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Top Albums of 2004

Usher's got the top spot for 2004!
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Another big music year has come to an end. Check out our picks for the hottest CDs of 2004!

#10 Ashanti - Concrete Rose
Creating the perfect balance between edgy and soulful, Ashanti really delivers on her third album. The first single, Only U is quickly proving itself as a big hit, while the bonus track Wonderful remix with Ja Rule and R. Kelly proves that this girl has lasting star-power.

#9 Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
The first American Idol wowed fans again with the release of album number two. Her first single, Breakaway was co-written by Avril Lavigne, while Since U Been Gone shows off Kelly's rocker-girl side.

#8 Good Charlotte - Chronicles of Life and Death
In what was dubbed by many as "the most anticipated CD of 2004", the boys of GC returned with a wicked punk-pop offering. Hot tracks include I Just Wanna Live, The World Is Black and Predictable.

#7 Ashlee Simpson - Autobiography
Jessica's little sister made her debut this year with a pop-rock album to write home about. Ashlee's first single, Pieces of Me, showcases her writing talent, while Autobiography, Shadow and La La got girls everywhere rocking out in front of their bedroom mirrors.

#6 Simple Plan - Still Not Getting Any
The boys of peppy-punk returned to the scene with yet another album full of hits. The first single, Welcome To My Life is classic Simple Plan, while Me Against The World and Untitled are two of their most hard-hitting tracks ever.

#5 Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby
This year, Gwen got inspired by some Harajuku girls and became the queen of the new age revival. What Are You Waiting For has proven itself as a powerful first single, while her duet with Eve on Rich Girl is already a hit. Andre 3000 and Dr.Dre also make cameos on the album.

#4 Eminem - Encore
Eminem keeps the controversy coming, beginning with his video for the first single, Just Lose It, in which he mocks Michael Jackson. Other hot tracks include Mosh, Mockingbird and Crazy in Love.

#3 Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin

She isn't just a little punk girl in a tie anymore. Avril Lavigne stands her ground on Don't Tell Me, reflects on a broken relationship in My Happy Ending and tells the story of a troubled girl in Nobody's Home.

#2 Destiny's Child - Destiny Fulfilled
The angelic voices of Destiny's Child reunite with this mature album about the men in their lives and growing up. The first single, Lose My Breath is already a club favorite, while Soldier has become an anthem for women everywhere.

#1 Usher - Confessions Special Edition
Girls everywhere were stoked when Usher released this album, which features duets with Alicia Keys on My Boo and Lil' John on Yeah!. Kanye West and Ludacris make cameos, while tracks like Bad Girl, Burn and Confessions Part II Remix will get you in the R&B mood.

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