When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.
I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?
Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)
Unsullied 不染 by Mao Buyi (Ashes of Love)
I swear, not a single episode went by without this song. Sa Dingding’s rather dramatic Upwards to the Moon grew on me over the course of the show as well.
Schemes 心机 – Wang Xiaomin (Rise of Phoenixes)
I was enthralled when I first heard it in a teaser, and the track came in at just the right times during the show.
The Plum Blossom Fragrance Remains 梅香如故 – Zhou Shen, Mao Buyi (Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace)
There’s nothing extraordinary about the arrangement, but the lyrics are a perfect description of the eventual separation of Ruyi and Qianlong: “If we can share another lifetime together, I only pray for us to be reincarnated as an ordinary couple.”
Waiting A Lifetime For You 一生等你 – Tia Ray / Yuan Yawei (Bloody Romance)
This is the only clip I watched from Bloody Romance, and I am floored by Li Yitong’s acting here.
Sigh 叹云兮 – Ju Jingyi (Legend of Yun Xi)
A Thousand Years 千年 – Jike Junyi, Jin Zhiwen (The Destiny of White Snake)
Bodhi Verse 菩提揭 – Liu Xijun (Legend of Dugu)