Theme songs can make the difference between good and memorable, and between bad and acceptable. Unlike 2014, 2013 was an experimental year. (At least that’s what we call a year of poor viewership figures.) Among others, 2013 included an idol drama, a startup drama, a male coming-of-age drama, a female coming-of-age drama, a historical drama, and a meta-drama. One might expect a comparably wide range of theme songs, too!
Thus, I have compiled this list of opening and ending Mediacorp drama theme songs, with video links wherever I can locate them. I’ve decided to give stars to those which stand out, either personally or thematically. I wouldn’t go further to give ratings, because music is so subjective and there’s really no need to start bickering over such things.
This list includes all major Ch 8 dramas mainly aired in 2015, with 2 bonus from Ch U! All of them are Mediacorp productions, unless stated. They are arranged chronologically, by date of first airing. Here you go!🌟 denotes my personal faves (partly a reflection of my tastes)
★ denotes the best opening theme songs (which I felt best represented the drama)
The Glittering Days 星光灿烂 (7pm)
Opening theme: Joi Chua 蔡淳佳 – 要幸福啊
C.L.I.F. 2 警徽天职2
Opening theme: Power Station 动力火车 – 光荣角色
Startup! 创！(Ch U; Woosh)
Opening theme: Tay Kewei 郑可为 – Starting Now
The Recruit Diaries 阿兵新传
Opening theme: 郭家维 / 黄国辉 – 小子从军
Wawa always nails their song picks, always! No doubt they are helped by affiliations to regional artistes like S.H.E and Anthony Neely. But Marry Me included 4 songs from local musicians. Needless to say, in 2015, Wawa’s blockbuster Crescendo 起飞 included a CD release of remixed Xinyao hits. That’s the greatest statement ever for Singapore music. I hope to create such a list specifically for Crescendo 起飞.