These 15 Idols & Groups All Named Legendary Sunbaes SHINee As Their Inspiration

Some of the biggest idols of today were inspired by SHINee!

SHINee has been a constant source of inspiration to fans everywhere for over a decade—and some of those fans include your favorite idols. Take a look at 15 K-Pop artists who see SHINee as their role models.

1. Haechan (NCT)

NCT’s Haechan first go to know about K-Pop through SHINee’s “Replay”. As he grew older, both SHINee and Michael Jackson served as his inspirations to become an idol.

2. Taeil (NCT)

NCT is filled with SHINee fans. Fellow member Taeil also said he didn’t have much interest in idols until he became inspired by SHINee.

3. Chen (EXO)

EXO’s Chen used to look at idol music with distaste. However, after listening to SHINee’s “Please Don’t Go”, the group inspired him to break away from only listening to ballads.

4. Red Velvet

When Red Velvet were asked what their goals were as rookies, Wendy said they wanted to be world stars just like their labelmates SHINee.

5. Taehyun (TXT)

In a BuzzFeed interview, TXT’s Taehyun revealed that the inspiration to become a singer first hit around a decade ago when he watched SHINee’s “Replay”.

6. Wonyoung (IZ*ONE)

At one fansign, IZ*ONE’s Wonyoung revealed that SHINee is one of her inspirations and a sunbae she really respects.

7. Kang Daniel

Kang Daniel once named SHINee as his favorite artists, revealing that he first began dreaming of a singing career after seeing “Ring Ding Dong”.

8. Chani (SF9)

In a BuzzFeed interview, SF9’s Chani said that when he first saw his sunbaenims SHINee, he stared thinking about becoming a performer.

9. Sanha (ASTRO)

According to ASTRO’s Sanha, SHINee has shown numerous colors well since debut—and this is something Sanha strives to do too.

10. A.C.E

A.C.E’s Donghun once said that his group watches and analyses SHINee performances a lot for inspiration.

11. Sihyeon (EVERGLOW)

Alongside choosing SHINee as one of her role models, EVERGLOW’s Sihyeon also loves Taemin’s song “Artistic Groove”.

12. Mina (Gugudan)

While watching TV during elementary school, Gugudan’s Mina came across SHINee performing “Juliette” on a music show. She was shocked and immediately looked them up online, sparking her dream of becoming a singer.

13. We In The Zone

When We In The Zone work on their performances, Jooan revealed that they think a lot about SHINee’s colors and how they can use them as inspiration.

14. Onejunn (Boys Republic)

Onejunn of Boys Republic said that in his beginning days as an idol, he always named SHINee as his inspiration without hesitation.


SNUPER once said they looked up to SHINee as role models because of their bright image, perfect performances, and boyfriend vibes.