JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, or JJBA, is one of the most widely known anime franchises in the world. The show started off as a mini series that ran from 1993-2002. Then in 2012, the show was revived into a nine-part ongoing series. At the time of this article, only six parts of JJBA have been fully animated. Part 7 is estimated to be announced some time in 2024.
What’s it all about?
JJBA is an action series that became popular because of its wild action sequences and iconic JoJo Poses. What stands out the most are the references made to classic American and British music artists in the characters and the soundtrack.
Writer and creator, Hirohiko Araki, has always been a big fan of Western 80s music. Almost every featured song corresponds with each season’s aesthetic and time period. The names of the characters and their abilities also heavily reference artists from the 80s and 90s. Here, we will list off the timeless tracks used for this iconic show!
1. ’roundabout’ – yes
Starting off strong, ‘Roundabout’ by Yes is the track that put JJBA on the anime map. The song features in part one of the series, Phantom Blood, and part two, Battle Tendency. ‘Roundabout’ sets the tone for the rest of the series. The sound is upbeat and adventurous and the singer describes all of the sights they see on whatever journey they are on.
2. ‘walk like an egyptian’ – the bangles
‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ features during the first half of part 3 of the series, titled Stardust Crusaders. The song was released in 1986, which is around the year when Stardust Crusaders takes place. It is a very fitting selection, as the main character and his group have to travel to Egypt to seek out the main villain. Many fans point out the irony of the song being used when the characters are not yet in Egypt.
The song’s message is very simple. It encourages the listener to dance and have fun while referencing the stereotypical Ancient Egyptian walk featured in Western media.
3. ‘last train home’ – pat methany group
‘Last Train Home’ features during the second half of Stardust Crusaders. This selection takes a different approach as opposed to the rest of the JJBA soundtrack. It provides a calmer and more nostalgic tone as the heroes near the end of their journey.
The song has no lyrics except for occasional vocals. A snare drum mimics the sound of a passing train and the instrumentals include piano, guitar, and synthesizers.
4. ‘i want you’ – savage garden
The song itself describes the feeling of passionate romance. The reason for this selection is because the tone matches the season’s glamorous aesthetic. Diamond Is Unbreakable is very bright and lively unlike the other JJBA seasons. It is the very definition of 90s nostalgia. Thus, ‘I Want You’ is the perfect choice because it ends each episode with the same 90s vibe.
5. ‘freek’n you’ – jodeci
The first half of JJBA part 5, Golden Wind, features ‘Freek’n You’ by Jodeci. This selection caught many viewers off guard the first time. The tone and topic of the track seemingly steers away from the other carefully selected pieces. But it is because of this that the Golden Wind ending became a fan favorite of the JJBA fandom.
Even though JJBA is not inherently sexual in nature, it is widely known for its attractive characters and bizarre fashion. Much like Diamond Is Unbreakable, the aesthetic leans more towards glamor. But in Golden Wind, there is a slight style change that puts more emphasis on each characters’ fashion and body. This choice also leans into the fact that JJBA took heavy inspiration from Vogue models in their clothing and poses. Thus, it would make sense for the creators to choose such a sexually charged song like ‘Freek’n You’.
6. ‘modern crusaders’ – enigma
The second half of Golden Wind features ‘Modern Crusaders’ by Enigma. This selection matches more with the season’s serious tone, as the characters stand up against their fearsome foes for the greater good.
The song is a mix of early 2000s techno, rock, and opera that features a background chorus singing lyrics in Latin. Compared to the previous selection by Jodeci, ‘Modern Crusaders’ is more akin to Golden Wind’s setting. It takes place in Italy 2001 and draws inspiration from classic Italian culture and the style of the 2000s.
7. ‘distant dreamer’ – duffy
Stone Ocean has the most modern timeline, as it takes place in 2011. ‘Distant Dreamer’ was released just 3 years prior in 2008. The plot revolves around the main character escaping prison for a crime she did not commit and seeking out the actual criminal while saving her father’s life. The song itself is about the pursuit of freedom and living out ones dreams. Likewise, the main character longs to be free from her situation so she can make a fresh start.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SOUNDTRACK CHOICES?
Here at Mic Drop Music, we want to know your thoughts! Are you a fan of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures? Did you catch the musical references while watching the show? What’s your favorite feature song from the series? Leave a comment below!