The 10 Best Pop Songs From 2004 That We Still Love Today
2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C., the Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears, Usher, Amy Winehouse, Kelis, JoJo and many more.
In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below!
1. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” – Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell)
Starting off this list is Snoop Dogg‘s single, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” featuring Pharrell Williams. Release off of his seventh studio album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, the double platinum-selling single became Snoop Dogg’s breakthrough into chart-topping territory. Back in 2004, you couldn’t turn on the television or the radio without hearing the catchy “Snooooooppppppp!” tagline! The song kept its #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks, and also landed on numerous Top 10 charts worldwide. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was the rapper’s first #1 single, as well as his first Top 10 hit as a solo artist since 1994’s “Gin & Juice.” He may refer to himself as “Snoop Lion” nowadays, but in 2004 it was all about S-N-double-O-P, D-O-double-G!
2. “Toxic” – Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been a force to be reckoned with ever since her 1999 debut with “…Baby One More Time.” But in 2004, her status as the ultimate Princess of Pop reached its highest peak with her fourth studio album In The Zone. What made the album so special was its second single: “Toxic.” Quickly becoming the singer’s fourth Top 10 hit, it wiped out the popularity of “Me Against The Music” (In The Zone‘s first single) and dominated the music scene as one of the most powerful songs of the entire decade! Let’s be honest, who couldn’t get those zingy Bollywood strings out of their heads? “Toxic” is also special because it earned the singer her first Grammy, winning for Best Dance Recording in 2005. The certified Gold tune peaked at the #9 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and landed in the Top 5 positions on endless charts around the world.
3. “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson
This next song comes courtesy of our favorite American Idol star. (Who actually remembers the names of half the other winners, anyway?) “Breakaway” is from Kelly Clarkson‘s sophomore album, released in November of 2004. The song, which was co-written by Avril Lavigne, was originally planned for the pop-punk singer’s debut album Let Go. It didn’t fit with Lavigne’s sound at the time, but the inspirational ballad was perfect for the recent American Idol winner — it took the #6 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became certified platinum in the U.S. “Breakaway” also ties with Celine Dion‘s “A New Day Has Come” for the longest-running #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts by a solo female artist. How’s that for a fun fact?
4. “Pieces of Me” – Ashlee Simpson
Way before the infamous Saturday Night Live hoedown, the Ashlee Simpson Show, the much-discussed nose job and her whirlwind marriage to Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson was just a regular musician trying to break free of the shadows of her older sister, Jessica. “Pieces of Me” was Ashlee’s debut single from her first (and quite underrated) album Autobiography, which went triple platinum in the US. The single cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, as well as various Top 10 positions worldwide. Arguably her most successful single, “Pieces of Me” was a charming blend of pop and rock that was all about being young in love. The song’s idea may be simple, but we couldn’t get enough!
5. “Naughty Girl” – Beyonce
After Beyonce took a break from Destiny’s Child in 2003, she jump-started her solo career with her debut album Dangerously In Love. This record showed new facets of the singer’s personality, especially her seductive side: “Naughty Girl,” the fourth and final single from the album, is one of many Beyhive fan favorites. Pre-“Partition,” this was hands down Beyonce’s sultriest song yet. It peaked at the #3 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and became certified gold. The smooth, Arabic-inspired strings paired with the singer’s breathy coos and a strong disco influence (courtesy of the lovely Donna Summer) made “Naughty Girl” one of the standout tracks from Dangerously In Love.
6. “The Reason” – Hoobastank
This band may now be known for its occasional appearances on “Where Are They Now?” specials on VH1, but Hoobastank actually made a huge musical impact 10 years ago with their song “The Reason.” The radio-friendly tune was the second single off the band’s sophomore (and 2x platinum) album The Reason, and became virtually inescapable thanks to MTV’s Total Request Live and Adult Contemporary radio. “The Reason” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and was nominated for Song of The Year at the 47th annual Grammy Awards — but unfortunately lost to John Mayer‘s “Daughters.”
7. “Roses” – Outkast
After the chart-shattering success of Andre 3000‘s “Hey Ya!” just a year before, Outkast followed up the song with their catchy single, “Roses.” Released off the rap duo’s double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, “Roses” was a fun, piano-heavy tune that put a refreshing twist on the hardcore rap songs dominating the airwaves back in 2004. The platinum-selling single peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at the #5 spot. Currently, Outkast has been on a country-wide festival tour, and there’s no doubt that “Roses” will still have everyone singing along.
8. “Goodies” – Ciara
Prior to her current love for House-inspired dance grooves, Ciara was once the Princess of Crunk-‘N-B! The era may be long gone, but back in 2004, crunk dominated both the rap and R&B music scenes, and then-newcomer Ciara was the biggest face behind the movement. Her debut single “Goodies,” the title track of her first album, helped propel the singer into R&B star status. Produced by the King Of Crunk, aka Lil Jon, and featuring labelmate Petey Pablo, the bass-heavy song made everyone want to get up and twerk. (Not to mention, it also introduced us to the singer’s now-famous Matrix-inspired dance move.) The super popular song peaked at #1 on the Hot 100, where it reigned for seven weeks.
9. “She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5
Maroon 5 is one of the biggest pop-rock bands of our generation, and that success is partially due to their uber-popular album, Songs About Jane. As with “This Love” and “Sunday Morning,” the album’s third single “She Will Loved” garnered worldwide chart success and landed on almost every radio playlist. The beautiful ballad, written by lead singer Adam Levine, tells a heart-breaking story about a young girl who struggles with finding true love. “She Will Be Loved” was definitely loved, as it topped numerous charts internationally and peaked at #5.
10. “Yeah!” – Usher (feat. Lil’ Jon & Ludacris)
There’s no question that 2004 was the year of Usher, thanks to his masterful third album Confessions. The single responsible for the mania was “Yeah!,” featuring fellow ATL artists Lil Jon and Ludacris. The song, which was also part of the Crunk-‘N-B movement, was a favorite at every club, middle school dance, television show, family barbecue, radio station…the list goes on. From the catchy beat brought up straight from the Dirty South to the music video’s sexy dance routine, “Yeah!” was bound to become a worldwide hit. It maintained its #1 position on the Hot 100 for twelve weeks straight — but wait, there’s more! The song also won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Annual Grammys, and became the longest-running #1 single of 2004. And 10 years later, Usher still continues to rule the airwaves as a legendary R&B star!
What songs did you love from 2004? Let us know in the comments below!
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