AKB48 tops music single rankings 5 years in a row

Oricon compiled a sales ranking for the first half of 2015, revealing that 6 out of 10 top selling singles were 48-group songs.

The top 10 ranking for the first half of 2015, courtesy of Oricon, is shown below:

Oricon Top 10 Music Single Sales Rank 2015
Oricon Top 10 Music Single Sales Rank 2015

Crazy, to say the last, especially considering that SKE’s single, 12-gatsu no Kangaroo, was not even released in 2015. Notably, the top two sold over one million copies, with #1 close to 1.7 million copies.

Ameba news takes another spin on things, and notes that AKB48 singles have topped Oricon charts for the past five years straight. The #1 ranking single for each year, as shown below:

  • 2011: Everyday, Kachuusha
  • 2012: Manatsu no Sounds good!
  • 2013 Sayanara Scroll
  • 2014: Labrador Retriever

It goes without saying that each single sold over a million copies each.  Ameba news goes on to note that the only other music groups to achieve similar sales numbers are  B’z and Mr. Children from the middle to late 90’s, and even then both of those bands managed million sellers for four years in a row.

Not only that, but the #2 best selling single for the first half of each year, for the last 5 years, has also been another AKB48 song!  As noted, the #2 ranking single for each year, as shown:

  • 2011: Sakura ni narou
  • 2012: Give me five!
  • 2013: So long!
  • 2014: Mae shika mukanee
  • 2015: Green Flash


Source: http://news.ameba.jp/20150617-49/

Source: http://www.oricon.co.jp/special/48036/?anc=015

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Author: reika

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  • Jack

    Unsurprisingly, it’s the single with voting tickets that sell the most. Do they track online sales as well? And the #2 best selling ones are the spring singles. Hmm

    • reika

      Actually, I thought the same thing (^^;

    • reika

      It did not mention online sales. I think Oricon can’t track it however.