Top 25 anime opening and ending songs 2022
The year of 2022 in anime music really ended on a high note, thanks to a particular anime that not only delivered in terms of visuals, but also in the auditory department.
If you weren’t able to guess which anime we’re talking about, it’s Chainsaw Man! Putting aside any opinions on the anime itself, we received a new ending theme song for each of the 12 episodes. So if it looks like we’re a bit of bias towards this particular anime, it’s not because of the anime itself, but due to the fact that they invited all the popular Japanese pop and rock artists.
Like previous years, the order of the songs are in no particular order. So now, let’s get into the top 25 anime opening and ending songs of 2022!
Joining as the ending theme song for Chainsaw Man episode 8, vocalist and guitarist TK brings a fierce and eccentric song, first death, that accommodates the theme of the anime.
The musical unit MOB CHOIR, which was created specifically for the anime, draws out another heroic song. It features the familiar vocalist sana from the band sajou no hana.
NOILION is a new face in the anisong scene but has proven itself to be a unit worth our attention. Produced by TeddyLoid, NOILION offers a modern sound that takes elements from our digital life. If that sounds intriguing, considering checking out our interview with NOILION where we learn about the song “3” and their modern concept.
Serving as the opening theme song for Chainsaw Man, Kenshi Yonezu not only brings a peculiar song but, tied with the music video, incredibly comedic from start to finish.
The name RetBear has joined the anisong scene with its first single, Atamannaka DEAD END, that features an unknown vocalist under the pseudo name “10fu”. Behind the playful music is composer Kairiki Bear who is well-known in the Vocaloid scene.
Atamannaka DEAD END
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Void_Chords, led by Ryo Takahashi, puts out another impressive, jazzy, and stylish work with a unique sound. We talked to composer Ryo Takahashi himself earlier this year, so if you want to learn more about his music, give it a read.
Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen
Kitani Tatsuya‘s snazzy rock track Rapport can be found as the first ending theme song in the new season of Bleach. However, it was first used as the theme song for “BLEACH EX.”, the manga exhibition.
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou 2nd Season
FantasticYouth is a duo that has been seeping into the anime scene recently, and from the anime Arifureta, we find Gedosanka, a tame yet incredibly powerful song.
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e 2nd Season
The passionate musician ZAQ composed multiple bangers this year, but to limit ourselves, we ended up choosing the dance-inducing song, Dance In The Game. Liking what you hear? Don’t forget to explore more of ZAQ through our interview.
MAISONdes did an outstanding job capturing the mischievousness of the anime Urusei Yatsura through the ending theme song, Tokyo Shandy Rendezvous. We’re especially happy to see KAF performing the vocals, which elevates the song even further.
Aiue / Tokyo Shandy Rendezvous
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There’s no coincident that the funky song Yofukashi no Uta and the anime share the same name. In fact, the manga author Kotoyama—being a fan of the hip-hop duo Creepy Nuts—asked Creepy Nuts if it was okay to use the same title for the manga. Despite being a song from 2018, Yofukashi no Uta ended up joining the anime adaptation in 2022 as the ending theme song.
“Zutto Mayonaka de Iinoni.”, also known as ZUTOMAYO, joins anime Chainsaw Man with the quirky song Zanki for episode 2. Naturally, the band didn’t forget to include those funky bass licks that they’re known for.
Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season Part 2
SiM honored Shingeki no Kyojin with the anime’s heaviest track to date, The Rumbling! The song was so well-received that the anime music video on YouTube reached 30 million views in just three weeks. We talked to SiM about this, see how they responded in our interview.
MAXIMUM THE HORMONE caught us completely off guard with its ritual chant song, when it appeared as the ending theme song for Chainsaw Man’s episode 3. This chaotic and demonic track is one to watch out for!
HAWATARI NIOKU CENTI
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The jazzy song Danzai Democracy is chock-full of attitude and is the second original song by “Jisho Sonzai name-less” (selfish-being name-less). As the artist name implies, they’re quite a mystery at this stage.
Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu
Nine years ago, the Norwegian singer PelleK did his first anisong cover. Shttps://youtu.be/fJvQvREhkp0ix-hundred cover songs later, he finally managed to perform for an actual anime! The result is the powerful and hair-raising song, Aah, Waga Rouman no Michi, for the anime Gaikotsu Kishi.
Aah, Waga Rouman no Michi
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Veteran anisong singer, Takanori Nishikawa, never fails to deliver energy-boosting tracks. Interestingly, the music video rendition of “Ichiban Hikare! -Bucchigire!-” is an amalgamation of several other music videos. It just goes to show how perfectly planned this piece of work was!
SINGularity II – Kakeisei no protoCOL –
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Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro
Suara is a household name for fans of the Utawarerumono series, with her previously performing numerous theme songs for the anime. Naturally, Suara is back with another pop and folk song that fits the anime.
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo
Kimi yo Kedakaku Are is Shiyui’s debut single and was composed by no other than ryo (supercell)! Surprisingly, the song is quite aggressive for one that is created by ryo (supercell), but we really dig it!
Kimi yo Kedakaku Are
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When Aimer received the offer to perform a song that would fit the description, “the story suddenly plunges into deep muddy waters”, she was honored, as they considered her to be the right fit. The song Deep down captures that description exceptionally, and it’s a piece where we can truly appreciate Aimer‘s breathtaking voice.
Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan: Super Extra
Isekaijoucho‘s song Kurenazumu Yakusoku elegantly paints a fantasy world with its sophisticated sound. Color us surprised when we found out that it was featured as the opening theme song for the spicy and contrasting anime, Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan: Super Extra.
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Akuyaku Reijou nano de Last Boss wo Kattemimashita
ACCAMER puts out a stylish opening theme song that was written and produced by Mirin Shiino, a Vocaloid producer. She also previously worked with other notable Vocaloid producers such as syudou, DECO*27, and Hiiragi Kirai.
The song Gold is a collaborative work between EGOIST, TeddyLoid, and Giga. The tie-up yielded an energetic and punchy DTM-infused (electronic) song!
Eve ended the Chainsaw Man anime with its wholesome Fight Song for episode 12. Even though we already expected an elaborate music video from Eve, this one dazzled us with its intricate environments, character designs, and story!
Mayu Makeshima joins the Overlord theme song lineup this year with the wistful song No Man’s Dawn. If her voice sounds familiar, it is because she previously partook in Overlord‘s theme songs as the vocalist of MYTH & ROID.
Bocchi the Rock!
In episode 8, Kessoku Band gave a raw rock performance of the song Ano Band. We’ve been keeping this catchy, technical track on repeat ever since. The song also gave us vibes found in another music anime called Fukumenkei Noise, similar to the song Falling Silent. If you like Ano Band, we suggest giving Falling Silent a listen as well; we featured it as a bonus song in our 2017 anime song list.
We hope you liked our picks! Leave a comment below if we missed your favorite anisong!