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Listmas 2013: Top 5 Vocaloid Songs

Okay, so, United We Game is doing this thing called Listmas. Basically, you make a top whatever-number-you-want list for Listmas, and they put a link to it on their blog so other people who are interested can read it. Today’s the dead-line, so hopefully I’m not too late. While it’s not really very Christmas-y, I’m going to do a list of my top 5 favorite Vocaloid songs. But first, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! And I want to apologize to United We Game if I have inconvenienced them by posting the list so late. Before I begin, I should probably explain what Vocaloid is. Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer, and is extremely popular in Japan. In fact, one of Japan’s most famous singers is a Vocaloid named Hatsune Miku. All of the songs featured on this list are sung by Japanese Vocaloids, and therefore, all of the songs are in Japanese. I will try to find videos with English subtitles for this list, however. Anyway, on with the list!


#5: Kagamine Len’s cover of Popipo. The video below doesn’t have English subs, but it does have an English version of the song after the Japanese version ends. It proves that Japanese Vocaloids can sing in English, just not perfectly. Kagamine Len is one of the best when it comes to singing in English, in my opinion. Which is amazing, because both Len and Rin’s voice banks have this problem that causes the Kagamine’s to occasionally skip over their consonants.


#4: Kagamine Rin and Len’s mixed Kokoro. Kokoro is Japanese for heart, and the song by Rin and Len is actually two songs that someone put together (and they put it together beautifully). It tells a story about a scientist and a robot, and that’s all I’m telling you about it, because I don’t want to spoil the story.


#3: Kagamine Rin and Len’s cover of Electric Angel. I really love this song. The original is sung by Hatsune Miku, but her version isn’t as high beat as the Kagamine’s. I should mention that the video below does have a slight mistranslation. According to the English subs, Rin is saying “You taught me ‘I”. This, however, is incorrect. Whether it’s a mistake made by the translator, or the one who imputed Rin and Len’s voice, I do not know. But, what Rin is supposed to say is “WATASHI ni ‘Ai’ wo oshiete kureta” meaning “You taught me the meaning of ‘love’ “. I hear the “Ai”, but that could just be because I know it’s supposed to be there.


#2: Kagamine Len; Hot Cocoa ~A Restless Night’s Song~. I really like this song. It was one of the first Vocaloid songs I ever heard. Now if I could just apply the song, I am very bad for starting something then stopping about half way through, saying that I’ll finish it some other time. And I hardly ever go back to it. Make sure you have the annotations on to see the translation.


#1: Kagamine Rin and Len; Remote Control. This is also one of the first Vocaloid songs I ever heard. I think when I become a game designer, I’m going to try to make a cheat code based off of this song. This song was written by my favorite Vocaloid writer team, Wonderful Opportunity.



And there you have it. Again, I apologize to United We Game for making this post so late.

Anyway, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!