Thursday, December 09, 2004

Best Songs of 2004

I decided to put together this playlist of what I thought were some of the Best Songs of 2004. Admittedly, there was no particular set of criteria used to judge. Really, the only thing these songs have in common is that each spoke to me enough upon listening to earn heavy rotation on my laptop Rhapsody, iPod, or car stereo.

Absolute dominance would be an understatement if you were describing Usher's impact on the charts this year -- where it seemed you could not go to a sake bar, club, sporting event, graduation or bar mitzvah without hearing "In the club with the homies!" And who would have thunk a neo-gospel infused hiphop joint like "Jesus Walks" would get such crazy burn on the radio or MTV? Such was the influence of Kanye West on popular music this year. If heart-tugging vocals was your flavor in 2004, then you must have appreciated the sheer musicality of Alicia Keys' "If I Aint Got You" the ubiquity of "Wedding Song of the Year" front-runner "The Reason" by Hoobastank, or the soulfully alternative melodies of Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved." America listened intently as the Big Snoop Dizzle flowed with what was easily the catchiest hiphop cut of the year, the Neptunes-produced ode to tongue clicking, "Drop It Like It's Hot" and pure pop magic was achieved with Mrs. Federline's "Toxic."

Whatever your tastes, I hope you enjoy - and maybe even agree -with the selection of songs on this playlist. If not, there's always 2005!



Blogger mgrooves said...

Best of 2004 Part I
"Jesus Walks" - Kanye West
"So Alive" - Ryan Adams
"Big Brat" - Phantom Planet
"If I Ain't Got You" - Alicia Keys
"Mosh" - Eminem
"You Don't Know Me" - Ray Charles with Diana Krall
"Float On" - Modest Mouse
"Pain" - Jimmy Eat World
"Pressure Point" - The Zutons
"Lose My Breath" - Destiny's Child
"The Reason" - Hoobastank
"The Blower's Daughter" - Damien Rice
"Somebody Told Me" - The Killers
"One Moment More" - Mindy Smith
"Happy People" - R. Kelly
"Collide" - Howie Day
"She Will Be Loved (Acoustic)" - Maroon 5
"Yeah!" - Usher
"Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg (featuring Pharrell)
"Daughters" - John Mayer
"New York" - Ja Rule
"Take Me Out" - Franz Ferdinand
"American Idiot " - Green Day
"Toxic" - Britney Spears
"Dare You To Move" - Switchfoot
"How We Do" - The Game

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