Drama theme-song ringtones
Somehow the mention of ringtones came up on the last Open Thread, and I posted some ringtones that I’d made of You’re Beautiful OST songs. I got some requests, so I thought I’d put more up in a separate post, in case anyone else was interested.
(These are short mp3 clips that you can download onto your phone IF your phone is capable of mp3 ringtones. I know some phones have size limits for mp3s — mine is 500kb — and most of these clips are under 30 seconds and in the 200kb-400kb range. Download link at bottom.)
I’m sure most of you are familiar with this soundtrack so I don’t need to post clips, but I’ll put them up just in case:
Jang Geun-seok – “말도 없이” (Without Words)
Jang Geun-seok – “Good Bye”
A.N.JELL – “Promise” verse
A.N.JELL – “Promise” chorus
Park Shin-hye – “Lovely Day”
Some of you expressed reservations about using ringtones that might be embarrassing to sound in public, so here are a few instrumental versions to spare you the mortification.
“여전히” (Still) bossa version
“말도 없이” (Without Words) piano version – verse
“말도 없이” (Without Words) piano version – chorus
And the rest, in no particular order:
For nostalgia’s sake.
Belle Epoque – “May” or the “chestnut scene song.”
The Melody – “La La La, It’s Love”
FreeTempo – “Immaterial White”
Low End Project – “연애를 망친 건… 바로 나라는 걸 알았다” (I Know I’m the One Who Ruined our Relationship)
STRONGEST CHIL WOO
Some dramas barely left a blip on the radar but had some memorable tunes, like this one. I like this song so much that I made three different ringtones out of three different parts of the song. It’s Joseon Korea with a dash of Zorro/Americana thrown in as well. What’s not to love?
Strongest Chil-woo OST – “Western Whistle” – intro portion
RETURN OF ILJIMAE
This drama’s soundtrack has some of the most beautiful instrumentals I’ve ever heard in a drama, particularly the plum-blossom theme song below.
Return of Iljimae theme
Return of Iljimae – “매화가 흐드러진 날 ” (A Day the Plum Blossoms Were Beautiful)
I.S. (Infinite of Spring) – “Asian Flower.” This isn’t expressly from the soundtrack, but was used in an episode.
BOYS BEFORE FLOWERS
To be honest, I can’t quite see anyone using this ringtone without (1) a healthy dose of irony, and/or (2) shame, but I had to make it nonetheless!
The infamous “Paradise” by T-Max
STORY OF A MAN
This song still gives me a little thrill whenever I hear that crescendoing guitar riff. I actually use this as my alarm clock song in the mornings:
Story of a Man OST – “세상을 너에게” (The World To You)
Another drama with one of the best soundtracks around. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the PD who did this series also did Return of Iljimae.
Goong Theme Song
Goong – “Crystal Flower”
Unfortunately for Goong S‘s case, I think its soundtrack was better than its plot. 🙁
Second Moon – “구름같은 세상” (Cloudlike world)
MY FAIR LADY
Davichi – “Hot Stuff
MY NAME IS KIM SAM-SOON
Clazziquai – “Be My Love”
THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN
I don’t feel particular attachment to this drama, but I think it has a great, peppy theme song.
As One – “La la la… Love Song”
And then, here are some other selections from some Korean indie and electronic bands I like. Sometimes you might not want a highly recognizable (or potentially embarrassing) ringtone to give you away in public, but maybe you want something a little different, something that other people might be intrigued by and/or envy you for. I think these do a good job:
Clazziquai – “Sweety”
Hourmelts – “Your World, My Nest, Vague Trust”
Humming Urban Stereo – “Sounds Market”
Mot – “11 Over 8”
Oldfish – “Movement”
Sentimental Scenery – “Oriental Snow”