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SHINee, Music Exhibit Icon

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD, with De'Siree Fairley

SHINee debuted with SM Entertainment in 2008 with five members: Onew (Lee Jin-ki), Key (Kim Ki-bum), Minho (Choi Min-ho), Taemin (Lee Tae-min) and Jonghyun (Kim Jong-hyun), who passed away in 2017.

A curation of playlists reveals the strength of SHINee’s early work, which includes the group’s incredibly successful debut track, “Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay).” Of the 10 most cited promotional tracks, all were released before 2015, despite the group’s growing popularity globally. The music videos for the promotional tracks reveals the importance of choreography for the group, including “Lucifer” which remains one of the most difficult dance routines in K-pop. SHINee’s sound runs the gamut of genres, but always centralizes the vocals of the members.

SHINee has worked with a wide variety of creative personnel, including in-house veterans like Kenzie (“Jojo,” “Trigger”) and Yoo Young-jin (“Ring Ding Dong,” “Love Should Go On”). They have worked with Swedish and Danish producers such as Thomas Troelsen (“Love Like Oxygen,” “Sherlock”), Stephan Elfgren (“Colorful”), and Remee Sigvardt (“Love Like Oxygen,” “Juliette”). SHINee has also worked with American music producers, including Dewain Whitmore Jr. (“Symptoms,” “Love Sick”), Harvey Mason Jr. (“Symptoms,” ”Alive,” “Love Sick”) and Teddy Riley (“Dangerous (Medusa II),” “Shine (Medusa I).”

In addition to global talent, the members of SHINee have also made creative contributions to the group’s music. Jonghyun has been the most prolific, writing lyrics for “Obsession,” “Symptoms,” “Orgel,” “Prism,” and “Don’t Stop.” In addition, Onew (“So Amazing”), Key (“Don’t Stop”) and Minho (“U Need Me," "Don’t Stop") are also credited on SHINee songs.

Curated Playlist

Popular Promotional Tracks curated from YouTube playlists

Popular Deep Cuts curated from YouTube playlists and music reviews

1. Replay (Noona Neomu Yeppo) | 2. Love Like Oxygen | 3. Amigo | 4. Ring Ding Dong | 5. Juliette | 6. Lucifer | 7. Hello | 8. Sherlock (Clue + Note) | 9. Colorful | 10. Dream Girl | 11. Y Si Fuera Ella | 12. Graze | 13. Love Should Go On | 14. Jojo | 15. Obsession | 16. Symptoms | 17. Dangerous (Medusa II) | 18. Evil | 19. Excuse Me Miss | 20. Shine (Medusa I) | 21. Orgel | 22. Alive | 23. Love Sick | 24. Trigger | 25. Woof Woof | 26. An Encore | 27. Prism | 28. So Amazing | 29. U Need Me | 30. Don't Stop

Popular Promotional Tracks

1. Noona Neomu Yeppo (Replay), Replay (2008)

Lyrics: H. Kim Young, Jason Pennock, Jack Kugell, Diall Tchaka, Nichell Ravaughn, James Burney

Composer:  Jason Pennock, Jack Kugell, Diall Tchaka, Nichell Ravaughn, James Burney


2. Love Like Oxygen, The SHINee World (2008)

Lyrics: Kim Young Hu, Kwon Yun Jung, Remee Sigvardt, Lucas Secon, Thomas Troelsen

Composer: Remee Sigvardt, Lucas Secon, Thomas Troelsen


3. Amigo, Amigo (2008)

Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin, Michael Snyder, Jimmy Richard, Sean Alexander

Composer: Gabriel Lopez


4. Ring Ding Dong, 2009, The Year of Us (2009)

Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin

Composer: Yoo Young Jin


5. Juilette, Romeo (2009)

Lyrics: Remee Sigvardt, Jay Sean, Joseph Belmaati, Mich Hansen

Composer: Remee Sigvardt, Jay Sean, Joseph Belmaati, Mich Hansen


6. Lucifer, Lucifer (2010)

Lyrics: Ryan S. Jhun, Yoo Young Jin, Adam Kapit, Bebe Rex

Composer: Ryan S. Jhun, Yoo Young Jin, Adam Kapit, Bebe Rex


7. Hello, Hello (2010)

Lyrics: Kim Eana, Jess Clayton Cates

Composer: Jess Clayton Cates


8. Sherlock, Sherlock (2012)

Lyrics: Cho Yun Kyoung

Composer:  Thomas Troelsen, Rufio Sandilands, Rocky Morris, Thomas Eriksen


9. Colorful, Everybody (2013)

Lyrics: Jeon Gandi, Stephan Elfgren, Anders Wigelius

Composer: Stephan Elfgren, Anders Wigelius


10. Dream Girl, Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You (2013)

Lyrics: Kim Heyong Kyu, Di Jeong Gan, Shin Hyuk, Lara Edward Ross, David Cook, Jordan Weiner

Composer: Kim Heyong Kyu, Di Jeong Gan, Shin Hyuk, Lara Edward Ross, David Cook, Jordan Weiner

Popular Deep Cuts

11. Hyeya (Y Si Fuera Ella), The SHINee World (2008)

Lyrics: Alejandro Sanchez

Composer: Alejandro Sanchez


12. Graze, The SHINee World (2008)

Lyrics: Kim Jung Bae

Composer: Kenzie 


13. Love Should Go On, Amigo (2008)

Lyrics: Yoo Young Jin, Michael Snyder, Jimmy Richard, Sean Alexander

Composer: Gabriel Lopez 


14. Jojo, 2009, The Year of Us (2009)

Lyrics: Kenzie

Composer: Kenzie


15. Obsession, Lucifer (2010)

Lyrics: Kim Jonghyun, James Burney, John Ho, Sean Alexander

Composer:  James Burney, John Ho, Sean Alexander


16. Symptoms, Everybody (2013)

Lyrics: Kim Jonghyun, Damon Thomas, Steven Russell, Harvey Mason Jr., Dewain Whitmore

Composer: Damon Thomas, Steven Russell, Harvey Mason Jr., Dewain Whitmore


17. Dangerous (Medusa II), Why So Serious – The Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Lyrics: Kim Jong Hyun, Cho Yun Kyoung, Kim Te Sung David, Dom, Andrew Choi, Teddy Riley

Composer: Kim Te Sung David, Dom, Andrew Choi, Teddy Riley


18. Evil, Why So Serious – The Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Lyrics: Kenzie, Fridolin Schjoldan, Frederik Schjoldan

Composer: Kenzie, Fridolin Schjoldan, Frederik Schjoldan


19. Excuse Me Miss, Why So Serious – The Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Lyrics: Ryan Jhun, Kim Boo Min, Amanshia Nunoo, Dwayne Fyne

Composer: Ryan Jhun, Kim Boo Min, Amanshia Nunoo, Dwayne Fyne


20. Shine (Medusa I), Why So Serious – The Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Lyrics: Misfit, Kim Te Sung David, Dom, Andrew Choi, Teddy Riley

Composer: Kim Te Sung David, Dom, Andrew Choi, Teddy Riley


21. Orgel, Why So Serious – The Misconceptions of Me (2013)

Lyrics: Kim Jonghyun, Iain Farquharson, Christopher Lee-Joe, Mikko Paavola, Philippe Anquetil

Composer: Iain Farquharson, Christopher Lee-Joe, Mikko Paavola, Philippe Anquetil


22. Alive, Odd (2015)

Lyrics: MC Meta, Kim Eana, Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr., Darius Logan, Dominique Logan

Composer: Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr., Darius Logan, Dominique Logan


23. Love Sick, Odd (2015)

Lyrics: Kenzie

Composer: Kenzie, Harvey Mason, Dewain Whitmore, Andrew Hey, Michael Daley, Eero Turunen


24. Trigger, Odd (2015)

Lyrics: Kenzie

Composer: Kenzie, Deez, Chikk


25. Woof Woof, Odd (2015)

Lyrics: Kim In Hyeong, Greig Watts, Will Simms, Paul Drew, Peter Barringer

Composer: Greig Watts, Will Simms, Paul Drew, Peter Barringer


26. An Encore, Odd (2015)

Lyrics: Kim Jin Hwan

Composer: Kim Jin Hwan


27. Prism, 1 of 1 (2016)

Lyrics: Kim Min Jeong, MZMC, Deez, Jamil Chammas, Vakseen, Wilbart McCoy

Composer: Kim Jonghyun, MZMC, Deez, Jamil Chammas, Vakseen, Wilbart McCoy


28. So Amazing, 1 of 1 (2016)

Lyrics: Onew, Erik Libdom, Takarot

Composer: Erik Libdom, Takarot


29. U Need Me, 1 of 1 (2016)

Lyrics: Agnes Shin, Josef Petren, Choi Minho, Andreas Oberg, Gustav Karlstrom, Maja Keuc

Composer: Josef Petren, Choi Minho, Andreas Oberg, Gustav Karlstrom, Maja Keuc


30. Don’t Stop, 1 of 1 (2016)

Lyrics: Kim Jonghyun, Maxx Song, Key, Choi Minho, Ray McCullough, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, Jonathan Yip, Micah Powell

Composer: Ray McCullough, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus, Jonathan Yip, Micah Powell

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