2004 was a big year in many ways. I left my first teaching position. I secured a job in England. I started a blog. And then I boarded a 747.
A big year, indeed. The soundtrack, as ever, rocked.
I fell, in a big way, for Maroon 5. I still like their stuff to this day, but they've obviously been replaced. However, my time in England has a lot of memories to rocking out in my classroom during my free periods to Maroon 5.
Going back to England put me solidly back into Robbie Williams Love. He had a new single out, "Radio," which was really only "meh," but I still bought it.
And, of course, 2004 was the year that Keane released Hopes and Fears, their first album, and along with it, "Somewhere Only We Know."
I never need an excuse to post that one on the LPB.
I liked the song even then. I remember when they played it on Saturday Night Live--one of the rare times I stayed up to watch SNL, not even knowing who these guys were.
Other songs I loved in 2004:
White Flag -- Dido
My Immortal -- Evanescence
Vertigo -- U2
I Miss You -- Blink 182
Heaven -- Los Lonely Boys
The Reason -- Hoobastank (saw them live this past September. I'm sort of over them now.)
Accidentally In Love -- Counting Crows
Songs I loathed in 2004:
Redneck Woman -- Gretchen Wilson (I'm so over those songs that are all about over-the-top, "I'm a bitch! I'm a redneck! I'm a social outcast!" pride)
Toxic -- Britni Spears (played constantly at the gym. EAR WORM!! EEEK!!)
Take My Breath Away -- Jessica Simpson (You don't remake a classic. You. Just. Don't.)
You Raise Me Up -- Josh Groban (no, this song actually brings me down)
Forgotten Gem of 2004
Try as I might, I couldn't find a hidden gem from 2004.