2020 was quite a roller coaster as the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the globe and changed the way of life forever. Most of us spent many long days stuck at home and music was one way that helped us cope and get through the year.
Refinery 29 stated that music was what saved 2020 and revealed a list of The 29 Best Songs of The Year. Although there were many amazing songs released this year, Taemin as a solo artist really shined this year through his music.
Being a member of both SHINee and SuperM, Taemin was able to dive deeper into himself and share his raw emotions with his fans.
All hail King Taemin! Second generation K-Pop fans will always know him as SHINee’s baby, but Taemin isn’t so little anymore, and ‘Criminal’ proves it. The sultry, dangerously smooth track seems Taem leaning into his wicked side, embracing the darkness in a way we’ve never seen him do before. If you weren’t a stan before, you most definitely are now.
— Refinery 29
Aside from Taemin, other K-Pop songs on the list include WayV’s “Bad Alive”, TWICE’s “I Can’t Stop Me”, MONSTA X’s “Love Killa”, and BTS’s “Dis-ease”.