In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.

by Sarah Hepola

Britney got married. Ashlee was caught lip-synching...

  • Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.

    By Rob Harvilla

  • God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

    By Dan LeRoy

  • Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.

    By Annie Zaleski

  • Dance, Dance Revolution

    This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past.

    By Darren Keast

  • On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

    By Craig D. Lindsey

  • Up From the Underworld

    This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.

    By Jason Bracelin

  • Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.

    By John Nova Lomax

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