The beautiful thing about music is that it can transcend beyond language barriers, and I believe that’s one of the great things about it. Although music and anime usually go great together, considering some shows have a perfect opening theme and an excellent closing theme. Still, they often chose songs that are from their home country. Here is a list of five songs that would be perfect for anime movies and series, and why they’re perfect for it.
- Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
This classic Rolling Stones song would be an excellent fit for an apocalyptic, thriller, and of course, war-themed anime. This end-of-the-world song hits home when Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton singing “Ooh, see the fire is sweeping/ Our very street today/ Burns like a red coal carpet / Mad bull lost your way.” With the destruction of society or hiding from someone when you’re at your very last option this song would be a great fit, and perhaps even push it over the edge to reach everyone in the audience.
- Black by Pearl Jam
This pure raw emotional song that’s a perfect staple for anyone who is going through heartbreak or losing the greatest love they’ve ever had. Black would be an excellent fit for a drama, or to an ending to a movie that is truly bittersweet. When Eddie Vedder sings, “I take a walk outside, I’m surrounded by some kids at play/I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear” could possibly resonate within anyone who has had lost love, or perhaps wishing they could forget someone.
- Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars
With this slow jam clearly about a man’s desire to bring a woman back to the bedroom, and frankly would be a perfect ending song to a romance movie. With its slow and steady start while it picks up speed is an excellent metaphor for romance, and frankly, even though it’s a more sexual song, it could still work. When Mars sings “There’s no place I’d rather be in this world Your eyes are where I’m lost in” matched with the slow tempo of the song would be a perfect fit for a closing theme to a love story.
- Believe by Adam Lambert
This slowed down cover gives this song a whole new meaning, and perhaps an even better one. Everyone has gone through one breakup where one either party wants to get back together, and the other doesn’t, and this song is purely about being able to finally move on from them. Outside of the powerful vocals at just the right moments, this song would be perfect for either a film where they’ve moved on and am strong enough to do so. When Lambert sings, “And I know I’ll get through this Cause I know that I am strong,” gives it that little push to make it as powerful as it needs to be.
- Poems, Prayers, and Promises by John Denver
This slow folk song is one of those songs that are even better once you know how Denver died. Poems, Prayers, and Promises is about a man remembering his time is short, and there’s so much he still wants to do, but we all know that we have an expiration date. When Denver sings “The days they pass so quickly now/nights are seldom long/And time around me whispers when it’s cold/The changes somehow frighten me/still I have to smile/It turns me on to think of growing old” would potentially give any viewer a sad feeling or even make them teary-eyed if used in the right moment.
At the end of the day, we can wish for any song to hopefully be chosen to be in an anime movie. We all know that it probably won’t happen, but it is always nice to dream about it. So my question to all of you what song(s) do you think would be an excellent match for anime? I’d love to know and fall in love with some new music along the way.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.