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.

[[AC: ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' / ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry 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.

[[AC: ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' / ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry 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.
* 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 07th Expansion's next big work, ''VisualNovel/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''.
** There are quite a few from "Musicbox Blue," such as [[ The Old Clock]], [[ Witch's Room]], [[ A World Without Witches]], and a few others based on Hope like [[ Heaven's Floor]] and [[ Roomless]].
* 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?
* The unused [[ Last End]] from "Chiru Music Box Red."

[[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.

* 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.
* [[ Proud Dust]].
* [[ 7 Weights]].
* [[ I&D Circulation]].
* [[ Rhythm Changer]], the other theme associated with Bernkastel.
* And of course there's [[ En-Counse]], the slow, sweet, and melancholic piece used for Tohya/[[spoiler: Battler]] in the eight game.

* [[ Surrounding]] is one of the most badass pieces in the game's music history, as it feels like that moment when the character is going to reveal their true strength and start kicking ass. The piano chord at 1:25 is the best part of the song.
* [[ A Single Moment]], Featherine's {{Leitmotif}} besides Love Examination.
* [[ Where]] creates the feeling of wandering through a mystical jungle late at night.
* [[ Haruka]].

[[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.
* [[ Kin'iro no Choushou ~Uruwashi no Bansan~]]. Basically, if Music/AkikoShikata sings it, it's guaranteed to be awesome.
* [[ 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.
* Ryu-Ga's [[ Mystic Forest]], a sad and mysterious piano piece that brings to mind images of Ange's suffering.
* Pureco's calm and sinister [[ Minute Darkness]].

[[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").