For 2020 I decided that I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' feature based on my favourite songs from a particular year. I finished school in 2004, so here are the ten tracks which always take me right back.
Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone
I'm not even exaggerating when I say O-Zone changed my life. It was a new hobby of mine by '04 to look up the top tens of countries with easy to access websites to find new music to illegally download and try out. (YouTube was still a year away from launching.) Moldovan boyband O-Zone were huge everywhere in the summer of 2004, making it to the top ten across Europe, and yet finding any English language coverage was almost impossible.
In the end I downloaded their entire back catalogue (painfully slowly) on Limewire, swapped for a bunch of Russian and German teen magazines via penpalling exchanges, and learned a bit of Romanian to translate the lyrics of my favourite songs... (Numai Tu / Only You ♥️) Kids today don't know they're born when they get out their smartphones and tweet their K-pop idols or whatever! ;)
Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper
Originally released in August 2000, the song made its way around the charts of the world before scoring a #1 hit in the UK in 2004. If you went to a party that year, you can be sure you did the Cha Cha Slide at some point!
Call on Me - Eric Prydz
If you didn't like the song, you still loved the video! Call on Me, a dance cover of Steve Winwood's 1982 hit Valerie, was a huge hit all across Europe and beyond.
Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do - Goldie Lookin' Chain
Peaking at #3 in August 2004, Guns Don't Kill People was not only great fun, it was by a band that in true South Wales style only ever had one degree of separation from anyone you knew. (Not surprising when you consider Goldie Lookin' Chain's recent release, Which One Of You Is From Cwmbran?)
F.U.R.B. - Frankee
Early in the year Eamon had a huge hit with F**k It (I Don't Want You Back), and within a few months Frankee released F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back) claiming to be Eamon's estranged girlfriend. Patently untrue as it might have been, the British teen media lapped it up, securing Frankee a #1 hit and a whole bunch of spoof covers.
Yeah! - Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris
#1 hit that was completely unavoidable in '04.
Ministry of Mayhem- The Noise Next Door
I was definitely too old to be watching Ministry of Mayhem when it started in 2004. It didn't stop me. The Noise Next Door released the theme tune as a B-side to Lock Up Ya Daughters, peaking at #12.
Try - Nelly Furtado
Still my favourite Nelly Furtado track, it made it to #15 but was and is criminally underrated.
King of the Dancehall - Beenie Man
I don't think I'd ever really encountered dancehall before this came out - unless Sean Paul counts - but this #14 hit had me converted.
Baby Cakes - 3 of a Kind
It might be a one hit wonder, but going straight in at #1 is still pretty impressive!
What was your favourite hit of 2004? Let me know in the comments. :)
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