Totally Hits 2004

Various Artists

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Totally Hits 2004 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Totally Hits 2004 covers hit singles from late 2003 and early 2004, 20 songs of varying popularity and quality. This wasn't one of the best periods for pop music during the early 21st century -- the charts were dominated by mannered punk and nu-metal bands and generic hip-hop, along with sensitive singer/songwriters and post-teen pop dance-pop -- but there were a few highlights, some of which are captured here. Chief among these is Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl," which may be a shameless fusion of the White Stripes and the Strokes, but it's an undeniably catchy, memorable rock song, followed by Kelis' sexy electro-robotic "Milkshake." After that, there are a few good mainstream pop and rap tunes -- Dido's adult pop "White Flag," Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name," J-Kwon's woozy "Tipsy," and "Invisible," the best track from Clay Aiken's cheerfully square album Measure of a Man -- but much of this is generic. Since it's generic in a number of different genres, it does have some musical variety, but there are few songs that will be remembered long past the album's release date. And in that fashion, it is a representative cross section of the pop charts in early 2004. Side note: the Totally Hits series has always been a commercial proposition, but including Justin Timberlake's "I'm Lovin' It" -- which essentially is a full-length McDonald's jingle of the same name -- is crass commercialism at its worst.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jet 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
2 Maroon 5 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
3 Jason Mraz 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 Kelis 03:08
5 Sean Paul / Sasha 03:34
6 Ying Yang Twins 04:10
J-Kwon 03:58
8 T.I. 04:38 SpotifyAmazon
9 Alicia Keys 04:29
10 Christina Aguilera 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
11 Ruben Studdard 04:21 SpotifyAmazon
12 Justin Timberlake 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
13 Kelly Clarkson 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
14 Dido 03:37
15 Clay Aiken 04:04 SpotifyAmazon
16 Simple Plan 04:40 SpotifyAmazon
17 Michelle Branch 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
18 R. Kelly 05:10
19 Joe 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
20 Missy Elliott 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
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