SHINee songs that are awesome but underrated


SHINee’s back. 

SHINee songs, especially their title tracks, are typically adventurous and ahead of the curve. Hence, it’s no wonder why their fans, affectionately dubbed “Shawols”, have been patiently waiting for new content from the group – their sound is irreplaceable.

The K-pop veteran group finally made a comeback on 22nd February 2021 with their 7th studio album, Don’t Call Me. The comeback marked the end of a 2-and-a-half year hiatus, which saw members Onew, Key, and Minho complete their military service. 

And on 12th April, they came back with a repackaged album titled Atlantis, which features a nautical-themed electropop title track.

If you’ve just joined the fandom thanks to SHINee’s recent releases and aren’t sure where to start with their extensive discography, here are 20 SHINee songs in no particular order – that you should check out.


Underrated SHINee songs


1. Shift


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Shift is a chill, laidback song infused with a strong base and beat, reminiscent of an ‘80s pop song. It’s best played when you’re on a long drive, in the cool evenings or on a hot summer day. 

SHIFT
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SHIFT

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It’s composed and written by Kenzie, who’s famous for producing hit songs such as Girls’ Generation’s Into The New World, EXO’s Overdose, and Red Velvet’s Red Flavor.

British songwriting duo LDN Noise also took part in the arrangement of this song.

Fun fact: Key performed this during his 1st solo concert in 2019 and covered all the members’ parts perfectly.

[샤이니키] - SHIFT KEY focus 직캠 FANCAM
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[샤이니키] - SHIFT KEY focus 직캠 FANCAM

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Album: 1 of 1 (2016)

Genre: UK Garage, House, Dance


2. Romance


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Romance is a fast-paced fun and funky song best listened to when you want to get pumped up and moving. With Latin influences and beachy vibes, this song reminds us of a mix between Mario Kart Wii themes like Coconut Mall and Rainbow Road.

Romance
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Romance

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SHINee’s main rapper, Minho, contributed to the lyrics of this song.

Album: Odd (2015)

Genre: Disco funk, Dance-pop


3. Dangerous (Medusa II)


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Dangerous goes for a retro-esque vibe with synths added here and there, and it will make you bob your head to the music.

American singer-songwriter Teddy Riley, who produced and wrote multiple songs for Michael Jackson, took part in producing this song.

Jonghyun also took part in writing the lyrics for Dangerous, which talks about a dangerous girl who has sparked the curiosity of the boys.

Dangerous (Medusa Ⅱ)
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Dangerous (Medusa Ⅱ)

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Album: Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Genre: Dance, Electropop


4. Lock You Down 


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Lock You Down was arranged and produced by the Grammy-nominated record label The Stereotypes, who’s known for producing hits such as Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Red Velvet’s Bad Boy. It is an upbeat song that evokes elements of fun throughout the track.

This was Jonghyun’s last song with SHINee, released as a special track in the final instalment of their 3-part EP, The Story of Light’.

Lock You Down (Special Track)
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Lock You Down (Special Track)

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This song shocked fans with the vocals of the late Jonghyun, and Shawols – SHINee’s fandom name – can’t help but feel bittersweet when listening to this track.

Album: The Story of Light’ EP.3 (2018)

Genre: Dance, Pop


5. One For Me


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One For Me is a slow, romantic R&B song that will make your heart swoon with smooth vocals and beats.

그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me)
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그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me)

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This song was written by the popular ballad singer Wheesung, and it song highlights Jonghyun’s powerful vocals and extensive range. The lyrics talk about a boy comforting his long-term crush after her break-up, and how he finally has a chance to treat her better than her ex.

SHINee- 그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me) lyrics [Eng. | Rom. | Han.]
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SHINee- 그녀가 헤어졌다 (One for Me) lyrics [Eng. | Rom. | Han.]

 

Video credit: Platypizz2

Album: The SHINee World (2008)

Genre: R&B, Ballad


6. Excuse Me Miss


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This slick R&B song mesmerises the listener with soulful vocals from the boys. The lyrics describe the jittery feelings one has when one is with their crush.

Excuse Me Miss
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Excuse Me Miss

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Excuse Me Miss was performed live for the 1st time during SHINee’s 4th concert tour.

SHINee - Excuse Me Miss
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SHINee - Excuse Me Miss

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Album: Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Genre: R&B


7. Symptoms 


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Symptoms was written by Jonghyun and produced by The Underdogs, an American R&B and pop duo. The duo is known for producing songs for renowned R&B artists such as R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown.

상사병 (Symptoms)
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상사병 (Symptoms)

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The heavy R&B and slow jam influences in the song show off SHINee’s distinct charms that set them apart from their contemporaries.

Album: Everybody (2013)

Genre: R&B


8. Please, Don’t Go


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Please, Don’t Go is an emotional ballad sung by SHINee’s leader Onew and main vocalist Jonghyun.

잠꼬대 (Please, Don't Go)
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잠꼬대 (Please, Don't Go)

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Lyrics such as “You can’t, don’t leave like this” and “Please just one more time, hold me in your arms again” really hits the spot, perfectly describing how one feels after a break-up.

Album: Romeo (2009)

Genre: Ballad


9. Beautiful


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Beautiful was also produced by Teddy Riley. It’s an upbeat and feel-good song that was promoted alongside this EP’s title track, Dream Girl.

[Comeback Stage] SHINee - Beautiful, 샤이니 - 아름다워, Music Core 20130223
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[Comeback Stage] SHINee - Beautiful, 샤이니 - 아름다워, Music Core 20130223

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Accompanying the feel-good vibes of this song are lyrics that embrace listeners with comfort and reassurance, especially when the song ends off with a line that says “Your existence alone is beautiful.

SHINee - Beautiful (아름다워) (Color Coded Lyrics) [Han/Eng/Rom]
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SHINee - Beautiful (아름다워) (Color Coded Lyrics) [Han/Eng/Rom]

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Album: Misconceptions of You (2013)

Genre: Pop, Dance


10. You & I


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You & I was entirely written by SHINee’s diva, Key, in the summer of 2017.

The lyrics can be interpreted as one acknowledging their feelings of sadness and accepting the loss of a loved one, especially with lyrics such as “I’m the only one who’s hurting, though I seem fine but I’m not easy” and “Out of all the stars in my heart, there’s one star that shines painfully / I don’t want to hold onto it, but I don’t want it to extinguish either”.

안녕 You & I
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안녕 You & I

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The audience of episode 401 of Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook got to hear a snippet of this song performed live.

샤이니 (SHINee) 유희열의 스케치북 - 안녕 (You & I)
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샤이니 (SHINee) 유희열의 스케치북 - 안녕 (You & I)

Video credit: 내가 보고싶은온유

Album: The Story of Light’ EP.1 (2018)

Genre: Ballad


11. Prism


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Prism starts off slow before jumping into a fast-paced UK garage song. Jonghyun took part in the composition of the song together with American producers Jamil “Digi” Chammas from Orange Factory Music and R&B singer-songwriter Vedo.

Prism
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Prism

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Despite the pace of this song, SHINee managed to impress the audience with stellar execution of dance moves while not compromising on their live vocals.

[SHINee - Prism] Comeback Stage | M COUNTDOWN 161006 EP.495
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[SHINee - Prism] Comeback Stage | M COUNTDOWN 161006 EP.495

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Album: 1 of 1 (2016)

Genre: UK Garage, House


12. Jojo


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Produced by Kenzie, Jojo is a song that speaks about how ones feels after breaking up, unable to forget about their ex.

JoJo.
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JoJo.

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Catch the live performance of Jojo here:

SHINee - JoJo, 샤이니 - 조조, Music Core 20100109
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SHINee - JoJo, 샤이니 - 조조, Music Core 20100109

Video credit: MBCkpop

Album: 2009, Year of Us (2009)

Genre: R&B, Pop


Must-listen SHINee songs


13. Don’t Call Me


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Also produced by Kenzie, Don’t Call Me is a song about a boy’s resentment towards his ex. This is the first time SHINee has attempted a genre like this, but they managed to pull it off like the musical chameleons that they are.  

SHINee 샤이니 'Don't Call Me' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 'Don't Call Me' MV

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In commemoration of the group’s comeback, celebrities such as IU and Super Junior came together to react to their music video.

아이유(IU) Reaction | SHINee ‘Don’t Call Me’ ☎❌ MV
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아이유(IU) Reaction | SHINee ‘Don’t Call Me’ ☎❌ MV

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Fun fact: This song was originally meant for BoA, but she felt that it was better suited for a group. NCT was one of the potential groups for this song, but it was eventually handed over to SHINee.

Album: Don’t Call Me (2021)

Genre: Hip hop, Dance


14. Replay


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SHINee debuted with the R&B track Replay in May 2008. This song reflects the feelings of a younger boy’s crush on an older girl.

SHINee 샤이니 '누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 '누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)' MV

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Their debut stage surprised the audience as SHINee boasted impressive skills despite being just a rookie group at that time. 

[1080P] 080525 SHINee Replay (Debut Stage)
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[1080P] 080525 SHINee Replay (Debut Stage)

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Album: Replay (2008)

Genre: R&B, Ballad


15. View


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View was written by Jonghyun and produced by LDN Noise and Ryan S. Jhun. American songwriter and producer Adrian McKinnon, also took part in the production of this song.

Their music video was the most viewed K-pop MV in May 2018.

SHINee 샤이니 'View' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 'View' MV

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The catchy chorus is easy to follow, and the fan chant for this song is one of the most memorable parts of their live performances.

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SHINee(샤이니) - 'VIEW' M COUNTDOWN 150528 Ep.426

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Album: Odd (2015)

Genre: Deep house, Dance


16. Married To The Music


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Composed and arranged by LDN Noise, Adrian McKinnon, Ryan S. Jhun, and Zak Waters, Married To The Music is one of the 4 songs added to the repackaged album Odd. 

Their quirky MV incorporates slightly disturbing visuals such as Taemin’s eyeballs popping out and Key getting decapitated. Don’t worry, there’s no blood involved.

SHINee 샤이니 'Married To The Music' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 'Married To The Music' MV

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Album: Married To The Music (2015)

Genre: Dance, Disco-pop


17. Good Evening


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SHINee made their 1st comeback as 4 with Good Evening as the title track for their album The Story of Light. The album marked the group’s 10th anniversary

Shawols came up with various theories after watching the MV, which included a scene where the boys peered into a well while a shadow could be seen. Some theories include the band starting afresh as a quartet but still acknowledging that Jonghyun continues to play an important role in the band.

SHINee 샤이니 '데리러 가 (Good Evening)' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 '데리러 가 (Good Evening)' MV

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Minho and Key took part in writing the lyrics for this deep house track. Koharu Sugawara, who choreographed Taemin’s Move, did the choreography for this song.

[SHINee - Good Evening] Comeback Stage | M COUNTDOWN 180531 EP.572
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[SHINee - Good Evening] Comeback Stage | M COUNTDOWN 180531 EP.572

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Album: The Story of Light’ EP.1 (2018)

Genre: Electropop, Deep house


18. Tell Me What To Do


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Tell Me What To Do is an electropop track infused with R&B elements.

The MV features rising actress Han So-hee as the protagonist, whom Minho and Taemin are fighting over. The cinematography is so good that you’d have to rewatch the music video a few times to truly appreciate it

SHINee 샤이니 'Tell Me What To Do' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 'Tell Me What To Do' MV

 

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Check out their performance of the song at the 2016 KBS Song Festival below:

SHINee - Tell Me What To Do [2016 KBS Song Festival / 2017.01.01]
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SHINee - Tell Me What To Do [2016 KBS Song Festival / 2017.01.01]

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Album: 1 and 1 (2016)

Genre: R&B, Electropop


19. Love Like Oxygen


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SHINee made their 1st-ever comeback after their debut with Love Like Oxygen. This title track is a pop song with funky riff and an ‘80s vibe.

This song was a remake of Martin Hoberg Hedegaard’s debut song, Show The World. Hedegaard was the winner of Denmark’s The X Factor.

SHINee 샤이니 '산소 같은 너 (Love like Oxygen)' MV
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SHINee 샤이니 '산소 같은 너 (Love like Oxygen)' MV

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This song got SHINee their first Korean music show win, on Mnet’s M! Countdown.

SHINee - Love Like Oxygen [08.09.05]
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SHINee - Love Like Oxygen [08.09.05]

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Album: The SHINee World (2008)

Genre: Pop


20. Romeo + Juliette


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Image credit: 샤이니 (SHINee)

Romeo+Juliette is a synth-pop song that tells of a boy and girl parting ways after a failed relationship, and the boy reminiscing their time spent together.

소년, 소녀를 만나다 (Romeo+Juliette)
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소년, 소녀를 만나다 (Romeo+Juliette)

 

Video credit: SHINee

Album: Romeo (2009)

Genre: Synth-pop 


SHINee songs that are hidden gems


These SHINee songs are a good introduction to their discography, especially if you’re venturing into the fandom. Don’t forget to stream these SHINee songs along with their latest release – Atlantis – that just dropped last week. 

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