I decided to take a look at all the new songs the H!P groups released last year and pick some of my favorites! Some groups released quite a few more songs than others, which is basically because Morning Musume was the only group to release a new album… I picked a favorite for each group, a honorable mention and a least favorite! I’ll start with Morning Musume!
Morning Musume’s songs of 2014:
– Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
– Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
– What is LOVE?
– Toki wo Koe, Sora wo Koe
– Password is 0
– TIKI BUN
– Shabadaba doo~
– Mikaeri Bijin
– Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi
– Kirari to Hikaru no Hoshi
– Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu
– Watashi wa Watashi Nanda
– Waraenai Hanashi
– Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru
“Toki wo Koe, Sora wo Koe” was really one of MM’s most popular A-sides last year and I completely see why. It’s very different from anything they’ve released so far. The MV was also quite nice to look at and fits nicely with the song. Overall a very beautiful song, it shows that the group is capable of more different type of songs.
Honorable mention goes to “Kirari to Hikaru no Hoshi“, my favorite of their last album. Even though it’s a duet of Sakura and Riho, I really like the song and their singing actually goes together well in this one.
Least favorite goes to “Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu“. While I don’t hate the song, I do find it a bit boring and I do like all the other songs on the list more than this one.
Berryz Koubou’s songs of 2014:
– Otona na no yo!
– 1-oku 3-senman Sou Diet Oukoku
– Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni
– Futsuu, Idol 10nen Yatterannai Desho!?
– Romance wo Katatte
– Towa no Uta
– Onna no Ko ni Shika Wakannai Chodo ga Aru no
The winner for me is “Koiseyo!“, I like how it has a cool but also an upbeat feel! It’s a great song for Berryz, it fits them perfectly! My favorite is the chorus though, I just want to sing a long all the time. Definitely a winner for 2014 I think!
Honorable mention goes to “Towa no Uta“, I love the Buono!-ish sound of this song. I also think the girls look perfect in the MV of this song.
My least favorite goes to “Futsuu, Idol 10nen Yatterannai Desho!?“. While I do like the song and I appreciate the lyrics, I just don’t like it as much as the other songs. I also really dislike the horse noises.
C-ute’s songs of 2014:
– Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita
– Love take it all
– The Power
– Kanashiki Heaven (Single vers.)
– I miss you
– The Future
The winner for C-ute is “I miss you“. Listening to it more I’ve really started to appreciate more. I like the bit dark sound and the vocals fit nicely. It also really shows off C-ute’s skills I think. That said, looking back at the songs that C-ute released I’m a bit disappointed.
Honorable mention goes to “The Power“, it has an original sound and I do like it a bit. But that’s all I can say about it really.
Least favorite goes to “Love take it all“, it’s just very boring and not really something I would listen to a second time. It’s just quite bland and so was the MV for it.
ANGERME’s songs of 2014:
– Mystery Night!
– Eighteen Emotion
– Aa Susukino
– Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
– Jojou Kumikyoku “Smile Fantasy”
– ONE DAY
– Ka~Tin Korunrun
The winner is “Mystery Night!“! I just really, really love this song. The instrumental is so lovely! The concept was a bit too sexy for S/mileage I think, since they’re more cute than sexy. Even so, I really do love this, I’d love to see C-ute or Berryz cover this one!
Honorable mention goes to “Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu“. I like the sound of this one, and that line really sticks in your head.
Least favorite goes to “Eighteen Emotion“, this song is just not memorable at all, and neither is the MV for it. I always kind of forget about it.
Juice=Juice’s songs of 2014:
– Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS
– Are Kore Shitai!
– Black Butterfly
– Kaze ni Fukarete
– Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa
The winner for Juice=Juice is “Senobi“. I wasn’t really impressed with the songs Juice=Juice released this year, but I kind of started liking Senobi. It really stuck in my head… Especially the “Wow Wow Wow Wow” parts. I really do not like the MV for it though.
Honorable mention goes to “Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa“. It’s a bit bland at some points but I really like the chorus.
Least favorite goes to “Black Butterfly“, it felt too similar to “Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS” and I didn’t really like that one either.
Those were all the songs the groups released last year. I think Morning Musume and Berryz Koubou had the best songs overall, while C-ute and Juice=Juice really missed out. I really hope that C-ute will get some better music this year, and I hope the same for Juice=Juice. Morning Musume had quite a few nice songs, but only a few really stood out I think. As for Berryz, they had some really great songs last year, it was hard to pick favorites! Unfortunately these are also their last songs. As for C-ute, I was quite disappointed this year, I really hope they’ll get some better releases this year, they need it. As for ANGERME, it already looks like they’re going in the right direction music-wise. Juice=Juice needs to get some more memorable and less generic songs… The only one I really remember is Senobi for 2014. Overall, there needs to be some improvement! That’s it for now!