(Warning: Some of the songs featured in this article contain may foul language and offensive content. Viewer discretion is advised.)
Let’s face it. Music has come a long way. Music has past language barriers, survived through recessions and survived wars. Music is an old art that all nations created on their own, whether it started out with a stringed instrument or a simple drum. But let’s take it back to a time where music seemed a little more…familiar. Despite these songs being familiar and almost timeless, they’ve all been released in the year 2004.
Yup. You read right the first time. These songs are at least a decade old, and have still stood the test of time. Much like how genres have evolved and changed, these singles have been covered, sampled into other songs and one of them even made viral on the internet. So let’s take a look back at some familiar sing-along “classics”, shall we?
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
This song was released on January 12th 2004, on their debut album. By November 2004, Franz Ferdinand’s rock/pop single became gold, picking up both fame and fortune for the band. The music video is my favourite part, involving very intricate and appealing visuals. In terms of advertising, this song was used for a commercial for the Sony PSP and an eponymous game show of the same name.
An example of how the majority of Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” has a very punchy beat, emphasized by a GIF file from the 1960s Batman television show starring Adam West.
Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone
The band O-Zone originally released the song in 2003, quickly becoming the number one song in Europe at the time. The song was released worldwide on April 2004, and became more commonly known as the “Numa Numa” song. But the song couldn’t have been without the video below. Originally posted on Newgrounds, Gary Brolsma created a phenomenon similar to “singing in the shower”. His raw emotion showed in the video quickly spawned multiple parodies. The most notable use of the “Numa Numa” song was when it was sampled by T.I and Rihanna in “Live Your Life” in 2008.
The original video clip of Gary Brolsma lip-syncing “Dragostea Din Tei”, currently holding over fifty million views.
Ordinary People by John Legend
Although the actual single was released in 2005, this song was originally released on John Legend’s debut album “Get Lifted”. The album, along with the song, picked up traction among music lovers quickly. With a huge emphasis on the lyrics and the piano, the song is a perfect representation of a simple piano ballad.
John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (Click the picture to be taken to the video)
All These Things I’ve Done by the Killers
The Killers are an indie band that exploded into popularity with their debut album “Hot Fuss”, released on June 7th 2004. Much of this song is very “anthem” based, making it very easy to sing along to. The most notable example of this is near the end of the song, where the line “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” is chanted. For this reason, “All These Things I’ve Done” became one of their most well-known songs.
Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
A catchy power ballad from Clarkson, this uptempo song did very well on the charts. Earning a Grammy at the 46th Grammy Awards, the song was certified as a platinum record by 2006. Creating a huge cultural impact in the world, the song has been covered numerous times, the most significant being in the musical comedy film “Pitch Perfect”.
Pitch Perfect’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Click the picture to be linked to the song)
Toxic by Britney Spears
Who doesn’t remember this song? The electronic dance pop single is by far Britney Spears’ most well known hit! Released on Britney’s fourth studio album, her strangely addicting song “Toxic” reached the top five in several countries. Britney’s breathy voice paired with the song’s racy lyrics only made the song more catchy, allowing the song hit the number nine spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Truly one of Britney’s most infectious songs to date. (Pun intended)
American Idiot by Green Day
Being the lead single on Green Day’s seventh album (also called “American Idiot”), the song is what made the band popular at the turn of the century. The band became so popular that this song was nominated for four Grammy awards, and later grew into a full fledged musical adaptation at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009. Then after just one run, the musical adaptation soon premièred on Broadway. Recently, the musical’s director was chosen to direct the album’s film adaptation, with lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong in the actual film.
The musical adaptation of Green Day’s “American Idiot”.
Drop it like it’s Hot by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams
You might recognize Pharrell from his more recent songs “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”. Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo produced and wrote the song, using only a few instruments to create actual song. Despite its simplicity, the song was Snoop Dogg’s first song that topped the Billboard Hot 100.
Know any songs from that I might have missed? Feel free to post what your favourite song from 2004 was in the comments below! Anyway, that’s all for this week’s Throwback Thursday. Check back next week for another blast from the past!