Have you ever watched a K-drama and realized that the plot reminded you of one of your favorite K-pop songs? Or have you ever listened to a song and was reminded of a drama you loved? This list contains eight moments when the worlds of K-drama and K-pop seem to have aligned perfectly in recent months. If you liked any of the K-dramas listed below, then you’ll love the song we matched it with. And if you like one of these songs but haven’t seen the drama… well, you better start clearing your schedule to make time for a new show!
1. “Doom at Your Service” — “Make It” by 2PM
Not only would “Make It” be the perfect theme song for “Doom at Your Service,” but the music video might as well be straight out of the drama. As the incarnation of doom, Myeol Mang (Seo In Guk) is followed by accidents big and small everywhere he goes: cars collide, pipes burst, and drain holes open in the ground. “Make It” follows: chaos and destruction surround the 2PM members, even though they only care about their love interest.
While the men of 2PM protect their female lead, however, Myeol Mang’s intentions towards Tak Dong Kyung (Park Bo Young) are not always so clear. But fate also has a role to play for this pair, and between the lyrics of this song and its Korean title (which translates to “should” or “must”), “Make It” might as well be made up of “Doom at Your Service.”
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2. “Nevertheless” — “FEVER” ENHYPEN
“Nevertheless” follows college student Yoo Na Bi (Han Seo Hee)’s dangerous flirtation with Park Jae Uhn (Song Kang), a famous playboy who is not in a relationship. Jae Uhn has set his sights on Na Bi, and he knows she’s bad for him (all the red flags are there. Everyone!), but he can’t stay away. And we can’t say we completely blame him, considering their off-chart chemistry.
Considering Jae Uhn has been under Na Bi’s skin like a disease, ENHYPEN’s “FEVER” is a perfect match for “Nevertheless”. This song is about being attracted to someone you can’t have and burning like a fever over it. Maybe this explains why Na Bi really had a fever at the start of the drama!
3. “Demon Judge” — “BLACK MIRROR” ONEUS
Dystopian, futuristic and distorted, both “The Devil Judge” and ONEUS’ latest single “BLACK MIRROR” tackle a world where it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. “The Devil Judge” just premiered, and it depicts a version of a South Korean alternative future where Kang Yo Han (Ji Sung) is a judge whose courtroom is televised to convince the nation that justice is being served. But is it really, or is it all for show? Who holds the real power, and who is just a puppet? Maybe rookie judge Kim Ga On (GOT7’s Jinyoung) can see the truth.
“BLACK MIRROR” is a complement to “The Devil Judge” which explores the issue of reality in an increasingly digital era. Can we believe what we see on the screen, like Yo Han’s courtroom? Are we connected to each other and to the truth? Both the song and the drama raise a lot of thought-provoking questions, and we’re excited to see how “The Devil Judge” answers them!
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4. “My Roommate Is a Gumiho” — “Kids” TO1
In title and demeanor, “Son of Beast” is a perfect match for “My Roommate Is a Gumiho.” This drama tells the story of a beast: a 999-year-old gumiho, or nine-tailed fox, named Shin Woo Yeo (Jang Ki Yong). Woo Yeo is on the verge of achieving his dream of becoming a human… until college student Lee Dam (Hyeri) swallows his magic fox bead.
Woo Yeo has all the suave charisma of a man who knows how the world works (since he’s been in it for almost a millennium). “Son of Beast” matches that confidence and subtlety, but TO1 manages to make the track feel both fun and a little dangerous. This is only fitting for a drama that offers as much fantasy rom-com gold as “My Roommate Is a Gumiho”!
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5. “Youth May” — E’LAST U “Early spring”
Instead of summer sadness, 2021 gave us a lot of spring sadness with the bittersweet drama “Youth of May.” Set during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, this drama follows the love story of two young men during these turbulent times: nurse Kim Myung Hee (Go Min Si) and medical student Hwang Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun).
E’LAST U’s sweet yet melancholic song “Early spring” is perfect for this drama, and not just because it was released in May! This song encapsulates the beauty and sadness of destiny, a difficult love like the romance that grew between Myung Hee and Hee Tae during a traumatic period in Korean history.
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6. “The Penthouse 3” — “TAIL” Sunmi
Sunmi’s “TAIL” is all about instinct, which seems to be purely what drives the characters in the “The Penthouse” series! Greed, revenge, bloodlust, lust: you name it, and “The Penthouse 3” has it. There’s something almost animalistic about this character, captured by the cat’s inspiration on Sunmi’s tracks.
“TAIL” is smoother than this over-the-top (makjang) drama, but in attitude and theme, it’s dead: neither the song nor the drama (and the music video!) encapsulate the power struggle. And there’s plenty of power to fight for in “The Penthouse 3,” with the residents of Hera Palace eyeing the top universities, gaining reputation and money, and, in some cases, surviving.
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7. “Vincenzo” — “In the morning” ITZY
This pair needs almost no explanation! Song Joong Ki stars in the titular role of Vincenzo, a Korean who was adopted as a child into an Italian mafia family. ITZY’s latest hit “In the Morning” is actually mafia-themed, so it might come as no surprise that the song and “Vincenzo” share similar content.
ITZY sets their sights on a romantic target in “In the morning,” vowing to steal someone’s heart at night and refusing to play by the rules. The rules also do not bind Vincenzo, as he uses evil methods to defeat the villain who has wronged him and take back his possessions. But when the law doesn’t punish the bad guys, maybe the little mafia’s actions aren’t such a bad thing. Plus, ITZY’s balance between badass and playful is perfect for this drama’s dark comedy!
8. “Taxi Driver” — “PTT (Paint The Town)” LOONA
Wouldn’t LOONA’s “PTT (Paint The Town)” be the perfect song to listen to while driving down the highway at night trying to catch criminals? This breathless and badass song fits perfectly with the crime-action drama “Taxi Driver.” When the honest and honest life of Kim Do Gi (Lee Je Hoon) is turned upside down by a tragedy, he is recruited by a secret organization that takes justice into its own hands where the law fails.
“PTT (Paint The Town)” is about being unstoppable, and Do Gi and his crew refuse to be deterred from getting back at those they want to help. This LOONA song is the perfect mischievous hero song for a group of characters who are “painting the city” in their own way with revenge and justice.
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Hi Soompiers, do you agree with this pairing? What other recent K-drama/K-pop couples can you think of? Let us know in the comments!
hgordon stay up late at night with a K-drama marathon and try to keep up with the latest K-pop releases.
Watching: “Consequences of Serving You” and “Nevertheless.”
Favorite drama of all time: “Hwayugi” and “Hotel Del Luna.”