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The following is an overview of the year 2008 in Japanese music. It includes notable awards, lists of number-ones, yearly best-sellers, albums released, groups established and disestablished, deaths of notable Japanese music-related people as well as any other relevant Japanese music-related events. For overviews of the year in music from other countries, see 2008 in music.

List of years in Japanese music







The best-selling music artist in Japan in 2008 by value of sales, including sales of records and of DVDs and Blu-rays, according to Oricon, was Exile, with ¥19.58 billion.[1]


The following is a list of the top 10 best-selling albums in Japan in 2008, according to Oricon.[2]

Rank Album Artist
1 Exile Love [ja] Exile
2 Best Fiction Namie Amuro
3 5296 Kobukuro
4 Exile Catchy Best [ja] Exile
5 Heart Station Utada Hikaru
6 Exile Ballad Best [ja] Exile
7 B'z The Best "Ultra Pleasure" B'z
8 A Complete: All Singles Ayumi Hamasaki
9 And I Love You [ja] Dreams Come True
10 Ā, Domo. Ohisashiburi Desu. Greeeen

Albums releasedEdit

The following section includes albums by Japanese artists released in Japan in 2008 as well as Japanese-language albums by foreign artists released in the country during this year.

Groups establishedEdit

Groups disestablishedEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Arashi sweeps 2009 sales rankings". tokyograph. December 17, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "年間 CDアルバムランキング 2008年度". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 26, 2016.