Japan’s Oricon Biggest Selling Singles and Album Chart 2012 Revealed

Last year the battle for chart supremacy was fought between the big A’s; AKB48 and Arashi. The former dominated the singles chart, claiming the top five positions with their singles, while the latter’s album Beautiful World sat atop the album charts. This year, neither made it to number one in the album chart. Instead, rock veterans Mr.Children showed the kids how its done with two of their newest ‘best of’ compilations taking the top spots, and Arashi and AKB48 having to settle for third and fourth place respectively, with EXILE trailing behind at fourth.

Christmas is a time for ropey compilation albums. Japan is no different, and the charts this year are full of ’em! Six of the top ten are ‘best of’s. Is it a sign that new talent doesn’t do it like the classics? Or are the older generation more tuned to buying CDs and racking up the Oricon figures while the youngesters have gone digital? (which is not counted in this chart) Or are these just exceptional artists? We’ll leave it up to you to decide. Here’s the top ten;

  • mrchildren01: Mr.Children – 2005 – 2010 (1,170,298)
  • 02: Mr.Children – 2001 – 2005 (1,105,080)
  • 03: AKB48 – 1830m (1,029,954)
  • 04: Arashi – Popcorn (847,671)
  • 05: EXILE / EXILE ATSUSHI – EXILE JAPAN/Solo (767,274)
  • 06: Keisuke Kuwata – I LOVE YOU -now&forever- (757,831)
  • 07: Kobukuro – ALL SINGLES BEST 2 (693,659)
  • 08: Mr.Children – [(an imitation) blood orange] (612,507)
  • 09: Yumi Matsutoya – Matsutoya Yumi 40-Shunen Kinen Best
  • Album Nihon no Koi to, Yu-min to (549,541)
  • 10: Tatsuro Yamashita – OPUS ~ALL TIME BEST 1975-2012~ (518,906)

See the entire Top 100 album chart for 2012 by clicking here:

The singles chart is more or less the same as 2011’s. AKB48 return to claim spots 1-5 again. Arashi settles for positions 6 and 7 again. And SKE48 takes 9th place again, and this time takes 8 and 10. It’s charts like this that make us glad we don’t live in Japan. Going outside with this stuff being ploughed into our ears sounds utterly awful. But hey, that’s just us. Each to their own. Here’s Japan’s top ten biggest selling singles of 2012.

  • 01: AKB48 – Manatsu no Sounds good! (1,820,056)
  • 02: AKB48 – GIVE ME FIVE! (1,436,519)
  • 03: AKB48 – Gingham Check (1,303,407)
  • 04: AKB48 – UZA (1,215,079)
  • 05: AKB48 – Eien Pressure (1,073,499)
  • 06: Arashi – Wild At Heart (649,114)
  • 07: Arashi – Face Down (619,940)
  • 08: SKE48 – Kataomoi Finally (592,947)
  • 09: SKE48 – Kiss Datte Hidarikiki (587,993)
  • 10: SKE48 – Ai Shite Love Ru! (581,612)

See the entire top 100 album chart for 2012 by clicking here.

Related Stories:
Japan’s Biggest Selling Albums and Singles of 2011 Announced


About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

One Response to Japan’s Oricon Biggest Selling Singles and Album Chart 2012 Revealed

  1. Neostar says:


    I actually bought 2 copies of AKB48’s Manatsu no Sounds good! both Type-A and Type-B :)

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