Favourite Drama OSTs

I love music, always have. A good soundtrack can enhance a show’s appeal and when thoughtfully used, adds an extra layer to many of the scenes. Just as a bad one can throughly spoil the whole experience. We all know a drama or two with the bgm so grating that we’d like to strangle whoever made the musical choices. It may be just me, but the kdrama soundtracks of recent years have been kinda meh, filled with generic, syrupy ballads that fade from memory as soons as the drama has ended. Pretty much like the dramas themselves. Which is why most of my faves are from dramas from several years ago. Those OSTs were often themed to go with certain scenes or characters, which I personally love. The music pieces also seemed to be more varied in genre and sound.

I’ve been thinking about doing a post about some of my favorite drama soundtracks for a while now, but there never seemed to be a good time for it. So, I’ve been collecting the material to be used “some day”. Guess that day is now. ๐Ÿ™‚ The “samples” are arranged in loose categories, just to keep them in some sort of order.

1. PERENNIAL FAVORITESย  (full OST albums)
These are albums I’ve listened to countless of times, never getting tired of them. The songs/intrumentals can almost instatly evoke memories of certain scenes of the drama in question and even transport me back in time.

Let’s begin with the one that started it all. The Legend / ํƒœ์™•์‚ฌ์‹ ๊ธฐ aka The Story of the First King’s Four Gods was the first kdrama I ever watched and as such will always have a special place in my heart. The drama is flawed in many ways but the OST, score by the legendary Joe Hisaishi, is pure gold.
Dam Deok’s theme (the main theme) instrumental
ํ—ˆ๋ฝ/Approval by Jun Suh
Thousand Year Love Song by DBSK

Conspiracy in the Court / ํ•œ์„ฑ๋ณ„๊ณก aka Soul’s Sad Song is one of my all time favourite dramas and I love the very evocative OST as well.
ํ‰ํ–‰์„  / Parallel Lines by JK Kim Dong Uk, Feat. J.Y.Park
๋ณ„๋ฆฌ(ๅˆฅ้›ข) instrumental

The Devil / ๋งˆ์™• was my favourite kdrama for years and it’s still in the top five.
์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜์ง€ ๋ง์•„์š” / Don’t Love Me (Love Theme) by JK Kim Dong Uk
๋งˆ์™• / The Devil instrumental
๋น›์˜ ํ–ฅ๊ธฐ / The Scent of Light by Park Hak Ki

Chuno / ์ถ”๋…ธ aka Slave Hunters, another ‘epic’ sageuk with a great OST
๋ฐ”๊ฟ” / Change by Gloomy 30’s
๋‚™์ธ/Stigma by Lim Jae Bum
๋ฏผ์ดˆ์˜ ๋‚œ by MC Sniper

Black & White / ็—žๅญ่‹ฑ้›„, one of the fiew tw dramas I was totally obsessed with while it aired and which I still love a lot. Any of the songs in the OST is likely to bring back fond memories of group-watching and spazzing @ LJ with other enthusiasts. XD The drama also introduced me to the bands COLOR and Picks.
็„ก่ณดๆญฃ็พฉ / Rogue Justice by COLOR feat. Mark Chao
้—œๆ–ผๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ / About Us by Picks โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ (one of my faves from the album)
Perfect Stranger (ending theme) by Jason Zou & Picks [sketchy Engrish and all, still love it though :)]

Kingdom of the Wind / ๋ฐ”๋žŒ์˜ ๋‚˜๋ผ Started out strong but as so often with longer kdramas, lost steam after a while. OST is great though.
๊ฐ€์•ผ๋งŒ ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ธธ / The Road I Must Take instrumental
๋ฌดํœผ์˜ ๋…ธ๋ž˜ (Muhyul’s theme) instrumental
์‚ด์•„์„œ๋„.. ์ฃฝ์–ด์„œ๋„.. / Alive, But Even in Death by Wheesung

Pretty good albums on the whole but with only some songs that have been played ad nauseam. *g*
Shut Up Flower Boy Band / ๋‹ฅ์น˜๊ณ  ๊ฝƒ๋ฏธ๋‚จ ๋ฐด๋“œ Total earworms, these.^^
Not in love by Lee Min Ki
Wake Up by Sung Joon
Jaywalking by Sung Joon

The Pursuit of Happiness / ๆ„›็š„็”Ÿๅญ˜ไน‹้“ One of my favourite romantic dramas with a great OST
ๅœจไฝ ่บซ้‚Š / Your Side by Weibird Wei
ๅ‘ฝไธญ่ฆๆ„› / Life Needs Love by Hawawa Yang
้–ƒ้›ป / Lightning by Frandรฉ
ๆญปๅฟƒ็œผ / Stubborn by Aggie Hsieh

Hero / ํžˆ์–ด๋กœ (2009 MBC) is one of those kdramas no-one else seem to have watched but it’s one of my fave LJK dramas.
๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ํžˆ์–ด๋กœ / The Last Hero by Bae Ki Sung
ํ•œ์‚ฌ๋žŒ / One Person by ์ œ์ด๋”” (JD)

Over the Rainbow / ์˜ค๋ฒ„ ๋” ๋ ˆ์ธ๋ณด์šฐ
๋˜ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ๋‚˜ by Chae Dong Ha
๋„ ์›ํ•ด by Gangster
One Eyed Fish by Ji Hyun Woo

Sungkyunkwan Scandal / ์„ฑ๊ท ๊ด€ ์Šค์บ”๋“ค
์ฐพ์•˜๋‹ค / Found You by JYJ
Too Love by JUNSU

Oldies but Goldies
Winter Sonata
From The Beginning Till Now by Ryu
๊ทธ๋Œ€ ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ์˜ค๋Š” ๋‚  / The Day You Come to Me by Kang Chul
๋Š๋‚Œ / Feelings
๊ทธ๋Œ€์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ / With You by The Blue
์—ฐ์ธ /Lovers by Jo Jang Hyuk
๊ณ ํ•ด / Confession by Hwang Chi Yeol
Que Sera, Sera
์›”๊ด‘ / Moonlight by W & Whale
Invincible Parachute Agent aka Korea Secret Agency
I Wish by Ha Dong Qn

Seen a fiew years but still good
์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด๋ž€ ๋†ˆ / Love Is Weird by Kan Jong Wook
The Princess’ Man
Destino (Fate) instrumental
I Don’t Know by M Signal
Arang and The Magistrate
ํ•˜๋ฃจ๋งŒ / One Day by Lee Jun Ki
Queen In Hyun’s Man
์ง€๊ธˆ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๋Ÿฌ ๊ฐ‘๋‹ˆ๋‹ค / I’m Going to Meet You by Duk Hwan
Heartless City / ๋ฌด์ •๋„์‹œ
์ƒ์ฒ˜ / Wound by Kim Yong Jin of Bohemian
Vampire Prosecutor 2
Danger by MC Sniper
Yoona’s Street
์‚ฌ๋ž‘๋”ฐ์œ„๋กœ / With Just Love by Seedless Watermelon
๊ธด ๋ฐค์ด ์ง€๋‚˜๋ฉด / After a Long Night by Ggotjam Project

Fiew cdrama and jdrama opening/ending songs
Wu Xin the Monster Killer / ๆ— ๅฟƒๆณ•ๅธˆ
Lake Baikal by Li Jian (opening theme song)
ๆœ€้•ฟ็š„ๆ—…้€” / The Longest Journey by Li Qi (ending theme song)
Wind Chime / ็คบ้“ƒๅฝ•
ๅคฉไธŠๆŽ‰ไธ‹ๆฅ็š„็ˆฑ / The Love that Fell From Heaven by Meng Asai (ending theme song)
Dr Qin Medical Examiner / ๆณ•ๅŒป็งฆๆ˜Ž
ไธ็ญ / Eternal by Zhang Ruo Yun (ending theme song)
Candle in the Tomb / ้ฌผๅน็ฏไน‹็ฒพ็ปๅคๅŸŽ
้กบๆต่€Œไธ‹ by Zhang Jing Ying (ending theme song)
My Boss My Hero Silly drama, great song ;D
Sorafune by TOKIO
Tokyo Dogs
Futatsu no Kuchibiru / Two Lips by EXILE
Beach Boys
Forever by Sorimachi Takashi

A virtual cookie to anyone who actually got to the end. XD

12 thoughts on “Favourite Drama OSTs

  1. I prefer instrumental tracks from dramas. I can listen to Chuno instrumentals all day. I also like the music in Secret Love Affair and Money Flower
    I recently completed my rewatch of I’m Sorry I Love You and learned how to play the main theme on the piano.

    • I tend to prefer instrumentals too these days but there are always some OST songs that I end up loving. Not so many these days though and very few Korean ones. I also like to sing along. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m always on the lookout for memorable OSTs for my daily commute to and from work. Like you and many others, most of the ones on my playlists are from my favourite dramas.
    But I do have some where the OST stood out regardless of my liking for the show. Lena Park’s Only With My Heart (Heirs) has stuck around. One OST from IRIS is on my permanent fav list though I never watched the show. Not too familiar with your list except for the Heartstrings one but might check them out especially the Mandarin ones. I’m adding to my collection of cdrama OSTs. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oddly enough sageuks before 2010 tended to have great OSTs, that’s why I have several on the list. I’ve yet to get tired of any of those.

      Cdramas do have some very good tracks. They are often less generic and usually fit the drama in question perfectly. At the moment I’m rather in love with the ‘Candle in the Tomb’ ending song, it’s wonderfully hauting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Of your list, I liked the songs from Chuno, Heartless City and Que Sera Sera. As for Over The Rainbow, I prefer the song by Hwanhee, but then I like Fly to the Sky, heh.

  4. I think you said you dropped it, but I can’t stop listening to the Goblin OST songs. Holy wow those give me feels! I also really liked that cute little song from My Boyfriend is a Gumiho. First one I downloaded, I think. Oh! And that one song from It’s Okay That’s Love–Cross my Mind by Twin Forks. Anyway, love this list!! Some OST’s are so great, and they just stick with you forever.

    Honorable worst OST ever mention: PAAARRADDDIIIIISSSSEEE

    • Funny thing, I can’t remember the Goblin OST at all! Not one soneg. Like I mentioned, most of the new ones just don’t stick, Goblin is no exception. And yes, I did drop it.

      Gah, that song! I’m glad it’s almost totally faded from memory now. XD Over the years there have been fiew others, which I’ve thankfully also forgotten, ha.

  5. Wow! Drama OSTs (good or bad) have that magical power where I’m automatically taken back to the time when I watched a show and all the feels related to them just come back instantly. I have a long playlist of my favorite K-drama OSTs…I can only recognise a few from your list..heh…only because I haven’t seen many from this list.
    I so agree with you that the first drama has a very special place and hence the music of Delightful Girl Choon Hyang remains one of my favs…usually I like 2-3 songs from an album rather than all the songs..My name Is Kim Sam Soon, comes to mind when I think of dramas where I liked a lot of songs

    • Iโ€™ve been watching dramas a number of years now, soโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜„ Pretty much all the OSTs I love from start to finish are listed here. I havenโ€™t come across many full compilations worth a mention in recent years though.

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