The Ten Best Selling Songs in Austria in 2004

2004, when I was 8 years old, was the first year that I actively started listening to music and check out what was on the charts. The music channel VIVA, which was essentially the German answer to MTV (which also existed over here though), became one of my favorite TV channels.

That year, the charts pretty much found a decent mixture of all relevant genres: dance, pop rock, pure rock, RnB, Latin, and hip hop. It's a nice cocktail of hits.
Source: https://austriancharts.at/2004_single.asp, Created on 2/28/2019

The Top Ten

Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone Cover Art

"Dragostea din tei" didn't need YouTube to become an insanely huge hit over here. I still recall this song having been everywhere in 2004, and I loved it back then. And still today, this is much fun. When a song's chorus, bridge AND verses are instantly recognizable, you won. - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 1
Having spent 13 weeks on top of the charts, the dance pop song was also the biggest number 1 hit of the year. - Martin_Canine

Mama Ana Ahabak - Christina Stürmer Mama Ana Ahabak - Christina Stürmer Product Image

I don't think anyone expected the follow up to a talent search show participant's pop rock debut single to be heartbreaking, daring comment on the Iraqean war told from the perspective of a young Iraqean child that does not understand what is going on around, asking her mother, who runs away with her, what those shooting stars (jets) are and where the thunder (bombs) comes from. The last few lines, also aimed at the mother, of the third verse are gut wrenching "Why don't you say anything anymore? Why are your eyes empty? Say, is this my fault? I'm sorry". Ouch. Very much ouch. - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

Dragostea Din Tei - Haiducii Dragostea Din Tei - Haiducii Cover Art

I have no idea why an almost identical sound-alike cover of the year's biggest hit was almost as successful as the original at the exact same time. But it was the case. And I still recall that both versions were played equally often, sometimes right after each other. The original version by O-Zone sounds better though in vocal style (yes, this song actually sounds better with autotune) and production.

Fun fact: the audio sample of the O-Zone version starts right where this audio sample ends. Just to highlight how similar they are. - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas Shut Up - The Black Eyed Peas Cover Art

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

This and "Don't Phunk With My Heart" are the BEP's two greatest songs. Not only is this song musically very good - very melodic in its beat and chorus, it's also a good audio play following a concept about domestic problems, Fergie playing the role of the wife and will.i.am and taboo sharing the role of the husband. - Martin_Canine

F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) - Eamon F**k It (I Don't Want You Back) - Eamon Cover Art

The beat and music are awesome (the background singers sound great), but the lead vocals and lyrics are ridiculous. I think I haven't heard this song since it was big, fifteen years ago - it's not one of the songs that became classics (and no, its lack of airplay has nothing to do with the lyrics - Bloodhound Gang, Serge Gainsbourg and Frank Zappa all have regular airplay). I can't really decide whether I like it or not. My first reaction after all this time was... it's bewildering, but it has something about it. - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

Augen Auf! - Oomph! Augen Auf! - Oomph! Cover Art

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

One of the greatest qualities of the Neue Deutsche Härte genre is that it turns everyday phrases and tropes to something subtly twisted. The lyrics in the chorus center mostly around rhymes said at the hide and seek game, but... just listen to it. Even without knowing German, you can tell it's not about that. The lyrics in the verses describe the antagonist lurking, sensing your fear and your breath. It's a bit reminiscent of Rammstein's "Du riechst so gut", widely considered to be about rape. "Augen auf! ", featuring children vocals, might as well be about something even darker then. But as it's typical for the genre, the lyrics are filled to the brim with associations, intertextual references and allegories that need to be analyzed carefully. And in any case: in Neue Deutsche Härte, the singer usually takes the antagonistic role, but does NOT sympathize with it, but does so to criticize it, like an actor in a movie playing a deeply sick role. - Martin_Canine

Yeah! - Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris Yeah! - Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris Cover Art

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

Ladies and gentleman: the most instantly recognizable beat of all time!

I think this was the first time Austria got confronted with the hip hop leaning end of RnB - before, the popular RnB songs were much closer to pop or neo-soul. - Martin_Canine

Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit Cover Art

I think it's funny how extremely different this song - and the band itself for that matter - is received in America and Austria, because Limp Bizkit's cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" is actually very well liked over here. Although The Who are really popular, LB's version is far more often played, it's heard every other day. As I told earlier on another list, my father, who only really loves a handful of 21st century songs and hates covers (favorite bands Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen,...), considers this one of the best songs of its time, and almost as good as the original. He's not alone with this opinion.

Personally, I think both versions are very good. Roger Daultry is the better singer, but Fred Durst does a fine job as well. Although both start off close to each other, they go different directions as it goes on - The Who add more hard rock and Limp Bizkit add electronic elements that blend well with the soft rock, as well as a new verse. ...more - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 3 - Martin_Canine

Obsesión - Aventura Obsesión - Aventura Cover Art

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine

A really, really, really, really nice Latin song. Because it's so pleasantly NOT filled to the brim with things that scream "holiday". Both the background music and singing are minimalistic but effective. In fact, it's not even a happy song at all: the lyrics are about an obsessive attraction a man has to a woman, with said woman singing in the chorus that this isn't even an actual form of love. Add this to the list of well done Latin songs that could toss "No tengo dinero", "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" and "Despacito" in the trash any time. - Martin_Canine

Left Outside Alone - Anastacia Left Outside Alone - Anastacia Cover Art

THE masterpiece of this list - and one of the best songs of the 2000s. Melody, instrumental and lyrics would have been an absolute smash hit no matter who performed it, even if it was just a so-so singer. But it was performed by Anastacia, one of the greatest artists of her generation, someone whose singing is soulful, funky, dramatic, strong, vulnerable, all at once, and who has the ability to make people stop whatever they are doing when the song is on and just make them listen to her voice. This is sheer perfection. One of those songs that are pop by definition, but for whose artistry the term "pop" sounds far too trivial. - Martin_Canine

Peak position: 1 - Martin_Canine