Jaylee's Top 10 Ballads of 2012

The time has come again for another one of my fabulous lists of the best ballads of the year! Valentine’s Day is upon us, and though I hate to put a dampener on it, I have to remind you all that the podcast will be breaking up with you after episode 200. It’s not you, it’s us. So let’s get messy drunk, blast some tear-jerking love songs and gorge on ice cream to celebrate another year of Japan’s favorite genre, the ballad.
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Gaijin Kanpai Ep. 167 - Top of 2012 (So Far)

It’s that time of year again where we rank the best of the best in Japanese singles and albums for you, our listeners! 


167 - Top of 2012 (So Far)
Top Singles | Top Albums


We’ve been conflicted about the J-Music scene this year. It started out strong and then devolved into a post-apocalyptic wasteland of lackluster idol songs and half-assed Korean covers. But now we’re going beyond thunderdome*, baby! We don’t need another hero, we’ve got Japanese Music.


*Jaylee is Tina Turner in this scenario.



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