The top twenty anime karaoke songs for the first half of 2013 are in, and the number one is anything but a surprise.For the fifth consecutive year in a row, Evangelion‘s 1995-1996 television opening “Zankoku na Tenshi no Teze” (“A Cruel Angel’s Thesis”) is the number one karaoke song, based off of Xing’s online JOYSOUND service. “Zankoku na Tenshi no Teze” debuted on October 25, 1995, and was singer Yoko Takahashi’s eleventh single. It sold over one million units in Japan and, even eighteen years later, the popularity of the song is undeniable.
To take everyone back to their Evangelion days, listen to the full song below. Despite its age, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” still seems freshly haunting and Yoko Takahashi’s eerily clear voice adds to the potency of the song.
But that’s only number one. What about the other nineteen songs? You should try guessing first, and then check out the answers:
- “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” (Yoko Takahashi/Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- “Lion” (May’n & Megumi Nakajima/Macross Frontier)
- “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (Supercell/Bakemonogatari)
- “Uso” (SID/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- “God knows …” (Aya Hirano/The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
- “Sousei no Aquarion” (AKINO/Aquarion)
- “Butter-Fly” (Koji Wada/Digimon Adventure)
- “only my railgun” (flipSide/To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)
- “Maji Love 1000%” (SY✩RISH/Uta no Prince-sama)
- “Karma” (BUMP OF CHICKEN/Tales of the Abyss)
- “Connect” (ClariS/Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- “Sekai ga Owarumadewa…” (WANDS/Slam Dunk)
- “KokoroE” (Road Of Major/Major)
- “Touch” (Yoshimi Iwasaki/Touch)
- “Sobakasu” (JUDY AND MARY/Rurouni Kenshin)
- “Gekkouka” (Janne Da Arc/Black Jack)
- “Single Bed” (Sharam Q/D・N・A²)
- “GO!!” (FLOW/Naruto)
- “Ready Steady Go” (L’Arc-en-Ciel/Fullmetal Alchemist)
- “V.I.P.” (SID/Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)
Are your favorites a karaoke hit? Personally, I love the soundtrack to Cowboy Bebop, and am surprised that none of Yoko Kanno’s amazing songs made the list. Still, if we want to change anything, or keep Evangelion‘s opening as the number one for a sixth consecutive year, then it is time to karaoke!