Written by: Miguel Galang
Published on: September 4, 2021 at 15:34 PHT (GMT+8)
Remember Vocaloid? Those virtual synth idols that dominated a very specific corner of the Internet during the early 2010s? (Yes, that includes the “holographic Japanese idol” that was supposed to perform at Coachella last year until the pandemic happened.)
While we are all still cooped up at our homes and concerts are postponed until further notice, Aniradio+ has you covered with a little throwback of classic Vocaloid songs to level up your playlist! And hey, maybe you can organize your own indoor Coachella with the help of these virtual idols?
1. World Is Mine
When you hear Vocaloid, Miku Hatsune immediately comes to mind who is arguably the most popular virtual idol of the 21st century. And any idol needs to have their own signature song and World Is Mine fits the bill and then some. Tsunderes rise—this is your anthem.
2. Prisoner / Paper Plane
Whoever said Vocaloid is just some computer software clearly has not listened and bawled over Prisoner and Paper Plane. Sung by the Kagamine twins, Len and Rin are star-crossed lovers in this emotional two-part call-and-answer song series. (Prepare a box of tissues)
Meltdown features one of the catchiest choruses in Vocaloid discography and also one of the most complex lyrics. Set against an industrial shuffling beat, Rin sings of jumping into a nuclear reactor. To her death? Mayhaps, but some interpret it as ridding oneself of their past.
4. Bad ∞ End ∞ Night
One of the coolest things about Vocaloid is that you can collaborate with other idols and their unique voices. Bad ∞ End ∞ Night is the first song in the Night ∞ Series and features all the main Vocaloid singers. Along with Miku and the Kagamine twins are GUMI, Camui Gackpo, Luka Megurine, KAITO, and MEIKO. The series follows a villager as she encounters a mysterious mansion and its inhabitants—just in time for the spooky season.
5. Love Is War
If World Is Mine is the tsundere’s anthem then this is their call for war. As the title gives away, Love Is War is a rock-inspired tune with Miku declaring an all-out war to get her love interest’s heart. Tsunderes, better armor up.
6. Rolling Girl
Another classic Miku song, Rolling Girl is another case of “it’s catchy, but I don’t get it.” The lyrics talk about a girl who is constantly “rolling” to achieve her dream. However, some interpret it as a cautionary tale about the impact of bullying. Either way, it’s still good.
7. Just Be Friends
Finally, this wouldn’t be a classic Vocaloid list without the ultimately heartbreak anthem sung by none other than Luka Megurine. There are a many interpretations of this classic tune (who’s POV is it really?), but one thing’s for sure: that chorus is an earworm.