The Ultimate K-Drama Playlist: 10 Songs From Your Favorite Shows
There's nothing like music to remind you of the good times.
(SPOT.ph) Behind every successful K-Drama is a great original soundtrack. For one, the right background music can do wonders to amplify the emotional pull of key scenes. Here’s a list of fan favorites that you can enjoy on repeat, for times when you just want to chill, or when you feel like taking yourself back to the most memorable scenes from your favorite show.
Listen to these tunes from some of the most popular K-Dramas in recent years:
“You Are My Everything”
Series: Descendants of the Sun
Epic K-Drama love stories are always supported by powerful ballads that bring on the feels. Gummy’s “You Are My Everything” epitomizes soldier Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) and doctor Kang Mo Yeon’s (Song Hye Kyo) journey in the 2016 hit Descendants of the Sun. The blockbuster, penned by renowned K-Drama writer Kim Eun Sook, has all the right elements for tugging at your heartstrings.
This majestic ballad captures the essence of Goblin and will make you fall in love with the drama even more. Crush’s gentle voice paired with a piano accompaniment add up to a track that goes well with Gong Yoo’s stellar portrayal of Kim Shin, a goblin cursed with immortality. Only a human bride can lift the spell and free him. Everything changes when he finally meets his bride in bubbly high-school student Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), for whom he starts to develop feelings.
Artist: Eric Nam
Eric Nam croons his way into hearts with this melancholy hit that echoes Cha Soo Hyun’s (Song Hye Kyo) loneliness. What happens when fate pairs a rich politician’s daughter with a carefree young man? This noona romance—between an older woman and a younger man—explores how true love can defy age and status. And did we mention it also stars all-around cutie Park Bo Gum?
“When Night Falls”
Artist: Eddy Kim
Series: While You Were Sleeping
This dreamy track from legal fantasy drama While You Were Sleeping immerses you in the world of young professionals Nam Hong Joo (Suzy Bae), Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk), and Han Woo Tak (Jung Hae In). Tied by fate and haunted by dreams of future events, their friendship is tested by circumstances beyond their control that push them to work together to solve cases and save each other.
Artists: Monday Kiz, Punch
Series: Hotel Del Luna
This upbeat duet by singers Monday Kiz and Punch sums up the push-and-pull relationship between Hotel Del Luna’s Jang Man Wol (IU) and Goo Chan Sung (Yeo Jin Goo). Brought together by a twist of fate, the unlikely duo develops an unexpected connection while working together at a hotel that caters to ghosts. The song’s dreamy melody makes it a staple in any K-Drama fan’s playlist.
“I’ll Pick You Up”
Artist: Standing Egg
Series: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
This track by indie acoustic-pop band Standing Egg is a coming-of-age anthem that sits well with what teen sports drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is all about. Drawing inspiration from the life of Korean Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran, it centers around athlete Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) and how she juggles the demands of college life with making her dreams come true.
Artist: Kim Chung Ha (I.O.I)
Series: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Carefree and fresh: this bubblegum pop track embodies cute heroine Do Bong Soon in all her youthful innocence and coyness. Born from a lineage of super-strong women, Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) had to control and hide her special powers ever since she was a child. Her world turns upside down when gaming company CEO Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyun Sik) hires her to be his bodyguard. Together, they uncover the mysterious threats thrown at Min Hyuk and try to catch a serial kidnapper threatening the safety of the district that Bong Soon calls home. The positivity in this track will leave you smiling!
Series: My Love From Another Star
If you’re not yet rooting for this couple to get together, then this ballad is likely to get you onboard the Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) and Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) ship. Simply put, Lyn’s vocals are amazing. The orchestra feel of the song sets the mood and will take you back to those romantic moments that made My Love From Another Star a global hit.
“Because I’m Stupid”
Series: Boys Over Flowers
This classic hit calls to mind Yoon Ji Hu’s (Kim Hyun Joong) affection for heroine Geum Jan Di (Goo Hye Sun) in Boys Over Flowers, the Korean adaptation of Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. The catchy track sets the tone for Jan Di’s Cinderella story and her encounters with Shin Hwa High’s gang of bullies, the F4.
Artist: Loco, Punch
Series: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Ignite happy vibes and instant nostalgia for memorable scenes from period drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo with this hip track. Punch’s cute vocals are reminiscent of IU’s character, Go Ha Jin, who finds herself transported to Korea’s Goryeo dynasty. Things get complicated when she realizes that she’s in the body of a royal princess caught between palace politics! Loco’s smooth rap parts are a great fit for the stellar male cast headlined by Lee Jung Ki and Kang Haneul.