Song: "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi"
Writer: Tamio Okuda
Original Release: October 7, 1996
Performers: Puffy AmiYumi
I can't say I developed much affection for J-pop during my time in Japan but this song definitely left a mark. For months, it was everywhere! For whatever reason, I have particularly strong memories of hearing it in the checkout line at the grocery store. Naturally, it was a karaoke favorite, too. My affection is due in no small part to the Beatles strains heard throughout: "Day Tripper," "Please, Please Me," "Twist and Shout" and "She Loves You" among the more obvious.
In Japan, the enormously famous duo has always been known simply as PUFFY but in the United States, where they have also enjoyed moderate success, they go by Puffy AmiYumi so as not to conflict with Mr. P Diddy. American cartoon fans would recognize them as the performers of the theme songs for both Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" was their second single. It debuted at #1 on the Japanese charts, the first of three consecutive #1s for the ladies. It is their best-selling single to date.
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