I think the majority of The Fangirls actually started checking out Kpop due to hearing our favorite actors sing on OSTs. So we thought it would be a fun topic to chat about. Is your favorite OST on our list? If not, let us know in the comments since we are always happy to check out new music.
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So we decided to pick 2 of our favorites Drama OST’s and one not so favorite. I went to my trusty music app and looked to see what OST’s I’ve downloaded the most songs from. I also saw a couple of patterns; I love a good ballad, most of my favorite songs have come from my favorite dramas, which leads me to believe that a good drama and a good OST go hand in hand.
- Kill Me, Heal Me-I’m pretty sure this one will show up more than once. The music was perfect on this drama. Instead of taking over the scene, it added to the setting and emotion and somehow “Hallucination” ended up on repeat in my car for the longest time. Ji Sung’s voice is haunting on “Manchurian Violet”, seriously, is there anything this guy isn’t good at?
- Secret Garden-yes, I know it’s an oldie. I love how they have Hyun Bin singing “The Man” and Baek Yi Young singing “The Woman”. The instrumental songs on this one hold their own too, I have a folder of music that I listen to when I study and all of the instrumentals from this OST are on there.
Oh My Venus-Everytime I heard “Oh My Venus” and “Beautiful Lady” I hit the mute button. The songs were meant to be cute and set the tone, but they grated on my last nerve. The first time you hear it, it’s ok, the second time, you start thinking, this is a bit much, and the more you hear it, the more you want to plug your ears. I’m not a fan of bubblegum pop music anyway, and it was all too much for me.
I am always drawn to the drama OST’s that are a bit more noir in theme (and tone, if noir had an actual tone) than its perkier counterpart. Give me a good revenge drama with angsty melodic music and I am a happy camper.
- Shark – It has been three years and this still ranks as one of my all time favorite OSTs. Bora’s “Between Heaven and Hell” is a song I never get tired of. Also, Lim Heong Hee “Poison Love”, Na Yoon Kwon “Countless Days” & Jung Dong Ha’s “Sad Story,” all tell the story of a tragic love.
- Signal – The OST (like everything else regarding this drama) was so spot on in tone, it was almost uncanny. I loved how the whole OST gave the impression of being songs from a distant time without actually sounding so dated as to distract from the drama. I am sure it will be getting a lot of playing time in my future.
- Heartless City – I couldn’t resist adding one more OST since this one is pretty much tied with Shark as my all time favorite. Think an angsty James Bond soundtrack, but in Korean, and you pretty much have a good impression on what this soundtrack sounds like. It doesn’t hurt that anytime I play this OST the image of Jung Kyung Ho as a sexy gangster pops into my mind. It’s a win win in this fangirl’s book.
This one is a no brainer for me. If I could put one OST into a metaphorical box and smash that box with a hammer until it is dust and can no longer ever be played for the human ears, it would be the OST of Jekyll, Hyde, & I. It was a horrible drama with an even worse OST.
I am all about the Rom-com OST’s.
- Master’s Sun – This OST is one I constantly play. I loved the songs and just listening takes me back to how I felt while watching this drama. I think “Touch Love” might be my favorite, but this OST also features the sweet sound of Seo In Guk. The compositions of Oh Joon Sung are also mesmerizing. He is responsible for composing many of the drama theme songs you have been humming under your breath. I love the music from Master’s Sun!
- Kill Me, Heal Me – was taken already, but I still have to say it is one of my favorites. There is nothing like blaring a little “Auditory Hallucination” when picking up the kids from play practice. Oh, yeah! This mom knows how to have a good time! two other honorable mentions, though, are School 2015 (especially Reset) and Hi School:Love On. I listen to select songs from both over and over. Oh, and the City Hunter OST. Oh, and… Hey, who’s ridiculous idea was it to limit us to just two???
I don’t have a specific OST that I dislike, but I have a definite issue with dramas that blare the love song during the best parts. (I’m giving the stink eye to you, Descendants of the Sun.) A great OST should complement the moment, not overpower it. It should enhance the experience, not be a neon sign overhead shouting, “Romantic Moment Right Here, Folks!” Even the best song will become annoying if it is not used sparingly.
That concludes our OST discussion. Do you have a topic you would like The Fangirls to weigh in on? Please let us know since we love chatting dramas and want to make this fun for our readers as well. Just leave us a note in the comments.
Til next Time,