Best Jdorama Songs of 2016

Favorite JDorama OSTs 2016

Hello, these are my favorite Jdorama OSTs of 2016 :) The list is mostly dominated by ballads and a couple of upbeat pop and rock songs. I found the past year to be quite underwhelming and I haven't watched or enjoyed as many dramas as I wished. However, I fell in love with some of the theme songs. So here they are...

*NOTE: Apparently half of the videos posted here are restricted for the following countries: USA, Australia, NZ, Korea and Mexico (which sucks!). However, you can check out the links I posted below the videos and search on that site other videos, they shouldn't be restricted at all (if you are curious). Thanks.

"Kokoro no Mama ni" by Shimatani Hitomi

(Ito Oshikute)

Hitomi is famous for her powerful and beautiful voice which makes this ballad even more surreal. This song fits perfectly the atmosphere of this drama, which follows a 30-year-old woman who is dying but wishes to finally open her heart to love. You can watch the full video here.

"Hanataba wo Kimi ni" by Utada Hikaru 

(Toto Nee-chan)

When Utada finally released her new album after a long hiatus in 2016, there was one song that really stood out - Hanataba wo Kimi ni (A Tear-Colored Bouquet), dedicated to her late mother. The beautiful ballad became the theme song for this historical drama about a young girl who becomes the paternal figure for her siblings. You can watch the full music video here.

"Ashita e no Tegami" by Teshima Aoi 

(Love That Makes You Cry)

Another great and touching ballad that I fell in love with the moment I heard it. It is a theme song for this romance drama that depicts a group of people, their relationships and everyday struggles. You can check out the full music video here.

"Bokutachi no Mirai" by Ieiri Leo 

(Omukae Death)

If you haven't heard of this girl before, then you must check her out! I love almost all of her songs, she is amazing and talented. This is a fast-paced pop song that is a theme song for Omukae Desu, a supernatural drama about a young man who gets involved with the Angel of Death in order to solve people's regrets. You can listen to the full song here.

"Saikou na Shiawase" by Kato Miliyah 


The amazing Miliyah did it again! Her upbeat ballad proves to be another fantastic track, this time a theme song for the suspense drama based on Sandra Brown's novel "Mirror Image."

"Jukai no Ito" by Cocco

(Destiny-Like Love)

This song is quite old, it got released in the 90s, oldie but goldie! It is a theme song for the romance drama about an older woman x younger man and I love listening to it. There is simply something mesmerizing about Cocco's voice. Since this video is short, you can watch here the full-length one.

"Suna no Tou" by THE YELLOW MONKEY 

(Suna no Tou)

This rock tune was a slow-burner for me, but by the time I've watched a couple of episodes of this drama, I was hooked! It is a great song with a great video, so make sure to check it out. It fits perfectly the intense atmosphere of this drama as well.

"Comet" by Spitz 


This business drama is a remake of the famous Korean drama Misaeng, and I adore the theme song! It is a ballad with guitar elements and I found the opening notes so addicting! Unfortunately, I couldn't find the official music video or preview, so if anyone knows anything about it, let me know please.

"Bara no Youni Saite Sakura no Youni Chitte" by Matsuda Seiko

(I Love You The Most)

This woman never fails to amaze me, with either her voice or charisma. She made her debut almost 40 years ago, but she hasn't lost her touch. This ballad (trans. "It Blooms Like a Rose and Scatters Like a Cherry Tree") is simply fantastic, but since the Japanese have a habit of purging the music videos from Youtube, here's the link where you can enjoy this amazing song. 

"Mint" by Namie Amuro

(My Dangerous Wife)

My Dangerous Wife is a drama only loosely based on the famous novel Gone Girl but it still became a sensation due to a fast-paced plot and crazy characters. This upbeat and catchy song by Namie serves an an insert track and it is fabulous. You can enjoy it in full here.

Honorable mentions:

Which theme songs of 2016 are your favorites? :) Thanks for reading! xxx

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    Isinuyasha Jan 20, 2017

    I also enjoyed "Suki Na Hito Ga Iru Koto" by JY :)

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    ilovemassu Jan 18, 2017 - edited

    i cant believe that Hoshino Gen's Koi was not mention above.
    it was phenomenal~! i love it.

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      Kasjady Jan 19, 2017

      Yeah I would say it's one of the most memorable drama opening tracks I've heard in a really long time :D

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      Ceki Jan 19, 2017

      Dunno, I personally did not like it so much :D

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    amourexdile Jan 17, 2017

    Thank you so much for posting the full link for "Bara no Youni Saite Sakura no Youni Chitte". Although I found the drama to be somewhat disappointing (especially given my high hopes for it), I fell in love with the theme song. I'd never heard of Matsuda Seiko before the drama so I was glad to have found a new fave singer.

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    BBLKing Jan 17, 2017

    My favourite was definitely Koi by Hoshino Gen, the music and the dance are so funny.

    Also, I liked "Heaven's Door" from Jimi ni Sugoi! and "Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto", specially the slow version.

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    bannie Jan 16, 2017

    hoshino gen's koi was in kouhaku so its tough to not have that as top few

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    cllanti Jan 16, 2017 - edited

    I just wish these songs weren't so hard to get in the US.

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      Kevin Jan 17, 2017

      its so much worse for australia. T_T

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    shaz22 Jan 16, 2017

    Yellow Monkey is great, the end.

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    Kisugi Jan 15, 2017

    Thanks for this article and nice choices!
    I personnally like Hoshino Gen's "Koi" the best, even if I didn't watch the drama. I think Chay's "12 gatsu no ame" was original, I like it a lot. And of course, Fujiwara Sakura's "Soup" was great. I also enjoyed Ikimonogakari's "Sweet Sweet Music". 2016 was a great year for OST!

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    emmsssyyyy Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    Agree with these!
    I think NEWS' koi wo shiranai kimi e (Toki wo kakeru shoujo) was also verly good and fits the drama....

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    atslipinbag Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    since i have not watched most of these dramas, went through all songs just to listen to them but almost half of them wont play(not available in my country) bo hoo

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      Ceki Jan 16, 2017

      Check out the links I posted below the videos, you should be able to watch the music videos in full there.

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      atslipinbag Jan 16, 2017

      thks will do so!

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    atslipinbag Jan 15, 2017

    I love mint !!!
    And I greatly loved 'smile to me' ost of the dramachef

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    tropka Jan 15, 2017

    Thanks for the article.
    On top of the ones you listed I liked that NEWS song a lot. I never hear any of their songs before but I liked the theme song 'Koi wo shiranai kimi e' from The girl who leapt through time.
    chay's 12gatsu no Ame from Jimi ni sugoi
    oni by CreepHyp from Soshite...
    beautiful days by GReeeeN from Ie uru onna
    And also Fujiwara Sakura's songs for Love Song.

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    SumiTheCat Jan 15, 2017 - edited

    Thanks for the article!
    I haven't watched most of these dramas, except Love That Makes you cry and Boku no Yabai Tsuma. Both OST really fit the atmopshere of their drama. I especially liked "Ashita e no tegami", it feels like you are walking on a rope, and that the very special impression that drama leff on me (sorry, don't know how to explain it)
    I prefer more rocky/ punchy/pop songs though, like the one from Juuhan Shuttai!!, and there were numerous dramas with good ost (not often the opening or ending song, more the musical background).
    But i guess the only one that will remain in my mind is the entertaining "Koi" by Hoshino Gen (from Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu)

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    ken Jan 15, 2017

    Ashita e no Tegami is just perfect

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    PSA4869 Jan 15, 2017

    Awesome! I love all those song, especially Bokutachi no Mirai by Leo Ieiri >< You should checked out Jimi ni Sugoi ost 'Heaven's Door ~Hinoatarubashou~' by Chise Kanna too, it pretty similar to Bokutachi no Mirai plus it is so good ;)

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