The Lonely Telecaster

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Top 40 Albums of 2004

It’s the annual ritual of music journalists everywhere: the end-of-year best list. My editor at liveDaily.com asked for a top ten, but the stacks of CDs in the office were too tall to limit my personal list to just that.

  1. Green Day – American Idiot
  2. Elvis Costello – Delivery Man
  3. Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous
  4. Patti Griffin – Impossible Dream
  5. Illogic – Celestial Clockwork
  6. U2 – Vertigo
  7. Van Hunt – Van Hunt
  8. Ambulance LTD – Ambulance LTD
  9. Los Lobos – The Ride
  10. Tift Merritt – Tambourine
  11. Velvet Revolver – Contraband
  12. Buddy Miller – Universal United House of Prayer
  13. Diana Krall – The Girl In The Other Room
  14. Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News
  15. Ryan Adams – Love is Hell
  16. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  17. Rachael Yamagata – Happenstance
  18. Steve Earle – The Revolution Starts Now
  19. Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love
  20. Brian Wilson – Smile
  21. Keren Ann – Not Going Anywhere
  22. The Killers – Hot Fuss
  23. Jem – Finally Woken
  24. Tom Waits – Real Gone
  25. Joss Stone – Mind, Body & Soul
  26. Arcade Fire – Funeral
  27. Damnwells – Bastards of the Beat
  28. Air – Talkie Walkie
  29. Keri Noble – Fearless
  30. Bob Schneider – I’m Good Now
  31. Polyphonic Spree – Together We’re heavy
  32. Gretchen Wilson – Here For The Party
  33. Kristin Mooney – Kristin Mooney
  34. Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company
  35. Lambchop – Aw C’mon / No You C’mon
  36. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
  37. Norah Jones – Feels Like Home
  38. Eleni Mandell – Afternoon
  39. Rufus Wainright – Want Two
  40. Charlotte Martin – On Your Shore

Richard Tafoya • December 27, 2004


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