During the most challenging days, all we need is some mood booster to lift our mood.
And you can get it by simply listening to your favorite J-pop songs!
In this article, we’ll give you 50 of the most inspiring j-pop quotes you can hear in some of the top Japanese pop music to listen to on your smartphones or car speakers.
Let’s sing at the top of our lungs and chase the bad mood away!
50 Inspiring J-pop Quotes From Japanese Song Lyrics
Here are our top 50 J-pop songs with the most inspiring lyrics.
“Don’t be afraid to dive
Be afraid that you didn’t try
These moments remind us why
We’re here, we’re so alive”
-ONE OK ROCK, Wasted Night
“The dream that we’ve always held in our hearts will definitely come true
Laughing and crying, we’ll go forward”
“There is no correct answer anywhere
So you have to search for it.
It’s okay to be afraid and get lost on the way
It’s okay to say “I’ll give up” many times
Haven’t we already gone through everyday until now?
Because of this, we will face the headwind that’s blowing here.”
-GReeeeN, U R not alone
“Tears, instead of holding them back
Try letting it all out like you have never before
That’s right, adverse situations are still sure to come
So cry out to your heart’s contents now!”
-AKB48, GIVE ME FIVE!
“Inside your heart too
A river is flowing
So painful, a river of trial
Maybe it doesn’t go smoothly, even so
Sometimes you’re almost drown, even so
It’s OK to repeat again
Do not give it up
The bank exists just there
Someday your struggle will bring you to it”
“Every time I’m hurt
I grow up a little
I will shed tears
My heart will hurt
Even so, I won’t give up on my dream
I will become the first rabbit”
-AKB48, First Rabbit
It’s a scary thing
We like things to be the same as always
We dislike change
We’re bound by the chains
-Nogizaka46, Hoka no Hoshi Kara // From Another Planet
“Taking multiple detours
Making a lot of footsteps
You’ll find your own path oneday”
-Sakurazaka46, Boku no Dilemma // My Dilemma
“Round and round, hide-and-seek.
Even if you fall over,
you shouldn’t cry.
Because you are strong kids.”
-BABYMETAL, Catch Me If You Can
“We’ll never turn our back on
As long as we are alive
Today is what makes tomorrow
Yes, our future is on the way”
-BABYMETAL, Road to Resistance
“Because we have clear days
We have rainy days too
Someday you’ll understand it all!
Life is wonderful
It’s always the same road, so let’s find somethin’ else!
Let’s make it a road where we’ll run into
A wonderful person!”
-Morning Musume, I Wish
“I’m not the same even from moment to moment,
I want to live without forgetting that,
I tie the tasuki cord around my shoulders
That ties together all those single beings.”
“Even if I’m surrounded by distorted scenery,
I hold you, then my worry disappear”
-Mr. Children, Youthful Days
“Even if my countless wounds get hugged
For a moment and gently, I won’t let my soul get taken
On the other side of that hill, if I met you
I’d only think about what to start talking from”
-L’Arc-en-Ciel,READY STEADY GO
“Even if the world points at you from behind,
Saying that your love is too self-centered,
Keep on going without looking back.”
-Official HIGE DANdism, Yesterday
“Reality is a traitor; it’s easy to misjudge things.
So with your own two eyes
please decide the worth of this place.
Do it with your own standards.”
-Ayumi Hamasaki, Evolution
“In the dreams we see
lies a hidden happiness
Hold the joy and smiles
and go towards the future”
-Hey! Say! JUMP!, DREAMS COME TRUE
“Even when the darkness tries to tear you apart
Come on, brave it out It’s going to be alright
Strong bonds will break through”
-Da-ICE, DREAMIN’ ON
“Even if they laugh and point fingers
The path I choose to excel in won’t fade away
If you ever hesitate over left or right
Just fly on straight ahead”
From the corner of a never changing everyday,
do keep smiling innocently.
The night you broke down into tears
The bitter memories are outside of the window
I’ll hold you closer and whisper into your ears again
Ready? I’ll say it
Everything’s gonna be alright.
“Don’t give up, keep running,
To the end, just a little more
No matter how distant we are
Our hearts are linked as one
Keep chasing far-off dreams.”
-ZARD, Makenaide // Don’t Give Up
“The map leading to tomorrow is always inside your heart
So brush away your tears, squeeze out a smile, and soar out
Even if you trip on the road leading to tomorrow and end up covered in wounds
Always be proud of your honest heart
Be as you are, strong and gentle
Be as you are, at full speed
Be as you are.”
-Ikimono Gakari, Golden Girl
“We’ll overcome every disillusionment
But before that, we need to remove these antennas of pain for awhile
If you can’t cry at all, then who is the one in pain?
Right now, it’s ok to cry
Yes, if you can’t cry at all, then who is the one in pain?
Right now, it’s ok to cry”
-Momoiro Clover Z, Naitemo Iindayo // It’s Okay To Cry
“Do you have something you grasp so tightly
that you leave the marks of nails?
Now, ask yourself
Something you want
If you don’t find it
It’s not worth living
Reach out your hand without hesitation!
“In pursuit of the top, we go out on an endless trip
That is because it’s the proof of life, oh yeah
If something bitter happens to you
That is probably because you have the strength to carry on forever
We keep on running, yeah
Tears falling down are all our treasures, oh yeah
Even if the reality hits and you almost fall
Look forward and keep walking, Dream Fighter”
-Perfume, Dream Fighter
“Everything that’s easy
Brilliant things and troublesome, bored things
Surely open up the future
Raise your palms and run
Ready, steady go”
-Sakura Gakuin,Song For Smiling
“GO TO THE TOP!!
Feed into your jealousy
The biggest rival is always yourself
Now, throw yourself down whenever you’re a coward
SO WE CAN’T STOP!!
Theory keeps you in mind
The never-ending beat keeps on believing in you
Chug your energy drink down
Dash as much as you want”
-Kobushi Factory, GO TO THE TOP!!
“Clutching the things we wish to hold dear, we’ll become more mature,
Always protecting them, never letting them go.
We’ll be able to laugh about it all.”
“We have to practice through thick and thin
Look! We’re going to pierce through with full throttle
It’s a festival that way and this way and over there
It’s a splendid, wonderful adventure”
-Dempagumi.inc, Sakura Apparition
“No matter how dark a shadow you are in
Believe that there is no night that cannot be broken
Feeling something for the sake of the future
Even if it’s a journey where you can’t see ahead”
“Where do you think you are going following someone else’s map?
An insightful crow comes along to tear up the map
Now open your eyes and take a look at the truth
There is nothing to lose so let’s GO!!!”
“Diving deeper and deeper; feel my heartbeat
We’ll overtake destiny and this love will keep going”
-SCANDAL, Koisuru Universe
“At the time when the rain stops,
flowers have bloomed in the middle of the garden
I guess it’s fine now
Yes, on the next rainy day, let’s look for an umbrella together”
-Sekai No Owari, Rain
“Small and big flowers
There’s none who is the same as the other
So there’s no need to be No. 1
We are all special Only One”
-SMAP, Sekai no Hitotsu Dake no Hana
“Even on those awful days when my regrets transform into fear
I won’t let loneliness catch a hold of me.
I won’t forget how strong I am”
-The Brilliant Green, Rainy Days Never Stay
“So today is today, I shake off yesterday,
I dance from my heart for this brief time”
-nobodyknows+, Kokoro Odoru
“Use your key to open the door
Don’t let fear hold you back anymore
Take a look inside and you might be surprised
At the wonderful life, and it’s waiting there (GO AND GET IT!)
Free yourself, let the love be your guide
Can you see it shining? So bright, the pot of gold
It’s shiny and bright—Ultra Soul!”
-B’z, Ultra Soul
“The bundle of bursting light that I reached out for and held so close
Shimmered, then disappeared for the sake of the future
Going beyond the happiness and promise I’ve entrusted
I’ll keep moving forward without glancing back
Looking straight ahead, I’m going to cry out
Lighting the flame in my heart
Until I reach the distant future”
“This loneliness isn’t going to disappear
And I’ve grown sick of running away
I’m going to search for a new day
Even if this wish must come true without using magic”
-LiSA, Rising Hope
“If we can make even the darkness shine, it will become a starry sky.
Sadness will turn to smiles, so don’t hide them any longer;
Every one of these twinkling stars will shine upon you.
Is the answer always born of coincidence? Necessity?
The path we once chose is what will end up as our fate.
The hopes and concerns you clutched so tightly,
Will surely move us forward to become one with the light.”
-Goose House, Hikarunara
“After having a painful experience, we would defy everything
But even so, our hearts throb for tomorrow
“There is no eternity, there isn’t, they said
That is also good isn’t it, I laugh
If you shine then one day that light will die out
We’ll keep walking until the day the flame of our life is extinguished”
-Mrs. Green Apple, Inferno
“Don’t be afraid to impulsively push forward
Fly higher more than anyone else
Take you to the sky
A world beyond imagination lies in this hand”
-Snow Man, Grandeur
“That unfulfillable emotion that never settles down somewhere–
just decide to ignore it, then overtake it.
Aim for the loophole in this shy, trembling society,
for the place we keep struggling towards.
I want a new world.”
-Kotani Kinya, The Rage Beat
“Now, nobody can stop me, no way
I will make it so I don’t lose sight of myself
I will unleash it all, unleash everything
Rise suddenly in this world”
“So open your eyes; you’re someone who is strong
Everything was born because your eyes saw it”
-BUMP OF CHICKEN, Hello, World!
“Crossing over trembling emotions,
I keep facing challenges without end, going through trial and error
I’ll continue on towards tomorrow–if it’s you, you’ll be able to change this world”
-THREE LIGHTS DOWN KINGS, Glorious Kings
“Crying again and again today,
I’ll prove I can overcome it each and every time!
I’ll take your hand in mine. (Everything’s gonna be fine!)
We’re not alone! We aren’t!
So shout your heart out, never giving up!
We won’t run away anymore!”
-Little Glee Monster, Dakara, Hitori Ja Nai
“You can’t forget the joy of being alive
after you’ve come this far
When you get back up after falling to your knees,
your back is covered in mud
The pain of those scars will cheer you on”
-Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, Let’s Join Hands
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