Top 20 of 2004

Top 20 of 2004: Dan Perrone's PicksDan Perrone's Picks (2004)
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Top 20 Albums Of 2004

#20. Madvillain - Madvillainy
Stones Throw
The hyped-up collaboration of MF Doom and Madlib turned out to be a huge underground success, even though it had leaked to over a year early. Their hilarious rhymes and twenty-two
#19. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Shake The Sheets
Ted Leo rocks harder than he ever did on this album, which many would deem his most complete album to date. He's still every bit as catchy, as well.
#18. Les Savy Fav - Inches
Even though Inches is an album of rare, live, and b-side tracks, it's still better than most dance-punk around. The live videos are just icing on the cake.
#17. Sex Positions - Sex Positions
Deathwish Inc.
Creative hardcore seems to be an oxymoron these days. Luckily, Sex Positions brought one of the most interesting hardcore albums of the last few years. Note that interesting does not equal tame: these guys will still kill you.
#16. The Roots - The Tipping Point
Even though The Tipping Point may be considered weak by typical Roots standards, it still holds the band's status as one of the most creative and tightest hip-hop groups around. "Star/Pointro" is one of the top five hip-hop songs of the year.
#15. Cee-Lo Green - Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine
One of the most underrated rappers around, Cee-Lo Green is on cool-ass motherfucker. With an awkward delivery and creative beats, he could very well be the happy medium between Outkast's stellar Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
#14. The Blood Brothers - Crimes
Somewhat of a let down, but The Blood Brothers, led by Johnny Whitney's insane lead vocals, can still make some crazy tunes. I'm beating a dead horse here, I know, but it's no Burn Piano Island, Burn.
#13. Jimmy Eat World - Futures
This was way higher on my list two months ago, but has since dropped. It starts out absolutely wonderfully for a handful of listens, but after that, you find it hard to get into again. Still, the band has written their best music in years, and Jim Atkins' voice is still excellent.
#12. Hot Water Music - The New What Next
This one was a grower; I'm sure it was for everyone. It took a while to get into, but this is still our beloved Hot Water Music, and they're still writing solid tunes. Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard have never sounded better.
#11. TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
Touch and Go
A challenging record if there ever was one, TV On The Radio have created some of the most chilling, yet beautiful music of 2004. Tunde Adebimpe's voice glides in and out of each song with ease, and the backup vocals make TV On The Radio really scream "a capella rock."
#10. Planes Mistaken For Stars - Up In Them Guts
No Idea
Do not fuck with Planes Mistaken For Stars. That is all.
#9. The Icarus Line - Penance Soiree
Ahh, the band you love to hate. Buddyhead favorites The Icarus Line have attitude oozing out of their pores, and they don't care if you think they're scenesters or elitists. The truth is, they probably hate you?me.
#8. !!! - Louden Up Now
Touch and Go
Absolutely electrifying dance music. If this doesn't make you want to sing and dance, check your pulse.
#7. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Yes, Modest Mouse achieved incredible amounts of success this year with "Float On," and the album has since gone gold (a hell of an accomplishment), but the band has also released its tightest effort to date. "Bukowski" is absolutely chilling.
#6. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
Who cares if Greg Puciato sounds a bit like Mike Patton? Who cares if the band was influenced by their last EP, Irony Is A Dead Scene? Is it for the worse? I sure as hell don't think so. This is fucking bone-shattering.
#5. With Honor - Heart Means Everything
Agreeing with the album's title, this is packet with heart. From the insane gang-vocals to the machine-gun drumming, this is a hardcore fan's paradise.
#4. A Wilhelm Scream - Mute Print
An extremely pleasant surprise! This band came out of nowhere to release some of the best melodic punk and hardcore music put to CD in a very long time. They've exploded onto the scene this year, and with good reason. Imagine Strung Out, if they were still any good.
#3. Kanye West - The College Dropout
Hands down, the year's best new artist. This guy deserves all the praise he gets. His beats are absolutely sick, his lyrics have substance, and his flow is great to boot. This was by and large my most listened to album of 2004.
#2. Owen - I Do Perceive
Mike Kinsella is a sad man, and he wants to share his sadness with the world, doing so with the best music of his career. It's moving, brilliant, and upbeat all at the same time. This man is an absolute musical genius if there ever was one.
#1. Circle Takes The Square - As The Roots Undo
Robotic Empire
Mind-boggling. Awe-inspiring. Intense. Beautiful. These are all terms that should describe the best album of the year, and As The Roots Undo is all of this and then some. The intricacy and utter chaos that each song displays is out of this world, and the band can go from a rampage to a soft, almost religious-sounding chant at the drop of a hat. And to put this over the top, the lyrics are stellar, and the passion in which they are screamed and sung is unreal. This album has got it all. This is what the best album of the year should be.
The Punknews.org 2004 Mixtape Mix Tape
  1. Bruce Springsteen ?? "Born To Run"
    I know it isn't from 2004, but everyone has their one song that goes on every mixtape they make. This is mine, arguably the best Bruce song and one of the best songs ever written.
  2. Circle Takes The Square ?? "Kill The Switch"
  3. The Roots ?? "Star/Pointro"
  4. Cartel ?? "Write This Down"
  5. Dillinger Four ?? "Like Spreewells On A Wheelchair"
    This was on one of the Rock Against Bush compilations, and it was totally refreshing to hear some new D4. Their new one next year will be a monster.
  6. Fordirelifesake ?? "Recover"
  7. Mastodon ?? "Megalodon"
  8. Minus The Bear ?? "Houston, We Have Uh Oh"
    Off the In Honor compilation, this is easily the best song the band has released yet. Subtract a few songs from their EP from 2004, They Make Beer Commercials Like This, it would definitely be a top 20 contender.
  9. Underoath ?? "Reinventing Your Exit"
    So crucify me. It's a catchy song!
  10. Zombie Apocalypse ?? "This Day Is A Spark Of Life"
  1. Champion ?? "Promises Kept"
  2. Talib Kweli ?? "Going Hard"
    This guy is garnering more and more attention as the days go by. Watch out for him.
  3. Eminem ?? "Like Toy Soldiers"
    The beat and sampling in this song is just fantastic. A great song off of a subpar effort.
  4. With Resistance ?? "Subject Matter"
  5. Franz Ferdinand ?? "Take Me Out"
  6. TV On The Radio ?? "Staring At The Sun"
  7. Kanye West ft. Jay-Z ?? "Never Let Me Down"
    Rap song of the year. Jay-Z's best cameo of the year as well.
  8. The Walkmen ?? "The Rat"
  9. Modest Mouse ?? "Bukowski"
  10. Taken ?? "Eternity Was On Our Lips"
    One of the most passionate hardcore bands around will be sorely missed.

Well, there you have it. Some would say 2004 wasn't the best year for music. I wouldn't disagree, even though there were many albums that blew my mind over the course of the last year. 2004 was also a big year for my personal life: I went off to college at Rutgers University, had the girlfriend of my dreams for the entire year who I love to death, and it was overall just a great year. I'm hoping 2005 will be just as good: many bands will be releasing some long-awaiting albums...I won't go all absolutepunk on you guys and list every band and title listed at TBA, but you guys get what I mean. Hope you enjoy the list - it's been great being a part of punknews.org.


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Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

hooooooorah for sex positions


Bankythehack (January 6, 2005)

It's seems that the amazing rock of strung out has once again gone overlooked and underrated in lue of pretentious prog crap. I agree with you on A Whilhelm Scream's Mute Print being one of the best albums of the year, but Exile in Oblivion is an extremely worthy album to make it onto anyone's top lists for the year. Plus any new Dillinger Four is like a shot in the veins and personally my most anticipated release of the year. They are the best band around as far as I'm concerned.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

At night, we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Minus The Bear ?? ??Houston, We Have Uh Oh?
Off the In Honor compilation, this is easily the best song the band has released yet. Subtract a few songs from their EP from 2004, They Make Beer Commercials Like This, it would definitely be a top 20 contender.


punkpirate (January 3, 2005)

You put some good Hip-Hop on here, take some balls to do that on such an elitest website. I'll probably get shat on becuase I think I spelled "elitest" wrong. But the Roots and Kanye kick ass.

GYBE (January 3, 2005)

Decent list. I totally agree with the With Honor selection.

Props on including Taken on the mixtape as well, great band.

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

I can't believe not one member of the staff mentioned Strung Out in their top cd's this year. To me that is far and away the best cd of the year. What is it that people don't like about Strung Out anymore??

theundergroundscene (January 2, 2005)

"when did this website become so not trendy? it's obvious and lame"

Well, I've only been here for about two months as a staff member, and I really think only mine and Jesse's lists are the only ones that are somewhat different than the others.

Just because I enjoy rap, hiphop, and dance doesn't mean I'm trying to be "untrendy."

Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

tramps like us...


Anonymous (January 2, 2005)

when did this website become so not trendy? it's obvious and lame

theundergroundscene (January 2, 2005)

ok that last comment and also this one aren't actually by "theundergroundscene", it's by the writer's gf, but i guess he signed on my computer so that's why it says that. the end.


theundergroundscene (January 2, 2005)

quick question, why are you so hot?

also, your top 20 list rocks my world

jamespastepunk (January 1, 2005)

That Zombie Apocalypse song was released in 2003. Just saying.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

good #1

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

good choice for #1... excellent album

KB (December 31, 2004)

What the fuck does everyone see in Knaye West? I tried to like that album but the truth set in: It sucks ass. Everyone needs to get over it and realize that it isnt the best album to come out this year (that honor goes to American Idiot). In fact it doesnt belong on any Top 20 lists except "Top 20 Worst Albums ever created"..........bitch!

opivykid (December 31, 2004)

'Imagine Strung Out, if they were still any good'


You deaf bitch. The new cd > eveything in this list, put together.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Fuck Kanye West. Stupid sellout.


Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Kanye West. *thumbs up*

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

10.)Wrangler Brutes - Zulu
9.)Sex Positions - Self-Titled
8.)The Gamits - Antidote
7.)Pulley - Matters
6.)Rise Against - Siren Song Of The Counterculture
5.)Still Crossed - Love and Betrayl
4.)Minus The Bear - They Make Beer Commericals Like This
3.)Only Crime - To The Nines
2.)Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
1.)Strung Out - Exile In Oblivion

My most anticipated for next year:

Paint It Black
Kill Your Idols
7 Seconds
The Loved Ones
New Mexican Disaster Squad

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

fuck a wilhelm scream.

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

Hurray for mentioning Sex Positions.

Inspection12e (December 31, 2004)

half the stuff sucks and half of it's great. how are you gonnoa put all that hip-hop on your list and not include the mos def record. thats all my opinion of course


Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Its nice to see someone give some press to A Wilhelm Scream. Quality album.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

At least someone included Hot Water Music on their list...


punkcorekid (December 31, 2004)

that blood brothers cd is horrible.

johnnydanger (December 31, 2004)

getting better...

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Java script roooocks!

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