SMAP's 2003 hit "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" has been named Japan's most influential song of all time by "Music Station".
On September 19, TV Asahi aired its special 30th anniversary edition of "Music Station", titled "30 Shunen Kinen Tokubetsu Bangumi MUSIC STATION Ultra FES 2016". During the program, a list of 100 most influential songs in Japan was announced.
In its retrospective, the show argued that "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" influence has never gone away, particularly with its popularity as a graduation song. It's ranking as one of the best-selling songs of all time in Japan also added weight to the song's importance.
"Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" has seen a resurgence in sales after the group announced that it will be disbanding at the end of the year. The song has regularly appeared within the top 30 of Oricon's weekly single sales chart despite being released in 2003.
Check out the top 10 songs "Music Station" named Japan's most influential songs of all time below:
1. Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana - SMAP (2003)
2. Ue o Muite Arukou - Kyu Sakamoto (1961)
3. Automatic - Utada Hikaru (1998)
4. Katte ni Sindbad - Southern All Stars (1978)
5. Let It Go - Takako Matsu (2014)
6. Kawa no Nagare no You ni - Hibari Misora (1989)
7. Let It Be - The Beatles (1970)
8. Koisuru Fortune Cookie - AKB48 (2013)
9. Makenaide - ZARD (1993)
10. A・RA・SHI - Arashi (1999)