Theme songs can make the difference between good and memorable, and between bad and acceptable. 2014 was a bumper year in viewership ratings for Mediacorp dramas. 4 dramas topped 1 million on average, and virtually all hit at least 930k. We know that the quality of dramas fluctuates, so I’m thinking that theme songs might have played a key role. Or they changed the formulas to boost ratings, but I shall assume not!
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 2014, with 2 extras 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 (mainly a reflection of my tastes)
★ denotes the best opening theme songs (which I felt best represented the drama)
The Caregivers / Missy 先生
Opening theme: Stella Seah 谢慧娴 – 天使的翅膀
C.L.I.F. 3 警徽天职3
Opening theme: ah5ive The Band – 一念之差
World at Your Feet 球在你脚下 (WC Special)
Opening theme: Power Station 动力火车 – 逐梦 ★
Spice Up 幸福料理
Opening theme: Ruth Kueo Miaoru 魏妙如 – 手中的幸福
Turns out that there are many stars in the bottom half of the list, corresponding with the second half of 2014 dramas! Yet this only corresponds with my own assessment of the dramas. In terms of viewership, The Caregivers and C.L.I.F. 3 were actually 3rd and 2nd respectively.
I still love the dramas I do, all the more so with their fabulous songs. 2014 surely goes down – for me – as one of the best years wrt dramas, especially with a truly remarkable ending stretch. Do check out the links; many videos include scenes from the dramas as well!