2004 in British music

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This article gives details on 2004 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. The year was special for many successful artists, including Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Usher, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets.

Summary of UK chart activity[edit]

The year started with the 2003 Christmas number one single topping the first chart of the year. This was followed by Michelle McManus, the winner of the second British series of Pop Idol with her first single release it topped the charts for 3 weeks. Second and third place contestants Mark Rhodes and Sam Nixon formed a duo, whose debut single was a cover of the Beatles song, "With a Little Help from My Friends", which also reached the No.1 spot.

On 9 March Westlife became a four piece after Brian McFadden decided to leave the band. His final single with the band was "Obvious" which peaked at No.3 in February; the remaining members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, and Kian Egan, went on to further success without McFadden.

In April, Eamon achieved the number one spot with a song with more profanities than any other hit single; it stayed at number one for 4 weeks. In another first the answer song by Frankee replaced the original single at the top of the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks despite selling less than half as many copies as Eamon. Both artists released follow-up songs but neither performed well, relegating the pair to one-hit wonder status.

A new version of Alltogethernow by The Farm was released to mark the Euro 2004 football tournament – it reached number five on 13 June with Come On England, a remake of Come On Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners) by 4-4-2, reaching number two.

The UK Official Download Chart began at the start of September, the first number 1 being Flying Without Wings by Westlife. U2 released their single Vertigo on music download services weeks before it came out on CD. It stayed at number one for 8 non-consecutive weeks on the download chart. While illegal sharing of music over the Internet had been popular for a number of years the music industry started creating new, pay-per-download services, which were very well received. Charting companies soon took notice and various download charts appeared on radio and television. The use and increased popularity of iPods also helped to promote download services, and Apple's online iTunes Music Store launched in the UK in June, selling over 450,000 songs in the first week.[1] Downloads began to be introduced into the main singles chart in 2005, although not fully until the beginning of 2007.

Albums by Dido, Katie Melua and Norah Jones dominated the first three months of the year. In May and June, Keane twice returned to the top of the charts with their album Hopes and Fears. The Scissor Sisters, The Streets and Maroon 5 also enjoyed great success with their albums. Numerous acts released greatest hits albums with Robbie Williams' being most successful, selling over one million copies in eight weeks.

Popular artists from the 1980s made successful returns with Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode and Morrissey releasing top ten singles. After appearing in the reality television show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Peter Andre re-released his 1996 hit single Mysterious Girl, this time getting to the top spot.

In September and October Eric Prydz "Call on me" stayed at number one for five non-consecutive weeks and staying in the chart for a further 14 weeks.

In October the music industry mourned the loss of John Peel, the Radio 1 DJ famous for championing new bands and musical styles.

20 years after the original, the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas? was re-recorded and became a massive success, easily selling the most singles of the year, and holding the Christmas number 1 spot. The second week of release saw the song sell almost as many as the first, pushing it to half a million in less than 14 days. This was all additional to the number of legal downloads as the song topped that chart as well. The song had sold over a million copies in a month.

Artists who narrowly missed out on number ones were Kelis whose Milkshake peaked at number two for 4 weeks in January and February and "Trick Me" in June. Other acts were Anastacia with Left Outside Alone who peaked at number three but was the seventh best selling of the year staying on the chart for 18 weeks. Also the long awaited return of Destiny's Child came in November when they peaked at number two for 4 weeks with Lose My Breath the first single released of their album "Destiny Fulfilled".

On the issue date of 7 November, the top five consisted of all American performers/acts.

  • #1. Eminem – Just Lose It
  • #2. Destiny's Child – Lose My Breath
  • #3. Britney Spears – My Prerogative
  • #4. Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott – Car Wash
  • #5. Usher & Alicia Keys – My Boo

This broke a record in UK chart history. The No. 6 was also held by an American act, Ja Rule featuring. Ashanti & R. Kelly with Wonderful.

The most successful acts of 2004 were McFly whose first two debut singles entered at number one and they had two other top five hits later in the year. Natasha Bedingfield topped the singles, album and download charts. Britney Spears and Usher returned to the charts and had two number ones each (Toxic and Yeah! respectively) and another top five hits each. Girls Aloud also had big hits with songs including "The Show", "Love Machine" which both peaked at No. 2, and the 2004 Children in Need No. 1 single "I'll Stand by You". Former S Club star Rachel Stevens continued on with her solo career in this year too, reaching the top 3 once again with Sport Relief track "Some Girls" and a cover of Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More".

Classical music[edit]

In the classical world, Karl Jenkins continued success as a composer was rewarded by a 10-year recording deal with EMI. His choral work, In These Stones Horizons Sing, was commissioned for the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in November 2004. Newly-appointed Master of the Queen's Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies continued his series of Naxos Quartets with nos. 4 and 5. Veteran composer Harrison Birtwistle produced a new opera, The Io Passion, which had its première in June at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Release date Song Artist(s) Sales
4 January "Mad World" Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules 45,761
11 January "All This Time" Michelle McManus 117,927
18 January 60,570
25 January 35,040
1 February "Take Me to the Clouds Above" LMC vs. U2 68,768
8 February 49,339
15 February "With a Little Help from My Friends" Sam & Mark 42,776
22 February "Who's David?" Busted 30,072
29 February "Mysterious Girl" Peter Andre 107,870
7 March "Toxic" Britney Spears 102,576
14 March "Cha Cha Slide" DJ Casper 57,280
21 March "Yeah!" Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon 87,354
28 March 49,616
4 April "Five Colours In Her Hair" McFly 49,511
11 April 37,120
18 April "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" Eamon 153,287
25 April 99,783
2 May 79,293
9 May 55,732
16 May "F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)" Frankee 79,563
23 May 49,462
30 May 36,440
6 June "I Don't Wanna Know" Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy and Enya 61,303
13 June 47,770
20 June "Everytime" Britney Spears 54,022
27 June "Obviously" McFly 42,400
4 July "Burn" Usher 49,334
11 July 31,411
18 July "Lola's Theme" Shapeshifters 51,967
25 July "Dry Your Eyes" The Streets 54,539
1 August "Thunderbirds / 3AM" Busted 70,665
8 August 36,288
15 August "Baby Cakes" 3 Of A Kind 55,067
22 August "These Words" Natasha Bedingfield 68,745
29 August 40,978
5 September "My Place / Flap Your Wings" Nelly 54,729
12 September "Real to Me" Brian McFadden 34,435
19 September "Call On Me" Eric Prydz 68,138
26 September 46,370
3 October 34,432
10 October "Radio" Robbie Williams 41,734
17 October "Call On Me" Eric Prydz 23,519
24 October 21,749
31 October "Wonderful" Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti 23,706
7 November "Just Lose It" Eminem 63,312
14 November "Vertigo" U2 51,917
21 November "I'll Stand by You" Girls Aloud 57,957
28 November 29,992
5 December "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20 292,594
12 December 287,849
19 December 231,492
26 December 231,929

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s) Sales
4 January Friday's Child Will Young 54,442
11 January Life for Rent Dido 30,711
18 January 30,638
25 January Call Off the Search Katie Melua 35,680
1 February 55,504
8 February 71,084
15 February Feels Like Home Norah Jones 235,890
22 February 84,941
29 February Call Off the Search Katie Melua 70,413
7 March 70,027
14 March 58,917
21 March Patience George Michael 274,816
28 March Confessions Usher 98,872
4 April Anastacia Anastacia 87,398
11 April 78,432
18 April Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses 51,869
25 April 48,901
2 May D12 World D12 86,666
9 May Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses 39,166
16 May Hopes and Fears Keane 155,432
23 May 79,576
30 May Under My Skin Avril Lavigne 87,496
6 June Hopes and Fears Keane 58,732
13 June No Roots Faithless 47,000
20 June Hopes and Fears Keane 46,900
27 June A Grand Don't Come for Free The Streets 34,000
4 July Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 57,994
11 July Room on the 3rd Floor McFly 61,589
18 July Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 45,000
25 July A Grand Don't Come for Free The Streets 48,000
1 August Live in Hyde Park Red Hot Chili Peppers 63,330
8 August 42,259
15 August Anastacia Anastacia 35,445
22 August Songs About Jane Maroon 5 49,998
29 August Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned The Prodigy 64,300
5 September The Libertines The Libertines 72,189
12 September Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield 83,954
19 September Out of Nothing Embrace 55,613
26 September American Idiot Green Day 89,385
3 October Mind Body & Soul Joss Stone 75,100
10 October Around the Sun R.E.M. 69,700
17 October 10 Years Of Hits Ronan Keating 101,135
24 October Greatest Hits Robbie Williams 320,081
31 October 148,748
7 November Il Divo Il Divo 132,829
14 November Encore Eminem 212,459
21 November 168,249
28 November How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 200,863
5 December 127,982
12 December 178,539
19 December Greatest Hits Robbie Williams 183,871
26 December 90,015

Number-one downloads[edit]

Issue Date Song Title Artist
1 September Flying Without Wings Live Westlife
8 September These Words Natasha Bedingfield
15 September These Words Natasha Bedingfield
22 September These Words Natasha Bedingfield
29 September These Words Natasha Bedingfield
6 October Vertigo U2
13 October Vertigo U2
20 October Vertigo U2
27 October Dogz Don't Kill People Wabbits Do Mouldie Lookin Stain (Chris Moyles)
3 November Vertigo U2
10 November Vertigo U2
17 November Vertigo U2
24 November Vertigo U2
1 December Vertigo U2
8 December Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20
15 December Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20
22 December Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20
29 December Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20

Year-End Charts[edit]

Top 40 singles of 2004[edit]

Position Song Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Do They Know It's Christmas Band Aid 20 1,094,000 1
2 F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) Eamon 552,407 1
3 Cha Cha Slide DJ Casper 351,421 1
4 Call on Me Eric Prydz 335,000 1
5 Yeah Usher 300,000 1
6 All This Time Michelle McManus 292,000 1
7 Left Outside Alone Anastacia 275,000 3
8 Mysterious Girl Peter André 261,000 1
9 Toxic Britney Spears 260,000 1
10 Fuck You Right Back Frankee 246,000 1
11 I Don't Wanna Know Mario Winans 242,000 1
12 Baby Cakes 3 of a Kind 230,000 1
13 Milkshake Kelis 224,000 2
14 Take Me to the Clouds Above LMC vs U2 223,000 1
15 Lose My Breath Destiny's Child 221,000 2
16 My Band D12 210,000 2
17 These Words Natasha Bedingfield 200,000 1
18 Just Lose It Eminem 199,000 1
19 Everytime Britney Spears 197,000 1
20 Thunderbirds/3am Busted 188,000 1
21 Dry Your Eyes The Streets 188,000 1
22 Lola's Theme Shapeshifters 182,000 1
23 In the Shadows The Rasmus 176,000 3
24 Thank You Jamelia 174,000 2
25 Hey Ya! Outkast 168,000 3
26 My Place/Flap Your Wings Nelly 163,000 1
27 Burn Usher 159,000 1
28 Dragostea din tei O-Zone 157,000 3
29 Mad World Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules 154,000 1
30 Against All Odds Steve Brookstein 153,770 2 (#1 in 2005)
31 Somebody to Love Boogie Pimps 151,000 3
32 5 Colours in Her Hair McFly 150,072 1
33 I'll Stand By You Girls Aloud 147,000 1
34 Trick Me Kelis 147,000 2
35 Changes Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne 136,000 1
36 Leave (Get Out) JoJo 131,000 2
37 Dip It Low Christina Milian 129,000 2
38 Hotel Cassidy 128,000 3
39 This Love Maroon 5 128,000 3
40 Some Girls Rachel Stevens 126,000 2

Top 40 albums of 2004[edit]

Position Album Title Artist Highest Position Sales
1 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 1 1,594,259
2 Hopes and Fears Keane 1 1,593,677
3 Greatest Hits Robbie Williams 1 1,530,000
4 Songs About Jane Maroon 5 1 1,495,000
5 Call Off The Search Katie Melua 1 1,350,000
6 Anastacia Anastacia 1 1,110,000
7 Confessions Usher 1 1,095,000
8 Encore Eminem 1 1,077,000
9 Feels Like Home Norah Jones 1 1,000,000
10 Final Straw Snow Patrol 3 980,000
11 Il Divo Il Divo 1 960,000
12 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses 1 920,000
13 10 Years of Hits Ronan Keating 1 870,000
14 A Grand Don't Come for Free The Streets 1 869,000
15 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb U2 1 855,000
16 The Soul Sessions Joss Stone 4 775,000
17 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand 3 770,000
18 American Idiot Green Day 1 746,364
19 Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield 1 680,000
20 Patience George Michael 1 660,000
21 Friday's Child Will Young 1 640,000
22 Ultimate Kylie Kylie Minogue 4 595,000
23 Speakerboxxx / The Love Below Outkast 8 590,000
24 Allow Us To Be Frank Westlife 3 585,000
25 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Britney Spears 2 585,000
26 Elephunk The Black Eyed Peas 3 580,000
27 Twentysomething Jamie Cullum 3 565,000
28 Greatest Hits Shania Twain 6 545,000
29 Room on the Third Floor McFly 1 540,000
30 Life For Rent Dido 1 520,000
31 Under My Skin Avril Lavigne 1 510,000
32 O Damien Rice 8 495,000
33 Mind Body & Soul Joss Stone 1 490,000
34 The College Dropout Kanye West 12 455,000
35 Thank You Jamelia 4 425,000
36 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny's Child 5 420,000
37 Best of Blue 6 415,000
38 The Best of LeAnn Rimes 2 410,000
39 Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New Phil Collins 10 408,000
40 The Singles 1992-2003 No Doubt 5 406,000

Total album sales of 2004[edit]

Total sales for albums in 2004 amounted to 163,405,658.[2]

Top 10 downloads of 2004[edit]

Position Song Title Artist
1 Vertigo U2
2 What You Waiting For? Gwen Stefani
3 Lose My Breath Destiny's Child
4 American Idiot Green Day
5 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 20
6 These Words Natasha Bedingfield
7 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5
8 Just Lose It Eminem
9 I Believe in You Kylie Minogue
10 Car Wash Christina Aguilera Featuring Missy Elliott

Deaths[edit]

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 2004 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 2004 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand

Popjustice £20 Music Prize[edit]

The 2004 Popjustice £20 Music Prize was awarded to Rachel Stevens for her song Some Girls from the album Funky Dory.

The Record of the Year[edit]

The Record of the Year was awarded to "Thunderbirds" by Busted.

See also[edit]

References[edit]