A list with the 200 most sold singles of this year (from 12.22.2008 – 12.14.2009) according to Oricon has been released. The following H!P singles were included on the list (the release dates are in “year.month.day” format):

82 – Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai (2009.08.12) – 70,299
108 – Morning Musume – Shouganai Yume Oibito (2009.05.13) – 53,950
121 – Morning Musume – Naichau Kamo (2009.02.18) – 50,313
142 – Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess (2009.08.28) – 45,241
185 – Berryz Koubou – Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama/Ryuusei Boy (2009.11.11) – 34,861
186 – Berryz Koubou – Seishun Bus Guide/Rival (2009.06.03) – 34,589
187 – Yaguchi Mari / Air Band – Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore (2009.03.25) – 34,368
192 – C-ute – Shochuu Omimai Moshiagemasu (2009.07.01) – 33,613
The following singles from H!P didn’t make the list (not including Buono!, Guardians 4, S/mileage or the Elder Club released singles):

Berryz Koubou – Dakishimete Dakishimete (2009.03.11)
C-ute – Bye Bye Bye! (2009.04.15), EVERYDAY Zekkouchou! (2009.09.16)
Mano Erina – Otome no Inori (2009.03.18), Hajimete no Keiken (2009.05.20), Sekai wa Summer Party (2009.07.29), Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo (2009.09.30), Love&Peace=Paradise (2009.11.25)
For the most part the results are great news for Morning Musume since all of their singles placed into the top 150 (the only H!P group that did it), including the only top 100 H!P single. Even their 2nd worst selling single “Kimagure Princess” managed to sell enough to place into #142.

Berryz Koubou got the 2nd highest place in H!P by having two of their singles (both double a-side) in the list, and even though “Dakishimete Dakishimete” didn’t make it into the list their consistently improving sales might make it possible to have all of their singles in the list next year.

C-ute’s sales were somewhat disappointing since they only managed to get one single into the list, but the other two singles have somewhat consistent sales so hopefully they can place higher on the Oricon next year.

Mano didn’t get any singles on the list despite releasing 5 major singles throughout the year, which is kind of expected since she is a fairly new artist and it will take some more time for the public to get used to her.

Overall the sales were somewhat surprising but they have improved for two of the groups, Morning Musume and Berryz Koubou (who managed to turn around their 2008 declining sales). C-ute’s sales are somewhat lower than the previous year, but they can be improved if they are promoted correctly.

There will most likely be better sales since most of H!P’s groups are constantly improving, so hopefully we can see some more H!P singles in the top 100 next year.

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