Topping Oricon singles for 2013* is AKB48 taking the top 4 spots with their 31st single Sayonara Crawl taking #1 with close to 2 million sold. Single Sayonara Crawl was tied to the group’s annual general election with voting tickets included with the single. The next spots are taken by their singles Koisuru Fortune Cookie (#2, 32nd), Heart Electric (#3, 33rd), and So Long ! (#3, 30th).

In the #5 spot is EXILE with their concert tour theme song EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~ that was in and out of the top 10 singles charts for 31 weeks. Also the only 1+ million selling single other than AKB48.

Overall the top 20 singles has 11 spots take by Yasushi Akimoto produced idol groups: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and Nogizaka46.

The complete top 20 singles charts for 2013 follow….

Top 20 Singles for 2013

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Rank   Group/Artist Album Title Released Sold**
1 AKB48 Sayonara Crawl May 22nd 1,933,454
2 AKB48 Koisuru Fortune Cookie August 21st 1,479,036
3 AKB48 Electric Heart Oct 30th 1,260,792
4 AKB48 So Long !   Feb 20th 1,132,853
5 EXILE EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~ April 3rd 1,010,366
6 Arashi Calling X Breathless March 6th 881,192
7 SKE48 Choco no Dorei Jan 30th 671,623
8 SKE48 Utsukushii Inazuma July 17th 659,542
9 NMB48 Bokura no Eureka  June 19th 558,000
10 Arashi Endless Game May 29th 555,299
11 SKE48 Sansei Kawaii! Nov 20th 483,478
12 NMB48 Kamonegikkusu  Oct 2nd 454,044
13 Nogizaka46 Girl’s Rule July 3rd 451,906
14 Nogizaka46 Barrette Nov 27th 395,127
15 SMAP JOY!! June 5th 381.000
16 Kis-My-Ft2 My Resistance – Tashikana mono / Unmei Girl  Feb 13th 377,055
17 Southern All Stars Peace to Highlight August 7th 355,000
18 KANJANI8 Hesomagari / Kokonishikanai Keshiki April 24th 334,632
19 Kis-My-Ft2 Kimi to no Kiseki August 14th 309,762
20 Kis-My-Ft2 SNOW DOME no Yakusoku /  Luv Sick Nov 13th 306,433

*Oricon Charts 2013 annual spans December 10th 2012 – December 8th 2013.
**total sales unofficial (sources: Oricon, Wikipedia, RIAJ), download and other not counted.

Previous Oricon Charts

Source: Oricon