Tears (X Japan song)

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Single by X Japan
from the album Dahlia
Released November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)
Genre Heavy metal, classical
Length 15:36
Label MMG
Producer(s) Yoshiki
Certification Double Platinum (RIAJ)
X Japan singles chronology
"Say Anything"
"Rusty Nail"
Music sample

"Tears" is a single released by X Japan on November 10, 1993.


It is the band's first single to be released under the name X Japan and the first to feature Heath on bass. The ballad was written and composed by Yoshiki about the death of his father, and would later appear on the album Dahlia and the soundtrack for the South Korean film Windstruck.[1] The song was also used as the theme song for the Japanese TV drama Nikushimi ni Hohoende. The b-side is the lyric-less classical version of the song, which was previously on Yoshiki's album Eternal Melody and arranged by famed music producer George Martin.[2]

The title song was covered by South Korean rock band TRAX, as a b-side on the Japanese version of their "Scorpio" single, which was produced by Yoshiki.[3] They also covered it in Korean on the Korean version of their aforementioned single.

Yoshiki's MySpace currently streams a new version of the song entitled "Tears (Unreleased Version)".

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Yoshiki, track 1 lyrics by Hitomi Shiratori and Yoshiki.

No. Title Length
1. "Tears"   10:28
2. "Tears (Classical Version)"   5:02

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number 2 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 16 weeks.[4] In 1993, with 380,150 copies sold was the 77th best-selling single of the year, and in 1994, with 456,790 copies sold was the 50th best-selling single. Certified as double Platinum by RIAJ, is the bands best-selling single.


  • Co-Producer: 
X Japan
  • Strings arranger: 
Dick Marks
  • Conductor: 
Dick Marks
  • Strings: 
Y&D Orchestra
  • Engineers: 
Rob Jacobs, Rich Breen, Mike Ging
  • Assistant engineers: 
Mike Stock, Tal Miller
  • Mixing: 
Mike Shipley
  • Mastering: 
Stephen Marcussen (Precision Studio)


  1. ^ "WINDSTRUCK - Original Soundtrack". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ Strauss, Neil (June 18, 1998). "THE POP LIFE; End of a Life, End of an Era". nytimes.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Scorpio". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ "X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011.