My favorite songs of 2004

In: Personal

26 Dec 2004

I like music. Well, I like the music that I like, not all genres. OK, honestly, I’m fairly picky about the songs I listen to. I only listen to alternative, alternative rock, punk rock, punk pop, and rap (mostly Eminem) music (I’m not even sure if the genres are correct). Music keeps me sane on commutes of more than an hour long to and from work, and shuts out noise at work whenever necessary (not that it happens often). As a result, I probably have a rather unhealthy dependence on my iPod mini – I can’t go anywhere without it.

Argh, I realize that recently, my thoughts don’t flow in a coherent manner when blogging. I think it has to do with a combination of factors: World of Warcraft addiction (anyone interested in a Firefox guild?), book writing, and not getting enough sleep. Anyway, let’s get back on track shall we?

Now, since almost everyone is doing it (posting their top 10 albums of 2004 and the like), I thought I’d share a little on what I have been listening to over the past year. These are not songs that were released in 2004 though, just the songs I’ve listened to the most often in 2004.

  1. Slow Motion (Dirty Version) by Third Eye Blind
    I love Third Eye Blind. I probably played this song more than a thousand times over the year. This has such a catchy instrumental background – at first I wasn’t aware of the “dirty version” (drug themes) and only heard the clean instrumental version that had minimal lyrics. I liked that a lot and after I was made aware of the version with lyrics, I liked it even more for its quirky lyrics.
  2. Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional
    With lyrics like this: “My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me. So won’t you kill me, so I die happy”, what’s not to like? I had this song set to repeat over and over again on my iPod quite a few times.
  3. Rough Draft by Yellowcard
    This is actually a sappy love song if you follow the lyrics, but I kinda like the way it flows off your tongue. Same for this, I had this set to single repeat as well for a period of time.
  4. Friends O’ Mine by Bowling For Soup
    Damn catchy and nice to sing along to. Well, I sing along (very, very quietly and discreetly) to almost every song here in this list.
  5. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
    This was popular because it was in the Spiderman 2 OST. I didn’t catch it on radio (I don’t listen to radio anymore actually) and didn’t know that it was that popular until I heard it on the radio.
  6. Inside Out by Yellowcard
    “Here. A little sympathy. For you to waste on me.” Yellowcard seems to like writing songs that are self-pitying. And I seem to like those songs. Self-pitying bastard.
  7. World at Large by Modest Mouse
    I didn’t actually like Modest Mouse at first when introduced to them by a good friend. They’re one of my favorites now.
  8. Map Of Your Head by Muse
    This song is just good. I mean, listen to it. The guitars sound great, the Muse lead singer is at his best.
  9. El Scorcho by Weezer
    “I’m a lot like you, so please, hello, I’m here, I’m waiting.”
  10. Undone – The Sweater Song by Weezer
    This is a weird semi-song. “If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away.”
  11. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
    This makes number 11. I can’t leave out this one – this introduced me to look away from mainstream pop songs that I was somewhat into at the time. Granted, Semi-Charmed Life is almost a pop song, but it did spur me to check out Third Eye Blind and that led to other similar artistes.

So, what have you guys been listening to this past year? Anyone have similar tastes? More importantly, do you have any songs or artistes to recommend?

12 Responses to My favorite songs of 2004

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Bart

December 27th, 2004 at 4am

I’ve been listening to this the last few months: http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/miliphen

Although Audioscrobbler didn’t catch all of the songs I’ve played, you get a pretty good idea.

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Andrea

December 27th, 2004 at 5am

I recently uploaded a couple of songs to yousendit.com to share them with some people, and I thought you might like one of these – “Dumb Like That” by Vroom (the download link’s still good to go, hopefully). A bit like Dashboard Confessional, I’d say. I’m a big fan of this melodic kind of rock, so based on your liking of Third Eye Blind I’d also recommend South San Gabriel (esp. “Smelling Medicinal”) and Sunny Day Real Estate (esp. “Guitar and Video Games”) to you.

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Alex

December 27th, 2004 at 9am

Right now, the best thing you can be listening to is the unplugged version of Youth Dillute by Sevenball (available as MP3 on their site).

Awesome.

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Si

December 27th, 2004 at 9am

As Weezer are one of the greatest bands ever to commit music to record, I don’t blame you for putting them on the list :) Dashboard Confessional have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time too… see them live, leave with a sore throat from singing your heart out.

I agree with Andrea ^^ on the Sunny Day Real Estate too – the best album to get (I think, anyway) is the first one, “Diary”.

My band of the year however, is “Explosions In The Sky” – it’s instrumental post-rock, but who needs lyrics when the music is as emotionally powerful as this… I love this band.

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Michael Greene

December 27th, 2004 at 1pm

Nice picks, but reverse number 11.

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Matthew Turland

December 27th, 2004 at 9pm

Um… shouldn’t that be “Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind” and not “Third Eye Blind by Semi-Charmed Life.”

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Cheah Chu Yeow

December 27th, 2004 at 10pm

Andrea: Dumb Like That is nice. I’ll check out Sunny Day Real Estate as well. Thanks for the recommendations.

Si: Yeah Weezer are one of the best. And you’re right about Dashboard Confessional – very great for singing along to, their songs (don’t think I’ll ever catch them “live” though, where I am).

Michael, Matthew: Oh yeah that’s right!

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Basil Crow

December 30th, 2004 at 4am

You have pretty much the same musical taste as me. You’d probably also like the Ataris’ new album, “So Long, Astoria” Idlewild’s “Remote Part,” Jimmy Eat World’s “Futures,” Matchbook Romance’s “Stories and Alibis,” Maxeen’s “Maxeen,” Simple Plan’s “Still Not Getting Any,” the Starting Line’s “Say It Like You Mean It,” Sugarcult’s “Palm Trees and Powerlines,” Taking Back Sunday’s “Where You Want to Be,” Yellowcard’s “One for the Kids.” And for something a bit outside of these genres, but still amazing, my all-time favorite CD, Zebrahead’s “Waste of Mind.”

IM me at basilcrow if you need to download any of these.

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Shanice

January 1st, 2005 at 9am

My favorite song of all time Bring em out b-cuss it has that beat and it juss and all around great song. T.I. really out did hisself on this one. i luv it.

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Gavin

January 12th, 2005 at 11pm

Hey there Joel –

A bit late to the party, but you have an excellent taste in music, must say you have some awesome songs listed there.

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Ryan

January 30th, 2005 at 12am

a really good one is Run, Run, Run from Phoenix … AND also Golden Touch by Razorlight

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steph

April 26th, 2005 at 7am

hi, my name is steph. i am really interested in meeting you. my phone number is: 413-436-7448. call me please. love you, steph!

PS- i am very picky about my music too. if you want to call and talk about music, go ahead. and i LOVE all those songs you do!! wow, we have a lot in common already!!