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The year is 2004. G.W. Bush is about to get reelected and the summer Olympics are about to be won by the US in Athens, Greece. On the other side of the Atlantic, Russia stops recognizing Soviet passports as identification—took them 13 years.
In 2004, Facebook has just launched among college students, and Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile in music, Usher dominates the charts with his album Confessions, which will later earn the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. A hip-hop star on the rise, Kanye West drops his debut album The College Dropout in 2004. Unfortunately, none of the songs make it to No. 1, however, Kim Kardashian’s now-husband and Jamie Foxx are featured on Twista’s hit “Slow Jamz.”
Revisit all of 2004’s biggest hits with a full list of the Hot 100 chart-toppers here:
OutKast, “Hey Ya!”
OutKast starts off the year with “Hey Ya!” dominating the charts. The Atlanta-based duo of Big Boi and Andre-3000 celebrates the new year with some upbeat hip-hop—and will go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
OutKast Featuring Sleepy Brown, “The Way You Move”
Another hit from Atlanta: “The Way You Move” takes over “Hey Ya!” as the top hit. With impressive vocals, courtesy of Sleepy Brown and southern hip-hop influence, “The Way You Move” indeed makes you get up and move.
Twista Featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx, “Slow Jamz”
With the third hip-hop track hitting No. 1, 2004 can truly be called the year of hip-hop. “Slow Jamz” marks the debut of a now-superstar Kanye West, who shows his appreciation for soul music here. The track makes an appearance on West’s album The College Dropout and Twista‘s “Kamikaze.”
Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
Yeah, Usher is back, and he is here to stay, as four of his tracks make it to the top during the year. “Yeah!” is the lead single from his album Confessions; combining a catchy beat with the seductive vocals of Lil Jon and Ludacris, the track gets praise from critics and general public alike.
“Burn” is a personal song about breakups, combining R&B and ballad genres. Initially “Burn” was to lead Confessions, however, after the commercial success of “Yeah!,” the latter becomes the lead single of the record.
Fantasia, “I Believe”
Winning the third season of American Idol with the song “I Believe,” Fantasia makes history as the first artist from the show whose debut single made it to No. 1.
Usher, “Confessions Part II”
Another intensely personal story to hit No. 1, “Confessions Part II” draws us in with the lyrics and its mystery (although the public quickly caught onto the track’s secret subject).
Juvenile Featuring Soulja Slim, “Slow Motion”
The second artist to dethrone Usher‘s chart-topping streak, Juvenile shares the spotlight with Slim. “Slow Motion” is not only Juvenile’s first song to reach the top, it is also one of the few tracks to get to #1 position posthumously, as Slim passed away in November 2003.
Terror Squad, “Lean Back”
Before Suicide Squad, there was Terror Squad. The listener is told to lean back and pull up the pants by Remy from Terror Squad and Fat Joe (featured on the song).
Usher And Alicia Keys, “My Boo”
Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharell, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
Snoop Dogg’s first number one song ends the year. The single was Pharell’s biggest hit for almost a decade until “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” in 2013.