What Was The Best Track Of 2004?

We’ve been celebrating NME.com’s 15 years of life by looking at all the best tracks from 1996 onwards, and now’s the time to lift the lid on 2004.

The Top 10 proved that indie rock was in rude health. The New Cross scene showed its head in the form of Bloc Party and Razorlight, Franz Ferdinand’s angular pop masterpiece ‘Take Me Out’ rightfully nabbed the Number Two position, The Streets’ epic break up anthem ‘Dry Your Eyes’ placed third and, of course, The Libertines took pole position. The Good Ship Albion came in for one real, final hurrah and the result was ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’.

Meanwhile Scissor Sisters’ seemingly neverending reign on the charts was represented by ‘Take Your Mama’, Britney Spears’ greatest pop moment ‘Toxic’ rightfully took its place in the Top 10 (thanks, Cathy Dennis) and Jay-Z’s timeless ’99 Problems’ scorched in at Number 4.

Here’s our ’04 Top 10 in full:

1. The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now
2. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
3. The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
4. Jay-Z – 99 Problems
5. The Killers – Mr Brightside
6. Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama
7. Eminem – Mosh
8. Razorlight – Golden Touch
9. Britney Spears – Toxic
10. Bloc Party – Little Thoughts


The rest of the 50 followed suit, alternating between noughties Indie Rock Anthems TM (Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Keane) and some left-field moments.

There was some slick, post-modern r’n’b in the form of Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’, Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Stand Up Tall’, Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ and of course The Streets ‘Fit But You Know It’ which lead to a nationwide ‘guess who?’ game concerning who the track was about (Rachel Stevens, Jentina?).

There was also something happening in the genre that can be widely labelled ‘pastoral pop’. These include Johnny Boy’s gorgeous ‘You Are The Generation…’, Pete Doherty and Wolfman’s ‘For Lovers’ and The Concretes ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’.


It’s also nice to see the utterly unique Art Brut’s ‘Formed A Band’, Nick Cave’s great ‘There She Goes, My Beautiful World’ and Basement Jaxx’s ‘Good Luck’ making appearances.

Here’s the rest of our list from 04, let us know what your favourite track is…

11. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
12. Graham Coxon – Freakin’ Out
13. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
14. Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation….
15. Modest Mouse – Float On
16. Morrissey – First Of The Gang To Die
17. Interpol – Evil
18. Wolfman Ft. Pete Doherty – For Lovers
19. The Strokes – Reptilia
20. Art Brut – Formed A Band
21. Kanye West – Jesus Walks
22. Snow Patrol – Run
23. Kelis – Milkshake
24. Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
25. TV On The Radio – Staring At The Sun
26. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
27. Belle & Sebastian – I’m A Cuckoo
28. Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall
29. Kings Of Leon – The Bucket
30. The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love
31. The Dears – We Can Have It
32. Kelis – Trick Me
33. Engineers – A Given Right
34. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
35. Bloc Party – She’s Hearing Voices
36. The Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
37. The Futureheads – Decent Days And Nights
38. LCD Soundsystem – Movement
39. Muse – Butterflies & Hurricanes
40. Bloc Party – Banquet
41. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – There She Goes, My Beautiful World
42. Morrissey – Irish Blood, English Heart
43. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
44. Franz Ferdinand – Michael
45. Babyshambles – The Man Who Came To Stay
46. Dios – Starting Five
47. The Streets – Fit But You Know It
48. Pixies – Bam Thwok
49. Goldie Lookin’ Chain – Your Mothers Got A Penis
50. Delays – Long Time Coming

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