List of Oricon number-one singles of 2008

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Pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki is the only female artist to have a number one single for 10 consecutive years.

The highest-selling singles in Japan are ranked in the Oricon Weekly Chart, which is published by Oricon Style magazine.[1] The data are compiled by Oricon based on each singles' weekly physical sales.[2] In 2008, 49 singles reached the peak of the chart.

R&B singer Namie Amuro's "60s 70s 80s" became her first number one single in nearly 10 years. The single made Amuro the only female Japanese artist to have a Top 10 single for 14 consecutive years.[3] Pop boy band NEWS' "Happy Birthday" made them the second group after the KinKi Kids to have 10 consecutive number one singles since their debut.[4] "Purple Line" made Korean pop boy band TVXQ the fifth non-Japanese Asian artist and the first male group to have a number one on the charts.[5] With the release of "Jumon: Mirotic" they became the only foreign artist to have four number ones on the chart.[6]

R&B singer Thelma Aoyama's "Soba ni Iru ne" became the fastest-selling single of 2008, selling over a million copies digitally.[7] The single was then certified by Guinness World Records as "the best selling download single in Japan".[8] Pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki's "Mirrorcle World" debuted atop the chart, this makes Hamasaki the only female artist to have a number one single for 10 consecutive years.[9] Technopop girl group Perfume's "Love the World" is the first technopop single to ever rank number one on the charts.[10] Mr. Children and Greeeen are the only two artists that had an extended run on the charts.

The best-selling single overall of 2008 was pop boy band Arashi's "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e", selling a little over 618,000 copies. Arashi's "One Love" also took the place as the second-best-selling single, which sold more than 524,000 copies, followed by pop rock band Southern All Stars' "I Am Your Singer" with 520,000 copies. The fourth- and fifth-best-selling singles of 2008 were "Kiseki" by Greeeen and "Shuchishin" (羞恥心 Shūchishin?) by Shuchishin's, respectively.[11] "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" and "One Love" taking the Top Two spots made Arashi the fifth artist to do so. This was last achieved by Princess Princess in 1989.[12]

Chart history[edit]

TVXQ are the first foreign artist to have four number one singles on the charts.
Issue Date Single Artist(s) Reference(s)
January 14 "Dangan Fighter" (弾丸ファイター Dangan Faitā?, Bullet Fighter) SMAP [13]
January 21 "Mirage" AAA [14]
January 21 "Purple Line" TVXQ [15]
February 4 "Order Made" Radwimps [16]
February 11 "Soba ni Iru ne" Thelma Aoyama feat. SoulJa [17]
February 18 "Lips" KAT-TUN [18]
February 25 "Anata ga Koko ni Itara" (あなたがここにいたら If Only You Were Here?) Porno Graffitti [19]
March 3 "Step and Go" Arashi [20]
March 10 "Taiyō no Namida" (太陽のナミダ The Sun's Tears?) NEWS [21]
March 17 "Sono Mama/White Message" (そのまま/White Message Just That Way/White Message?) SMAP [22]
March 24 "Wahaha" Kanjani Eight [23]
March 31 "60s 70s 80s" Namie Amuro [3]
April 7 "Ore ja Nakya, Kimi ja Nakya" (オレじゃなきゃ、キミじゃなきゃ?) 20th Century [24]
April 14 "Drink It Down" L'Arc-en-Ciel [25]
April 21 "Mirrorcle World" Ayumi Hamasaki [9]
April 28 "Burn (Fumetsu no Face)" B'z [26]
May 5 "Beautiful You/Sennen Koi Uta" TVXQ [27]
May 12 "No More" Tsukasa Maizu [28]
May 19 "Summer Time" NEWS [29]
May 26 "Don't U Ever Stop" KAT-TUN [30]
June 2 "Dreams Come True" Hey! Say! JUMP [31]
June 9 "Kiseki" Greeeen [32]
June 16 [33]
June 23 "Verb" Glay [34]
June 30 "Ai Ai Gasa" Tegomass [35]
July 7 "One Love" Arashi [36]
July 14 "Summer Song" Yui [37]
July 21 "Love the World" Perfume [10]
July 28 "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō? TVXQ [38]
August 4 "Your Seed/Bōken Rider" Hey! Say! JUMP [39]
August 11 "Gift" Mr. Children [40]
August 18 "I Am Your Singer" Southern All Stars [41]
August 25 "Kono Toki, Kitto Yume Ja Nai" (この瞬間、きっと夢じゃない This Moment, I Know It's Not a Dream?) SMAP [42]
September 1 "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" Arashi [43]
September 8 "Secret Code" KinKi Kids [44]
September 15 "Hanabi" Mr. Children [45]
September 22 [46]
September 29 "Light In My Heart/Swing!" V6 [47]
October 6 "The Birthday: Ti Amo" Exile [48]
October 13 "Happy Birthday NEWS [4]
October 20 "Taboo" Kumi Koda [49]
October 27 "Jumon (Mirotic)" TVXQ [6]
November 3 "Mayonaka no Shadow Boy" Hey! Say! JUMP [50]
November 10 "Musekinin Hero" Kanjani Eight [51]
November 17 "Beautiful Days" Arashi [52]
November 24 "Tsuretette Tsuretette" (連れてって 連れてって Take Me Take Me?) Dreams Come True [53]
December 1 "Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi" Uverworld [54]
December 8 "Last Christmas" Exile [55]
December 15 "White X'mas" KAT-TUN [56]
December 22 "Yowamushi Santa" (弱虫サンタ Cowardly Santa?) Shuchishin [57]
December 29 "Days/Green Ayumi Hamasaki [58]

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