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Usher, Hoobastank, and More—Tracks That Take You Back To Summer of 2004

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Usher performs at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena Aug. 29, 2004 in Miami. 

Flashback to 2004, when everyone worshipped their Blackberry phones, women donned halter necks and colored eyeliner while guys wore long-sleeved tops underneath their t-shirts. Facebook had just been launched, and the summer evenings were spent friending people while listening to these favorite tracks.

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"Confessions Part II" - Usher

The third release from the album, ‘Confessions’ followed the success of Usher’s last work, ‘Burn,’ and became the album’s third consecutive number one single of the year. The lyrics of "Confessions Part II" focuses on a confession about a man impregnating a mistress -- an interesting and uncommon topic for such a popular song.

 

"The Reason" - Hoobastank

Californian rockers Hoobastank burst onto commercial radio in April 2004 with their hit single ‘The Reason.’ Fueled by catchy hooks and an epic sing-along chorus to equal the best from any boy band, the group narrowly missed the #1 spot (being held by Usher). 

"If I Ain't Got You" - Alicia Keys

Keys’ sophomore album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was home to one of the R&B singer/pianist’s most popular ballads, which was written following the death of fellow R&B singer Aaliyah.

"Move Ya Body" - Nina Sky feat. Jabba

“Move Ya Body” is an ultimate dance classic. The month of April brought Nina Sky’s only top 40 single, and a rare chart entrance by a duo. The act also found success in the UK, Europe, and New Zealand amongst others, and was highly praised for its rhythmic nature and was nominated for various duo and dance music awards. 

"Slow Motion" - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim

New Orleans rapper, actor, and songwriter Juvenile’s only number one hit on the US billboard came in early ‘04. The track features hip-hop artist Soulja Slim, and although not intended as a tribute, became one of the more popular posthumous tracks of the time as Slim passed away suddenly in November 2003. The song is certified ‘Gold’ and has had sales of more than $500,000. 

Facebook only had 8 features when it was initially launched in 2004, and you could only have one photo on your profile. There were no walls to post on, no status updates, no notifications and messaging didn’t exist on the site.