Long-running Japanese music program "Music Station" aired its 30th anniversary special on September 19 - titled "30 Shunen Kinen Tokubetsu Bangumi MUSIC STATION Ultra FES 2016" - which saw the naming of the 100 most influential songs in Japan.
Topping the list was none other than SMAP's "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana", which is currently one of the best-selling songs ever in Japan, and remains an influential song even today.
Interestingly, amidst a list that contains tracks from big name J-pop artists such as Hikaru Utada, AKB48, and Arashi, The Beatles managed to land in at number seven on "Music Station's" list with "Let It Be", despite being a Western artist.
Check out the top 10 songs deemed to be Japan's most influential by "Music Station".
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)