This series has its roots in sound novels, which is a subset of visual novels that puts extra focus on the music, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that they have a lot of great music. Here's some of the top stuff.


[[folder: ''Visual Novel/Higurashi When They Cry'' / ''Franchise/When They Cry 1 & 2'' ]]

* The defining song of the series would have to be [[ You ~Destructive~]]. For added awesomeness, watch [[ Akasaka's fight scene]] with this music.
** As well as the original "[[ You]]," one of the most heartbreaking songs in the series.
** [[ The instrumental version]] is just as powerful.
* Of the ''Dear You'' character song remixes, [[ Dear You ~Kizuna~]] really stands out as the most beautiful and moving.
** Runner up is [[ Kokoro Musubi]] for most emotional, especially Shion's part at the end.
* [[ Yui]] is pretty powerful.
* [[ Assault Operations]] is Awesome Music for Akasaka and Kasai, but Funny Music for [[ButtMonkey Tomitake]].
* The reason some of the scenes in Tsumihoroboshi were so powerful was because of [[ Birth and Death]]. It got an equally heartbreaking remix in Umineko as [[ My Dear]].
** That, [[ Uro]] and [[ LIVE]] from Minagoroshi are otherwise known as [[TearJerker TearJerking]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Music]]. (And yes, Uro was in the fanmade Onikakushi video.)
* [[ Naraku no Hana]] is one of the most powerful and epic {{Anime Theme Song}}s ever.
* The two songs played in the climax of Tsumihoroboshi: [[ Mienai Nanika ni Obieru Yoru]] and [[ Samayoi no Kotoba wa Ten ni Michibikare]].
** Or [[ Zero]], which played at the end of Tsumihoroboshi.
* Two of the most touching pieces in the soundtrack - [[ Tsugunai no Kotoba]] and [[ Hitori]].
* [[ Fearlessness]] [[HotBlooded lives up to its title]].
* Incredibly badass music titled [[ Cross-Examination]]? It seems ''Umineko'' isn't the only part of the series that's been playing too much ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.
* The first opening, appropriately titled [[ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni,]] shows exactly what the mood of the first season is like.
* Kizuna's [[ Angelic Bright]] and Matsuri's [[ Complex Image]].
** Matsuri's [[ Nageki no Mori.]]
** Also from the Kizuna series, we've got [[ Tsuisou no Despair]], [[ Place of Period]], and [[ Hikari no Sora no Qualia]].
* [[ "Fascism"]].
** Also from the original visual novel, we have [[ Gear]], [[ Rainy Days]] (for the feeling of "something's fishy here" done very, very well), and [[ Silver Mirror]], and [[ Demonic Institute]].
*** [[ "Dancers7"]]. You can really feel your mind running at the speed of light along with with Keiichi's, when it plays during [[spoiler: his planning of Teppei's murder in Tatarigoroshi]].It is surprisingly cold and dark, with a hint of fury, as a murderer needs to be.
*** [[ Saigo No Cycle]][[note]]The last cycle[[/note]] from Matsuribayashi is pretty epic, and [[ Shukusai]] from the [[{{Fingore}} nail-ripping scene]] in the VisualNovel is ear-gratingly awesome.
*** [[ Utu]] helped make already creepy scenes that extra touch to really scare the players.
* Many of the image songs are also SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic material, like Rika Furude's [[ Mugen Kairou]] between the [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute beginning and end]] [[note]]As for the lyrics... [[ Not so sugar sweet now, is it?]][[/note]]. [[ Bon Karma]] is the BigBad's Image song [[note]]It should go without saying to watch Kai before this[[/note]], and also qualifies. Rena and Hanyuu's songs are perhaps more cute than awesome.
* Matsuribayashi's [[ Being]] Shows Hanyuu's determination to fight fate [[spoiler: and Takano]] in the final world, while [[ Festival]] is the theme of the Watanagashi festival that arc.
* From Matsuri, [[ "Free"]] is a HUGE TearJerker when it's played. [[ "Hitori"]] is cute, but is just depressing when played in the Matsuri-only Taraimawashi-hen [[spoiler: when Mion becomes a ComatoseCanary]], and in the end of Tatarigoroshi-hen.
* [[ Shirokiri no Itadaki -Blanc Pur- (White Mist Peak -Pure White-)]] is cold, ominous, and incredibly fitting for the [[spoiler:Yamainu's attack]] in ''Minagoroshi-hen''.
* [[ "Solitude from Meakashi-hen"]] gives off exactly the described feeling.
* [[ "Confession"]] stands out as one of the most tear-jerking songs to incorporate You into it.
* And then there's [[ "Conviction"]], which has the most beautiful and tear jerking piano opening ever.
* [[ Depressive Paranoia]] gives you a hint of what it feels like to be in a dark room filled with torture tools, listening to the gruesome stories of a NightmareFetishist PsychopathicWomanchild. A background music in all its glory: it's discreet but it doubles the tension.
* In the [=MangaGamer=] version, [[ Track 15]] (replacing Dancers 7) and [[ Track 16]] (replacing Lies Lies Lies) do their job extremely well. The former as a cold-blooded, fast and furious murder theme, the latter as a downright depressing funeral song. They arguably work better than the original musics in their respective contexts.
* [[ Ode to the Moon]], a truly epic piano piece playing during [[spoiler:Takano's AGodAmI speech]] in Episode 7.


[[folder: ''Umineko No Naku Koro Ni'' / ''Franchise/When They Cry 3 & 4'' ]]

[[folder:Opening and Ending Themes]]
This wouldn't be a proper listing of all the awesome music in Umineko without getting into its epic opening and ending themes.
* ''[[ Il giudizio vien dal mare e sta per essere emesso! Nessuno può liberarsi dal peccato, che scorre nelle vene!]]''
** [[ OH DESIAH!]]
* [[ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni]], pure epicness ([[ full version]]).
** [[ As is the Rengoku version.]]
** ''[[MostWonderfulSound Senza amore,]] [[ArcWords senza amore,]] [[OneWomanWail la verità non si vede!]]''
* Episodes 5 and 6's opening: [[ Occultics no Majou]] (Occultics Witch).
** Now here's the [[ full version]] in all of its awesomeness.
* [[ Kiri no Pitosu]] (Pithos in the Fog), opening for Episodes 7 and 8, and [[ the full version.]]
* The ending themes in the VisualNovel:
** [[ Bring the Fate]] (main story ending) and [[ Prison STRIP]] (Tea Party ending) from Episode 1.
** The ending of Episode 2, [[ Senritsu ~ shirabe]]. A slow, mysterious and enchanting song, quite in contrast with the endings after that.
** The ending song of episode 3, [[ activepain]] is pretty cool and catchy.
** [[ Discode]], the ending from Episode 4, is oddly catchy.
** [[ Tsubasa, version Hope]] from Episode 5.
** [[ Suspicious Aroma]] from Episode 6.
** The ending theme of [=EP7=]: [[ Namae no Nai Uta (The Song Without A Name)]]. There's also its [[ full version]] from the Noblesse Oblige album.
*** Try also [[ the piano version of this song]].
** And the grand ending theme, ''[[ Byakumu no Mayu -Ricordando il passato-'']] (Cocoon of White Dreams ~remembering the past~), a very beautiful and touching song that perfectly captures the BittersweetEnding. If you don't end up in a sobbing mess when this song plays in the drowning scene, you're officially not a human being. Reading the lyrics just makes it worse.
* The opening of the fighting game, [[ Ougon Musou Kyoku ~ Konjiki no Chi ni Somaru Mae ni]] (Dyed with Golden Blood).
** [[ The full version]]. Amazingly, the [[ full instrumental version]] works very well as a final boss battle music.
* If there is ever a reason to be excited for the upcoming PS3 re-make, ''Majou to Suiri no Rondo'', it would have to be its opening, [[ Chikai Hibiki no Igreja.]]
* Ougon Musou Kyoku X's opening theme, [[ Ougon no Kiseki wo Kanaeru Made]] (Fulfill the Golden Miracle), and [[ its full version]] from the Dear Golden Witch album is just as epic as the opening of the PC version. It's [[ instrumental version]] also serves as [[spoiler: Black Battler's]] boss theme.
* And now we have the opening theme, [[ Inanna no Mita Yume]] ([[ Inanna's]] Dream), to the Chiru PS3 remake, ''Nocturne of Truth and Illusions''. Its [[ full version]] and [[ the instrumental version]] from CROSS are equally awesome as well.
* Ougon's CROSS Expansion introduces [[ It's Golden Showtime!]], a song many would say is even better than its two predecessors.
** [[ The instrumental version]] is just as good.

[[folder: Dai]]
Dai is the music director for the Franchise/WhenTheyCry series, so unsurprisingly, several of the awesome tracks in the series also come from them:
* [[ Happiness of Marionette.]]
* [[ "Umaretekite Kureta Arigatou"]] ("Thank you for being born").
** And as of Episode 6 it has been epically remixed in [[ Rebirth.]]
* [[ Ride On]].
* [[ Mortal Stampede]] - simply epic.
* [[ Tsubasa]] was mindblowingly awesome. The vocal version is the ending theme for Episode 5, but when you [[ change those vocals to electric guitar]] you get a different but equally awesome remix.
* [[ Endless Nine]] aka [[LetsGetDangerous "Battler gets dangerous"]]. Featuring Microsoft Sam!
* [[ Dancing Pipe]] from Episode 3.
* The often forgotten OTHER piece from Episode 3's climax - the one that isn't Tsubasa, but is just as good: [[ Lost Paradise]]. (Or is that Paradise Lost?)
** Really, all of the songs with little parts of [[ "Hope"]] are good. More precisely: [[ Tomorrow]], [[ Core]], [[ White Shadow]], and [[ My Dear]].
* [[ Revolt]] from Episode 4.
* Umineko is also so good at this that it makes piano-driven pieces into epic CMOA. See [[ Answer]] (just wait about 40 seconds if you don't hear it) and [[ dir]].
** Answer got [[ EXTENDED]] by about 40 seconds in the PS3 version.
** For more piano-y goodness, [=EP6=]'s "[[ Life]]".
*** Another really wonderful one from the same game is [[ ALIVE]]. There's a third track too in this game called "[[ Rebirth]]." You noticing a pattern here?
* [[ Promise]], from Episode 5. Given it's less Awesome Music and more Tearjerking Music, if you know why...
** The PS3 Version has a [[ new remake of Promise]].
* A great remix of "Happiness of Marionette" (with some "Promise" thrown in) called [[ "Engage of Marionette".]] It's the last music you hear before the final credits roll.
* [[ Final Answer]] from Episode 5.
* Still from Episode 5 is [[ JUSTICE]], which notably plays when [[spoiler:Battler revives and ascends to the rank of Endless Sorcerer]] in the the Hidden Tea Party.
* Sakutaro's theme, [[ Sakutarou no Ganbarimonogatari]], which incorporates a marimba version of Door to Summer and happiness of marionette for a BGM so adorable that just listening to it will give you diabetes.
** And to be sure diabetes kill you for good, there is little Ange's theme, [[ Nuigurumi]], playing during the quizz mini-game in Episode 8.
* Dai's half of the OST, "Musicbox Blue" and "Musicbox Kiri no Pithos" (shared with Luck Ganriki), have a load of tracks that weren't used in the games yet at the time of its release; several of them have shown up in the games since, so the others may yet be used. Unfortunately, [[ Oku]] and [[ Black Knight]] were not among those that get into ''Twilight of the Golden Witch'', but [[ Hishou (Soar)]] did in Episode 8. Also, Black Knight is used in 7th Expansion's next big work, ''RoseGunsDays''.
* Similarly, the previously unreleased track [[ Mata Umarekawaru Hi Made]] (until the day we're reborn), a beautiful mix of ''Umaretekitekurete Arigatou'' and ''happiness of marionette''.
* A song the title of which may be a thank you to all the readers of Umineko: [[ Thanks of all people.]]
* From episode 6 we have the beautiful yet sad [[ Loreley.]]
* [[ Tomorrow's awesome orchestral arrangement]] in the Fighting game ''Ougon Musou Kyoku''.

[[folder: ZTS ]]
The doujin music composer ZTS also makes several tracks in Umineko, and they have the trademark of making at least one incredibly epic piece per episode.
* [[ goldenslaughterer]] from Episode 1.
* [[ worldenddominator]] from Episode 2.
* [[ miragecoordinator]] from Episode 3.
* [[ dreamenddischarger]] from Episode 4.
* [[ resurrectedreplayer]] from Episode 5, a remix of goldenslaughterer with some bits of "Far" in the middle.
* Episode 6 brings us [[ liberatedliberater]].
* Another remix of goldenslaughter is the fantastic [[ the_executioner]] in EP 7. The beginning sounds like the awakening of a dragon, prompting you to start running for your life.
* [[ lastendconductor]] from Episode 8.
* From Episode 3, [[ Far]]. Starts slow and sweet, then ascends to a really heartwarming violin piece. Its Episode 7 piano remix, [[ Far (Flat)]], is equally awesome.
* [[ Deadangle]], and its breathtakingly pretty remix, [[ Discolor]].
* [[ Death (from Stupefaction)]].
* [[ Rain]] from [=EP7=], a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]], melancholic song that fits its title.
* [[ Ridicule]], a fantastically creepy track from [=EP7=].
* [[ Dive to Emergency]] from [=EP4=] wouldn't sound out of place in ''[[{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]''.
* [[ How]] [[ about]] [[ orchestral]] [[ remixes]] of already fantastic tracks by Glasun-Neko?

[[folder: Luck Ganriki]]
* To start off, we have [[ Organ Short #600 Million in C Minor]], Beato's {{Leitmotif}}, and its remixes.
* [[ HIBUTA]] from Episode 4 and its Ougon Musou remix, [[ HIBUTA 2011]].
* [[ Smile-less soiree]] is a musical illustration of the stifling atmosphere on Rokkenjima from Episode 5.
* [[ Deep Blue Jeer (Ao Shoku no Reishou)]], the leitmotif of the man from 19 years ago in Episode 5.
** The Ougon Musou remix, [[ Aoiro no Reishou 2011]] is also awesome, if even darker than Umineko's main MindRape theme.
* [[ Birth of a New Witch]] from Episode 6.
** [[ The vocal version of this song.]] Used to great effect during the final scene of EP6.
* Beatrice's [[ImageSong Image Song]], [[ Golden Nocturne]] is pretty awesome by itself. So why not make it even more awesome by [[ stripping the vocals and turning it into an awesome BGM?]]
* [[ Usan no Kaori (Suspicious Aroma)]], and the [[ vocal version]] used as Episode 6's ending theme.
* And of course, [[ Happy Maria]] and its [[{{Mondegreen}} infamously incomprehensible lyrics]] (which, incidentally, has a totally badass [[ rock version]]. Kihihihihihi!).

[[folder: -45 ]]
* [[ System0]] and the aforementioned [[ Prison STRIP]] from Episode 1.
* [[ Akai Kutsu Nise]] (Fake Red Shoes) from Episode 3.
* [[ The Girls' Witch Hunt]], [[ Kuina]], and the tense yet catchy [[ Tsugihagi Kimera]] from Episode 5.
* [[ Totenblume]] and [[ ACI-L]] from Episode 5 as well.
* [[ Infant Queen Bee]] from Episode 6 is equally awesome.
* [[ Yomotsu Hirasaka Corruption]] from Episode 7.
* [[ Solitary Deep Sea Fish]], which plays when Battler utters his catchphrase in [=EP5=] after [[spoiler: everyone in the parlor labels Natsuhi as the culprit.]]

[[folder: Kitaōji Mizuki]]
A composer from the Glasun-neko circle. Seems to provide mostly awesome orchestral themes.


* [[ String Quartet #1 in G Major - I. Allegro]] from Episode 1's Tea Party, light and joyful.
* [[ Like the Gale]], which plays when Amakusa comes to rescue Ange.
* [[ Rengoku Kyoukyousoukyoku]] from the escape sequence of Episode 4.
* [[ Waltz op.34]] from Episode 6.
* [[ Hanma Sequentia]], which plays during [[spoiler:[[HesBack Beato's return]]]] in Episode 6.
* [[ Kaiki Divertimento]] from the climax of Episode 8.
And in a different register:
* [[ Ruriair]] from episode 6.
* [[ Lixaxil]] from Episode 8.

[[folder:Other composers]]
* First off, there's [[ Dread of the Grave]], [[ Dread of the Grave -more fear-]], [[ Dread of the Grave (Rhythm)]], and [[ Dread of the grave -more fear- (Remix)]].
** By the same composer of Dread of the Grave: [[ Victima Propiciatoria]] from Episode 4.
* From the very beginning of episode 1, you have the heart-rending stillness of [[ Slow Motion]] which feels like looking out a sunlit window, and catching sight of a solitary butterfly. [[ Tekuteku]] Captures the regal, somber air of the Ushiromiya household.
* Among the epic piano music in the Umineko series, special honor goes to [[ The End of the World]].
** There's a [[ vocal version]] as well that adds awesomeness to awesomeness.
* [[ Kin'iro no Choushou ~Uruwashi no Bansan~]]. Basically, if Music/AkikoShikata sings it, it's guaranteed to be awesome.
* [[ Proud Dust]].
* [[ Rog-Limitation]] is a very awesome piece from Episode 6.
** The remix [[ rog-unlimitation]] kicks an already awesome piece UpToEleven.
* [[ Black Liliana]] from Akiyama Uni, starting in Episode 2. With a impressive fan-made [[ vocal version]]. And the equally impressive [[ Melancolia version]] by Akiko Shikata (yes, her again).
** From the same composer, the tense and hot-blooded [[ Nighteyes]].
* Silver Forest's [[ battle field]], which plays during Kanon's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in Episode 6.

[[folder:Nakanai Kimi to Nageki/Aganai no Sekai/Gensou]]
Doujin, but these music videos' (and their B-tracks') distribution is so commonplace among the fandom that they're somewhere between {{Fanon}} and {{Canon}}.
* Let's just start with [[ "Genyou no Chou"]] ("Butterfly of Illusions"), [[ "Synaesthesia,"]] and [[ "Tsuki ga Noboru, Watashi ga Utau"]] ("The Moon Rises, and I Sing").