Who is Namie Amuro?
Namie Amuro had a final concert at Tokyo Dome on June 3, 2018.
She is a Japanese legendary pop diva. She announced last year that she would be retiring from music industry. That made me so sad but Namie and her songs will remain in my heart forever♪
Many young women have followed her as a model. In 1990’s, her fashion style (long and bright brown hair, long boots and short skirt) became a huge trend.
Today, I would like to share my favorite 10 Namie Amuro Songs with my episode.
Chit Chat (2016)
This song is actually a B-side song, but it is the best song for me. I listen to this song every day before work, because it cheers me up.
It starts with a lyric “Didn’t I tell you about yesterday?”, which sounds like Namie talks to her friends.
Girl’s talk is always fun, and this song expresses it.
You can see the video from here!
Don’t wanna cry (1996)
In that year, Namie won “Japan Record Award” which is the biggest award in Japanese music industry. She was just 19 years old, which was the youngest record (and still is).
I was watching it in front of TV with family, and I felt very proud of her. Namie was also a teenager at that time, and she gave us confidence that we could achieve anything.
Wonder Woman (2011)
Namie collaborated with Anna Tsuchiya and AI for this song. They are friends and very close.
Anna Tsuchiya is a successful fashion model, actress and singer, and AI is a female R&B singer.
Namie collaborated with many artists, and she released a collaboration album in this year. This is a leading song.
SWEET 19 BLUES (1996)
This song is about the time you were 19 years old.
Every time I listen to this song, it makes me remind the memory when I was 19. “19 years old” is very special, because you feel like you are almost adult, but still not.
In Japan, you have a right to vote, drink alcohol, and do anything you want without parents’ permission from 20 years old.
I wanted to become an adult at that time. I started living by myself when I was 18, so I thought I was an independent adult, but I wasn’t officially, and it made me feel that I was not good enough.
Just You and I (2017)
This is her latest song (as of June 6, 2018). I hope this is not her final single…
This is a theme song of Japanese TV drama series, “And Become A Mother”.
The best part of this song is lyrics. This song is about a feeling of a mother caring her child deeply. Namie is a mother, and she sings this song convincingly.
B Who I Want 2 B feat. Hatsune Miku (2015)
Namie collaborated not only with musicians, but also with a popular virtual character.
One of the reasons she’s been so successful is that she always tries something new. After she came back from her maternity leave, she changed her music style. Before it, she sang songs produced by Tetsuya Komoro, a famous Japanese music producer. But she tried new style. I believe that trying something new is essential for success, and I learned it from Namie.
White Light (2005)
This is her Christmas Song. In Japan, Christmas Eve is more important for a couple than Christmas Day. Actually, it is a day for a couple. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it!?
This song sounds very gentle, soft and warm.
LOVE GAME (2009)
This song likens love (romantic relationship) to boxing game.
Japanese women are said that they are very modest, but the girl in this song is completely opposite, she is a fighter!
You can see the video from here!
Say the Word (2001)
This is her first single which she wrote the lyrics. Before that, she had been produced by Tetsuya Komuro, but she said in her interview that she was told by the music label that she had to produce herself. That is why she decided to write the lyrics.
Also, there are many English lyrics and it sounds so cool. That’s one of the reasons I started learning English. I wanted to be like Namie!!
CAN YOU CELEBRATE? (1997)
This is her most famous song, “masterpiece”, and the most sold CD by female singer in Japanese history. No one has broken this record for more than 20 years.
She released this song in 1997. She was just 20 years old, but suddenly she announced that she got married and pregnant, and she took maternity leave for one year.
When I heard the news, I got very confused. I was very happy about her marriage, but also felt sad because I could not see her singing at least one year…
If you got interested in Namie, you will learn more about her history by the video below.
I’ve changed a lot thanks to Namie.
It’s really sad that she will be retiring this year, but I won’t stop trying to become a wonderful woman like her!!!