Top 5 Songs by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Updated on December 12, 2017
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Poppy lives near Tokyo and likes to read novels and play video games, especially open-world RPGs.

Kyary Pamyu-Pamyu is a much-loved Japanese pop singer, known for her unique style and strange music videos. Her various styles of clothing, makeup, and accessories, some quite bizarre, are greatly influenced by the fashion subculture of Tokyo's Harajuku district, which is known for trends such as Lolita, Ganguro, Gyaru, Visual Kei, and more.

Kyary is said to be the musical equivalent of "kawaii" culture. "Kawaii" means "cute," but also has its very own, over-the-top, adorable, colourful, and fashionable meaning that applies to clothes, music, toys, and makeup.


Kyary's real name is Kiriko Takemura. At just 24 years old (as of December 2017), she has already achieved monstrous popularity as a fashion blogger, model, and singer. Yasutaka Nakata, the music producer of J-Pop group Perfume, "discovered" her and encouraged her to pursue a music career.

Since 2010, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has achieved nationwide fame and popularity with her catchy music and crazy music videos. She is also said to be close friends with American pop singer Katy Perry.

I first discovered Kyary a couple of years ago when I was studying in Tokyo, and although I'm not usually a fan of J-Pop, I really love Kyary's fearless and unique style. Here is a list of my top five favourite Kyary Pamyu Pamyu songs of all time.

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5. "Harajuku Iyahoi"

Album: n/a (single)
Year of release: 2017

"Harajuku" is the district in Tokyo where Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's fashion inspiration comes from, and "iyahoi" is an onomatopoeia word similar to "yahoo!" in English. The lyrics describe how Kyari wants to shake off negative vibes and be happy by dancing and enjoying her life.

The video is quite futuristic-looking compared to her previous songs and I like the new beat of this tune a lot.

4. "PonPonPon"

Album: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Year of release: 2012

If you've ever been to an arcade in Japan and played the taiko drums game, you may have come across this incredibly catchy song, "PONPONPON." I think this song is about Kyary's life in Harajuku and how she is always doing something new, trying to be unique and fun in her own way and enjoying herself.

3. "Yume no Hajima Ring Ring"

Album: Pika Pika Fantajin
Year of release: 2014

"Yume no Hajima" means "the beginning of the dream" and this song is about growing up and saying goodbye to previous phases in your life. Fans speculate that the polar bear in the video is a metaphor for her parents, always being there for her and then shedding a tear when watching her grow up and leave the nest.

This is one of my favourite Kyari Pamyu Pamyu videos and it has quite a nice nostalgic feel to it.

2. "Ninja Re Bang Bang"

Album: Nanda Collection
Year of release: 2013

"Ninja Re Bang Bang" was popular when I was studying in Japan, so it always brings back fond memories of my international student days. "Ninja Re Bang Bang" has a super catchy tune; the lyrics, though, don't make much sense at all!

The video is reminiscent of Shinjuku's Robot Restaurant and also uses traditional sides of Japanese culture, such as the kimono, to create a cocktail of old, new, futuristic, and a splash of Kyary craziness.

1. "Tsukematsukeru"

Album: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Year of release: 2012

"Matsuge" means "eyelashes" and "tsukeru" means "to wear," so the song name is a clever mix of both words. The song, as you might have guessed, is all about fake eyelashes and how wonderful they make you and everyone around you feel! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu endorsed Harajuku Doll Eyelashes by Eyemazing back in 2011, so it's not surprising that she was inspired to write this song.

"Tsukematsukeru" also has one of my favourite music videos of all time. It's crazy, colourful,and there are attractive men dressed as lions! What more can you want? This song is a karaoke favourite and, in my opinion, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's best.

Still young and trendy, we haven't seen the last of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, whose career only seems to be getting bigger. With her unique style, "kawaii" fashion, and catchy songs, she's quickly becoming the hottest idol in Japan. Which of her songs is your favourite?

© 2017 Poppy


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