- During the year 2005, 12 rock music albums scored number 1 in the USA. This was the first time even ten albums have scored number 1 since 1996.
- January 1 – In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock", and "Only You" by The Platters.
- January 7 – Welsh punk band Mclusky officially announce their disbanding via their website. Weeks later, Welsh noisecore/punk band Jarcrew disband due to their drummer becoming a Jehovah's Witness – remnants of the two bands later went on to join forces and become Future of the Left.
- January 17 – Prior to missing 2 live shows Mike Tempesta is officially no longer part of Powerman 5000 due fights with the band.
- January 22 – Tsunami Relief concert held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales – the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. Performers included Madonna, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Manic Street Preachers, Lulu, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins, Feeder, Snow Patrol, Liberty X.
- January 29 – Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies, Raine Maida, and Sarah McLachlan conduct a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, for tsunami relief.
- January 31 – Jon Levasseur leaves Cryptopsy, saying he has lost interest in Extreme Music.
- May/June – Operation Ivy/Rancid bassist Matt Freeman is diagnosed with lung cancer.
- May 2 – Legendary blues-rock group Cream reunites for four shows in London's Royal Albert Hall.
- May 6 – Audioslave becomes the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba.
- May 17 - Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus she has to cancel her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.
- May 21 – The Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM airs the 13th Annual Weenie Roast show with Alkaline Trio, Audioslave, Bloc Party, The Bravery, The Dead 60s, Foo Fighters, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, The Mars Volta, Mötley Crüe, MxPx, My Chemical Romance, Queens of the Stone Age and The Transplants.
- May 25 – Carrie Underwood wins the fourth season of American Idol.
- June 4 - Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" became her sixteenth chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 considering her popularity between 2001 and 2003 had substantially declined and many had considered her career over. The song, then, spent fourteen non-consecutive weeks at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It made history when it became the first song to simultaneously occupy the number one position on nine Billboard charts on the week ending August 6, 2005: the Hot 100, Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Pop 100 Airplay, Top 40 Mainstream, Rhythmic Airplay Chart, Hot Dance Club Songs, and the Hot Ringtones charts.
- June 9–11 – Download Festival 2006. Tool, Metallica and Guns N' Roses headline the main stage.
- June 12 – Pink Floyd announce that they will reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This will be the first time the band played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981, and the first public performance by Pink Floyd since 1994.
- June 13 – Michael Jackson is found not guilty of child molestation.
- June 15 – Destiny's Child announce they will disband upon completion of their world tour.
- June 16 – Motörhead celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert in the Hammersmith Apollo, which is later released on DVD.
- June 18–19 – Green Day films their first ever live CD/DVD Bullet in a Bible at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. They played to over 130,000 fans in two days.
- June 21 – Billy Corgan announces that he wants to reform his popular alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins, which disbanded on December 2, 2000.
- June 25 – Patti Smith curates the Meltdown festival.
- December 8 – The nominations for the 48th Grammy Awards are announced. The top-nominated artists include Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Kanye West, with eight nominations each. Other nominated artists include Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles (two of her own, plus four with Destiny's Child), Kelly Clarkson, and 50 Cent.
- December 10
- Amnesty International launches its "Make Some Noise" music initiative.
- The Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM airs the 16th annual Acoustic Christmas. On November 10, 2005, KROQ's official website announced that it will include Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, Rise Against, System of a Down and Thrice for the first night. The second night is held the following day, as also announced at KROQ's official website on November 15, 2005 and includes The Bravery, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode, Hot Hot Heat, Jack Johnson, Nada Surf and The White Stripes.
- December 11 – Peter Wichers leaves Soilwork.
- December 15
- Madonna's Warner Bros. Records-based single, "Hung Up" sets a new record in the download charts by staying at #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. The single first appears on Z100 New York, closely followed by 2day FM (Sydney), Fox FM (Melbourne) and Nova 96.9 (Sydney) other stations follow including: Mix 106.5 (Sydney), Mix 101.1 (Melbourne), Vega 95.3 (Sydney), Vega 91.5 (Melbourne) and the rest of the MIX FM stations.
- Nelly Furtado's final single, "All Good Things (Come To An End)" is released and takes the title as the last single to be on the Loose album which is to be released in June 2006.
- December 21 – Elton John marries David Furnish in London. This marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions the same legal protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
- December 31 – Mariah Carey earns her 17th #1 single with "Don't Forget About Us", tying with Elvis for second as the act with the most #1 singles. The Beatles have 20. She also becomes the first act to perform live in Times Square on the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve television special on this day.
- Glue Gun reforms after eight years, with frontman Bob Oedy the only original member. The new line-up is Bob Oedy (vocals), Joey Rimicci (guitars), Brian Priess (bass) and Andy Alverez (drums). Rimicci and Priess were previously members of Jughead's Revenge.
See Category:Musical groups established in 2005
|The examples and perspective in this section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (December 2010) |
Billboard Top 200 number-one albums
Billboard Hot 100 Number one hits of 2005
Top 100 best-selling albums of the year (U.S.)
|#||Album||Artist||U.S. sales in 2005|
|1.||The Emancipation of Mimi||Mariah Carey||4,968,606|
|2.||The Massacre||50 Cent||4,852,744|
|4.||American Idiot||Green Day||3,360,394|
|5.||Monkey Business||The Black Eyed Peas||3,037,251|
|7.||Feels Like Today||Rascal Flatts||2,511,209|
|8.||Love. Angel. Music. Baby.||Gwen Stefani||2,505,390|
|9.||Late Registration||Kanye West||2,413,580|
|10.||The Documentary||The Game||2,275,646|
|11.||Now That's What I Call Music! 20||Various artists||2,059,767|
|12.||Hot Fuss||The Killers||2,040,933|
|13.||Now That's What I Call Music! 19||Various artists||1,971,716|
|14.||All the Right Reasons||Nickelback||1,957,189|
|15.||The Road and the Radio||Kenny Chesney||1,817,196|
|16.||In Between Dreams||Jack Johnson||1,758,058|
|17.||Be Here||Keith Urban||1,713,571|
|18.||From Under the Cork Tree||Fall Out Boy||1,654,320|
|19.||Mezmerize||System of a Down||1,645,980|
|20.||Some Hearts||Carrie Underwood||1,636,689|
|25.||Twice the Speed of Life||Sugarland||1,510,879|
|26.||Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101||Young Jeezy||1,500,000|
|27.||Honkytonk University||Toby Keith||1,446,821|
|28.||Now That's What I Call Music! 18||Various artists||1,400,063|
|30.||Curtain Call: The Hits||Eminem||1,381,896|
|31.||Get Lifted||John Legend||1,377,246|
|32.||Stand Up||Dave Matthews Band||1,333,781|
|33.||Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101||Young Jeezy||1,314,291|
|34.||Who Is Mike Jones?||Mike Jones||1,288,377|
|35.||It's Time||Michael Bublé||1,229,916|
|36.||Here for the Party||Gretchen Wilson||1,214,383|
|38.||…Something to Be||Rob Thomas||1,206,436|
|39.||Seventeen Days||3 Doors Down||1,204,330|
|40.||Genius Loves Company||Ray Charles||1,196,040|
|41.||In Your Honor||Foo Fighters||1,144,881|
|42.||Most Wanted||Hilary Duff||1,125,198|
|43.||TP-3: Reloaded||R. Kelly||1,110,854|
|44.||Get Rich or Die Tryin' (soundtrack)||Various artists||1,103,354|
|45.||Confessions on a Dance Floor||Madonna||1,102,802|
|46.||Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)||Kenny Chesney||1,078,559|
|47.||Il Divo||Il Divo||1,053,483|
|48.||Red Light District||Ludacris||1,041,939|
|49.||Greatest Hits 2||Toby Keith||1,023,188|
|50.||Greatest Hits||Shania Twain||1,018,991|
|52.||Fijacion Oral Vol. 1||Shakira||995,236|
|53.||Destiny Fulfilled||Destiny's Child||987,393|
|54.||Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge||My Chemical Romance||982,117|
|55.||Greatest Hits||Guns N' Roses||974,315|
|56.||Beautiful Soul||Jesse McCartney||972,672|
|57.||Free Yourself||Fantasia Barrino||972,230|
|58.||Out of Exile||Audioslave||968,981|
|59.||All Jacked Up||Gretchen Wilson||947,388|
|60.||Crunk Juice||Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz||945,990|
|61.||I Am Me||Ashlee Simpson||944,501|
|63.||The Breakthrough||Mary J. Blige||922,397|
|64.||Songs About Jane||Maroon 5||894,767|
|65.||Songs About Me||Trace Adkins||882,850|
|66.||U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)||Ying Yang Twins||874,038|
|68.||Horse of a Different Color||Big & Rich||857,945|
|70.||The Legend of Johnny Cash||Johnny Cash||847,645|
|71.||Ten Thousand Fists||Disturbed||844,525|
|72.||Live Like You Were Dying||Tim McGraw||840,385|
|73.||With Teeth||Nine Inch Nails||838,920|
|76.||Hypnotize||System of a Down||831,680|
|77.||How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb||U2||828,722|
|78.||The One||Frankie J||817,792|
|80.||Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook 4||Rod Stewart||791,351|
|81.||Have a Nice Day||Bon Jovi||785,268|
|82.||The Phantom of the Opera||Soundtrack||773,150|
|83.||Lyfe 268-192||Lyfe Jennings||767,954|
|87.||Mind, Body & Soul||Joss Stone||751,222|
|88.||When the Sun Goes Down||Kenny Chesney||750,004|
|89.||Barrio Fino||Daddy Yankee||747,412|
|90.||Modern Day Drifter||Dierks Bentley||745,924|
|91.||Time Well Wasted||Brad Paisley||744,893|
|95.||Somewhere Down in Texas||George Strait||722,059|
|97.||50 Number Ones||George Strait||710,833|
|98.||Getting Away with Murder||Papa Roach||706,798|
|99.||Never Gone||Backstreet Boys||703,827|
- February 1 – Franco Mannino, Italian composer, 80
- February 3 – David Hönigsberg, composer and conductor, 45
- February 8
- February 9 – Tyrone Davis, American soul singer, 66
- February 13 – Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor, 86
- February 16 – Marcello Viotti, Swiss conductor, 50 (stroke)
- February 28 – Chris Curtis, British drummer and vocalist, 63
- February 29 – Edward Patten, R&B/soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), 65
- March 4 – Una Hale, soprano, 82
- March 6 – Tommy Vance, DJ, 63
- March 9
- March 10 – Danny Joe Brown, former lead singer of Molly Hatchet, 53 (kidney failure)
- March 21 – Bobby Short, singer, 80
- March 22 – Rod Price, guitarist, 57 (Foghat)
- March 26 – Paul Hester, drummer for Crowded House and Split Enz, 46 (suicide)
- March 27
- March 28 – Moura Lympany, pianist, 88
- March 30 – Derrick Plourde, former drummer Lagwagon and the Ataris, 33 (suicide)
- April 2 – Alexander Brott, conductor and composer, 90
- April 7 – Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, 82
- April 10 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist, 82
- April 12 – Ehud Manor, Israeli songwriter, 63
- April 13 – Johnnie Johnson, American pianist, 80
- April 14 – John Fred, pop singer, 64
- April 18 – Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor, 75
- April 19
- April 23 – Robert Farnon, composer, arranger, 87
- April 25 – Hasil Adkins, American rockabilly musician, 67
- April 28 – Percy Heath, jazz musician, 81
- May 8 – Nasrat Parsa, Afghan singer, 36 (murdered)
- May 10 – David Wayne, former singer of Metal Church, 47 (injuries resulting from car crash)
- May 14 – Jimmy Martin, bluegrass musician, 77
- May 22 – Thurl Ravenscroft, US singer, 91
- May 25
- May 29 – George Rochberg, composer, 86
- July 1
- July 11 – Frances Langford, US singer and actress, 91
- July 17 – Laurel Aitken, ska singer, heart attack, 78
- July 18 – John Herald songwriter, musician, member of The Greenbriar Boys, 65
- July 21 – Long John Baldry, R&B singer, 64
- July 23 – Myron Floren, accordionist, 85
- July 27 – Robert Wright, songwriter, 90
- July 29 – Hildegarde, US singer, 99
- August 4 – Little Milton, blues musician,70
- August 6 – Carlo Little, British studio musician, drummer, 67
- August 13 – Arnold Cooke, British composer, 98
- August 21 – Robert Moog, electronic music pioneer, 71
- August 22 – Luc Ferrari, composer, 76
- August 26 – Denis D'Amour, guitarist of Voivod, 45
- November 4 – Mana Nishiura, drummer (Shonen Knife, DMBQ), 34 (car accident)
- November 6 – Minako Honda, Japanese singer, 38 (leukemia)
- November 10 – Gardner Read, American composer, 92
- November 20 – Chris Whitley, singer-songwriter, 45 (lung cancer)
- November 26
- November 28 – Tony Meehan, former drummer of The Shadows, 62
- November 29 – Deon van der Walt, tenor, 47 (shot)