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μ's ("Muse")

     Group Singles 
  • "Bokura no LIVE, Kimi to no LIFE" is the song that started it all when the PV for it dropped in 2010.
  • All the early µ's singles with PVs released prior to the anime count, but "Snow Halation", the second µ's album and single, is widely considered to be the best. It also plays in the last few episodes of season 2 of the anime. Fittingly, it was first released a few days before Christmas Day in 2010. Seeing it performed in concert drives the awesomeness home. Traditionally, wota bring out Ultra Orange glowsticks (designed to glow with greater intensity than normal glowsticks, but only lasting for around five minutes) for their personal highlights at concerts. During the final chorus of Snow Halation, everybody breaks out the Ultra Orange. You can see it in all its glory here.
  • "Natsuiro Egao de 1,2,Jump!" is a fun and catchy summer track with Nico at the center.
  • "Mermaid Festa, Vol. 1" sounds like something to ballroom dance to.
  • "Mogyutto "love" de Sekkin Chuu!" is a catchy Valentine's Day track.
  • "Aishiteru Banzai!" is a fan favorite for its use in the anime as well as its simple beat and heartwarming message.
  • "Wonderful Rush" is a standard bop until Maki sings the highest "Wonderful!!!" to start the bridge which is immediately followed by Nico's rap segment.
  • "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de", the first opening song, is absolutely iconic, so much that it even appeared in the anime's second season as their encore performance.
  • "Susume→Tomorrow", the first song played in the anime, is very energetic and upbeat. Also, when Honoka sings the iconic opening lines, expect it to be followed by a Moment of Awesome.
  • "START:DASH!!" is what kickstarted µ's rise to fame in-universe, and it shows.
  • "Takaramonozu" is top notch and energetic. One can't help but sing along to it.
  • "LOVELESS WORLD" has a very Dragonforce vibe to it. The harmonies during the final chorus are also ridiculously nice to listen to.
  • "WILD STARS" is a cool electric piece. What really stands out is Nico's very deep voice, which goes even deeper than Umi's voice at times. The SOLO MIX versions stand out even among other solo songs in the franchise as they are Solo Duets between the character and her voice actress!
  • "Kaguya no Shiro de Odoritai" is an amazing disco piece that's so fun to dance and sing along to, it's no wonder they chose Nico to be the center for it.
  • "Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki", the second season's opening, is flowing with goodness. The B-side to the single, "Datte Datte Aa Mujou", is as hauntingly heartbreaking as it is overwhelmingly amazing. The live version is even better, as it features pyrotechnics.
  • "Dancing stars on me!" is a catchy track on its own but the real beauty of it is during live concerts where Nozomi's dancing takes center stage.
  • μ's directly competes with A-RISE in the anime by performing "Yume no Tobira" with its beautiful soft intro, a rocking main melody and inspirational lyrics. It gets added importance to the franchise when Riko sings a piano version of the song in Sunshine before joining Aqours.
  • There's something sad yet beautiful about "KiRa-KiRa Sensation", the song the group performs at the finals of the Love Live. They went for a grand finale, and they truly delivered.
  • "Happy Maker!", as the name implies, is pretty good at putting a smile on your face. It's also the last song of season 2, giving the anime series a cheery closure.
  • "HEART to HEART!" from the second School Idol Festival collaboration single is a fast paced bop.
  • The final single, MOMENT RING and its B-side Sayounara e Sayonara!, marks the end of an era with a big thanks and a promise to meet again.
  • The 9th anniversary single, "A song for You! You? You!!", will surely bring tears to any μ's fan as the girls perform once again and sound like they never went on hiatus in the first place!
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     Other Songs 

     Blu-Ray Bonus Singles 

     Official Subunits 
  • Printemps (Honoka, Kotori, Hanayo) performs songs about longing very, very well:
  • BiBi (Eli, Maki, Nico) boasts a wide variety of songs, ranging from J-pop to ballad:
    • "Diamond Princess no Yuuutsu" is overshadowed by their next singles, but is still a groovy song on its own.
    • "Cutie Panther", their second single, is a spiritual successor to the Cutey Honey theme song, bringing it up to the present.
    • "Natsu, Owaranai de", is smooth, somber, and showcases the power of Nanjolno's voice very well.
    • "Fuyu ga Kureta Yokan" is atypical of the usual energetic and upbeat songs BiBi is known for as it's a slow, somber winter love song. The last chorus stands out with its duality of feelings: Nanjolno and Pile's dramatic and uplifting delivery contrasts well with Soramaru's monotonic and somber delivery in the background, evoking bittersweet feelings to the listener.
    • "Sakkaku CROSSROADS" is everything awesome about J-Pop in the 90s, topped off with Pile's amazing solos.
    • "PSYCHIC FIRE" is another great song to drift race to (see "Beat in Angel") and also contains a lot of references to the members' quirks and catchphrases.
  • lily white (Umi, Rin, Nozomi) has songs that either sound reminiscent of older Japanese music or soft and relaxing (and most of the time, it's both):

     The School Idol Movie 
  • "Hello, Hoshi wo Kazoete" by the first years sounds like you are actually in a carnival; the bridge even takes you to Broadway.
  • "Angelic Angel" is a calmer and more lighthearted piece performed by µ's while they were in New York, featuring the girls in kimonos and using glowing folding fans as part of their dance choreography.
  • "?←HEARTBEAT" by the third years is as ridiculous as it is fun.
  • "SUNNY DAY SONG" is rightfully proclaimed as the anthem for all school idols.
  • "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari": The final song of µ's for the final live. Fittingly enough, the lyrics consist of namedrops for all 9 members and references to the µ's songs that started it all, "Bokura no LIVE kimi to no LIFE" (in real life) and "START:DASH!!" (in-universe).

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Aqours

     Group Singles 
  • Aqours starts off strong with the release of their first single:
  • The second single is a favorite as well, especially the B-sides:
  • "Aozora Jumping Heart", the first season opening, continues Love Live's awesome openings and at the same time, introduces Aqours' music as distinctly different from their predecessors with its much more energetic style.
  • "Yume Kataru yori Yume Utaou", the first season ending, is an emotionally uplifting song.
  • "Sunshine Pikkapika Ondo", the B-Side to "Yume Kataru yori Yume Utaou", is a song based on traditional Japanese folk music. Everyone's solo parts are amazing, especially Aina's (Mari) as she shows her folk singing talent.
  • "Daisuki dattara Daijoubu!", the first song Aqours sang in the anime, is an anthem for all aspiring people, not just school idols, to pursue their passion.
  • "Mijuku DREAMER" is the first song in the anime sung by all 9 members of Aqours and is incredibly meaningful in light of the Third Year drama. Its brilliant chorales make it of Aqours' most outstanding songs that debuted in the anime.
  • "Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare" inspires spirits and feelings by being Riko's (and by extension, Rikako's) piano recital theme, but also doesn't fail to portray Aqours' signature energetic and upbeat feel, especially near the chorus. "Omoi yo Hitotsu ni Nare Riko's Piano Sonata" from the Season 2 OST is even more inspirational than the original.
  • "MIRAI TICKET" generates a lot of hype. The First Live version is even better as Aqours recreates the same heartwarming moment in the anime to become a real life epic moment.
  • "HAPPY PARTY TRAIN" is a warm, uplifting piece with Kanan in the center position.
  • Listening to "SKY JOURNEY", the B-side to "HAPPY PARTY TRAIN" really makes you feel like you're actually in flight.
  • "Mirai no Bokura wa Shitteru yo" has a heavier feel than all of the previous openings. The inspirational lyrics partnered with the rocking melody are a perfect fit for the drama-filled Season 2.
  • "Kimi no Hitomi o Meguru Bouken" is an underrated gem with its amazing vocals and catchy beat.
  • "Yuuki wa doko ni? Kimi no Mune ni!", the second season ED, sings about having the courage to stand up even after failure. The song is an emotional highlight for the whole of Season 2 as well as the Beyond the Pacific! concert.
  • "MY Mai☆TONIGHT" sounds like something you'd hear in Touhou (traditional Japanese style) with characters looking accordingly.
  • "MIRACLE WAVE" is just high energy all the way.
  • "WATER BLUE NEW WORLD" delivers Aqours' signature high energy and upbeat style with heavy lyrics of moving on from the past, treasuring the present and remaining hopeful for the future. This song is a culmination of Aqours' hardships in the anime and their song for the Love Live finals.
  • "WONDERFUL STORIES" ends the anime series with a bang. It features the girls in the high school for the final time singing of how they've accomplished their dreams and will always share a bond.
  • "Thank you, FRIENDS!!" is an Award-Bait Song for Thanking The Viewers for their support. It now holds the franchise's record for highest number of Week 1 sales.
  • "Jump up HIGH!!", the theme song for the Jumpin' up Project and the Aqours Club 2019, is a catchy energetic banger with an awesome buildup to the chorus.
  • Opinions about Aqours' 4th Single are very positive, with some calling it as the best numbered single so far:
  • "KOKORO Magic 'A to Z'" from the ALL STARS collaboration single is a catchy take on Arabic Electro House. This also marks the first time the Cool trio (Riko, Yoshiko and Dia) sings together and it's amazing!
  • Attention, please! The theme song for Aqours 6th Live, "Fantastic Departure!", starts slows and grows with intensity as the build up reaches its climax.
  • "JIMO-AI Dash!", the theme song for the Take Me Higher Project, is a cute take on eurobeat and wouldn't be out of place in the Initial D soundtrack.

     Other Songs 

     Blu-Ray Bonus Singles 
  • Season 1:
    • "Pops heart de Odorundamon!" makes you want to stand up and move; it's the best song to jump start the 1st Live encore with.
    • "Daydream Warrior" is a typical Big Room House track, but with Aqours this time around from the Anime BDs that has an earworm of a melody. It is also the first non-Single Aqours song to reach 1 million views on Youtube, a testimony to its exceptional popularity.
    • "G Senjou no Cinderella" by the third-year trio is basically what you'd hear in a ballroom dance...on a large cruise ship. Like "Hello, Hoshi wo Kazoete", the chorus (and just the song itself) also takes you to Broadway.
    • "Thrilling・One Way" is something you would hear in an action anime rather than an idol group.
    • "Taiyou o Oikakero!" is a distinctly Aqours track with its fun and upbeat melody partnered with its catchy calls. Tokotokotoko...
  • Season 2:
    • "One More Sunshine Story", Chika's solo song, would be right at home in a Broadway musical or a Disney movie.
    • "Oyasuminasan!", Maru's solo song, is warm, cute and fluffy with a tint of playfulness.
    • "in this unstable world", Yoshiko's solo song, is a solid track with perfect performance from Aikyan, especially with how she effortlessly switches between Yoshiko and Yohane.
    • "WHITE FIRST LOVE", Dia's solo song, is a testimony on how good Arisha has become as a singer as she delivers her most expressive performance yet. It received further attention when sung live, as many fans likened Arisha's costume to the clothes worn by Elsa in the Disney film Frozen (2013) and the snowy background on the jumbotron to setting of the film's iconic song "Let It Go", which is unsurprising, considering the film's massive popularity in Japan.
    • "New winding road", Mari's solo song, is an emotional rock ballad backed by Ainya's powerful voice.
    • "Kiseki Hikaru" is the vocal version of "Okosou, Kiseki wo!" (listed under the Background Music folder) from the anime OST. The lyrics enhances the original's uplifting melody to new heights with the heartwarming message of "not giving up being the key to your dreams."

     Official Subunits 
  • CYaRon! (Chika, You, Ruby) has songs based around friendship:
  • AZALEA (Dia, Kanan, Hanamaru) elegantly combines themes of love and electronic music:
    • "Torikoriko PLEASE!!" is a rather lively, catchy love song that contrasts with the subunit's supposed image of soft elegance.
    • "Tokimeki Bunruigaku", which sounds like an ordinary love song. And then, when the song climaxes right after the first chorus, awesomeness ensues.
    • "LONELY TUNING" is a heartwarming song on how musicians touch the lives of their listeners.
    • "GALAXY HidE and SeeK" is a catchy love song about a metaphorical hide and seek between the lonely singer and the love interest.
    • "Sotsugyou desu ne" boasts a powerful performance for all three girls.
    • "Amazing Travel DNA" is a fun and catchy club track.
    • "Kuuchuu Ren'ai Ron" is a cute and upbeat disco love song.
    • "Maze Sekai" has fast and aggressive beats, with powerful singing from the girls.
  • Guilty Kiss (Riko, Mari, Yoshiko/Yohane) boasts high energy rock and catchy EDM filled with guilty themes:
    • "Strawberry Trapper" manages to blend a mixture of vampy vocals, wicked riffs and a high energy tone to create a song unlike anything else by the sub-units in Aqours.
    • "Guilty Night, Guilty Kiss!" trades the high energy for a playful tone, showing us another side of Guilty Kiss.
    • "Guilty Eyes Fever" kicks it up a notch by mixing the unit's signature hardcore rock instrumentals with Electro House, combined with the girls' solos to create an absolute eargasm.
    • "Kowareyasuki" is another high intensity rock song continuing the trend from "Strawberry Trapper".
    • "Guilty!? Farewell party" is a catchy upbeat disco song.
    • "New Romantic Sailors" is a fun, catchy bop which immediately became famous because of "Riko-chan Laser Beam!" during the bridge.
    • "Phantom Rocket Adventure" is a rare ballroom dance track, similar to other songs on this page: the Printemps track "Unbalanced Love" and the µ's track "Mermaid Festa, Vol. 1".
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     The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow 

Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

    Solo Songs 
Ayumu Uehara

Kasumi Nakasu

Shizuku Osaka

Karin Asaka

  • Do you like hot, catchy EDM? Karin's got you covered with "Starlight".
  • Karin surprised everyone with the slow, emotional "Wish", which shows a more vulnerable side to her.
  • The flamenco-inspired "Fire Bird" will surely make you dance.

Ai Miyashita

  • "Meccha Going!!" (Extreme Going!!) is fun, catchy and exciting! Ai’s reason for becoming a School Idol is to bring happiness to everyone and it shows through this upbeat song!
  • Prepare for an extremely upbeat pun salad in "Yuu & Ai" (Friends and Love). The song is retroactively even funnier after the anime protagonist turned out to be named Yuu.

Kanata Konoe

  • "Nemureru Mori ni Ikitai na" (I Want To Go To A Forest Where I Can Sleep) is soft, whimsical and cute. It's guaranteed to make you relax on a hard day.
  • Kanata delivers a more upbeat, yet equally fantastical song in "My Own Fairy-Tale", with a blend of whimsical instrumentation, heavy percussions and character singing that's guaranteed to make you travel to Fairyland.
  • Her "dreamy" string continues with "Märchen Star", which combines more traditional instruments, orchestra and Kanata's recurrent clock motif into a more dramatic but still characteristic addition to Kanata's repertoire.

Setsuna Yuki

  • Setsuna surprised listeners with "CHASE!", a track in the style of an anime opening that exemplifies her powerful vocal range and solidifies why she's one of the most popular NijiGaku characters.
  • "MELODY" is a catchy, energetic song with Setsuna singing her real feelings about being a school idol.

Emma Verde

  • "Evergreen" is unlike anything you have ever heard in Love Live, with a clear Celtic influence and instruments that manage to evoke Emma's nostalgia for her far away home.
  • "Emma's Lullaby Collection" is a nice surprise and showcases Chunrun's soft voice.
  • "Aion no Uta" (Song of Sorrow) brings out Chunrun's amazing talent for singing and is a strong contender for one of the best solos in the franchise.

Rina Tennoji

  • Rina will "connect" with you with the surprisingly catchy and fast-paced "Doki ☆ Pipo Emotion". The spelling rap will have you die from cuteness! She even makes use of Nico's catchphrase!
  • "Analog Heart" is a cute and catchy Vocaloid-like song, which makes use of heavy video-game references in lyrics and composition to show-off Rina's less known nerdy side.

Shioriko Mifune

  • Despite her late arrival, Shioriko proves that she can keep up with the rest with "Ketsui no Hikari" (Light of Determination), a rock song combined with Japanese instruments that leaves an impact and immediately convinced listeners that the first character to break the nine-member mold was worth the wait.

    Group Songs 
  • "TOKIMEKI Runners", the opening for ALL STARS, shows a promising future for the school idols of Nijigasaki HS, with multiple solos for each of the 9 Nijigasaki girls that manage to show off their uniqueness and also why they blend so well as a group. Indeed, a 9-colored rainbow of dreams!
  • "Love U my friends" is a fun-filled energetic song.
  • The third group single, "Just Believe!!!" (yes, with three exclamation marks), is a more dynamic song meant to move the audience's hearts and bodies, fittingly encompassing both the lyric's themes and the fast-paced composition.
  • "Mirai Harmony" is pleasant to hear from start to finish as the girls sing their solo lines with a more serious feeling, and their voices harmonizing really well during the chorus.
  • The opening to the anime, "Nijiiro Passions!" (Rainbow-Colored Passions), does both a fantastic work showing off the different voices in Nijigaku and the way they shine on their own, with multiple duets sprinkled in that also show how well the Nijigaku members play off each other, while also keeping enough of a feeling of familiarity for those that have been following the Love Live franchise since before.
  • Want a more happy-go-lucky/party-worthy song from Nijigasaki? Say no more, "Sweet Eyes" is just for you! You can just imagine the girls in a beach party!
  • The anime ending, "NEO SKY, NEO MAP!" is a brilliant composition from start to finish. The change of pace in instruments and vocals in order to make the second and third choruses feel way more impactful, a marching band bridge, the layering of both orchestra and vocals through the final stretch of the song; all combined together for what may be the most powerful and emotional Nijigasaki's group song.

    Official Units 
  • DiverDiva's first single proves that Ai and Karin are a perfect match:
  • A•ZU•NA's first single, "Dream Land! Dream World!", is a surprisingly catchy song featuring Ayumu, Shizuku and Setsuna's genki side. Welcome to A•ZU•NA Land!!!
  • QU4RTZ's first single had the girls just letting loose and absolutely nailing it for both songs:
    • "Sing & Smile!!" is just heartwarming all throughout, with the girls showing-off a beautiful harmony between all their voices.
    • "Beautiful Moonlight" surprised everyone with its "City Pop"-style, bringing a sense of elegance and wistfulness.

Other Groups

     A-RISE 
  • "Private Wars", with its lively melody and catchy beat, shows us why A-RISE is considered the best in the school idol world.
  • "Shocking Party" is a solid dance number that effectively demonstrates why µ's considers A-RISE such formidable rivals.

     Saint Snow 
  • "SELF CONTROL!!" is an intense dance number that shows why they're at the top of the mountain in Sunshine. DANCE NOW! DANCE NOW!
  • "CRASH MIND" is another awesome song from Saint Snow, combining rocking instruments with creepy background sounds and harmonies for a slightly unnerving, yet still incredible song.
  • "DROPOUT!? on the other hand, goes from a slow piano start into a fast paced, power metal song that takes plenty of cues from DragonForce. It also has some of the most bleak and cynical lyrics in the series, which makes the chorus insisting on a Determinator outlook stand out even more, like a dark inversion of Aqours' usual output.
  • Continuing their streak as the de-facto rockers of the franchise, we have "Believe again" from the movie. Showing clear Skillet influences, the song's hard-hitting guitar pairs well with the duo's uplifting lyrics to make a standout track in the film.
  • Saint Snow doesn't disappoint with the release of their first single:
    • "Dazzling White Town" might be a huge departure from previous Saint Snow tracks, but it's still really catchy and shows that Saint Snow's talent is not limited to the hard rock genre.
    • "Lonely Snow Planet" is for fans who love Saint Snow's hard rock.
    • "After The Rain" is a ballad that features strong vocals from Saint Snow.

    Saint Aqours Snow 
  • "Awaken the power", a powerful track that blends Saint Snow's music style with Aqours' high energy tempos and dance to create one hell of a rocker.
  • "Over The Next Rainbow" combines the strengths of Aqours and Saint Snow as singers, with Aqours performing the melodic sections by subunits and Saint Snow delivering the rap sections. It also has excellent performance by Asami Tano (Sarah) as she delivers a high second voice that increases the intensity and emotions of the final chorus.

Background Music

     School Idol Project (Yoshiaki Fujisawa) 
While not as beloved as the singles, Yoshiaki Fujisawa's upbeat and whimsical musical score is arguably the beating heart that drives the soul of the story.
  • "Hajimari No Asa" (The Morning Of The First Day), the positive, heartwarming and inspirational main theme and anthem of the first series. It fills your heart with the courage to be brave and positive like Honoka, take on the world and be a hero just listening to it!!
  • "Osanaki hi no Yuuhi" (Childhood Sunset), a gentle and nostalgic melody of friendship and belief in your childhood dreams that punctuates key emotional scenes of courage, reconciliation, faith, love and hope.
  • "Zenkai no Love Live!" (Previously on Love Live!), the previous episode recap music of Love Live! School Idol Project, pumps you up in every episode.
  • "Hanayo no Ketsui" (Hanayo's Decision), the theme that plays when Hanayo joins μ's, takes you on an emotional ride as it starts off calm and relaxing, then it changes by adding more instruments until it finally blossoms into a sweeping climax of emotions.
  • "Kanashimi no Yoru" (Night of Sadness) is a bittersweet piece that plays when µ's cried their hearts out at that train station...

     Sunshine (Tatsuya Katou) 
Tatsuya Katou's beautiful score in Love Live! Sunshine!! draws out the emotions that tug at your heartstrings. The background music has gotten popular enough to be played by a live orchestra during Aqours 4th Live- with Tatsuya Katou as the conductor, no less.

Others

     Remixes and Mashups 

Alternative Title(s): Love Live Sunshine

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