SHINee who is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month has been probably one of the hardest working kpop groups in the last decade. There discography is extensive not even including their Japanese releases!
In honor of SHINee’s 10th anniversary J.R.’s Musical Adventure has created a list of their top ten SHINee songs which is no easy task as SHINee has released 11 albums! It wasn’t easy but I tried and here are the ten!
- Love like oxygen
While not the first SHINee video I saw with its euro music and melody it made me nostalgic which surprised me as the members of the group were so young themselves! Jonghyun’s Michael Jackson styled vocals and SHINee’s chair dancing sold me on the group. With this song and music video I just knew this group was going places!
This song is a close second as it is my all time favorite song of SHINee. The music, vocals (and stylization of vocals)and lyrics embodied what made me fall in love with kpop in the first place. Each member’s “role” vocally is showcased well (more so than other songs from this era) and they invoke the sadness and despair of the forlorn lyrics so well I am touched every time I hear it, even to this day 9 years later.
3. Odd Eye
This song sounded like no other song (in kpop). I love its beautifully smooth synth melody and the creative use of Jonghyun’s, Taemin’s and Onew’s “My eyes on yooou” in the chorus. A added bonus is the bridge reminds me of Pumpkin Hill (Sonic adventure). Even non kpop fans seem to be taken in by the hypnotic chorus! “hey what song is that with the guy going “oooo” in the chorus?” someone once asked me.
Especially now this song holds a special place in any SHINee fan’s heart. For most its the song that introduced the group to the world. With lyrics many people can relate to (being in love/like with someone older than you and/or liking someone who does take you seriously.) To me its low tempo and catchy melody that wears off on you after a while Replay stood out amongst a lot of the other debuting artists in 2008 and is by far one of the best debut kpop songs ever. Replay is now a new classic.
5. One Minute Back
From the dramatic drumbeat layered with rhythmic breathing in the beginning I sensed One minute would be a fierce, enjoyable song. The whole vibe from the lyrics, vocals to the music channels the intense feeling one may experience seeing their partner cheating on them with someone else. The change of lyrics in the end surprised me but goes to show how well the song kept to its theme.
6. Close The Door
This another song that was a little different than most kpop songs that were out at the time (2010’s). I was struck by its enchanting electro-string melody making like a song that would play in a futuristic ballroom. SHINee’s vocals shine brightly in the chorus which is a great feat in such a slow and delicate song. The lyrics also take the spotlight as well adding to the romantic atmosphere.
7. Password-(Japanese song)
One of the Japanese releases that really stood out was Password. Once again SHINee distinguishes itself from the bunch with a song not typically heard in kpop. With 80s rock/pop flavor Password invokes bands like Duran Duran. The lyrics with lines give me the password are even reminiscent of late 80s songs that often referenced computers and technology ( Automatic, Computer love). In the live version Jonghyun’s solo is just beautiful.
8. Hold You
This is the song I always dreamed SHINee would do. With it’s classic 80’s/90’s r&b sound it fits SHINee’s retro style to a t.
This song is one of the best SHINee songs done live. Like One minute the emotional intensity is conveyed through every aspect of the track from the lyrics, vocals and music. Like I stated above when performed they just hit it out of the park.
10. SHINee in The House
Clocking in at only one minute and a half this isn’t exactly a song … more of an intro, one that SHINee needed from the beginning! I first heard this awesome Intro watching my SHINee world 4 dvd. With its cute opening fooling the listeners and audience beginning with the melody and chorus from replay to then switch to some great harmonizing. Jonghyun, Onew and Taemin tell us to get ready for a great time because shinee is performing tonight and they’ll make us happy, love it. I kind of hoped they would open all their following concerts with this song but alas. Great anthem for a great group.
Well that’s it! For now, who knows with the new album coming out there may be some news songs on this list!
What about you? What are your favorite SHINee songs?