[Special] Top 500 J-Pop Songs #371

Title: Venus in the Dark
Artist: Nakashima Mika (中島美嘉)
Released: 2003
Genre: Jazz Pop

Nakashima’s second entry on the list is the album track, Venus in the Dark, released from her second album. The best part of this song is just has amazingly produced it is. It is a gorgeous fusion of pop and jazz and it fits perfectly with Nakashima’s smoky vocals. The opening already gives us a glimpse of what the song will be later on and it’s such a fun and attention grabbing sound. The musical arrangement is stellar with its guitar and percussion undertones and explosions of brass to give the song some energy. I also love how the background vocals blend so well with the rest of the song. The melody is also very intoxicating. Stellar song.