1. Usher, “Burn”
“Burn” was the second single released from Usher’s blockbuster album, Confessions. The single quickly shot up to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, knocking off, funnily enough, his song “Yeah!” from the top spot.
The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight nonconsecutive weeks.
2. Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You”
“If I Ain’t Got You” was the second single released from Alicia Keys’ second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. It peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 2004.
3. Hoobastank, “The Reason”
This mix CD staple peaked at No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — Usher’s “Burn” kept the single from taking the top spot.
4. Ashlee Simpson, “Pieces of Me”
Probably Ashlee Simpson’s best known song (OK, let’s be honest, this is the only song anyone knows from her), it was also the first single from her debut album, Autobiography. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. Los Lonely Boys, “Heaven”
The song was a modest summer hit, peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song later had an impressive 16-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
6. Beyoncé, “Naughty Girl”
“Naughty Girl” was the fourth and final single released from Beyoncé’s debut album, Dangerously in Love. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. Ciara, “Goodies”
“Goodies” was the first single from Ciara’s debut album of the same name. The song spent an impressive seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. Kevin Lyttle, “Turn Me On (Remix)”
“Turn Me On (Remix)” was the first single released from Kevin Lyttle’s self-titled debut album. The song was originally released as a single in the U.K. in October 2003, but it wouldn’t become a huge hit until it was released in the U.S. in June 2004, where it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
9. Christina Milian, “Dip It Low”
“Dip It Low” was the first single released from Christina Milian’s second album, It’s About Time. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains her biggest U.S. hit to date.
10. Nina Sky, “Move Ya Body”
One-hit-wonder, Nina Sky, had one of the most infectious and danceable jams of 2004 (and, arguably, of the decade), with their club anthem “Move Ya Body.” The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. The Black Eyed Peas, “Let’s Get It Started”
Originally released under the very controversial title “Let’s Get Retarded,” on The Black Eyed Peas’ 2003 album, Elephunk, the song was reworked and released as “Let’s Get It Started” in June 2004, after the reworked version gained popularity due to its use during the NBA playoffs in April of that year.
12. Juvenile, “Slow Motion”
Juvenile scored a Billboard No. 1 hit with “Slow Motion,” which also happened to be his record label’s — Cash Money Records — first No. 1 as well.
13. Terror Squad, “Lean Back”
“Lean Back” was the first single off the Terror Squad’s second album, True Story. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — holding the spot for three weeks.
The song also might have created the easiest and laziest dance ever, I mean, who couldn’t lean back?
14. Lil’ Flip, “Sunshine”
“Sunshine” was the second single from Lil’ Flip’s third album, U Gotta Feel Me. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
15. Usher, “Confessions Part II”
Usher’s rather honest track “Confessions Part II” was the third single released from Confessions. Like his previous two singles it quickly shot up to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and AGAIN, he knocked himself — “Burn” — from the top spot.
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