Any anime fan can appreciate a good theme, especially when the artist goes the extra mile of producing a song worthy of joining the top 40 artists on our smartphones. Sometimes, an anime theme is so good that you wouldn’t dare skip the intro and rob yourself of the chance to sing and dance along for the 8th time in a row. The following list of infectious anime themes is so good they’ll make you dance, sing, and spam your friend’s inboxes with YouTube links. You’ve been warned.
The 10 Best Anime Themes to Make You Dance
With so many themes out there, picking only 10 wasn’t easy. We had to make a thorough inspection, but we managed to pick our favorites. The fact that an opening or ending isn’t here doesn’t mean it’s bad. Also, if you see a theme far down the list, that doesn’t mean it’s the worst; we’re just grading them according to how easily they make us dance. With that out of the way, let’s begin.
10. Fairytale “Fiesta” by +Plus
“Fiesta” was the perfect name for this uptempo anime theme; its rhythmic sound definitely makes you feel like you’re at a party. Fairytale’s 6th opening theme, “Fiesta,” will have you jumping and bouncing around as the visuals of the intro walk you through Fairytale’s bright and colorful universe.
Whenever we hear “Fiesta’s” celebratory sound, we can’t help but envision a street festival with falling confetti or a cruise with a backdrop of dancing, smiling people. This track was clearly influenced by Calypso, so good luck resisting the urge to form a conga line with your plushies around the room.
9. Fire Force “Inferno” by Mrs.GREEN APPLE
We can all say many things about Fire Force‘s first season. It has a bit of unnecessary fan service, it might take a while to pick up, and so on. However, regarding this season’s themes, they are absolute bangers, and Inferno will always have a place in our hearts.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the source material, as soon as you listen to this track, you’ll start moving your head like there’s no tomorrow due to its beats. Besides, it is the perfect track to get you pumped for what’s to come in this action-packed show.
8. Zom-100 “Song of the Dead” by Kana-Boon
Zom-100 took the world over like a zombie apocalypse. It has one of the most relatable plots ever. Our protagonist, who is stuck at a terrible job with no freedom whatsoever, suddenly gains his freedom after the world gets hit by a zombie pandemic. What’s next for him then? Enjoy! He goes to make a bucket list of things to do now that he’s unemployed, and regardless of the world’s situation, he is having a blast.
That’s what the opening makes us feel. Song of the Dead is an absolute masterpiece, and you will never skip it, no matter how eager you are to watch the episodes. Even the cast of characters and zombies have their own dance to perform with this amazing theme.
7. Call of the Night “Daten” by Creepy Nuts
Sometimes, we don’t see it, but there’s certain beauty and wonder in the night. While we are used to staying at home and sleeping during this time, Call of the Night embraces this time of the day and cranks its beauty to a hundred, and so does the opening theme.
Our protagonist, who does everything during the night, suddenly meets a beautiful vampire who takes him to see more of this night world. What we love about this opening is how lively it is, even if the anime takes place at night. It makes us feel that changing our daily schedules might not be a bad idea.
6. Ya Boy Kongming! “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by Queendom
Do you know how there are always the usual “if you dance, you lose” challenges all over the internet? Well, we always lose when we hear this song in said challenges. Ya Boy Kongming! is the story of a Chinese general who reincarnates in modern-day Tokyo and becomes a singer’s manager. Yes, that’s the plot, and many people might not watch it because of that.
However, once you hear the opening, you’ll watch the show in its entirety because the music is fantastic. The combination of classic Chinese instruments at the beginning, followed by beats inspired by the Pop genre of the early 2000s, is flawless. To this day, we can’t get this theme out of our heads, and it’s definitely one of the best anime themes that make anyone dance.
5. Jujutsu Kaisen “Kaikai Kitan” by Eve
Eve’s “Kaikai Kitan” is the perfect soundtrack to Jujutsu Kaisen’s cinematic anime intro, seamlessly keeping up in time and tempo with the anime’s ever-changing frames. The pop-rock anime theme’s distorted layered vocals, backed by its gentle rock rhythm, will definitely have you jamming for all 1:40 of Jujutsu Kaisen‘s first opening. When the beat stops, and a sleeping Yuji fades to black, you’re ready to dive headfirst into Jujutsu Kaisen’s bizarre universe.
Since this was the show’s first opening, it did a fantastic job of pumping those unfamiliar with the manga. While other themes get better as the show progresses, this one will always be the best for us. It reminds us of simpler times when our characters were together and makes us sad to see what has happened to most of them in the latter season.
4. BEASTARS “”Kaibutsu” by YOASOBI
When you hear Beastars season two open up to the electronic sound of Yoasobi’s “Kaibutsu,” you are entirely unprepared for it to be the banging track that it is. The catchy electro JPop beat backed by the mellow flow of Yoasobi’s vocals will have you bopping, bouncing, and dancing as Beastar’s vibrant visuals unfurl before you. By the time the intro wraps its new-age Jpop theme, you’re already rummaging through the internet to find a way to download it on your phone.
Many people still remember the first opening fondly, and most of the time, a show’s first theme remains one of the best, but this musical duo brought a fantastic opening for us to enjoy. While the second season isn’t as great as the first, this theme makes up for it.
3. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury “Shukufuku” by YOASOBI
You’ll start noticing that for us, the best anime themes that make us dance come from YOASOBI, and there’s a reason for that. Whatever this duo makes becomes a banger. They’re the Midas of music and anime themes nowadays.
For many, The Witch From Mercury might be their first Gundam anime, and it’s a fantastic place to start. We won’t spoil any story details, but the opening does a perfect job of painting the setting. You have the iconic YOASOBI beats that we all love, accompanied by the soothing voices that fill us with that sense of discovery that the protagonist feels throughout the series. Once again, this duo takes one of the highest spots on our list.
2. Oshi no Ko “Idol” by YOASOBI
No one prepared us for the emotional rollercoaster of Oshi no Ko. This show exposes the cruel reality behind the world of Idols and the entertainment business in Japan, and the opening does it perfectly. You have what seems to be a cheerful melody worthy of an Idol concert combined with slow beats at certain moments that expose the show’s contrasting topics perfectly.
If you didn’t know, this theme was so big that it reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Japan Hot 100, and it stayed like that for almost 20 weeks. This is something we hadn’t seen in ages, and YOASOBI proved once again why they are some of the best musicians for anime themes and beyond.
1. Jujutsu Kaisen “Lost in Paradise” by Ali feat. Aklo
Jujutsu Kaisen has a soundtrack so nice it made the list twice, with its now-famous outro pulling in at number one. Deservingly so: “Lost in Paradise” is arguably the best anime theme of all time and was so catchy when it first premiered that it sparked a street dance craze and countless fan-made spin-offs.
The genre-bending sound of “Lost in Paradise” marries jazz, hip-hop, and pop into one alternative blend of funk, groove, and overall awesomeness. As you watch the cast of Jujutsu Kaisen bust a move in their casual streetwear, you can’t help but dance along as the song builds up to a “woo-hoo ooh woo woohoo.” When Yuji jumps into his b-boy stance at the end, you must come down from the groovy two-minute dance trip the song just took you on.
Undoubtedly, these anime themes will make new and veteran fans dance in a matter of seconds. While many watch the shows for the fights or the romance, others can’t stop listening to these themes and, like us, might have their playlists full of these songs. Hopefully, we’ll keep getting bangers like these in the future because we’ll keep this list updated with the best songs out there.