How Good Was The Year (in music) - 2004?

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1997 8.60 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
2 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
3 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
4 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
5 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
6 2009 7.10 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
7 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
Premise

Rate the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year. Non-musical nostalgia is welcome in the thread but that’s beside the point of the poll.

Everyone may nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls on the final day of the thread (in one week) - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll, e.g

Nominate Album: Artist - Title
Nominate Song: Artist - Title

Otherwise feel free to just spam the thread with chat about as much music from the year as you like.

Following 1974, the HGWTY Delorean is jumping forward 30 years so we can review, rank and reminisce about 2004.



It was the year of the Beslan school siege, the Madrid train bomb attacks, a protestor dressed as Batman scaled Buckingham Palace, ten countries including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary joined the EU and Edvard Munch’s The Scream was stolen from an Oslo museum by masked gunmen.

We said goodbye to Ray Charles, Yaser Arafat, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Janet Leigh and John Peel, and hello to ‘The’ Facebook and Millie Bobbie Brown.

How good was the music?

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(Poll open until Tuesday 15th Feb, album and song polls will go up Monday 14th based on your nominations)

Some lists for inspiration:

https://hiphopgoldenage.com/list/top-40-hip-hop-albums-2004/

Nominations received for Albums:

Nominations received for Songs:

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Someone is going to have to, so it may as well be me:

NOMINATE SONG: THE WALKMEN - THE RAT

Absolutely fucking sensational.

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Hard to pick an album actually even just skimming through those lists. Funeral, obviously, Antics, Franz Ferdinand, Futureheads are all great but this shades it:

NOMINATE ALBUM: THE GO! TEAM - THUNDER, LIGHTNING, STRIKE

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Close the thread, we have two winners already

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I’m down to page 12 of that best ever albums link at the top and still finding excellent albums. This was my last year of high school so I have a soft spot for almost everything

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Nominate album: mclusky - The Difference Between Me and You is That I’m Not on Fire

secretly the best mclusky album

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Nominate album: These Arms Are Snakes – Oxeneers Or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home

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:heart:

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lets see what else is in my library that i still listen to:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends
Interpol - Antics
Hot Snakes - Audit in Progress
Midlake - Bamnan and Slivercork
Tracer AMC - Flux & Form
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Modest Mouse - Good News For Peoeple Who Love Bad News
Guided by Voices - Half Smiles of the Decomposed
The Beta Band - Heroes to Zeroes
The Redneck Manifesto - I Am Brazil
Les Savy Fav - Inches
James Yorkston and the Athletes - Just Beyond the River
Joanna Newsom - The Milk Eyed Mender
MF DOOM - MM…FOOD
Mission of Burma - OnOffOn
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans

wow quite a lot

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10/10 great year imo

nominate album: the college dropout, please and thank you

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It felt like this year was one were a lot was up in the air and you could put out anything and it might gain traction. Anyway:

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hated this song and still don’t understand what the title is supposed to mean

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss.

What a band.

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It’s the year panopticon came out so would probably nominate that (by Isis)

but then Miss Machine came out also…

but then You Fail Me also came out!!!

Pockets by Karate was a great antidote to all that racket

It was a time for killer ukmo also!

so i dunno. Great year!!!

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I’m pretty sure this came out in 2004 as well, but some sites seem to say 2005.

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Thought it was a lesser year until I discovered a bunch of classics from the boards.

In no real order:

Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill
These Arms Are Snakes - Oxeneers
Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Twilight Singers - She Loves You (covers album)
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Amusement Parks on Fire - S/T
Hot Snakes - Audit in Progress
Mastodon - Leviathan
Eluvium - An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Wilco - A Ghost is Born
Burning Brides - Leave No Ashes
Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly
The Album Leaf - In a Safe Place
Ambulance LTD - LP
The National - Cherry Tree EP

Edit: Forgot Green Day - American Idiot

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nominate album: Hot Snakes - Audit in Progress

I’d nominate every track on this album too, except that would split the vote etc. etc.

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Album nomination: Madvillain - Madvillainy

Do I really need to say anything else? Quite simply one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time made by two of the greatest in the game. 18 years on and still sounds fresh and exciting and like nothing else out there. A perfect album from front to back. And the Four Tet remixes aren’t bad either, although they were released in 2005

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