John Sakamoto

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John Sakamoto is a Canadian journalist and music critic. He is best known for the Anti-Hit List column, which has appeared on and in eye, the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star. In Anti-Hit List, Sakamoto compiles a list of songs that are under the radar screen of popular music. The column also includes the Week’s Best Invented Words and Ponder It. He has been writing the Anti-Hit List for more than 15 years.[1] He served as executive producer of's entertainment section, Jam!,[2] from 1996 to 2002.

Sakamoto released his very own CD compilation, titled John Sakamota’s Anit-Hit List in 2003. The CD features 10 tracks, which included artists Sharon Jones, Shawn Amos, The Russian Futurists, Border, and An Pierle.[3]

In 2005, the Anti-Hit List expanded into a biweekly podcast.


  1. ^ Dernavich, Drew (March 17, 2009). "An Interview with John Sakamoto". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Idealive Aims to Match Artists, Investors". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 15 April 2000. pp. 65–6. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "John Sakamoto Brings the Anti-Hit List to the Record Store". Chart Attack. September 26, 2003. Retrieved March 20, 2017.