2005 in music
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- 1 Events
- 2 Bands formed
- 3 Bands disbanded
- 4 Bands reformed
- 5 Albums released
- 6 Popular Songs
- 7 Classical music
- 8 Opera
- 9 Musical theater
- 10 Musical films
- 11 Births
- 12 Deaths
- 13 Awards
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
- January 1 – In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", and "Only You" by The Platters.
- January 7 – Welsh punk band Mclusky officially announce their disbanding via their website. Weeks later, Welsh noisecore/punk band Jarcrew disband due to their drummer becoming a Jehovah's Witness – remnants of the two bands later went on to join forces and become Future of the Left.
- January 17 – Prior to missing 2 live shows, Mike Tempesta is officially no longer part of Powerman 5000 due to fighting with the band.
- January 22 – The Tsunami Relief concert is held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales – the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. Performers included Madonna, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Manic Street Preachers, Lulu, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins, Feeder, Snow Patrol, Liberty X.
- January 29 – Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies, Raine Maida, and Sarah McLachlan conduct a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, for tsunami relief.
- January 31 – Jon Levasseur leaves Cryptopsy, saying he has lost interest in Extreme Music.
- February 7 – The BRIT Awards are held in London. Scissor Sisters, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, and Joss Stone are among the winners.
- February 13 - The 47th Grammy Awards are held in Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Ray Charles become the big winner at the ceremony. Britney Spears earned her first Grammy in the category of Best Dance Recording for her hit single Toxic.
- February 15 – Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust.
- February 22
- After being silent since late 2004, Blink-182 announce that they will be taking an indefinite hiatus, the news comes as a big shock for fans. According to guitarist Tom DeLonge, the band will not come completely inactive.
- Brian Welch, guitarist of KoЯn, leaves the band after converting to Christianity.
- February 28 – Static-X fires Tripp Eisen because of his arrest for sex offenses involving a minor.
- March 7 – Koichi Fukuda rejoins Static-X on guitar after 5 years away from the band. Fukuda replaces Tripp Eisen, who was arrested twice in February over two separate charges of sexual intercourse with underage girls.
- March 26 – Australian drummer of Crowded House, Paul Hester, is found dead in a Melbourne Park.
- March 29 - Will Smith releases his fourth studio album (first under Interscope Records) Lost and Found
- April 3
- Country music legend Kenny Rogers signs a major worldwide record deal with Capitol Records.
- Alice in Chains original bass player Mike Starr is arrested for "investigation of property destruction and theft". He was also sentenced to 30 days for misdemeanor drug possession in April 1994, two years after being replaced from the group during the recording of Dirt.
- April 7 – The concert Selena ¡VIVE! takes place at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The memorial concert was held on the 10th anniversary of the murder by firearm of Selena, "The Queen of Tejano Music". Performers include Thalía, Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Pepe Aguilar, Banda el Recodo, Alejandra Guzmán and Fey.
- April 9 – Destiny's Child launch their World Tour Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It in Hiroshima, Japan.
- April 19 - Mike Jones releases his first studio album entitled "Who Is Mike Jones?" in the United States.
- May/June – Operation Ivy/Rancid bassist Matt Freeman is diagnosed with lung cancer.
- May 2
- Legendary blues-rock group Cream reunites for four shows in London's Royal Albert Hall.
- Linkin Park issues a press release demanding to end its contract with Warner Music Group, on the grounds that the label would fail to meet its "fiduciary responsibility to market and promote Linkin Park" due to cost-cutting efforts at the company.
- May 6 – Audioslave becomes the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba.
- May 17 - Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus she has to cancel her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.
- May 21 – The Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM airs the 13th Annual Weenie Roast show with Alkaline Trio, Audioslave, Bloc Party, The Bravery, The Dead 60s, Foo Fighters, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, The Mars Volta, Mötley Crüe, MxPx, My Chemical Romance, Queens of the Stone Age and The Transplants.
- May 22 – Tammin Sursok releases her debut and to date only album Whatever Will Be.
- May 24 - Gorillaz release their second studio album, Demon Days.
- May 25 – Carrie Underwood wins the fourth season of American Idol.
- June 4 - Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" became her 16th chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 considering her popularity between 2001 and 2003 had substantially declined and many had considered her career over. The song, then, spent 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It made history when it became the first song to simultaneously occupy the number one position on nine Billboard charts on the week ending August 6, 2005: the Hot 100, Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Pop 100 Airplay, Top 40 Mainstream, Rhythmic Airplay Chart, Hot Dance Club Songs, and the Hot Ringtones charts.
- June 9–11 – Download Festival 2006. Tool, Metallica and Guns N' Roses headline the main stage.
- June 12 – Pink Floyd announce that they will reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This will be the first time the band played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981, and the first public performance by Pink Floyd since 1994.
- June 13 – Michael Jackson is found not guilty of child molestation.
- June 14 - The Backstreet Boys came back and released their fifth studio album Never Gone after a nearly 5-year hiatus
- June 15 – Destiny's Child announce they will disband upon completion of their world tour.
- June 16 – Motörhead celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert in the Hammersmith Apollo, which is later released on DVD.
- June 18–19 – Green Day films their first ever live CD/DVD Bullet in a Bible at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. They played to over 130,000 fans in two days.
- June 21 – Billy Corgan announces that he wants to reform his popular alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins, which disbanded on December 2, 2000.
- June 25 – Patti Smith curates the Meltdown festival.
- July 2 – Live 8 benefit concerts are held around the world, as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.
- July 6 - Lil' Kim is sentenced to a year and a day in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about her knowledge of suspects in a 2001 shooting outside a New York radio station.
- July 11 – The Chemical Brothers release their single, "The Boxer".
- July 21 – Gigantour runs through to September 11, a festival organised by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine with bands including Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory and Nevermore.
- August 9 - Staind releases Chapter V, which becomes their third-straight studio album to reach #1 on the US Billboard 200 album charts.
- August 18 - Interscope Records reports that Eminem has entered rehab for dependency on sleep medication. The rapper had canceled the European leg of the Anger Management 3 Tour two days earlier, citing exhaustion. A four-year hiatus would ensue until the release of the Relapse album in 2009.
- August 24-31 - The UNESCO-sponsored Fifth Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of the East) International Music Festival is held in Samarkand.
- August 26 – Rihanna releases her debut album, Music of the Sun, which debuts at number 10 on the US Billboard 200. The album produced two singles that achieved international chart success, including first single "Pon de Replay", which topped number 2 at the US Billboard Hot 100.
- August 28 - Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is shot in the leg at an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party in Miami. No one is ever charged in the shooting.
- September 2
- A statue of Edward Elgar by Jemma Pearson is unveiled near Hereford Cathedral.
- A Concert for Hurricane Relief airs on NBC and its affiliates, the first of several benefit concerts held to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast and ReAct Now: Music & Relief air the following week. From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, a pair of simultaneous benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, are held on September 20. On A Concert for Hurricane Relief, rapper Kanye West makes controversial statement, "George Bush doesn't care about back people".
- September 9 – The band Scooter perform at the All-State Arena in Chicago, IL, their first performance in the United States.
- September 10
- September 20 - J.D. Fortune wins Rock Star: INXS, a reality TV singing contest to become the new lead vocalist of Australian rock band INXS.
- September 27 – Actor Drake Bell releases his debut musical album Telegraph. Dancehall artist Sean Paul releases his third album titled The Trinity.
- October 1 – Sentenced plays their final show.
- October 15 – Media reported that Latin star Luis Miguel has released his own vintage of wine, "Unico. Luis Miguel", a Cabernet Sauvignon.
- October 21 – Nightwish perform at the Hartwall Areena, later to be released as the End of an Era DVD. The following day, singer Tarja Turunen is dismissed in an open letter.
- October 25- NSYNC releases their first compilation album Greatest Hits three years after their breakup.
- October 31 - Greatest Hits is released. It is a collection of Blink-182's greatest singles. At the time of the release, Blink-182 were on an indefinite hiatus but would later reunite in 2009 and release their sixth studio album Neighborhoods in 2011.
- November 6 – Madonna earns her 36th Top Ten single with Warner Bros. Records-based, ABBA-sampled "Hung Up". This ties her with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. The Beatles have 34. "Hung Up" is also Madonna's 47th Top Forty single – the most for any female artist. Her new album Confessions On A Dance Floor hits #1 in 40 countries during the month, a new record. (The Beatles also previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to #1 in 36 countries in 2000.)
- November 8 - The first Guitar Hero video game is released for the PlayStation 2. The game becomes a major hit that turns rhythm games into one of the most popular video game genres for several years, and increases the sales of artists who have their songs included in the games.
- November 15
- The Sony BMG copy protection rootkit scandal breaks as Sony BMG announces that it will recall all remaining stock of an estimated 15 million CDs containing copy protection that exposes the computers of consumers to serious security risks if played in their PC disc drives. Several class action lawsuits are filed against Sony in the ensuing public relations disaster.
- All-female group Danity Kane is formed on MTV show Making The Band.
- November 20 – Madonna's Warner Bros. Records-based (Festival Mushroom Records in Australia) single, "Hung Up" takes the title as the ARIA #1 single.
- November 21 – Kate DeAraugo takes the title of Australian Idol 2005, ahead of Emily Williams.
- November 22
- The 33rd annual American Music Awards are held. Multiple winners are Destiny's Child, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Eyed Peas, and Green Day.
- System of a Down becomes the third musical act to have two number 1 albums in the same year. The other two to do this record were DMX & The Beatles.
- Britney Spears releases her first remix album, B in the Mix: The Remixes. The album had sold 1 millon copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling remix album of all time.
- November 29 - Chris Brown comes onto the music scene at age 16 with the release of his debut album Chris Brown. Making him the second youngest male R&B artist to come into the music business since Usher in 1994.
- November 30 – Apocalyptica change locations of the shoot of their DVD "The Life Burns Tour" from Erfurt, Germany (Dec. 2) to Düsseldorf, Germany (Dec. 4) due to technical reasons.
- December 3 - Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese hold a wedding ceremony in Ireland.
- December 6 - Korn's seventh studio album, See You on the Other Side, debuts at number 3 on the Billboard 200. This is the first album without longtime guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and is the last to feature original drummer David Silveria.
- December 8 – The nominations for the 48th Grammy Awards are announced. The top-nominated artists include Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Kanye West, with eight nominations each. Other nominated artists include Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles (two of her own, plus four with Destiny's Child), Kelly Clarkson, and 50 Cent.
- December 10
- Amnesty International launches its "Make Some Noise" music initiative.
- The Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM airs the 16th annual Acoustic Christmas. On November 10, 2005, KROQ's official website announced that it will include Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, Rise Against, System of a Down and Thrice for the first night. The second night is held the following day, as also announced at KROQ's official website on November 15, 2005 and includes The Bravery, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode, Hot Hot Heat, Jack Johnson, Nada Surf and The White Stripes.
- December 11 – Peter Wichers leaves Soilwork.
- December 15 - Madonna's Warner Bros. Records-based single, "Hung Up" sets a new record in the download charts by staying at #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. The single first appears on Z100 New York, closely followed by 2day FM (Sydney), Fox FM (Melbourne) and Nova 96.9 (Sydney) other stations follow including: Mix 106.5 (Sydney), Mix 101.1 (Melbourne), Vega 95.3 (Sydney), Vega 91.5 (Melbourne) and the rest of the MIX FM stations.
- December 21 – Elton John marries David Furnish in London. This marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions the same legal protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
- December 31 – Mariah Carey earns her 17th #1 single with "Don't Forget About Us", tying with Elvis for second as the act with the most #1 singles. The Beatles have 20. She also becomes the first act to perform live in Times Square on the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve television special on this day.
- Glue Gun reforms after eight years, with frontman Bob Oedy the only original member. The new line-up is Bob Oedy (vocals), Joey Rimicci (guitars), Brian Priess (bass) and Andy Alverez (drums). Rimicci and Priess were previously members of Jughead's Revenge.
Also in 2005
- 12 rock music albums scored number 1 in the USA. This was the first time even ten albums scored number 1 since 1996.
- UNESCO declares the Mongolian Long song one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
- Rapper 50 Cent gets his own game, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. A PlayStation Portable version would be released a year later.
- Eminem goes on hiatus.
- Alice in Chains
- Backstreet Boys (Hiatus since 2002)
- Junior M.A.F.I.A.
- Van der Graaf Generator
See also: Category:2005 albums
January – March
April – June
July – September
October – December
- "1, 2 Step" — Ciara featuring Missy Elliott
- "Almost" — Bowling For Soup
- "Ass Like That" — Eminem
- "Axel F" — Crazy Frog
- "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter
- "Be Yourself" — Audioslave
- "Behind These Hazel Eyes" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Because of You" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Best of You" — Foo Fighters
- "Better Days" — Goo Goo Dolls
- "Beverly Hills" — Weezer
- "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" — Green Day
- "Breakaway" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Bullets" — Editors
- "B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs)" — System of a Down
- "Candy Shop" — 50 Cent featuring Olivia
- "Catch My Disease" — Ben Lee
- "Crazy" – Simple Plan
- "The Chronicles of Life and Death" - Good Charlotte
- "Cool" — Gwen Stefani
- "Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy
- "DARE" — Gorillaz
- "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" — Kanye West
- "Die Romantic" - Aiden
- "Disappear" – Hoobastank
- "Don't Cha" — The Pussycat Dolls
- "Don't Forget About Us" — Mariah Carey
- "Don't Phunk with My Heart" — The Black Eyed Peas
- "Do You Want To" — Franz Ferdinand
- "E-Pro" — Beck
- "Emily" — Stephen Fretwell
- "Everything Is Alright" - Motion City Soundtrack
- "Feel Good Inc." — Gorillaz
- "Feeling a Moment" — Feeder
- "Fix You" — Coldplay
- "Gasolina" — Daddy Yankee
- "The Ghost of You" — My Chemical Romance
- "Gold Digger" — Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
- "The Hand That Feeds" — Nine Inch Nails
- "Hate It or Love It" — The Game featuring 50 Cent
- "Helena" — My Chemical Romance
- "Hollaback Girl" — Gwen Stefani
- "Holiday" — Green Day
- "Hung Up" — Madonna
- "Hypnotize" — System of a Down
- "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" — Arctic Monkeys
- "I Caught Fire" - The Used
- "I Just Wanna Live" — Good Charlotte
- "The Importance of Being Idle" — Oasis
- "Inside Your Heaven" — Carrie Underwood
- "Just a Lil Bit" — 50 Cent
- "Just the Girl" — The Click Five
- "The Last Sunrise" - Aiden
- "La Tortura" — Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
- "Let Me Love You" — Mario
- "Like Toy Soldiers" — Eminem
- "Lonely" — Akon
- "Lonely No More" — Rob Thomas
- "Lose Control" — Missy Elliott featuring Fatman Scoop
- "Lyla" — Oasis
- "Mockingbird" — Eminem
- "My Humps" — The Black Eyed Peas
- "Obsession (No Es Amor)" — Frankie J featuring Baby Bash
- "Oh" — Ciara featuring Ludacris
- "Only" — Nine Inch Nails
- "Only One" — Yellowcard
- "Photograph" — Nickelback
- "Pieces" — Sum 41
- "Pon de Replay" — Rihanna
- "Predictable" — Good Charlotte
- "Push the Button — Sugababes
- "Ready To Fly" - Richard Marx
- "Rich Girl" — Gwen Stefani featuring Eve
- "Rough Justice" — The Rolling Stones
- "Run It!" — Chris Brown
- "Scars" — Papa Roach
- "Shake It Off" — Mariah Carey
- "Shut Up!" - Simple Plan
- "Since U Been Gone" — Kelly Clarkson (#1 on Radio Top 40 of 2005)
- "Soldier" — Destiny's Child
- "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" — U2
- "Speed of Sound" — Coldplay
- "Stickwitu" — The Pussycat Dolls
- "Sugar, We're Going Down" — Fall Out Boy
- "Switch" — Will Smith
- "These Words (I Love You)" — Natasha Bedingfield
- "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" – Simple Plan
- "Wake Me Up When September Ends" — Green Day
- "We Be Burnin'" — Sean Paul
- "We Believe" — Good Charlotte
- "We Belong Together" — Mariah Carey (#2 on Radio Top 40 of 2005)
- "We Don't Care Anymore" - Story of the Year
- "We're All To Blame" — Sum 41
- "When I'm Gone" — Eminem
- "You and Me" — Lifehouse
- "You're Beautiful" — James Blunt
See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 2005 (USA)
Billboard Top 200 number-one albums
Main article: Number-one albums of 2005 (U.S.)
Other international hit singles
- "2 Bajki" - Virgin
- "Aún hay algo" - RBD
- "Bokutachi no Yukue" - Hitomi Takahashi
- "C'est les vacances" - Ilona Mitrecey
- "Come se non fosse stato mai amore" - Laura Pausini
- "Den döda vinkeln" - Kent
- "Écris l'histoire" - Grégory Lemarchal
- "Gasolina" - Daddy Yankee
- "Glósóli" - Sigur Rós
- "Jing! Jingeling! Der Weihnachtsschnappi!" - Schnappi
- "Liebt sie dich so wie ich?" - Christina Stürmer
- "Ma Philosophie" - Amel Bent
- "Me pregunto" - Belanova
- "Mon Plus Beau Noël" - Johnny Hallyday
- "Per Sempre (for Always)" - Anthony Callea
- "Po Tebe" - Toše Proeski
- "San ou (La Rivière)" - Dezil'
- "Santiano" - Star Academy
- "Say Na Say Na" - Aneela Mirza
- "T'es pas cap Pinocchio" - Pinocchio
- "Un Monde parfait" - Ilona Mitrecey
- Kalevi Aho – Clarinet Concerto
- Louis Andriessen – De Opening
- Leonardo Balada – Symphony No. 6 Symphony of Sorrows
- Joël-François Durand – String Quartet
- Lorenzo Ferrero – Macuilli Mexihcateteouh (Five Aztec Gods), for string quartet
- Christian Forshaw – Mortal Flesh
- Philip Glass
- Alun Hoddinott – Celebration Fanfare (one-off composition for the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales)
- Karl Jenkins – Requiem: In These Horizons Stones Sing
- Peter Maxwell Davies
- Krzysztof Penderecki – Symphony No. 8 Lieder der Vergänglichkeit
- Einojuhani Rautavaara
- Book of Visions for orchestra
- Manhattan Trilogy for strings
- Karlheinz Stockhausen –
- John Tavener - Fragment for the Virgin, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti.
- Stephen Warbeck – Peter Pan (ballet)
- Ian Wilson – Sullen Earth (concerto)
- Mark Adamo – Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess
- John Coolidge Adams – Doctor Atomic
- Philippe Boesmans – Julie
- Richard Danielpour – Margaret Garner
- Matthew Dewey – The Death of Chatterton
- Lorenzo Ferrero – La Conquista
- Nicholas Lens – The Accacha Chronicles Trilogy: Amor Aeternus – Hymns of Love
- Lorin Maazel – 1984
- Roger Scruton - Violet
- Roger Waters – Ça Ira
- Acorn Antiques: The Musical! opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in February.
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Broadway production opens at the Circle in the Square Theatre on May 2.
- All Shook Up (Joe DiPietro) – The Broadway production opens at the Palace Theatre on March 24 and runs for 213 performances.
- Billy Elliot the Musical (Elton John & Lee Hall) opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, in March.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – The Broadway production opens at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) on April 28 and runs for 285 performances.
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Broadway production opens at the Imperial Theatre on March 3 and runs for 627 performances
- Good Vibrations opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on February 2 and runs for 94 performances
- Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar opens at the Rialto Theatre, Madrid.
- Lennon (John Lennon, Don Scardino) opens in San Francisco in April. The Broadway production opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on August 14 and runs for 49 performances
- The Light in the Piazza (Craig Lucas & Adam Guettel) – The Broadway production opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 18 and runs for 504 performances.
- Little Women (Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein & Jason Howland) – The Broadway production opens at the Virginia Theatre on January 23 and runs for 137 performances
- Monty Python's Spamalot opens at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago on January 9.
- One Life: A Musical Story of the Life of Joseph Smith – Written by Kari Skousen & Rebecca Thompson-Duvall; Directed by Skousen
- The Woman in White Broadway production opens at the Marquis Theatre on November 17 and runs for 109 performances.
- Boss'n Up (December 6)
- Confessions of a Thug
- Corpse Bride
- Hustle & Flow
- Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School
- Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins and Will Young
- The Producers (December 16)
- Rent (November 23)
- Romance & Cigarettes
- Walk the Line
- August 3 – Owen Isabelle Landau, daughter of Michelle Branch and husband Teddy Landau
- September 14 – Sean Preston Federline, son of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
- September 24 – Aiden Michael Bice, son of Bo Bice and wife Caroline Fisher.
- January 11
- January 15 – Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan soprano, 81
- January 21 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian cellist and composer, 83
- January 24 – June Bronhill, Australian soprano, 75
- January 25 - Ray Peterson, pop singer, 65
- January 28 – Jim Capaldi, British drummer and vocalist, 60
- January 29 - Eric Griffiths, guitarist (The Quarrymen), 64
- January 30 – Martyn Bennett, Scottish bagpiper, 33 (cancer)
- February 1 – Franco Mannino, Italian composer, 80
- February 3
- February 6 - Merle Kilgore, singer-songwriter, 70
- February 8
- February 9 – Tyrone Davis, American soul singer, 66
- February 12 – Sammi Smith, American singer-songwriter, 61
- February 13 – Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor, 86
- February 16 – Marcello Viotti, Swiss conductor, 50 (stroke)
- February 25 - Edward Patten, R&B/soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), 65
- February 28 – Chris Curtis, British drummer and vocalist, 63
- March 4 – Una Hale, soprano, 82
- March 6 – Tommy Vance, DJ, 63
- March 9
- March 10 – Danny Joe Brown, former lead singer of Molly Hatchet, 53 (kidney failure)
- March 13 - Lyn Collins, soul singer, 56
- March 16 - Justin Hinds, Jamaican ska vocalist, 62
- March 21 – Bobby Short, singer, 80
- March 22 – Rod Price, guitarist, 57 (Foghat)
- March 26 – Paul Hester, drummer for Crowded House and Split Enz, 46 (suicide)
- March 27
- March 28 – Moura Lympany, pianist, 88
- March 30 – Derrick Plourde, former drummer Lagwagon and the Ataris, 33 (suicide)
- April 2 – Alexander Brott, conductor and composer, 90
- April 7 – Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, 82
- April 10 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist, 82
- April 11 - Jerry Byrd, lap steel guitarist, 85
- April 12 – Ehud Manor, Israeli songwriter, 63
- April 13 – Johnnie Johnson, American pianist, 80
- April 14 – John Fred, pop singer, 64
- April 18 – Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor, 75
- April 19
- April 23 – Robert Farnon, composer, arranger, 87
- April 25 – Hasil Adkins, American rockabilly musician, 67
- April 28 – Percy Heath, jazz musician, 81
- May 8 – Nasrat Parsa, Afghan singer, 36 (murdered)
- May 10 – David Wayne, former singer of Metal Church, 47 (injuries resulting from car crash)
- May 12 - Frankie LaRocka, rock drummer and producer, 51
- May 14 – Jimmy Martin, bluegrass musician, 77
- May 22 – Thurl Ravenscroft, US singer, 91
- May 25
- May 29
- June 13 – David Diamond, American composer, 89
- June 14 – Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor, 91
- June 17 – Karl Mueller, bassist of Soul Asylum, 41
- June 29 – Mikkel Flagstad, Norwegian saxophonist, 75
- June 30 – Clancy Eccles, ska/reggae singer, 64 (complications after heart attack)
- July 1
- July 5
- July 6 – Richard Verreau, operatictenor, 79
- July 7 – Henri Betti, French composer and pianist, 87
- July 11 – Frances Langford, US singer and actress, 91
- July 14 - Michael Dahlquist, drummer (Silkworm), 39 (car crash)
- July 17 – Laurel Aitken, ska singer, heart attack, 78
- July 18 – John Herald songwriter, musician, member of The Greenbriar Boys, 65
- July 21 – Long John Baldry, R&B singer, 64
- July 22 - Eugene Record, singer (The Chi-Lites), 64
- July 23 – Myron Floren, accordionist, 85
- July 27 – Robert Wright, songwriter, 90
- July 29 – Hildegarde, US singer, 99
- August 1 – Al Aronowitz, American music journalist, 77
- August 4 – Little Milton, blues musician,70
- August 6
- August 13 – Arnold Cooke, British composer, 98
- August 16 - Vassar Clements, fiddler, 77
- August 21 – Robert Moog, electronic music pioneer, 71
- August 22 – Luc Ferrari, composer, 76
- August 26 – Denis D'Amour, guitarist of Voivod, 45
- September 1
- September 10 – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, blues musician, 81
- September 15
- September 17 – Alfred Reed, American composer of concert band music, 84
- September 18
- September 19
- October 1 - Paul Pena, singer, songwriter and guitarist, 55
- October 2 - Hamilton Camp, singer, songwriter and actor, 70
- October 10 - Nick Hawkins, guitarist (Big Audio Dynamite II), 40
- October 12 - Baker Knight, songwriter and musician, 72
- October 18 – Marshall Rohner, guitarist for T.S.O.L., The Cruzados, 42
- October 20 - Shirley Horn, jazz singer and pianist, 71
- October 22 – Franky Gee (Captain Jack), 43 (cerebral haemorrhage)
- October 31 – John "Beatz" Holohan, drummer for Bayside, 31 (road accident)
- November 4 – Mana Nishiura, drummer (Shonen Knife, DMBQ), 34 (car accident)
- November 5 - Link Wray, rock and roll guitarist and singer, 76
- November 6 – Minako Honda, Japanese singer, 38 (leukemia)
- November 10 – Gardner Read, American composer, 92
- November 20
- November 26
- November 28 – Tony Meehan, former drummer of The Shadows, 62
- November 29 – Deon van der Walt, tenor, 47 (shot)
- December 8 – Danny Williams, singer, 63
- December 9 - Mike Botts, drummer, 61
- December 24 – Constance Keene, American pianist, 84
- December 25
- ARIA Music Awards of 2005
- 2005 BRIT Awards
- Eurovision Song Contest 2005
- Grammy Awards of 2005
- Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
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