1. N.E.R.D.-She Wants To Move
Bring the funk Pharrell and company. And bring the funk they did.
2. The Beta Band-Assessment
The song borrows from early U2 and the video is just superb. Unfortunately, it was the end for the band.
3. Modest Mouse-Float On
Who made it through the summer of 2004 without hearing "Float On". Not I. Left field hit of the year.
Probably U2's best single of the decade. 1-2-3-14.
5. Gwen Stefani-Hollaback Girl
2004 was full of guilty pleasures, this has to be at the top of the list.
6. Franz Ferdinand-Take Me Out
Art rockers from Scotland bring a danceable hit to the table. "I know I won't be leaving here...."
7. The Walkmen-Little House Of Savages
Can't think of many songs where organ/drum combo propels a song to the stratosphere.
8. Morrissey-First Of The Gang To Die
Morrissey comeback. And it was quite good The last of the playboys to the first of the gang.
9. Green Day-American Idiot
I'm over this. But it does paint the year where Green Day won the lottery.
10. Wilco-Handshake Drugs
"Taxi cab was driving me around...to the handshake drugs I bought downtown...."
11. Loretta Lynn w/Jack White-Portland, Oregon
Perhaps, my favorite duet in the last 20 years. Me and AHO's theme song for nights at the bar.
12. Kelly Clarkson-Since U Been Gone
Miss Clarkson struck gold in the hearts of fourteen year old teens and 55 year old critics everywhere.
7 Albums worth revisiting from 2004:
1. Arcade Fire-Funeral
2. The Streets-A Grand Don't Come For Free
3. Loretta Lynn-Van Lear Rose
4. Franz Ferdinand-Franz Ferdinand
5. Kanye West-The College Dropout
6. Drive By Truckers-The Dirty South
7. Modest Mouse-Good New For People Who Love Bad News
Random Quote From a 2004 Song:
Jealousy/Turning Saints Into The Sea/Turning Through Sick Lullaby/Joking On Your Alibi/But It's Just The Price I Pay/Destiny Is Calling Me/Open Up My Eager Ears
Random Thoughts On A Song From 2004:
Every time you close your eyes....