A part of the wonderful experience in watching Korean dramas is the original soundtrack or OST tracks. Without music, the story loses its soul because it helps convey emotions to every scene, brings the character to life, and stirs the meaningful moments of the drama.
When a particular song gets played and you feel the rush of emotions from the drama, it means that the show has created a lasting impact to its viewer. More so, when it becomes a person’s all-time favorite playlist during travel, work, or vacation.
While there are several soundtracks that make you feel dramatic or create deep musings about life and love, there are also great upbeat and cool tracks that make you feel alive and kicking.
The following songs from various Korean dramas will definitely lift your mood and bring back all the happy vibes from the show:
In random order.
1. Superstar by Mido and Falasol for Hospital Playlist 2 (2021)
The Superstar track from Hospital Playlist will certainly cheer you up when you’re feeling down. Listening to the song feels like being encouraged by a group of superfriends especially when they play the lines: It’s okay, You’ll be fine, You have a bright future ahead of you, It’s okay, You’ll be fine, We believe in you.
2. Start Over by Gaho for Itaewon Class (2020)
If you have seen the drama, Itaewon Class (2020), the song Start Over will definitely bring back the motivational spirit that the show imparts. It will also recharge you with the energy to get up from life’s daily challenges and start over with a fresh mindset.
The following lines from the song make you feel a winner: New beginnings are always exciting, Like I can overcome everything… I can fly the sky, Never gonna stay… I will have all that I want, Because that is my dream, Nothing has changed, Hang in there, My dream will become even better.
3. Romantic Sunday by Car, The Garden for Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)
Romantic Sunday is the kind of Korean drama song that will make you want to pack up, travel to the seaside, and unwind by yourself or with someone special. It reminds you that life is best spent in the simple things that often go unnoticed. Perhaps, a trek to the hilltop where you get to see the vast ocean, horizon, sunset, and feel the sea air will give you all the simple yet happy vibes of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha while singing the iconic lines: Lalalalalalala, Romantic Sunday, Lalalalalalala, It’s a beautiful and shinning day.
4. Like You by So Soo Bin And Kim Sohee for Crash Landing On You (2019-2020)
Power couple, Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, will bring a smile onto your face as you listen to the song, Like You, from the drama, Crash Landing On You (2019-2020). The track talks about getting to know and admiring someone who brings sunshine to your day. Certainly, it will remind you of the adorable moments that Captain Ri and Seri shared when they started to fall in love amid cultural hindrances and differences. “We’re slowly getting closer, you and me”, the song expressed.
5. Running by Gaho for Start-Up (2020)
Listening to Running by Gaho from Start-Up (2020) rekindles the young energy of dreaming, pursuing, achieving, and making dreams come true. The song talks about gaining strength and running forward in the face of fears and uncertainties. Be inspired by the song’s fighting spirit, “On days I feel like I’m behind because of my differences with others. On the other hand, I’m getting up and running. Let’s start from now on, keep running forward.”
6. Go! by DK of Seventeen for Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022)
If you need an energy booster in your most challenging moment, try listening to the song Go! by DK of Seventeen for Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022). It will remind you of Na Heedo’s brave heart in fighting her battles and it will surely enable you to do the same. “Ready Get Set GO, get it GO, Throw yourself in with the passionate cheers.” Fighting!
7. Open Door by Janet Suhh for Record Of Youth (2020)
Open Door from Record Of Youth (2020) is an inspirational song that will motivate you to live and move on amid the daily challenges of everyday living and dreaming. Besides Janet Suhh’s soothing voice, the song cheers you up by reminding you that you are not alone in facing struggles and making dreams come true. It is in togetherness that life is best spent as some of the lines convey: Just the fact that you are now with me I’m okay, There’re so many ways we can go, Just the fact I can Be dreaming with you now, There are so many ways we can go, It seems like you’ll always be, Dreams on, Running along with you.
8. Starlight by Taeil for Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022)
In life’s uncertain moments, there will always be people around us who will give us the strength to keep on fighting and living. The song Starlight by Taeil from Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022) will remind you of the young dreamers in the drama who helped each other overcome their struggles. It will certainly lift your mood in days you feel like quitting in life. Here are some of the motivational lines from the song: We light everyone, Shine on each other, A sad expression will soon be disappear, Always remember that we are shining more than anything else.
9. Will Be by The Boyz for Racket Boys (2021)
Will Be by The Boyz from Racket Boys (2021) is another uplifting song that will brighten your day. It talks about shared moments of uncertainties through the lines, It was a bit hard, This new world I faced, Sometimes, I felt awkward too. It also talks about getting up together to face another day of overcoming and winning: I will be there, let’s start now, Because nothing is ever decided, Some day, the time will come, So don’t lose this precious heart, Just like now.