

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