A Round-up of the Best Anime OSTs of All Time

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July 15, 2021
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27 superior theme songs, handpicked from hundreds

 

 

There are good anime OSTs, and then there are great ones. We’re talking the cream-of-the-crop, damn near life-altering stuff that lingers within the chambers of your mind years after finishing the show’s full course. The world of anime has given us fantastic plot lines and stunning visuals, sure—but we’ve gotten plenty of playlist fodder in the process. 

 

No, Netflix, these are intros we refuse to skip.

 

In honor of our favorite opening and closing themes, we’ve gathered the most iconic, most nostalgia-inducing, most bop-able bops from the anime world. Ahead, we round up the best anime OSTs of all time, pigeonholing them into categories. There are the unforgettable period pieces, the certified bops and the heavy rotation material that could land a spot in our playlists any day, language barrier be damned.

 

Three categories, an abundance of tracks—all sonically great and well worth your attention. Enjoy.

 

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Period Pieces

Everyone, please stand for the national anthem. Flashy, maybe even a little cheesy, these tracks are masterpieces of their respective eras. While they’re not necessarily your usual cup of tea, these are anime OSTs that you can’t help but pay due respect to. They awaken memories of hot summer afternoons or late night binge-watches past. Suddenly, you’re a kid again, watching Inuyasha or YuYu Hakusho for the first time.

 

YuYu Hakusho, Hohoemi no Bakudan by Matsuko Mawatari

 

Inuyasha, Change The World by V6

 

Cowboy Bebop, Tank! by SEATBELTS

 

Ouran High School Host Club, Sakura Kiss by Chieko Kawabe

 

Cardcaptor Sakura, Catch You Catch Me by gumi

 

Paradise Kiss, Do You Want To? by Franz Ferdinand

 

Certified Bops

While the previous songs may get the novelty vote, these are the ones that are really, truly deserving of a listen every time they come on. This is where the unsung hero of Haikyu!! openings and attention-commanding intros come in. Think catchy melodies, kickass instrumentals and some really good rock. 

 

Haikyu!!, PHOENIX by BURNOUT SYNDROMES

 

Fairy Tail, Snow Fairy by Funkist

 

Tower of God, TOP by Stray Kids

 

Tokyo Ghoul, unravel by TK from Ling tosite Sigure

 

Darker Than Black, Tsukiakari no Michishirube by Stereopony

 

Cardcaptor Sakura, Groovy! by Kohmi Hirose

 

Fire Force, SPARK-AGAIN by Aimer

 

Jujustu Kaisen, Kaikai Kitan by Eve

 

Oregairu, Harumodoki by yanaginagi

 

HUNTER x HUNTER, Departure! by Masatoshi Ono

 

Kill la Kill, ambiguous by GARNiDELiA

 

Attack on Titan, Boku no Sensou (My War) by Shinsei Kamattechan

 

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Heavy Rotation Material

When they talk about god-tier anime OSTs, this is the stuff they’re referring to. Time-testing girl band anthems! Theme songs that have been rightfully covered hundreds of times over! This is the sweet intersection where anime and music lovers meet, mingle and collectively melt.

 

Demon Slayer, Gurenge by LiSA

 

Your Name, Zen Zen Zense by RADWIMPS

 

RENT-A-GIRLFRIEND, Centimeter by the peggies

 

Jujutsu Kaisen, Lost in Paradise by ALI feat. AKLO

 

Black Clover, Black Catcher by Vickeblanka

 

My Hero Academia, No.1 by DISH//

 

Bleach, Shojo S by SCANDAL

 

Fullmetal Alchemist, READY STEADY GO by L’Arc~en~Ciel

 

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War?, DADDY ! DADDY ! DO ! by Masayuki Suzuki feat. Airi Suzuki

 

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Which anime anthems are your favorite? Do some of these tracks belong elsewhere in the list? Discuss in the comments below.

 

 

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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