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Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by Jella Erhard

Anime Music: 18 Best Anime Songs to Put on Your Playlist

Anime music and the wide variety of fantastic and stimulating anime songs can really make you start a day in a better tone and comfort you on days when you feel sad. What will you find on this list?

Just the jam! From the best anime OST through the best anime opening songs to our favorite anime singer you will find here the best anime songs of all time.

I collected some of the most beautiful anime songs I know by heart and love passionately. I think music is an amazing and entertaining way of getting to know another culture or certain parts of it.

Learning more about the musicians who created the amazing sounds for the top anime shows out there is certainly one of the best ways to do so. In case you want to learn more and listen to some amazing Asian musicians then check out our post on that too.

We also collected some of the best anime songs from action OSTs, best anime movie songs and anime intro songs to anime love songs, and even the best sad anime songs that you’ll want to put on your playlist… if you haven’t already.

Anime music treasures – The Best Anime Songs That Will Make You Feel All The Feels

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18| Your Lie in April OST – Watashi no Uso by Theishter

Your Lie in April is one of the saddest and most emotional animes with stunning music.

You’ll hear some of the greatest classic songs while watching this show including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata but you’ll hear pieces from Kreisler, Debussy, and Chopin too.

It’s a beautiful anime with some amazing anime violin and piano songs.

The shows original song Watashi no Uso will be one of the most beautiful anime piano songs you’ll ever listen to.

17| Death Note 1st Opening – The World by Nightmare

Death Note’s famous opening; The World is one of the most famous and beloved anime songs.

It was created by the Japanese rock band Nightmare. It has energetic tunes and a fast-paced rhythm that can come handy on slow mornings when you need a little pick me up that gets you moving.

The World is a great rock anime song that’s on most anime music lovers’ playlist.

16| Cowboy Bebop opening – Tank! by Seatbelts

Cowboy Bebop was created with such care by immensely talented people that to this day it’s one of the most unique animes ever created. Naturally, it also has one of the most unique anime songs too.

It’s kind of unusual to hear Jazz while watching an anime but it serves this show well. It’s fun, upbeat, and will make you move while even putting you in a great mood.

Tank! is certainly one of the most unique and best anime songs you can put on our playlist.

15| Best Sword Art Online OST – LiSA – Crossing Field

Sword Art Online has some of the most kick-ass and action-filled opening songs ever. Crossing Field is no different. It’s a classic anime song that will surely make your heart pump stronger.

Lisa is also one of the best anime singers who creates beautiful and thrilling songs. Crossing Field is one of the best anime opening theme songs.

14| Howl’s Moving Castle OST – by Joe Hisaishi

Howl’s moving castle was my first anime love and anime music love. Definitely my favorite anime OST  and one of my favorite animated movies. Basically, all Hayao Miyazaki animes are perfect and their soundtrack too… but this one has a special place in my heart. Both the anime and the music is so hopeful and positive.

I think we need a lot of these things in our lives.  Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the few anime shows that you find on most of the top anime lists, and for a good reason. Everything is perfect about this classic animated movie.

In case you love beautiful animated movies ( Who isn’t? Right?) then you may find something to fell in love with our best animated movies for adults list.

It’s one of the best anime love songs you’ll ever hear. As usual Ghibli Studio’s created one of the best anime movie songs.

13| Your Name OST – (Kataware Doki) by Radwimps

Your Name quickly became one of the anime icons and stole millions of hearts easily all over the world in just a couple of weeks. Not just the music but one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve seen in anime.

First, the manga and then the anime conquered the world. Its soundtrack is emotional and pleasing.

It serves a couple of peaceful and beautiful moments for sure. This beautiful and romantic anime quickly became everyone’s favorite and flew on top of many if not all top anime lists.

Your name has one of the best sad anime love songs ever created.

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12| Naruto OST –  Sadness and Sorrow by Toshiro Masuda

Naruto’s Sadness and Sorrow is not just one of the best anime songs ever made but also one of the most beloved sad anime songs out there. Maybe it’s weird but this song doesn’t make me sad. It makes me melancholic, emotional.

Christmas is a perfect time to reflect on the past, remember and commit to doing better, to be better in the future. To ourselves and to others as well.

Naruto is a long time favorite in the anime lovers’ circles. It’s packed with action, adventure, and emotions no wonder how it’s still one of the best anime shows ever made.

Naruto’s music is just as exciting and touching as the anime itself and Sadness and Sorrow lives up to its title because it’s one of the most amazing sad anime songs of all time.

11| Fullmetal Alchemist OST – Bratja by Beda & Ooshima Michiru

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best shows ever created and it also has one of the most amazing and popular anime openings as well. The characters, the storyline, its sense of humor, and the music fits perfectly to every moment. Even the highly emotional ones.

Doesn’t matter if you know the anime or not these songs will make you smile. But seriously, watch the show if you haven’t already. This anime is on our Best Anime Series List too!

Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely one of the top anime series ever that can make you drop everything and binge-watch the whole show in one sitting.

Fullmetal Alchemist OST is something that will quickly become your favorite and the kind of anime songs that you’ll be keeping it on your playlist.

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10| 5 Centimeters Per Second OST – Hontou no Oto by Kokia

Kokia is a real-life Japanese siren. She has many anime theme songs under her name and she’s definitely one of the best anime singers of all time. I love all of her songs.

Of course, she was chosen to do the music for 5 centimeters per second. This anime made millions cry but it also showed us what should real relationships be like.

This and any other Kokia song is a perfect choice for calm, peaceful nights. If you want to watch a good anime that’s able to break your heart then don’t look further.

5 Centimeters per second is not only one of the saddest anime movies of all time but its OST is just as heartbreaking. Hontou no Oto is might just be the best sad anime song ever.

9| Laputa Castle In The Sky OST – by Joe Hisaishi

Another perfect OST from Ghibli studio and the fantastic Joe Hisaishi. You probably have seen this anime on many Top Anime Lists and for a good reason. And its music is just as joyful and comforting as the anime itself.

Laputa has a gorgeous OST as usual with every Ghibli Studio movie. These beautiful anime songs will surely make it to your favorite list.

8| Death Parade OST – Moonlit Night by Hayashi Yuki

One of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Even its title is gorgeous. It’s a little melancholic but peaceful and also a romantic song.

It may make you a little sad if you’re in a bad mood but it can also make you find love again even if your heart was broken before.

Death Parade’s moody and sad songs will make you all the feels.

Watch this anime online on Netflix. |  

7| Guilty Crown OST – Planetes by Egoist

Peaceful and comforting. It’s a charming, sad anime music treasure. The beautiful piano solo perfectly blends with the singers’ voices. Women will likely love this song and maybe even the more sensitive males of your family too.

Guilty Crown for sure has one of the best sad anime piano intro songs ever.

6| Lovely Complex OST – Risa by Hironosuke Satou

This song and the show as well is a little more upbeat and fun. The song is jazzy and joyful just like the character Risa. It’s about two weird kids a girl who is “too tall” and a boy who is “too short” and their awesome friendship.

The music perfectly reflects the mood of the show. It’s a perfect fit if you want to listen to something joyful & fun.

Lovely Complex has funky and classic anime songs that will make you feel all nostalgic and warm.

5| K-ON! OST – Girls in Wonderland by Shouko Ohmori

This one is a kick-ass rock&roll anime song. Just like the anime. IF you’re looking for something more rock feel-music you should check out K-On! because they know how to rock your world.

Its songs are upbeat, fun but they take the rock&roll part pretty seriously too. Their songs are perfect to blast out during the days when you want to hear some heart-pounding sounds!

K-ON! is a fun and energetic anime and their music is the same. These amazing anime songs are sung by some of the best anime singer girls and they will definitely rock you!

4| Neon Genesis Evangelion OST – A Cruel Angel’s Thesis

Neon Genesis Evangelion’s opening is now one of the great classic anime songs.

It has an interesting vibe. It feels upbeat and sad at the same time. You can listen to this anime song both in English and Japanese versions.

If you enjoy listening to live anime music you should check out Yoko Takahashi concerts who’s one of the best anime singers of all time.

3| My Hero Academia Season 2 Opening Song – Kenshi Yonezu – Peace Sign

This is a super upbeat and fun song that’s perfect to put on your early morning or workout playlist.

This song super catchy you’ll find yourself singing without even truly knowing the lyrics.

Peace Sign is a great rock anime song with lyrics and sung by a fantastic male anime singer.

2| Attack on Titan 1st Opening – Linked Horizon – Guren No Yumiya

Attack on Titan has one of the most fascinating openings ever. It’s a thrilling progressive metal song that reminds its listener to opera and war songs.

You’ll feel your heart pump stronger after the first few seconds.

Linked Horizon is also a fantastic anime song that has amazing guitar solos.

1| Tokyo Ghoul Opening – Unravel by TK & Ling Tosite Sigure

Tokyo Ghoul’s heartbreakingly beautiful and deep opening songs is many anime fans favorite and it’s one of ours too.

Its singer has such a unique voice that it creates a unique feeling especially as his voice clashes with the sound of the guitars and drum.

Unravel is one of the most beautiful sad anime songs with meaningful and beautiful lyrics.

Thanks for reading!