The Galaxy Express 999

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"銀河鉄道999
The Galaxy Express 999"
Single by Godiego
B-side "Taking Off!"
Released July 1, 1979 (1979-07-01)
Format 7" single
Genre Japanese rock
Label Nippon Columbia
Writer(s) Yoko Narahashi, Michio Yamagami, Yukihide Takekawa, Mickie Yoshino
Godiego singles chronology
"Haruka na Tabi e"
(1979)
"The Galaxy Express 999"
(1979)
"Holy & Bright"
(1979)

"The Galaxy Express 999" (銀河鉄道999(スリーナイン) Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain?) is a song by Japanese rock band Godiego, acting as their 11th single. The song was used as the theme song for the 1979 film adaptation of the manga of the same name. The song was composed by Godiego vocalist Yukihide Takekawa and arranged by Godiego keyboardist Mickie Yoshino. Like many Godiego songs, it is both in Japanese and English; the English lyrics were written by Yōko Narahashi and the Japanese lyrics were written by Keisuke Yamakawa. The song reached #2 on the Oricon charts and was the #1 song on The Best Ten for seven weeks.

To differentiate it from the theme song of the anime which has the same name in Japanese, it is often referred to by its English title which is stylized as "THE GALAXY EXPRESS 999".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Galaxy Express 999"
  2. "Taking Off!"

Album cuts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Several groups and artists have covered the song since its release in 1979. It was included on Animetal's Animetal Marathon VI, Masaaki Endoh's Enson2, Rica Matsumoto's Manmaru feat. Yukihide Takekawa, Animetal USA's Animetal USA W, and by Exile with Verbal of M-Flo on Exile Catchy Best in 2008. The Exile cover was digitally commercially successful, being certified by the RIAJ as being downloaded more than one million times as a ringtone,[1] and more than 500,000 times as a full-length cellphone download.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:2月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 20, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ レコード協会調べ 7月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:7月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). August 20, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2011.