Best Opening Themes In Six Korean Dramas Ranging From Pachinko

The emergence of streaming services and well-packaged content in terms of narrative, casting, and striking an emotional chord with the audience has propelled K-dramas like Pachinko and Extraordinary Attorney Woo to new heights of success in recent months. It’s true that the Korean wave, and particularly K-dramas, have progressed significantly.

Where once overseas fans had to wait days for English subtitles, those rival streaming providers have improved the quality of their shows. Many fans now watch the newest K-dramas in HD with multiple subtitle options alongside the Korean audience. All of us who enjoy Korean popular culture can rejoice in this development.

Additionally to the aforementioned, K-dramas have also improved upon their “opening themes.” Previously, the series’ titles would roll over a montage of the cast. K-dramas, however, has recently been experimenting with visual effects, computer graphics, animation, and music to provide viewers with a fresh and offbeat introduction.

My favorite 2022 Korean dramas so far are Pachinko and Into the Dark.

Here are six K-dramas (some recent, some from the past) with some of the best opening and most memorable theme music in the genre’s history.

OK Hear Me Out

In 2022 dramas came along and made our heads blow, 2016 was literally one of the best years of dramas, right? Even though we’re only halfway through the year, it’s already clear that 2017 will go down as the best year ever for Korean dramas. Some of the best opening themes in K-drama history can be found in shows like “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” “Crash Landing On You,” and many more.


Pachinko, is one of 2022’s best K-dramas, with a spectacular opening theme. Let’s Live For Today, originally performed by the British band The Rokes in 1966, was selected by producer Soo Hugh for inclusion in the album. The upbeat and jubilant song stands in stark contrast to the melancholy and touching multigenerational narrative, which is based on the best-selling eponymous novel by Korean-American author Min Jin Lee. The music video features Lee Min-ho, Youn Yuh-Jung, and Min-ha Kim, the leader of the K-drama, dancing to the infectious tune. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest introductions to a Korean drama in years.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Extraordinary Attorney Woo, starring Park Eun-bin and Kang Tae-oh, is a loving embrace on a chilly night and is widely considered to be the best Korean drama of the year.
Last night marked the end of the exquisite drama’s two-month run, during which it received rave reviews and adoration from audiences throughout the world. In addition, the show’s

theme song is just as sweet as our main character, Woo Young-woo. She loves whales and dolphins, Gimpab (Korean seaweed roll), and her headphones, all of which are featured in the wordless title track. The now-iconic scene including Woo Young-woo exclaiming “Aha!” was popularised by the outstanding Korean acapella group Maytree. It’s hard to believe, but the entire production was based on instruments.

Crash Landing On You

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin star in the spellbinding cross-border romance Crash Landing On You, which has been hailed as one of the most beautiful dramas in K-drama history. Not only is it one of the best love dramas of recent years, but it also permanently married the show’s main characters, Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin. The opening song, sung by the skilled and

adaptable Kim Kyoung-hee, depicts the “really meant to be” relationship between North Korean officer Ri Jeong-hyuk and South Korean entrepreneur Yoon Se-ri, despite their radically different backgrounds. Everyone agrees that the last “Lalala” never gets old.

 Twenty-Five Twenty-One

SEVENTEEN’s DK performs the opening theme song Go!, which has been described as having a “video-cassette aesthetic,” evoking the ’80s and ’90s. It evokes fond memories while being buoyant and charming. Twenty-Five Twenty-One, one of the year’s best and most talked-about Korean dramas, won the hearts of its viewers with its sincerity and broke them

with its tragedy. While we may have different opinions on how the drama should have concluded, there is no denying that the opening theme’s nostalgic nods to a simpler time were a welcome change of pace.

Boys Over Flowers

The opening theme for Boys Over Flowers, Almost Paradise by T-MAX, is like a national hymn for Korean drama fans. The tune is uplifting, memorable, and irresistible to repeat

listenings. The opening theme, which features the song “Almost Paradise,” is a classic from the show’s early days and is as pleasant today as it was then. Regular viewers of Korean dramas will all admit that they’ve attempted to memorize the song’s chorus and sing along. One’s initial success in learning Korean can be marked by mastery of this song.

Law School

Safira K-“driving X’s It’s me crazy” is one of the most haunting and dramatic opening themes, perfectly capturing the tense atmosphere of law school. This legal crime drama, starring

Kim Bum, Kim Myung-min, and Ryu Hye-young is tense and frightening. Furthermore, this exciting opening theme serves as the appropriate mood-setter for each episode of the series. The song’s English language construction renders its lack of explanatory lyrics unnecessary, but it nevertheless serves as an effective opening theme for a courtroom drama.

In conclusion:

The quality and substance of a K-drama can be judged in large part by its opening theme, which is often overlooked. There are dramas whose beginning themes are perfect reflections of their genre. For instance, a young romantic comedy like Boys Over Flowers would benefit from an upbeat and optimistic subject. However, there are some openings that take the complete opposite tack, such as Apple TV+’s Pachinko, which featured upbeat opening music despite the drama’s tragic subject matter.

Whatever the case may be, opening themes set the tone for the rest of the show and serve as a calming prelude. K-dramas will always be remembered for their opening tunes for as long as the genre is popular.