Okay! So today we will be exploring the wonderful world of ballads in the H!P world. It’s tough to make a good ballad. There has to be good replay value, the lyrics must be addicting, and most importantly, the vocals must be phenomenal. And now, I have you the 7th installment to the Top! Series: The Best Hello! Project Ballads (of all time).
Part 3 of my Top! Series. This week is Best Disbanded/One Shots. A disbanded group is a group who released 2+ singles and officially disbanded. A one-shot group is a group who only released one single and disbanded or stopped releasing.
10. GAM [Disbanded]
Consisting of Aya and Miki, GAM was the sexy duo who always showed off their gams. They had very strong vocal skill which made all of their songs very easy to listen to. Whether it was a pretty ballad or punky rock, GAM never ceased to amaze. I put them at number ten because they made every wota hard with their song Melodies.
09. Pucchimoni [Disbanded]
Pucchimoni was originally formed with Sayaka Ichii, Mai Goto, and Kei Yasuda. But after Sayaka Ichii graduated, Yossy(Hitomi Yoshizawa) took her place. They released 3 more singles and an album after that. The group when on a very long hiatus before officially disbanded after they graduated with the rest of Elder Club. Pucchimoni is number nine because their songs were too uplifting and entergetic to ignore.
08. W [Disbanded]
Another very successful duo. Instead of sexy, this duo sported the “ultra-cute” image. This duo had ‘the twins’ Ai Kago and Nozomi Tsuji. W released 6 singles, 1 cover album, and 1 original album before splitting up. Sadly, Kago was caught in two serious scandals and the duo could not move on. W is number eight because they have super catchy music and you have to love these cute twins.
07. Minimoni [Disbanded]
Minimoni was a four-member unit who also had the “ultra-cute” image. Minimoni was the most popular Morning Musume sub-group created. Mari Yaguchi was the master mind and asked Ai Kago, Nozomi Tsuji, and Mika Todd to join. While Ai, Mari, Nozomi were wearing pink and cute skirts, Mika Todd was left to wear blue and jumpsuits because she preceded the 4′ 11″ height rule. After Mari Yaguchi left, Takahashi Ai was added to the group. Unfortunately, when this happened the group lowered in popularity and ultimately disbanded. Minimoni is number seven because their cute image was beyond this universe and their happy-go-lucky personalities fit into everything else.
06. Coconuts Musume [Disbanded]
Originally made of 4 Americans and 1 Japanese, Coconuts Musume was the group that defied all. It is the only group so far to feature American members. Most of their songs had upbeat happiness to it. But some members just werent feeling the music. Two members left the group and Hello! Project before the 3rd single–both had difficulty learning and adapting to Japan. One new member was added and Coconuts Musume went on 4nin for only two more singles and one more graduated. Ayaka was the only one left in the very end, but graduated in March 2009. Coconuts Musume is sixth because they’re exciting and interesting even though they weren’t so popular.
05. T&C Bomber [Disbanded]
One of the most least known groups in all Hello! Project, had the most potential. T&C had awesome vocal ability and even had one Chinese member. T&C stayed 4nin throughout their whole existence but sadly fadened after 8 singles and 2 albums. T&C Bomber deserves number five because of their amazing vocal ability and dancy hits.
04. Aa! [One-shot]
Made of three of the youngest members at the time, Aa! was a extremely successful one-shot consisting of Airi Suzuki, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and Reina Tanaka. This group released one single of the name FIRST KISS–which was a urban-ish song. Aa! makes number four because of their cool song and nice vocals.
03. ZYX [Disbanded]
ZYX was created with Erika Umeda, Mari Yaguchi, Saki Shimizu, Maimi Yajima, Megumi Murakami, and Momoko Tsugunaga. They released 2 singles with cover remixes as b-sides. They covered the Coconuts Musume song, Tokonatsu Musume and the T&C Bomber song, Gatamekira. ZYX is number three because they are catchy and included some of the best H!P members of all time.
02. Melon Kinenbi [Disbanded]
Another unpopular group, but still amazing. Melon Kinenbi consisted of Hitomi Saitou, Ayumi Shibata, Masae Ootani, and Megumi Murata. Megumi was known for her glasses and Masae was known for her ever-changing hairstyles. The group also had great vocal skill. Even though Akai Freesia was their highest selling single, it only sold about 46,000 copies. The group came to an end along with the rest of Elder Club in March 2009. Melon Kinenbi makes number two because the group had amazing vocals and some of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard.
01. High-King [One-shot]
Probably THE BEST sub-group/one-shot ever created. Their whole purpose was to promote the Cinderella Musical last year in June 2008. But their success lives on. High-King is formed with Reina Tanaka, Ai Takahashi, Saki Shimizu, Maimi Yajima and the Hello! Pro Egg Yuuka Maeda. This group definitely prospered with their only single C\C (Cinderella\Complex). The reggaeton and hip-hop beat brought many intrigued and interested fans. High-King DESERVES number one because they are full of amazing personalities and one extraordinary song.
Thank you very much for getting through it all! Hope you enjoyed it. Till next time, ~Kio.