Ai wa Katsu

"Ai wa Katsu" (愛は勝つ, literally "Love will win") is a song composed and recorded by Japanese singer-songwriter Kan, released as the artist's eighth single in September 1990. It was initially featured on his album Yakyū Senshu ga Yume datta, issued a month before the single came out.[1] The song became the performer's first charting hit and the most successful single with sales of over 2 million copies, and has been regarded as his signature song.

"Ai wa Katsu"
Single by KAN
from the album Yakyū Senshu ga Yume datta
B-side"Soredemo Furarete shimau Yatsu"
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1990 (Japan)
KAN singles chronology
"Kenzen Anzen Kōseinen"
"Ai wa Katsu"
"In the Name of Love"

Song InformationEdit

Release and receptionEdit

"Ai wa Katsu" is the lead-off track of Yakyu Senshu ga Yume datta, the composer's fifth studio album which was released on July 25, 1990. Inspired by one of his most respected American singer Billy Joel, KAN wanted to compose a song that had similar upbeat like Billy Joel's Uptown Girl. The whole song was quartered and has many transpositions. It was difficult, and it required multiple recordings in the studio to complete.

It was used as the opening theme of a quiz show aired on TV Asahi during summer 1990, and released as the second single from the album.

Kan had previously released seven singles at the time, but none of them entered the chart. Polydor Records had not anticipated it would be a big hit, and issued only 10,000 copies of CD singles at the first pressing.[2] Therefore, "Ai wa Katsu" had not attained immediate chart success upon its release.

To promote his new album, "Ai wa Katsu" first obtained intensive airplay on radio stations of the Kansai district. The song had gradually captured more attention in the country's other regions, providing the artist with the first chart entry. It was also featured on the popular variety show Yamada Katsutenai TV aired on Fuji Television, lifting the single to the summit of the Japanese Oricon sales chart by the end of 1990.

"Ai wa Katsu" spent 8 weeks atop on the Oricon chart, ranking at number three on the country's best-selling singles list of 1991. Sales of the single surpassed 2 million during its chart stay of 52 weeks.

Cover VersionsEdit

Other MediaEdit

Track listingEdit

All songs composed by KAN

1."Ai wa Katsu (愛は勝つ)"KAN, Shingo Kobayashi4:07
2."Soredemo Furarete Shimau Yatsu (それでもふられてしまう男)"Jun Sato3:42
3."Ai wa Katsu (愛は勝つ)" (Karaoke)KAN, Kobayashi4:07
Total length:11:57


Credits adapted from Yakyū Senshu ga Yume datta album sleeve notes.[3]

  • KAN: lead vocals
  • Shingo Kobayashi: Piano, synthesizer
  • Eiji Shimamura: Drums
  • Tsuyoshi Kon: guitar
  • Kenji Takamizu: bass
  • Wornell Jones: chorus
  • J.T. Jamm: chorus


Japan Record AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1991 "Ai wa Katsu"[4] Japan Record Award – Pop/Rock Won
Gold Disc Prize – Pop/Rock Won

Japan Gold Disc AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1991 "Ai wa Katsu"[5] The Best 5 Singles of Year Won



Country Provider Title Certification
(sales thresholds)
Format Date
Japan RIAJ "Ai wa Katsu" 2× Million[10] CD Single 1991


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  3. ^ Yakyū Senshu ga Yume datta (CD liner notes). KAN. Polydor Records. 1990. POCH-1015.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ 第33回日本レコード大賞 [The 33rd Record Awards Winners]. (in Japanese). Japanese Composers Association. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of Japan – List of the 5th Gold Disc Award Winners". 第5回日本ゴールドディスク大賞 (in Japanese). October 21, 2012. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007.
  6. ^ "Highest position and charting weeks of Ai wa Katsu by KAN". KAN-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved October 22, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Oricon Year-end Singles (1991)". 1991年 シングル年間TOP100 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "All-Time Best-selling Singles Ranking". 歴代シングルランキング (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  9. ^ Okamoto, Satoshi (2011). Single Chart Book: Complete Edition 1968–2010 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. ISBN 978-4871310888.
  10. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会 > 各種統計 > その他のデータ > 年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 > 1990年" [(RIAJ – Statistics – Others – Million-Certified Singles – 1990)]. (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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