10 Highest-viewed K-drama OST Music Videos on YouTube

Aside from the cinematography, storytelling, and actors’ lines, a drama’s original soundtrack (OST) significantly adds a great feel to the viewers’ overall watching experience. Some even become fan favorites because of a track’s catchy tune and relatable lyrics, which viewers and fans alike make covers of. A soundtrack can become the trademark of a drama. Whenever K-drama fans hear the songs, there’s a high chance that they will immediately think of the shows as well.

Below are the top 10 most viewed K-drama OST music videos on YouTube. Which of your favorite OST songs made it to the list?

10. Best Luck

Artist: Chen (EXO)
Views as of writing: 49,760,796
Drama: It’s Okay, That’s Love

“Best Luck” won Chen the Best OST by a Male Artist award in the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival back in 2014. With his strong, impressive vocals and expressive emotions, Chen easily expressed a feel-good song for It’s Okay, That’s Love, starring Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin. The series tells the love story of a man with obsessive compulsive disorder and a psychiatrist who does not believe in love.

9. For You

Artist: EXO-CBX
Views as of writing: 58,572,537
Drama: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

EXO’s Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin performed the romantic harmony for the SBS historical drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, where Baekhyun was a part of the supporting cast, playing the role of the playful and childish youngest prince from the royal family. Other cast members include Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun (IU), Kang Ha-neul, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim San-ho, Hong Jung-hyun, Yoon Sun-woo, and Ji Soo.

8. Beautiful

Artist: Baekhyun (EXO)
Views as of writing: 59,384,266
Drama: EXO Next Door

“Beautiful” was created for the LINE and SM web series collaboration EXO Next Door starring Moon Ga-young and members of the K-pop boy band EXO. This was Baekhyun’s first solo song and has become a hot topic especially for EXO fans. It even rose to the top of charts of various music sites. Baekhyun’s sweet voice goes well with the song’s lyrics, which are about complimenting someone.

7. Always

Artist: Yoon Mi-rae
Views as of writing: 64,969,756
Drama: Descendants of the Sun

“Always” is a song composed with the harmony of a 20-member orchestra where an acoustic piano stands out. Yoon Mi-rae’s charming voice suits the unique, emotional ballad and created the best effect. “Always” won the Best OST award in the 8th Melon Music Awards back in 2016. The song doubled the emotion of the drama with the love team of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who portrayed the main characters in the series.

6. Talk Love

Artist: K.Will
Views as of writing: 65,345,484
Drama: Descendants of the Sun

“Talk Love” was also one of the first songs that served as the background music of the drama Descendants of the Sun. It is a medium pop-style song with a whistle theme, rhythmic guitar sounds, and piano lines that made it very flattering to the ears. The vocals of K.Will also completed the emotional impact of the song, which tells the great love of a person towards someone.

5. Say Yes

Artists: Loco, Punch
Views as of writing: 74,039,003
Drama: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Loco and Punch are two of the best OST singers in the industry. “Say Yes,” their collaboration for Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, is a song of romantic confession that best expresses the heart. It plays every time the female lead, played by Lee Ji-eun, is in a scene with her love interests, played by Lee Joon-gi and Kang Ha-neul. The song is very catchy. Punch’s slow, emotional singing of the chorus complements Loco’s rapping of the love confession, as if someone who is reading a love letter.

4. Beautiful

Artist: Crush
Views as of writing: 84,614,284
Drama: Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

The award-winning Guardian: The Lonely and Great God has so many catchy songs, it was hard to not like one song in its OST lineup. “Beautiful,” sang by Crush, is a song with a hopeful yet sad melody on top of a piano arrangement. The emotional vocals of Crush harmonized well with the mood that the song gives and makes the listeners feel poignant feelings. In addition, the lyrics about wishing to come back to someone while reminiscing the beautiful memories with a separated lover relate well to Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) after he becomes separated with his bride, Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun).

3. Everytime

Artists: Chen (EXO), Punch
Views as of writing: 111,281,450
Drama: Descendants of the Sun

Chen (EXO) collaborated with Punch for the this song in the OST of Descendants of the Sun. “Everytime” is a song about the honest confessions of a heart in love, and the lyrics are impressive. The song went well with the love story of Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) and Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo). In particular, the sweet voice of Chen complements Punch’s and captures hearts. Besides a semi-upbeat sound, an orchestra band was added to create the romantic vibe.

2. This Love

Artist: Davichi
Views as of writing: 112,297,228
Drama: Descendants of the Sun

Not only is Descendants of the Sun an award-winning drama, its songs also bagged awards and nominations. “This Love,” which plays with every emotional scene of the second leads Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo) and Yoon Myung-ju (Kim Ji-won) in the series, was nominated for the Best OST award in the 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards back in 2016. The talented female duo Davichi is behind the soothing voices in the song, with its beautiful piano melody and 20-member orchestra. This song talks about longing for a lover. It tells of a sorry but thankful heart for loving and being loved. The affectionate emotion of the lyrics that seemed to be calm are even maximized by the appealing voice of Davichi.

1. Stay With Me

Artists: Chanyeol (EXO), Punch
Views as of writing: 218,438,691
Drama: Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

Even for non-K-drama viewers, the song is very catchy because of the opening sounds and the singers’ soulful singing. EXO’s Chanyeol collaborated with Punch in a song that became a trademark of tvN’s Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. The song’s opening is very appealing to the listeners, with a piano melody added calmly to the dreamy electric guitar sound that gave it a chilly, fantasy feeling. In particular, the vocals and raps in Chanyeol’s unique and low range voice are combined with the relaxing and soothing vocals of Punch, adding a certain lonely feeling to the song.

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God tells the story of a cursed general, played by Gong Yoo, who needs a human bride, played by Kim Go-eun, to end his immortal life. The story also includes the Grim Reaper, played by Lee Dong-wook, who committed a grave sin in his past mortal life, and is reunited with his great love, played by Yoo In-na, hundreds of years later.

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  • Can’t believe you didn’t include Secret Love Affair (Four Hands) and Sweet Munchies (This is My First Life)!

  • Wow!! This is a greta and a good reminiscing time for me.. all the songs and kdramas mentioned were the best & I’ve them all. Hoping to read more this kind of articles & reviews. May congratulations to the singers, the song (songwriters- composers & the melody) and the casts of all Kdramas whom I cherisged nad loved. I will continue to support and watched you, in my own little way. More power and God bless. Thank you KDramaPal.👍🏻😀