Top 10 Alt-Rock Videos From 2004
At times, modern rock in 2004 looked a lot like modern rock in the ’90s, with Beastie Boys, Green Day, the Offspring and U2 all checking in with No. 1 hits. A few new bands managed to sneak in some songs too (um, Hoobastank, Lostprophets and Three Days Grace all had No. 1 modern-rock hits), but the year’s biggest tracks belonged to the vets.
Green Day, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’
Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ album was all over the place in 2004. This song stayed at the top of the modern-rock chart for a whopping 16 weeks.
Incubus’ 2004 political-themed cut still sounds timely today. And we still love the cool animated video, especially the bloodthirsty eagle.
Green Day, ‘American Idiot’
George W. Bush sure was an easy target in 2004 — he’s both the “megalomaniac” in Incubus’ song and the “American idiot” of Green Day’s.
Velvet Revolver, ‘Slither’
Ex-members of Guns N’ Roses + the most troubled member of Stone Temple Pilots. What could possibly go wrong?
Linkin Park, ‘Breaking the Habit’
In addition to Bush-bashing, animated videos were all the rage in 2004. This one from Linkin Park found the band all tooned up.
Surprisingly, none of the songs from U2’s huge 2000 comeback album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ reached No. 1. But the first single from the follow-up LP did.
Jet, ‘Cold Hard Bitch’
These Australian rockers weren’t going to win too many female fans with their attitude. But this song still managed to top the chart for three weeks.
Three Days Grace, ‘Just Like You’
We’re not hearing a whole lotta modern rock from this guitar-powered Canadian band. But they somehow stayed at No. 1 for three weeks with their second single.
Blink-182, ‘I Miss You’
Blink-182 shelved the penis jokes for their 2003 self-titled “serious” album. ‘I Miss You’ was the record’s big hit single.
Beastie Boys, ‘Ch-Check It Out’
The Beasties went totally old-school on their only No. 1 modern-rock hit, the highlight of their 2004 album ‘To the 5 Boroughs.’