2004 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2004.

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Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2004:

US Single Artist Reference
1 American Soldier Toby Keith
1 Back When Tim McGraw
18 Break Down Here Julie Roberts
14 Come Home Soon SHeDAISY
18 Cool to Be a Fool Joe Nichols
1 Days Go By Keith Urban
6 Desperately George Strait
7 Drinkin' Bone Tracy Byrd
9 Feels Like Today Rascal Flatts
1 Girls Lie Too Terri Clark
11 Good Little Girls Blue County
3 Here for the Party Gretchen Wilson
8 Hey Good Lookin' Jimmy Buffett
4 Honesty (Write Me a List) Rodney Atkins
5 Hot Mama Trace Adkins
12 How Far Martina McBride
9 I Can't Sleep Clay Walker
2 I Go Back Kenny Chesney
5 I Got a Feelin' Billy Currington
1 I Hate Everything George Strait
6 I Love You This Much Jimmy Wayne
3 I Wanna Do It All Terri Clark
4 I Want to Live Josh Gracin
10 If Nobody Believed in You Joe Nichols
1 If You Ever Stop Loving Me Montgomery Gentry
1 In a Real Love Phil Vassar
4 In My Daughter's Eyes Martina McBride
18 It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing Shania Twain
4 Let's Be Us Again Lonestar
2 Letters from Home John Michael Montgomery
2 Little Moments Brad Paisley
1 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw
5 Loco David Lee Murphy
13 Long Black Train Josh Turner
1 Mayberry Rascal Flatts
18 Me and Emily Rachel Proctor
1 Mr. Mom Lonestar
17 My Last Name Dierks Bentley
5 Nothin' 'bout Love Makes Sense LeAnn Rimes
1 Nothing On but the Radio Gary Allan
4 Paint Me a Birmingham Tracy Lawrence
7 Party for Two Shania Twain
with Billy Currington
12 Passenger Seat SHeDAISY
2 Perfect Sara Evans
1 Redneck Woman Gretchen Wilson
1 Remember When Alan Jackson
13 Rough & Ready Trace Adkins
11 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich
5 She Thinks She Needs Me Andy Griggs
9 She's Not Just a Pretty Face Shania Twain
13 Simple Life Carolyn Dawn Johnson
1 Some Beach Blake Shelton
1 Somebody Reba McEntire
12 Songs About Rain Gary Allan
16 Spend My Time Clint Black
3 Stays in Mexico Toby Keith
1 Suds in the Bucket Sara Evans
3 Sweet Southern Comfort Buddy Jewell
2 That's What It's All About Brooks & Dunn
6 That's What She Gets for Loving Me Brooks & Dunn
5 Too Much of a Good Thing Alan Jackson
19 Tougher Than Nails Joe Diffie
20 Trip Around the Sun Jimmy Buffett
with Martina McBride
1 Watch the Wind Blow By Tim McGraw
1 When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney
with Uncle Kracker
1 Whiskey Girl Toby Keith
3 Whiskey Lullaby Brad Paisley
featuring Alison Krauss
2 The Woman with You Kenny Chesney
18 You Are Jimmy Wayne
3 You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl Brooks & Dunn
1 You'll Think of Me Keith Urban

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2004:

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
6 42 Ultimate Hits Kenny Rogers Capitol Nashville
1 50 Number Ones George Strait MCA Nashville
1 Be Here Keith Urban Capitol Nashville
5 Between Here and Gone Mary Chapin Carpenter Columbia
3 Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill Blake Shelton Warner Bros.
10 Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again Soundtrack Various Artists Warner Bros.
9 Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits John Denver RCA
9 Dress Rehearsal Carolyn Dawn Johnson Arista Nashville
1 Feels Like Today Rascal Flatts Lyric Street
1 Greatest Hits Shania Twain Mercury Nashville
2 Greatest Hits Lee Ann Womack MCA Nashville
4 Greatest Hits 1994–2004 Terri Clark Mercury Nashville
2 Greatest Hits 2 Toby Keith DreamWorks Nashville
2 Greatest Hits Collection II Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville
7 Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered Jeff Foxworthy Warner Bros.
1 Here for the Party Gretchen Wilson Epic
1 Horse of a Different Color Big & Rich Warner Bros.
2 Josh Gracin Josh Gracin Lyric Street
9 Julie Roberts Julie Roberts Mercury Nashville
2 Let's Be Us Again Lonestar BNA
3 Letters from Home John Michael Montgomery Warner Bros.
1 License to Chill Jimmy Buffett Mailboat
1 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw Curb
6 Lonely Runs Both Ways Alison Krauss & Union Station Rounder
6 Lucky Ones Pat Green Republic
7 My Honky Tonk History Travis Tritt Columbia
10 Outlaws and Angels Willie Nelson Lost Highway
4 Patient Man Brad Cotter Epic
9 Patriotic Country Various Artists BMG Heritage
3 Revelation Joe Nichols Universal South
10 Shaken Not Stirred Phil Vassar Arista Nashville
7 Songs Inspired by the Passion of the Christ Various Artists Universal South
5 Soul Gravy Cross Canadian Ragweed Universal South
3 Spend My Time Clint Black Equity
2 Strong Tracy Lawrence DreamWorks Nashville
2 Sweet Right Here SHeDAISY Lyric Street
7 This I Gotta See Andy Griggs RCA Nashville
3 Twice the Speed of Life Sugarland Mercury Nashville
10 The Ultimate Alabama Alabama RCA Nashville
2 Van Lear Rose Loretta Lynn Interscope
10 The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam Dwight Yoakam Rhino
10 The Very Best of Randy Travis Randy Travis Rhino
8 A Very Larry Christmas Larry the Cable Guy Warner Bros.
1 What I Do Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
1 When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney BNA
8 Where I Belong Rachel Proctor BNA
2 You Do Your Thing Montgomery Gentry Columbia

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
29 25 Number Ones Conway Twitty MCA Nashville
20 50 Years of Hits George Jones Bandit
28 Amazing Grace 3: A Country Salute to Gospel Various Artists Sparrow
17 Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak Big & Rich Warner Bros.
15 Bipolar and Proud Cledus T. Judd Koch
32 Blue County Blue County Curb
46 Christmas with You Clint Black Equity
12 Darryl Worley Darryl Worley DreamWorks Nashville
27 A Decade of Laughs Bill Engvall Warner Bros.
48 The Definitive Collection Don Williams MCA Nashville
37 Elvis at Sun Elvis Presley RCA
30 Elvis: Ultimate Gospel Elvis Presley RCA
11 Greatest Hits Rodney Carrington Capitol Nashville
23 Have a Fun Christmas Various Artists Time Life
45 Heroes The Isaacs Gaither
50 Hurt by the Best Raymond Harris Cane
12 It Always Will Be Willie Nelson Lost Highway
42 Katrina Elam Katrina Elam Universal South
34 Keith Urban in the Ranch The Ranch Capitol Nashville
22 Live and Well Dolly Parton Blue Eye
27 Live at Billy Bob's Texas Willie Nelson Smith
49 Lone Starry Night John Arthur Martinez Dualtone
31 Loose, Loud, & Crazy Kevin Fowler Equity
27 My Mother's Hymn Book Johnny Cash Lost Highway
23 The Notorious Cherry Bombs The Notorious Cherry Bombs Universal South
35 One Good Friend George Canyon Universal South
23 Passing Through Randy Travis Word/Curb
12 The Revolution Starts Now Steve Earle E-Squared
23 Savin' the Honky Tonk Mark Chesnutt Vivaton!
25 Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas Various Artists Capitol Nashville
49 Show Me How Lorrie Morgan Image
46 This Is Americana Various Artists Americana Music Association
42 Tougher Than Nails Joe Diffie Broken Bow
47 A Traditional Christmas Joe Nichols Universal South
22 Trent Willmon Trent Willmon Columbia
46 Tryin' to Get There David Lee Murphy Koch
16 Ultimate Waylon Jennings Waylon Jennings RCA Nashville
39 Unforgettable Merle Haggard Capitol Nashville
31 Wayward Angel Kasey Chambers Warner Bros.
13 What a Wonderful World LeAnn Rimes Asylum-Curb
12 What If? Emerson Drive DreamWorks Nashville
35 Wheels of Fortune The Flatlanders New West

Deaths[edit]

  • January 11 - Max D. Barnes, 67, songwriter and record producer whose peak came in the 1980s and early 1990s.
  • June 10 — Ray Charles, 74, multi-talented artist who combined elements of pop, rhythm and blues, soul and jazz with country music.
  • September 19 — Skeeter Davis, 72, best known for "The End of the World."
  • September 23 — Roy Drusky, 74, Grand Ole Opry star and smooth countrypolitan stylist of the 1960s.
  • December 27 — Hank Garland, 74, country and jazz guitar pioneer.
  • October 24 — Angela Herzberg, 36, wife of Gary Allan. (suicide)

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented April 3, 2005 in Winnipeg)

CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards[edit]

(presented April 21 in Nashville)

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented May 17, 2005 in Las Vegas)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

(presented September 13 in Edmonton)

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented November 9 in Nashville)

Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947-1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.

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