SHINee Taemin's 'Criminal' the Most 'Unforgettable Song That Defined K-Pop This 2020' + Full List

Today marks the end of 2020, which is for many people the worst year they had so far. While serious and big problems seem to be endless this year, K-pop continues to bring comfort and give healing to fans all over the world through the release of songs that made 2020 a little sweeter.

Below are the 35 of the best K-pop songs selected by BuzzFeed that, according to them, "got us through this year." The No. 1 song they selected is SHINee's Taemin's recent single titled "Criminal." Released on September 7, the track serves as the lead single of the first part (Act 1) of his third Korean studio album, "Never Gonna Dance Again." Also, it marked his return to the K-pop scene as a solo artist for the first time in a year and seven months.

"Criminal" is described to be a synthwave song that conveys attraction toward someone as Stockholm syndrome - this syndrome is a psychological response that takes place when abused victims or hostages get along with their abusers or captors. That being said, in the track, SHINee's Taemin is being controlled wholly by someone else, and yet he used that situation to grow.

"Theatrical and hypnotic, 'Criminal' is pure genius," BuzzFeed noted.

In a certain interview, SHINee's Taemin shared that he gave a lot of his opinions on different points of the album, including the songs, the music video, the visual side, and more. In particular, he revealed that he added ad-libs in the last chorus of "Criminal" while he was recording and thinking about how he could make the track sound refreshing.

Upon the release of SHINee's Taemin's "Criminal," the song immediately peaked at No. 1 on major music charts such as Genie, Bugs, and Vibe. Additionally, the album "Never Gonna Dance Again : Act 1" topped iTunes charts all over the world, specifically in 20 regions, including the United States, Canada, and Russia.

The other K-pop songs are listed as follows:

2. "Mmmh" by EXO's Kai

3. "I Can't Stop Me" by TWICE

4. "MAGO" by GFRIEND

5. "Black Swan" by BTS

6. "Open Mind" by Wonho

7. "Maria" by MAMAMOO's Hwasa

8. "Life Goes On" by BTS

9. "Zombie" by Day6

10. "LA DI DA" by EVERGLOW

11. "Blue Hour" by TOMORROW X TOGETHER

12. "Turn Back Time" by WayV

13. "Sacrifice" by VICTON's Han Seung Woo

14. "Inception" by ATEEZ

15. "God's Menu" by Stray Kids

16. "Lovesick Girls" by BLACKPINK

17. "Oh My God" by (G)-DLE

18. "Daechwita" by Agust D (BTS's Suga)

19. "One (Monster & Infinity)" by SuperM

20. "Love Killa" by MONSTA X

21. "Stay Tonight" by Kim Chung Ha

22. "Breath" by GOT7

23. "Dumhdurum" by Apink

24. "Home;Run" by SEVENTEEN

25. "Dingga" by MAMAMOO

26. "Make A Wish" by NCT U

27. "Wannabe" by ITZY

28. "Given-Taken" by ENHYPEN

29. "Goblin (Favorite Boys)" by A.C.E

30. "Monster" by Red Velvet's Irene & Seulgi

31. "The Stealer" by The Boyz

32. "1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)" by EXO-SC

33. "Star" by LOONA

34. "Black Mamba" by aespa

35. "Boy" by TREASURE

Did your favorite K-pop groups and solo artists make it to the list? Tell us in the comments!

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Written by Mhaliya Scott

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