As many of you may be aware, there are a variety of wonderful songs that appear in anime, both instrumental and vocal. While Ani-TAY often features a Top 10 Openings (or endings), these don't take into account the full versions of these songs. As a major music aficionado, I have a constantly-updating list of my favorite tracks, and at the end of the season they get burned onto a disc for my car. As some extra-special fun while we wait for all of the reviews coming over these next couple weeks, I present to you my top list of music for this season, in order.

Note: These choices are entirely based upon the songs, the anime they are in and the TV size are not factors in their consideration for this list. Additionally, some of the normal versions are not available on YouTube so I have included their nightcore (same song either tuned up a pitch or sped up) forms. Sorry!

15. Ver$

Unfortunately, I was unable to locate ANY video featuring this piece, so here is a link to an mp3: http://www.myfreemp3.cc/mp3/aldnoah+ze…

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Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano

Anime: Aldnoah.Zero

Why This Made the List: Hiroyuki Sawano is a master at high-tension compositions, but this time manages to pull off an very quiet, emotional piece of music. The "Sawano Switch" halfway through transitions from a peaceful acoustic sound to a sad, longing movement dominated by violins, and is expertly pulled off.

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14. Trigger

Artist: Kanno Yoko (lyrics by Yuuki Ozaki)

Anime: Terror In Resonance

Why This Made the List: Trigger is an extremely soothing opening theme for a show that would seem to have no place for calm. However, the mystic feel the piece emanates manages to find its place with the show, and is very enjoyable to listen to. (Full mp3 can be found here.)

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13. Skyreach

Artist: Sora Amamiya

Anime: Akame ga Kill!

Why This Made the List: Sora Amamiya was a surprise for me this season. Moving from her minor roles in other anime such as The Irregular at Magic High School, she became the female lead in several shows, including Akame ga Kill!. Her voice is perfect for the rock tune accompanying it in this stellar opening theme.

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12. Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru

Artist: CHiCO with HoneyWorks

Anime: Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Why This Made the List: This opening theme perfectly parallels the events in Ao Haru Ride. The English title, The World is Falling in Love, says it all. The emotions put into this song clearly depict a young girl in love, and this image pushes it into the list. (English lyrics here)

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11. Ignite

Artist: Eir Aoi

Anime: Sword Art Online II

Why This Made the List: Keeping up Sword Art Online's tradition of excellent opening themes, Ignite is a powerfully sung piece by a series alumnus, Eir Aoi (2nd opening of the first season) and as usual, her voice is irresistible.

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10. Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai

Artist: Oishi Masayoshi

Anime: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Why This Made the List: The light-hearted amusing tone of this piece is a near-perfect representation of the comedy it opens. Masayoshi, an artist I have personally never heard of before, has a surprisingly wonderful voice and hits some incredibly high notes.

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9. nc17

Artist: Kanno Yoko

Anime: Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

Why This Made the List: Kanno Yoko is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and skilled composers of the 21st century. Nc17 is a fine illustration of this, as the soothing melody easily depicts the serene scene it is used in, and the change towards the end create an overall buildup that adds a significant amount of replay value.

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8. Innocence

Artist: NoisyCell

Anime: Barakamon

Why This Made the List: Barakamon is a show about personal growth and freedom of expression. This peaceful song manages to capture the essence of the daily life on the island the show takes place on, and its wonderful to replay because of the calming effect generated.

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7. Startear

Artist: Luna Haruna

Anime: Sword Art Online II

Why This Made the List: Startear is sung perspective of the female lead, Sinon. Through the lyrics, listeners get a unique feeling of understanding for the character that would not otherwise be expressed. (For the normal version, click here. English lyrics found here.)

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6. Walt

Artist: Kanno Yoko

Anime: Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

Why This Made the List: In my opinion, Walt is one of the greatest emotional violin pieces of the past decade. The swell of the string instruments and its harmony with the piano is featured prominently, and adds an incredibly emotionally jarring effect sure to gain the attention of all listeners.

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( Note: the song in question is only the first half or so of the video)

5. Konna Sekai, Shiritakunakatta

Artist: Sawai Miku

Anime: Akame ga Kill!

Why This Made the List: Sawai Miku is able to accurately display the desperation of the assassins of Night Raid in what is one of the best endings of the season. This song can be broken into three parts, each featuring a similar structure, but with a greater volume at the end each time, creating an extremely high replay value. (For the normal mp3, click here.)

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4. Fugkagyaku Replace

Artist: My First Story

Anime: Nobunaga Concerto

Why This Made the List: Perhaps the greatest surprise of the season was the ending for the obscure Nobunaga Concerto by the newly formed My First Story. This rock tune is all about the insertion of Saburou into a time period he is not a part of, and it manages to make the list because of the fantastic vocals and well-played guitar riffs, as well as a magnificently written progression.

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3. aLIEz

Artist: Hiroyuki Sawano

Anime: Aldnoah.Zero

Why This Made the List: aLIEz is a song that speaks of the desire to avoid war, and the extremely talented vocalist manages to catapult this song to one of the greatest of the season. (The normal mp3 can be found here.)

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2. Unravel

Artist: Ling Tosite Sigure (just the vocalist, TK)

Anime: Tokyo Ghoul

Why This Made the List: Unravel is by far the greatest opening of the season. Within the interesting pitches of vocalist TK is a person struggling to find an identity in a world that rejects him for being different, much as Kaneki is within Tokyo Ghoul. (Normal mp3 can be found here, and English lyrics here.)

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1. Rashisa

Artist: SUPER BEAVER

Anime: Barakamon

Why This Made the List: SUPER BEAVER manages to express the desire for individuality extremely well, and this emotionally uplifting tune manages to take listeners along a journey of self-expression much like the main character Handa in Barakamon. (English lyrics here.)

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Thanks for reading! I am sure that there are many songs that I missed either because I had not heard them or because there simply was not enough room to fit everything in, so feel free to post them in the comments!