30 Times Anime Used English Songs for Openings and Endings

The opening and closing themes for an anime are very important for quickly establishing the series’ identity to the viewers. This is why anime studios will usually team up with a major record label to get a hot artist to create a song for the opening, closings or insert songs.

But you might be surprised that some series have broken out of the traditional route using English songs as the anime theme. Not just indie bands, but world famous bands like Oasis, Duran Duran, Radiohead, and Backstreet Boys have lent their songs to anime. Yes, Backstreet Boys and anime.

The English songs done by the big name bands tend to be exclusive to Japan, Some anime licensors might be able to get such songs for one episode, but often times they will have an “international” song done in Japanese for their release. English language songs by Japanese groups tend to be internationally licensed.

1Eden of the East – Oasis – “Falling Down”

2Hanada Shounen-shi – Backstreet Boys – “The One”


3Serial Experiments Lain – Bôa – “Duvet”


4Wolf’s Rain – Steve Conte – “Stray”


5Ergo Proxy – Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”


6Mushishi – Ally Kerr – “The Sore Feet Song”


7PSYCHO-PASS – Nothing’s Carved in Stone – “Out of Control”


8Deadman Wonderland – Fade – “One Reason”


9Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo – Jean-Jacques Burnel – “We Were Lovers”


10Black Lagoon – Mell – “Red Fraction”

11JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Yes – “Roundabout”


12JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 – The Bangles – “Walk Like an Egyptian”


13Paradise Kiss – Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To?”


14Ef: A Tale of Memories – Elisa – “Euphoric Field”


15Naruto – Akeboshi – “Wind”


16Neon Genesis Evangelion – Claire Littley – “Fly Me to the Moon”


17Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Scott Matthew – “Lithium Flower”


18Gunslinger Girl – The Delgados – “The Light Before We Land”


19Xam’d Lost Memories – Boom Boom Satelights – “Shut Up and Explode”


20Beck – Beat Crusaders – “Hit in the USA”


21Bleach – Beat Crusaders – “Tonight Tonight Tonight”


22Berserk – The Penpals – “Tell Me Why”


23Speed Grapher – Duran Duran – “Girls on Film”


24Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger – ColdRain – “8 AM”


25Rainbow – ColdRain – “We’re Not Alone”



26JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Savage Garden – “I Want You”


27One Piece Film: Z – Avril Lavigne – “How You Remind Me”


28After War Gundam X – Warren Wiebe – “Human Touch”


29Barakamon – NoisyCell – “Innocence”


30One Outs – Pay money To my pain – “Bury”


What are your favorite English anime songs?

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