Billboard Japan Hot 100

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The Billboard Japan Hot 100 is a record chart in Japan. It has been compiled by Billboard Japan and Hanshin Contents Link ever since February 2008.[1] The chart is updated every Wednesday at (JST) and every Thursday at (UTC).

The first number-one song on this chart was "Step and Go" by Arashi on the issue dated March 3, 2008.[2] While most of the songs that have reached number one have been in Japanese, four non-Japanese songs have reached the top position. The first was "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis on May 8, 2008; the second one was "Blame It on the Girls" by Mika on September 28, 2009; the third one was "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga on April 11, 2011; and the fourth one was "Glad You Came" by The Wanted on May 20, 2013.[3][4] On the chart dated March 8, 2010, "Hitomi no Screen" by Hey! Say! JUMP became the chart's 100th number-one. AKB48 has earned the most number-one singles with 43 songs.


From the chart's inception in 2008, to December 2010, the chart combined CD single sales data from SoundScan Japan, tracking sales at physical stores across Japan, and radio airplay figures from Japan's then 32 AM and FM radio stations sourced from the Japanese company Plantech.[5] In December 2010, the chart expanded to include sales from online stores, as well as sales from iTunes Japan.[5] From December 2013, Billboard incorporated more digital music stores (such as Recochoku and mora) into the chart.[6] Billboard also added two additional factors: tweets relating to songs from Twitter data collected by NTT DATA, as well as data sourced from Gracenote on the number of times a CDs has been registered as being inserted into a computer.[6] In May 2015, the chart began to include both on-demand streams and YouTube views.[7] Finally, in November 2018, the chart began to include karaoke plays in its formula.[8]

From December 7, 2016 onwards, Billboard Japan teamed up with GfK Japan to distribute digital sales of each track on the Hot 100 chart (between the positions of number one to number 50) to the public. The companies will distribute the sales from over 3,900 digital stores nationwide, alongside streaming services with Apple Music, Awa and Line Music, which will commence in 2017 and will be recognised as points (similar to album-equivalent sales).[9]


In June 2015, Billboard began publishing the Japan Hot Albums chart, based on a similar methodology to the Billboard Japan Hot 100: combining physical CD sales, digital downloads and Gracenote CD look-ups.[10] Prior to June 2015, Billboard had only published the Japan Top Albums chart: a chart identical to SoundScan Japan's albums chart, except that releases with multiple versions (for example, CD only and CD+DVD editions) had their sales total combined into a single release.[11] The Top Albums chart continues to be published alongside the Hot Albums chart.

Songs with most weeks at number one[edit]

Rank Song Artist Count Release year
1 "Koi" Gen Hoshino 11 2016
2 "Homura" LiSA 8 2020
3 "Lemon" Kenshi Yonezu 7 2018
"Pretender" Official Hige Dandism 2019
"I Love..." 2020
4 "Yoru ni Kakeru" Yoasobi 6 2020
5 "Christmas Song" Back Number 3 2015
6 "Kiseki" Greeeen 2 2008
"Hanabi" Mr. Children
"Ichibu to Zenbu" B'z 2009
"fly away" Rake 2010
"Troublemaker" Arashi
"To Be Free"
"Victory" Exile
"Mr. Taxi" Girls' Generation 2011
"Everyday, Katyusha" AKB48
"Manatsu no Sounds Good!" 2012
"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" 2013
"Snow Magic Fantasy" Sekai no Owari 2014
"Guts" Arashi
"O.R.I.O.N." Sandaime J Soul Brothers
"Torisetsu" Kana Nishino 2015
"Take A Picture" NiziU 2021
"Kaze ni Fukarete mo" Keyakizaka46 2017
"Uchiage Hanabi" Daoko with Kenshi Yonezu
Idea Gen Hoshino 2018

Songs with the most weeks on the chart (109+ weeks qualify)[edit]

Rank Song Artist Weeks On Chart Peak Release Year Album
1. "Wherever You Are" One Ok Rock 228 4 2010 Niche Syndrome
2. "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran 188 4 2017 ÷
3. "Kanade" Sukima Switch 167 27 2004 Natsugumo Noise
"Lemon" Kenshi Yonezu 167 1 2018 Stray Sheep
5. "Himawari no Yakusoku" Motohiro Hata 157 2 2014 Single/No album
6. "Uchiage Hanabi" Daoko with Kenshi Yonezu 153 1 2017 Thank You Blue
7. "Silent Majority" Keyakizaka46 149 1 2016 Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru
8. "Marigold" Aimyon 141 1 2018 Momentary Sixth Sense
9. "Sayonara Elegy" Masaki Suda 143 3 2018 Play
10. "Wataridori" Alexandros 141 3 2015 ALXD
11. "Koi" Gen Hoshino 136 1 2016 Pop Virus
12. "Eine Kleine"

(Aine Kuraine)

Kenshi Yonezu 134 19 2014 Yankee
13. "Ryusei" Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Exile Tribe 133 1 2014 Planet Seven
"Kimi Ha Rock Wo Kikanai" Aimyon 133 11 2017 Excitement of Youth
14. "LOSER" Kenshi Yonezu 128 3 2016 Bootleg
15. "Shin Takarajima" Sakanaction 124 1 2015 834.194/Sakanazukan
16. "Takane no Hanako-san" Back Number 115 3 2013 Love Story
17. "Peace Sign" Kenshi Yonezu 114 1 2017 Bootleg
"Hakujitsu" King Gnu 114 2 2019 Ceremony
18. "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift 113 4 2014 1989
19. "TT" Twice 112 3 2016 Twicecoaster: Lane 1
20. "Ao To Natsu" Mrs. Green Apple 110 10 2018 Attitude
21. "No Doubt" Official Hige Dandism 109 11 2018 No album/single
"Haru no Hi" Aimyon 109 2 2019 Heard That There's Good Pasta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Press Release" (PDF). Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-08-30.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Billboard Japan Chartsビジネス開始のお知らせ" [Announcement of the Marketing Beginning of Billboard Japan Charts] (in Japanese). Kyodo News PR Wire. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  3. ^ "Billboard Japan Year-End Press Release". Billboard (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. 2009-12-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  4. ^ "Hot 100". Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  5. ^ a b Dai Onojima. "Japan Hot100がリニューアル" (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Japan Hot100がリニューアル". December 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "日本版BillboardチャートがYouTubeの再生回数を加えリニューアル、チャートの中身が分かる新サービスもスタート". May 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "ビルボードジャパンの総合チャートに"カラオケ"指標が誕生! 大手2社による初のデータ提供が実現". November 28, 2018.
  9. ^ ビルボードジャパンがストリーミングデータを拡充、セールス数&ポイントも一部公開へ (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Japan Hot100がリニューアル" (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Albums" (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. July 21, 2010. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2015.

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