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This webpage presents information about a research that was conducted on Japanese song lyrics. Its purpose was to retrieve not only the most common Japanese Kanji characters but also the most common Japanese words used in song lyrics.

Advantages of the research:
  • Japanese song lyrics reflect everything related to the Japanese society.
Limitations of the research:
  • Can only retrieve song lyrics from available songs online.

It is important to point out that those Japanese Kanji characters that are exclusively used for Japanese names and the characters that are used to abbreviate words, were not included as part of the analysis.

Some statistics from this research:
  • This project was run using a PC with 16 GB of RAM.
  • Python's version 3.4.3 was used for this research.
  • 50,472 Japanese song lyrics were analyzed.
  • It took 76 days to process the song lyrics.
Download the complete list of the 2,136 Japanese Kanji characters and 1,685 Japanese words that are used the most in song lyrics along with their pronunciations, meanings, examples, and sentences:

The following list only represents the first 58 Kanji characters that were extracted from those song lyrics, it is not the complete list.
These were the first 58 Japanese words:
On the other hand, the sentences that are provided for each Japanese Kanji character, were modified using the following guideline:
  • Replaced いいえ for いや
  • Replaced ええ for はい
  • Replaced the first (when used as a particle) for
  • Removed あなたは and 私は when they were the first words in the sentence.
  • Added after when asking a question.

Highlights:

The following are two different Kanji lists.
The list on the left hand side, shows the 2,136 Kanji characters that are taught in Japanese schools.
The list on the right hand side, shows the 2,211 Kanji characters that are taught in order to take the JLPT.
The characters in red represent those Kanji that are part of the list of characters that are used the most in song lyrics:
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西 使 弟牛 姉漢政 調治務 資予 備宅配警 退 適婦宿 便 盗吸 党協県設 府査委軍税営輸述農州域額欧担低復 含蔵兵接 湾録央券捜竹療採 般貿講 普測豊齢囲岩 練仏績貨混昇 庫刊 依籍 紹雇 殿匹孫綿銅湿瓶隻脂 蒸麦姓筒胃畳机膚濯 菓帽皿肯燥畜挟 統保企検援施 訴株姿 閣衆評撃佐核整融製票渉推請 督授催及憲批郎健盟修隊 遺塁邦益緊標宣 昭廃伊江僚皇臨踏創障継闘 葬避 秀徴拠秘 拒刑塚致繰伴養懸契掲棄邸 還属慮枠沖緩購揮充貢鹿賃 獲郡併徹災浦析譲称納樹宗 促慎控智俊銭携診託撮誕侵括謝 透津裂敏綱典賀扱顧弘看 訟祉誉 杉釈妥威熊滞忠倉彦沿 唱阿懇俳李浩剤瀬陥斎旬兼柳舎較覇詳抵脅茂犠距雅 斉敷擁圏滅礎 蓄軸 砲噴祥牲秩帝宏唆阻泰賄撲堀菊絞耐塾芳懲彰棋恒揚冒之倫陳 憶克岳概拘黙須偏雰遇諮卓亀簿 炉牧殊殖艦慢鶴朗寛 浄没肺貞靖鑑飼銘随烈稿丹啓棟壌 漫玄粘悟舗妊旭恩騰往豆遂岐陛緯培衰艇 屈径抽披廷錦准磯奨浸剰胆繊駒虐翻墜沼据肥徐糖搭滝軌俵妨鯨荘 諾栽拐添冠聡浪亜覧詐壇勲曙紋卸奮欄顕巧垣欺 釣萩粛栗嘉遭庶稚滋践呈疎 仰謙后菌鎌頻琴班棚潔宰 廊伏碁俗漠晶墨鎮洞履那殴娠奉 朴亭淳惜穫佳悼乏赴桑桂髄虎盆晋 穂壮堤傍疫累搬晃郭尿凶鷹賓 憾猪紘磁弥昆粗訂敦騎寧循寮祐鵬鉛珠凝苗縫僧亘呉 憩媛溝恭刈睡錯伯笹穀陵弊妃舶餓窮 暦宜辱毅轄稔窒炊洪摂 紳枢碑鍛猶塊旋弓幣扇 腸槽慈楊伐駿漬糾亮墳坪紺娯椿羅峡俸厘峰 圭醸汁尼款閲偵敢胎酵憤 豚遮硫赦窃肪扶濁奔斗 蘭迅肖鉢朽享秦茅藩輔媒鶏禅嘱胴迭挿 椎絹陪剖譜郁悠淑傑楠翔遷拙 侍尺峠篤肇叔雌亨堪叙酢吟逓嶺甚喬崇漆岬 愉寅礁乃洲屯樺槙姻巌擬塀睦閑胡幽峻曹 詠卑侮鋳抹尉槻隷禍酪茎帥逝汽琢匿襟蛍蕉 寡琉痢庸朋坑賊搾畔遼唄孔橘漱拷嬢苑巽 杜渓翁廉謹欣窯褒升殉巴禎劾堕租稜 桟倭婿慕斐罷矯囚魁鴻泌於赳蚊葵厄藻 禄孟嫡尭嚇巳凸暢霜硝勅芹杏棺儒鳳馨慧愁 彬匡眉欽薪褐賜嵯綜繕栓翠鮎榛惣蔦錬 隼衷逐斥稀芙詔皐雛惟佑耀黛渥妄惇脩 甫酌蚕蒼暉頒肢檀凱彗謄梓丑嗣汐絢朔 伽畝抄爽黎惰蛮旺萌偲壱瑠允侯蒔鯉弧舜 瑛附彪卯但凌皓洸毬婆緋鯛怜邑倣碧啄 穣酉悌倹柚繭亦詢采紗賦眸玖弐錘諄倖痘笙侃 裟洵爾耗昴銑莞伶碩宥滉晏伎朕迪綸且竣晨吏 麿頌箇楓琳梧哉澪匁晟衿凪梢丙颯茄勺恕蕗 瑚遵瞭燎虞柊侑謁斤嵩捺蓉茉袈燿誼冶栞墾勁 菖旦椋叡紬胤凜亥爵脹麟莉汰瑶瑳耶椰絃丞璃 奎塑昂柾熙菫鞠崚濫捷
Download the complete list of the 2,136 Japanese Kanji characters and 1,685 Japanese words that are used the most in song lyrics along with their pronunciations, meanings, examples, and sentences:

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