My Favorite Songs From 2004

The turmoil from 2003 lead to true happiness in ’04. But if I were to nail down the year were I began to be distanced from the music scene it was this one.

I got engaged late in the summer. My free time was spent with my future wife, and usually did not involve music other than when we traveled. My commute was still the subway, but then I got another job by the summer and that one was within driving distance. But it was a short drive, so my access to new rock consisted of maybe twenty minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon. A lot of the music from 2004 I came to appreciate in later years.

So this was the year that Britney Spears married Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld guy haha) for 55 hours, and then months later marries Kevin Federline. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson had that wardrobe malfunction at the Superbowl. Velvet Revolver formed, consisting mainly of Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots) and Guns N’ Roses members, and released their first album (Contraband), The Killers released their amazing first album Hot Fuss, and Green Day came back in a huge with with American Idiot. Ray Charles passed away at 73, and both Creed and Phish break up.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been tossing these up in a numerical order. We can agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It depends on mood and situation. A song ranked 14th today could rank 1st tomorrow if it comes on the radio at the right moment. Instead, I group them rather than present a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

First, videos of the best from that year…

8 ‘Solid’ Songs from 2004

Vertigo  – U2

Float On  – Modest Mouse

We’ve Had Enough  – Michael Jackson

Mosh – Eminem

Like Toy Soldiers  – Eminem

Just Lose It  – Eminem

Everything – Alanis Morissette

Matinee – Franz Ferdinand

18 Great Songs from 2004

Ride – The Vines

Crabbuckit  – k-os

Somewhere Only We Know  – Keane

The Reason  – Hoobastank

Rich Girl  – Gwen Stefani

Hollaback Girl  – Gwen Stefani

Counting the Days – Collective Soul

Wake Up  – Arcade Fire

Rebellion (Lies)  – Arcade Fire

Fall to Pieces  – Velvet Revolver

Broken  – Seether

My favorite version of this song is with Amy Lee

The Bucket  – Kings of Leon

Wake Me Up When September Ends  – Green Day

American Idiot  – Green Day

Take Me Out  – Franz Ferdinand

Better Now  – Collective Soul

Your Time Has Come  – Audioslave

Cold Hard Bitch – Jet

6 Truly Awesome Songs from 2004

All six songs here are from two bands. The American Idiot album is Green Day’s best of all time and one of the best albums period. To bounce back from the crap they had been putting out in recent years, and in such a manner – was unexpected and very much welcome. And The Killers’ debut album also gave use three very elite tunes. If only The Killers could have replicated their early success!

Somebody Told Me  – The Killers

Mr. Brightside  – The Killers

All These Things That I’ve Done  – The Killers

Jesus Of Suburbia  – Green Day

Holiday  – Green Day

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams  – Green Day

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The above songs are put together on a YouTube playlist for your listening enjoyment, here.

Here is the complete list of the best songs from 2004…

Awesome – 1Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Green Day
Awesome – 1Holiday Green Day
Awesome – 1Jesus Of Suburbia Green Day
Awesome – 1All These Things That I’ve Done The Killers
Awesome – 5Mr. Brightside The Killers
Awesome – 5Somebody Told Me The Killers
Great – 7Cold Hard BitchJet
Great – 7Your Time Has Come Audioslave
Great – 7Better Now Collective Soul
Great – 7Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
Great – 7American Idiot Green Day
Great – 7Wake Me Up When September Ends Green Day
Great – 7The Bucket Kings of Leon
Great – 7Broken Seether
Great – 7Fall to Pieces Velvet Revolver
Great – 16Rebellion (Lies) Arcade Fire
Great – 16Wake Up Arcade Fire
Great – 16Counting the DaysCollective Soul
Great – 16Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani
Great – 16Rich Girl Gwen Stefani
Great – 16The Reason Hoobastank
Great – 16Somewhere Only We Know Keane
Great – 16Crabbuckit k-os
Great – 16RideThe Vines
Solid – 25MatineeFranz Ferdinand
Solid – 25EverythingAlanis Morissette
Solid – 25Just Lose It Eminem
Solid – 25Like Toy Soldiers Eminem
Solid – 25MoshEminem
Solid – 25We’ve Had Enough Michael Jackson
Solid – 25Float On Modest Mouse
Solid – 25Vertigo U2
Solid – 33(Can’t Get My) Head Around YouThe Offspring
Solid – 33Free Donavon Frankenreiter
Solid – 33EncoreEminem
Solid – 33100 Years Five for Fighting
Solid – 33Heaven Los Lonely Boys
Solid – 33It Can’t Be Nashville Every NightThe Tragically Hip
Solid – 33Slither Velvet Revolver
Solid – 33Right Right Now NowBeastie Boys
Solid – 331985 Bowling for Soup
Solid – 33Goodies Ciara
Solid – 33(Reach Up for the) Sunrise Duran Duran
Solid – 33I Don’t Want You Back (F It!)Eamon
Solid – 33L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) Kasabian
Solid – 33Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson
Solid – 33These Words Natasha Bedingfield
Solid – 33Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show
Solid – 33Vaccination ScarThe Tragically Hip
Solid – 33Just Like You Three Days Grace
Not Bad – 51ThornleySo Far So Good
Not Bad – 51Triple TroubleBeastie Boys
Not Bad – 51An Open Letter to NYCBeastie Boys
Not Bad – 51(F.U.R.B.) FU Right Back Frankee
Not Bad – 51Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Not Bad – 51Bridging The Gap Nas
Not Bad – 51Yeah! Usher
Not Bad – 51Lose My BreathDestiny’s Child
Not Bad – 51Listen To Your HeartD.H.T.
Not Bad – 51Spin You AroundPuddle of Mudd
Not Bad – 51Left Outside Alone Anastacia
Not Bad – 51Don’t Tell Me Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 51Not Now blink-182
Not Bad – 51Dip it Low Christina Milian
Not Bad – 51She’s a Rebel Green Day
Not Bad – 51Behind These Hazel Eyes Kelly Clarkson
Not Bad – 51King Without A Crown Matisyahu
Not Bad – 51My Place Nelly
Not Bad – 51Welcome To My Life Simple Plan
Not Bad – 51Drop It Like It’s Hot Snoop Dogg
Not Bad – 51Let’s Go Trick Daddy
Not Bad – 51Sunshine Twista
Not Bad – 73Open Your Eyes Alter Bridge
Not Bad – 73My Happy Ending Avril Lavigne
Not Bad – 73Ch-Check It OutBeastie Boys
Not Bad – 73River BelowBilly Talent
Not Bad – 73How Do You Love?Collective Soul
Not Bad – 73Call On Me Eric Prydz
Not Bad – 73Missing Evanescence
Not Bad – 73I Just Wanna Live Good Charlotte
Not Bad – 73Are We The Waiting Green Day
Not Bad – 73Give Me Novacaine Green Day
Not Bad – 73Leave (Get Out) JoJo
Not Bad – 73I Don’t Wanna Know Mario Winans
Not Bad – 73Over and Over Nelly
Not Bad – 73Aftermath R.E.M.
Not Bad – 73Leaving New York R.E.M.
Not Bad – 73Us Regina Spektor
Not Bad – 73Shut Up Simple Plan
Not Bad – 73Slow Jamz Twista
Not Bad – 73So Sexy Twista
Not Bad – 73Dirty Little Thing Velvet Revolver

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