There are certain anime songs that other otaku will immediately recognize. They may not always understand what the singers are saying, especially when there is a language barrier, but they can at least be excited enough by the song to try to learn some of the lyrics. These are the songs that only take a few familiar words or lines to get fans singing or humming.
As a prerequisite, only songs with actual lyrics will be counted in this compilation. my hero academia“You Say Run” can go with anything, but it can’t be sung with full lyrics. Everything else is fair game, including openings, endings, and insert songs.
“We Fight the Dreamers” – From “GO!!” per flow
When looking for anime songs that many will recognize, it’s best to look at mainstream anime. The more people know about a series, the better. One such widespread story is narutoespecially its early seasons.
“GO!!” is one of the most popular openings of naruto for a few reasons. Besides being introduced in the US at the height of Naruto’s popularity in the US, it’s just a good opening in general. Having Flow play a fast-paced rock song while the main cast does some cool stuff in the background is a great way to get fans to watch the accompanying episode. “We Fight the Dreamers” encapsulates the youthful and energetic vibe the song elicits, which makes it such a fun way to get others humming along. This song also has a lot of phrases in English, so it’s easier for English-speaking fans to sing along.
Multiple Lines – Excerpt from “Merry-Go-Round” by MAN WITH A MISSION
There’s a little recency bias around this open, but it’s also a good way to get my hero academia fans sing. Compared to the other openings, “Merry-Go-Round” has by far the most segments in English. Whether it’s “wowo everything is fine / everything will be fine” or “the carousel goes up and down” or “nobody, nobody, nobody else” or the obvious “carousel that goes around”, there is so many exhilarating lines for English speakers to skip and sing along to. Other MHA themes like “Odd Future” and “Sora ni Utaeba” are good, but when it comes to understanding lyrics and singing, “Merry-Go-Round” is the most inclusive song.
“Don’t Lose Your Way” – From “Before My Body Is Dry” by Hiroyuki Sawano
This line has become so popular that many assume it is the name of the song. The real title is “Before my body is dry”. The theme is one of the brilliant compositions made by Hiroyuki Sawano for kill her kill her.
The song itself is apparently a simple version of its anime’s premise. The story of the two follows a girl who is on the hunt for her father’s killer. Her research puts her at odds with a high school full of students who hope to improve their social status by beating her. His only chance to win is in a sentient sailor uniform that enhances his abilities with the power of his blood – hence the title of the song. The line “don’t lose your way” comes in the chorus of the song. In addition to its universal applicability, it is performed with such passion and awesome background music that one cannot help but get excited upon hearing it.
“Sie sind das Essen und wir sind die Jäger!” – Excerpt from “Guren no Yumiya” from Linked Horizon
There are many anime songs that will inspire English-speaking fans to learn at least enough Japanese to understand and recite the lyrics. However, it takes a really special anime song to get audiences to learn a tertiary language. For those unfamiliar with German, this line is a real mouthful, but many true fans will try to learn it anyway.
The line roughly translates to “you are the prey and we are the hunter”, which sums up both the song and its associated anime. The attack of the TitansThe first season of revolves around humanity’s last stand against the looming threat of the man-eating giants. The main cast, the soldiers who take this fight, are portrayed as valiant and their goal glorious. The song is epic and really makes people want to listen to it. The most of AOT the openings are like that, but “Guren no Yumiya” came first, so it is remembered most fondly.
“I’ll Be the Roundabout” – From “Roundabout” by Yes
It’s a bit debatable if “Roundabout” can really be called an “anime song”. For one, the song was originally composed in 1971 by British rock band Yes. On the other hand, it is also used for the end credits of the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Debates aside, “Roundabout” has become a notable cornerstone of modern pop culture. As the song plays at the end of JJBA episodes, it is simultaneously associated with the series’ cliffhangers, its breaks in episode action, and its stylized “To Be Continued” caption. This unique combination of traits became the basis of a popular internet meme where other cliffhangers are similarly featured. This can be done for dramatic and comedic effects. The meme has become so mainstream that even family guy the reference. Whether or not people knew the song before, many more certainly know it now.
“I want to be the best” – Excerpt from “Pokémon Theme” by John Siegler and John Loeffler
4Children is known to edit and remove content from its English dubs for localization and child-friendliness. However, they also created catchy tracks to replace several anime openings. the “Pokémon Theme” is one of their most popular substitutions, even surpassing the original opening.
This is perhaps the easiest anime song for American anime fans to sing. The song is in full, uninterrupted English, it has great energy behind it, and a lot of people have grown up listening to it. This line is often thrown casually in a conversation about hoping to excel at something. One who knows the line will often chime in with the second half of the verse: “Catching them is my true test. Training them is my cause.” If the mood is right, it could very well lead to a full, belted, spontaneous rendition of the entire song.
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