Endless Rain

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"Endless Rain"
File:X EndlessRain.jpg
Single by X
from the album Blue Blood
Released December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01)
Format CD single (8cm)
Recorded June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku (track 2)
Genre Symphonic Metal
Length 16:25
Label CBS/Sony
Producer(s) X
Certification Gold (RIAJ)
X singles chronology
"Endless Rain"
"Week End"

"Endless Rain" is the fourth single released by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan (then named X) on December 1, 1989. It is their second single on a major record label and reached number 3 on the Oricon chart.


The title track is taken from the group's breakthrough album Blue Blood, and is their first ballad released as a single. The B-side is a live version of the song "X", recorded on June 10, 1989 at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku.

Yoshiki said that after members of Sony saw him play a composition by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on piano while X was waiting to play at a club, they asked him to write a ballad. The resulting song was "Endless Rain".[1]

Rolling Stone referred to the song as "November Rain, minus the bullshit" and called it X's first big chart hit.[1]

A live performance of "Endless Rain" was included as the B-side to their 1990 single "Week End"'.

"Endless Rain" was covered by Japanese singers Angela Aki, at one of her concerts, and Ayumi Nakamura, on her 2008 album "Voice",[2] and by Chinese singer Aaron Kwok at one of his concerts. It was also used as the theme song for the movie Zipangu.

Commercial performance

The single reached number 3 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 31 week.[3] In 1990, with 357,680 copies sold was the 21st best-selling single of the year, being certified Gold by RIAJ.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Yoshiki

No. Title Length
1. "Endless Rain"   6:35
2. "X" (Live Version) 9:40
Total length:


  • Mixing engineer – Motonari Matsumoto
  • Recording engineers – Gremlin, Tetsuhiro Miyajima, Mitsuyasu Abe
  • Assistant engineers – Takashi Ohkubo, Fujishima, Naoki Yamada, Akiko Nakamura, Shigeki Kashii, Lee Chun Fin, Mitsumasa Iwata
  • Orchestral arrangements – Neko Saitō


  1. 1.0 1.1 "X Japan's Incredible Ride: Meet Rock's Most Flamboyant Survivors". Rolling Stone. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2015-03-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ayumi Nakamura - Releases - Oricon Style Music" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-03-17. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>