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I'm not talking about songs that have a dated sound (there's more than I could ever list). I'm referring to songs with a specific date or year in the lyrics, that are mentioned as the present or future. Like Prince's "1999" (which will not be played as much now that it's date has come and gone). These are songs for which the present or future they refer to, has come and gone. 1999 was the future in 1982, 1999 has now passed.

What I am NOT looking for, are songs like Bowling for Soup's "1985" which are written after the date they are talking about. This song is looking back, or written from the point of view of after the date mentioned.

We also accept lyrics that mention prices that are now dated, such as 10 cent pay phone calls. Lyrics that mention a persons age at the time and that person is now past said age, and lyrics that mentioned events that were current at the time of the song but have now passed are also accepted.

Basically anything that definitively dates a song by any means other than the way it "sounds". Words/phrases/singing styles or instruments that were used commonly in a time period but are no longer used that much today are not accepted.

Dated References, ARTIST

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The Doors', "20th Century Fox"
The dated Lyrics:
She's a 20th Century Fox
Why They're dated:
The song title is a double entendre, referring to an attractive woman, as well as the film studio 20th Century Fox (now owned by Disney). The studio's name as of January 2020, has been changed to 20th Century Studios to avoid confusion with Rupert Murdoch's Fox-branded assets (such as the Fox network, Fox News, and Fox Sports) that were not sold to Disney.
Submitted by: Andrew
Michelle Gayle's, "Happy Just To Be With You"
The dated Lyrics:
From ‘79 to ‘95, old to the new style.
Why They're dated:
This song was recorded and released in 1995, so the new style being referred to certainly isn't new anymore!
Submitted by: Jacynthia Maries
Cleopatra's, "I Want You Back"
The dated Lyrics:
I want you back for the 9-8
1998 y'all, 1998 y'all.
Why They're dated:
Cleopatra's (British band) version of the Jackson 5's I Want You Back was recorded and released in 1998 and the lyrics "I want you back for the 9-8" and "1998 y'all, 1998 y'all" reflected this fact. But the song's references to the year meant that just a year later, the song was already dated!
Submitted by: Jacynthia Maries
Schoolhouse Rock's, "Interplanet Janet"
The dated Lyrics:
Nine planets large and small parading by.
Why They're dated:
There are only eight planets now.
Submitted by: David
Carrie Underwood's, "Don't Forget to Remember Me"
The dated Lyrics:
Before you hit the highway
You better stop for gas
There's a fifty in the ashtray
In case you run short on cash
Why They're dated:
Most newer cars don't have ashtrays anymore.
Submitted by: Bob
Dan Hartman's, "We Are The Young"
The dated Lyrics:
we are the young
Why They're dated:
he's not even alive. And if he was he'd be over 60, now.
Submitted by: mads.
KoRn's, "Got The Life"
The dated Lyrics:
God paged me.
Why They're dated:
If these are in fact the correct lyrics like Head and everyone else is saying then they're dated. Why would the almighty, all powerful God be using obsolete technology?
Submitted by: Thaddeus Gammelthorpe
Specials', "Free Nelson Mandela "
The dated Lyrics:
Free Nelson Mandela
Why They're dated:
Nelson Mandela was released from jail in 1990.
Submitted by: Reggie Pillbox
Tone Loc's, "Funky Cold Medina"
The dated Lyrics:
I got every dog in my neighborhood breaking down my door.
I got Spuds McKenzie, Alex from Stroh's.
Why They're dated:
Budweiser and Stroh's stopped using Spuds McKenzie and Alex back in the eighties.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
N.W.A's, "F*** Tha Police"
The dated Lyrics:
F***ing with me cause I'm a teenager
With a little bit of gold and a pager
Why They're dated:
Ice Cube is now an adult, and pagers are now obsolete.
Submitted by: Dominicmgm

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