I’m sure by now, as we approach the 5th year of this series, you’re beginning to get a feel for the music I like.
It’s pop. I am a huge pop music fan.
I used to get irritated by the fact people would answer the question “what sort of music do you like?” with “anything”. It’s a cop out, because I honestly do not believe any self-respecting music fan would appreciate ALL music, regardless of genre. My answer of old would go a little like this “I like most things, aside from heavy/grunge metal”.
If I were to answer now, I’d probably say “Pop, R’n’B, Indie and Britpop” because those are the four types of music I listen to most frequently. But you’d never, NEVER, EVER, catch me declaring I like “anything” because that’s a load of bollocks.
Anyway, now I’ve clarified my stance on this important matter, I feel I can now get on with Y2K4 show.
2004 was the year I became an adult. Allegedly. 13 years on I’m still utterly convinced I’m 17.
2004 was also the year I dumped my first serious boyfriend after 2 and a half (on and off) years together. This wasn’t exactly a popular decision with my family. However, there’s been a lot of things I’ve done during my lifetime that’s gone down like a bag of cold sick with my Mother, so you know, at least I’m consistent.
Shall we get on with the show? I’m sure you don’t want to read me waffling on about my failed relationships. I’ll save that for the Memoirs I’m trying to find the time to write.
10. The 411 – Dumb
This song is almost ahead of its time. It’s slick, well produced and wouldn’t look out of place in today’s charts.
It was also a song that I couldn’t escape from during the Summer of 2004. This was due to it being used for an advert. That advert was for Lux shower gel. Remember ‘e? No, just me then.
9. Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath
This song reminds me of the TMF music video station that was on Freeview channel 21.
God I need to get a life. I remember the most USELESS information.
This video was ALWAYS played on TMF throughout Autumn 2004 and I’d bounce around my bedroom thinking I was the 4th member of Destiny’s Child.
I’ve just watched this video for the first time in years and was reminded of how sorry I felt for Michelle trying to give it some when twerking, but the problem is when you’re going up against Beyoncé, you don’t stand a bastard chance do you?
8. Stonebridge – Put ‘em High
I cannot listen to this funky house track without feeling happy. No matter the evil mood I’m in.
It reminds me of finishing work (yeah I finally got a job – go me!) and getting ready to go out of an evening.
7. Blue – Breathe Easy
My favourite Blue track by a probable country mile. Mainly based on some of Lee Ryan’s epic high notes throughout.
Say what you like about Lee, and trust me I’ve probably said some pretty harsh stuff; mainly due to his embarrassing Reality TV appearances and his tabloid fodder behaviour, but the bloke can sing. His vocals are incredible.
6. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
I am a HUGE Basement Jaxx fan and this track is probably my favourite.
If you’ve ever been cheated on, dumped for someone else or just had someone let you down then this is your anthem.
It makes me want to get in a car and drive around with it blaring out of the speakers pretending I’m in a music video. Only problem with that is the fact I don’t have a licence and wouldn’t know how to turn an engine on.
5. Arman Van Helden – My My My
Weird AF video. Weird. As. Fuck. Can someone tell me why a bloke would want his nipples squeezed? Because I’m all ears here.
But nipple squeezing and blatant tit perving aside what a dance track it is. That beat though.
4. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
During my next serious relationship (I moved on pretty quickly, in fact you know that dumping someone for someone else thing I was on about earlier? Yeah I did that) my then boyfriend was a rather thoughtful chap. He took all of my favourite songs, the songs we’d listen to together, bought me an MP3 player (remember, this is the early Noughties we’re discussing here) and stuck them all on said MP3 player.
This was one of them. It’s fucking immense.
3. The Streets – Fit But You Know It
The Streets was the first proper gig I ever went to. It was a sweaty night in the Colston Hall where my best mate was awarded “Best Cleavage” by Mike Skinner and Leo the Lion and received a signed £10 note for her troubles.
This isn’t my favourite Streets track but there’s no denying it’s one of their stand out releases and whenever I hear it I’m instantly reminded of the year 2004.
Remember the times that if you wanted to look at photos from a night out or a holiday you’d have to pop into the camera shop and wait an age for them to be developed, only to be greeted by a sea of VERY expensive utterly useless photos? Mike Skinner does.
We’ve all had a drink, we’ve had a few, fair play.
2. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
We’re going to have to take it down a notch now. I need you to be in a pensive mood for this one.
Maroon 5 were one of the stand out bands from 2004. My boyfriend (the first one, the one I dumped for someone else – but don’t feel too bad for him because he cheated on me more than once) had the ‘Songs About Jayne’ album and we’d listen to it ALOT. This was “our” song (cringe me later innit), so it stands to rights it has to be in this list somewhere.
Notwithstanding the personal reason behind its inclusion, there’s no denying its a beautiful song. And that video featuring John Travolta’s wife is so damn powerful. It’s like something out of a scene from Doctor Foster.
1. Britney Spears – My Prerogative
Yes, I know. I know this isn’t Britney’s song. I’m well versed with the fact it’s a cover and I doubt you’ll support my theory that it’s better than the original but I honestly don’t care.
Britney had a tough time of it in 2004. One application of fake tan lasted longer than her first, alcohol fuelled marriage at the start of the year. And as a result of this tough year, I feel like this song is a nod to the shit she went through. The shit that was said about her. It’s her sticking her middle finger up to the media and to her critics. And she does it brilliantly, mainly because she looks so damn hot in the video.
I’d turn for Britney. I honestly would.
Now, allow me to hand le baton to a lady I know via the wonderful social media site; Twitter.
Take it away Sophie! There’s some T.U.N.E’s here.
10. Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot.
9. Ciara feat Petey Pablo – Goodies (God I loved this song when it first came out, it was on that MP3 player I mentioned an’ all)
8. Beyoncé – Naughty Girl
7. Evanescence – My Immortal
6. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
5. Kelis – Milkshake
4. Jo Jo – Leave
3. Britney Spears – Toxic
2. Britney Spears – Everytime
1. Eminem – Just Lose It
Sadly, Sophie doesn’t have any photos of herself from 2004. Lucky her eh?
But of course, I have plenty of me from that year. In fact, I have plenty of myself from every damn year.
Ah, the pre-fake tan days. I remember them well. Unfortunately.