21 Best Songs From 2004

While some previous years charts are dominated by one or two genres, you can see that in 2004, songs were very varied. There were top hits in the indie, rock, country, pop, R&B, and rap genres.

These were the best songs from 2004.

“Yeah!” by Usher

Song year: 2004

“Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, continues to get remixed and replayed in clubs and radio stations today. “Yeah!” is from Usher’s album Confessions and is the ideal song for a party playlist.

This dance song is about meeting someone at the club and getting together. The music video showcases Usher’s exceptional dance skills getting him nominated for Best Choreography in a Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards for “Yeah!”

“Somebody Told Me” by The Killers

Song year: 2004

The Killers debuted their first album, Hot Fuss, in 2004 and instantly spoke to a generation of listeners. Even almost two decades later, “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers is heavily featured on radio stations and continues to be one of the Killer’s most popular songs.

“Somebody Told Me” is one example of good music from 2004 with a catchy chorus, cheeky lyrics, and instantly recognizable instrumentals.

“Lean Back” by Fat Joe feat Remy Ma

Song year: 2004

The opening instrumentals of “Lean Back” by Fat Joe, featuring female rapper Remy Ma are enough to get anyone bobbing their heads or tapping their toes. This is an amazing song that bumped in clubs from 2004 and onwards.

The song and music video inspired a dance move that everyone can break out next time they step on a dance floor. All you have to do is follow Fat Joe’s directions in the chorus.

“American Idiot” by Green Day

Song year: 2004

Green Day released their classic hit “American Idiot” on the album of the same name in protest to the Bush Jr. administration. This punk, rock, and pop song has simple lyrics that look down on American culture and the idiocy of striving for the American dream. The music video features the band energetically playing in front of a grungey-looking American flag.

The next year in 2005, the song got nominated for several Grammy Awards, but the album American Idiot won Best Rock Album.

“My Boo” by Usher & Alicia Keys

Song year: 2004

While Usher’s album Confessions saw huge success with “Yeah!” the album also included another of the best songs from 2004, the smash hit “My Boo” with female vocals by Alicia Keys.

This smooth R&B duet has an iconic chorus about two former partners remembering the good times and the love shared in the old days.

In 2004, “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 weekly music charts.

“Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Song year: 2004

Next is “Somewhere Only We Know” by the English band Keane. This alternative rock song is an emotional piece with beautiful piano background instrumentals. The lyrics speak about searching for a place that can feel like home and remind him of what it feels like to be young again.

“Somewhere Only We Know” went Platinum twice in their native UK and peaked at number two on the Billboard US Adult Alternative Songs weekly charts.

“Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson

Song year: 2004

While Jessica Simpson was living married life on national television, her sister Ashlee was releasing one of the hit pop songs of 2004. “Pieces of Me” by Ashlee Simpson was the first single from her debut album Autobiography. It was a pop antithesis to her sister’s style of music with more rock elements to Ashlee's music.

The song “Pieces of Me” describes being with someone who can love your many facets. In 2004, Ashlee Simpson saw her song rise to the number-one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. 

“Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dog feat. Pharrell Williams

Song year: 2004

 “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dog featuring Pharrell Williams might be one of the best songs of all time. In fact, in 2009, Billboard named this song the most popular rap song of the decade.

When someone thinks of Snoop Dog, this song with the iconic clicking background loop instantly comes to mind. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” features Snoop Dog and Pharrell Williams rapping and singing repetitive lines about what to do in different circumstances.

“Slow Hands” by Interpol

Song year: 2004

“Slow Hands” by Interpol is one of the examples of good music from 2004 that got featured on several TV soundtracks throughout the 2000s.

Though this indie song didn’t make history on music charts, it captures the sound of the 2004’s music scene. Listen to this song alongside songs off Hot Fuss by The Killers, and you’ll hear why the two bands were well-received by audiences in 2004.

“Welcome to My Life” by Simple Plan

Song year: 2004

Canadian pop-rock band Simple Plan’s popular song “Welcome to My Life” was an anthem for underdogs in the pop/emo genre. This song was the band’s first number-one hit on the Canadian Hot 100 music charts and peaked at number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Simple Plan sings about feeling misunderstood in their suffering. As the song speaks about life’s hardships, the chorus reminds listeners that’s what life is like for the main character of the song.

“Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional

“Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional

Song year: 2004

“Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional was a song written for the 2004 Spider-Man 2 movie with Tobey Maguire. This popular song brings nostalgia for the early 2000s with a dramatic chorus and lyrics. It will definitely bring you back to the days of the early teenage angst.

The song is about feeling vindicated and finally realizing that you don’t need to feel guilty or apologize for who you are. Upon its release in 2004, “Vindicated” peaked at number two on US Billboard alternative music charts.

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