By Ian Youngs
BBC News entertainment reporter
At the end of 2003, influential music critics and
broadcasters tipped 10 artists to do well the coming
year for the BBC's Sound of 2004 survey.
All have gone on to have top 40 hits, with the Mercury
Prize winner and several big-selling acts among them. We revisit the list to see how the Sound of 2004 stars fared.
Keane came top of the Sound of 2004 survey
The Sound of 2005 list, with the hottest prospects for
this year, will begin to be revealed from Monday, with
one artist from the top five unveiled every day until
Friday, when the winner and full top 10 will be named.
This piano-rock trio's debut album, Hopes and Fears,
went straight to number one in May and went on to be the UK's second best-selling album of 2004.
The tortured anthems told of insecurity - yet could
also be uplifting through soaring, simple and
They have established themselves as the latest stars
from the Radiohead and Coldplay school of British
rock. But they have not been without their critics, with The Darkness describing them as music for "sheet-soilers".
2. FRANZ FERDINAND
This Glaswegian group had a fantastic year, winning
the Mercury Prize as well as the hearts of fans with
their good-time "art-rock" songs and attitude.
Franz Ferdinand produced the album of the year for many
They were a breath of fresh air for many, with a
reminder that rock can be fun, credible and popular
all at once.
This UK Garage producer and MC, a star on the
underground scene, did not quite follow his friend
Dizzee Rascal into the mainstream with his
warmly-received debut album Treddin' On Thin Ice.
With infectious, rabble-rousing rock hits coming out
of their ears, they are well-placed to build on early
Coming up on the coat-tails of The Libertines, they have a determination and professionalism that should allow them to take advantage when that band finally implodes.
5. JOSS STONE
A blonde English teenager with the voice of a black
American veteran, she has been hailed as the saviour
Soul sensation Joss Stone has made an impact in the US and UK
Appealing to pop fans and soul purists alike, she has
managed to release two hit albums in a year and has made a dent in the US charts.
One of the year's most successful new pop acts of 2004, McFly came from the same pop-punk factory that produced Busted.
They have proved a huge hit with teenage fans and had four top five singles so far, including two number ones.
7. THE SCISSOR SISTERS
The surprise package of the year, this New York
group's first album was the year's biggest-seller in the UK.
The Scissor Sisters' album sold almost 1.6 million copies in the UK
Their success was down to a formula that mixed
flamboyant club hits with classic pop ballads styled
on Elton John and Robbie Williams.
8. THE ORDINARY BOYS
While not quite household names, the Boys have attracted a large following with uncomplicated indie singing about the boredom of small-town life.
It has taken them into the top 40 three times,
peaking at 17 with their second single Talk Talk Talk in July.
The first lady of drum 'n' bass, New Zealand MC and
singer Tali is the protege of ex-Mercury winner Roni
Size. She scraped into the top 40 in May but has made little impact outside clubs.
10. GEMMA FOX
Hailed as the new Ms Dynamite, Fox has not fulfilled
her potential as a pop-friendly British R&B/hip-hop
star. Her one chart appearance, for Girlfriend's
Story, was at 38 in April.
ONES THAT GOT AWAY
US group Maroon 5 have been camped in the album chart for most of the year after breaking through with their soft, smoochy rock.
Rapper Kanye West has been a critics' favourite and leads the nominations for next year's Grammy Awards, up for 10 trophies. Natasha (sister of Daniel) Bedingfield has been one of the UK's other big pop successes.
SOUND OF 2003
The first year the survey was carried out, US rapper 50 Cent came top - and went on to have the biggest-selling album and single of 2003 in the US.
Rapper 50 Cent won the first survey, Sound of 2003
Dizzee Rascal, Sean Paul, Interpol and The Thrills were also in the top 10.