Sometimes a good track is the only redeeming factor of the drama and that’s when we say “at least the music was good.” Sometimes the track is not as tolerable and will leave us thinking “not again” when it plays for the twentieth time in a pivotal moment. Original Soundtrack aka OST is not as important as the acting perhaps, but it is often the most memorable. Long after the lines and the plots have faded in our minds will we still remember the tunes that went along. We will hum it happily while doing our mundane chores and it will add a little pep to our steps when we hear our favorites at the most unexpected places.
2015 Countdown’s #3: Best OST is for all the music we heard in dramas this year!
Best OST of 2015
Anna: Who would have thought that a time-traveling drama about pirates would have my pick for best OST in 2015? Probably not even myself, but here we are! Captain of Destiny (HK) had three songs that somehow were capable of perfectly capturing the mood and storyline of a largely incoherent drama. Added bonus is that all three was performed by TVB artists, and not mediocre singers from TVB’s old singing competition show, The Voice. Hooray! Fred Cheng’s opening theme song, Sailing, was appropriately epic-sounding for the swashbuckling theme of the drama. Ruco Chan’s performance of the melancholic ending theme, Next Century, was further proof that this man can probably do no wrong. My personal favorite, however, was Linda Chung’s romantic sub-theme, A Never-Changing Heart, and she wasn’t even in the drama! Though I was never that big of a fan of Linda’s singing, this song had me hitting repeat.
Runner-up: My winner for Best Cinematography of 2015, Valid Love (K), also provided a very pleasant OST for its drama viewers. In line with the laid-back slowness of the show itself, the music that played in the background was of similar styling. Eddy Kim’s acoustic jam, Empty Space, is a perfect encapsulation of the emotions and feel of this drama.
Estelle: The best OST this year is definitely You Are My Sunshine (C). With powerhouse singer Zhang Jie and his musical other half Wu Wen Fang (she reminds me of Tian Zhen, for reals) how can an OST fail? Plus, Tiffany Tang and Wallace Chung lent their voices to the soundtrack, adding a little bonus for their fans. The music perfectly summarized the ups and downs of the relationship between Yi Cheng and Mo Sheng, capturing our hearts again and again as we listen to the songs. Though Tiffany cannot compete with the original singer of Hao Jiu Bu Jian (Long Time No See) Eason Chan (I mean, who can?) but I still liked her rendition which added a feminine touch to the longing after a long separation. Have a listen yourself and let me know what you think!
Runner-up: It is a tie between Ex-Girlfriend Club (K) and Love Weaves Through a Millennium (C) because I love the peppy happy mood of the former and the slightly sadder tone of the latter. Both are good OSTs but didn’t quite have me running out to buy the tracks. Listen to the soundtracks here and here.
Which song was your favorite this year? Was there one that was overplayed and tired? Sound off below! And stay tuned tomorrow for… Best Actor & Actress!
Best of 2015 Countdown #5: Best Cinematography
Best of 2015 Countdown #4: Best Chemistry