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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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Merle Haggard's, "Okie From Muskogee"
The dated Lyrics:
We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin' right and bein' free
Why They're dated:
The draft was replaced with the all-volunteer approach to military service in 1973...
Submitted by: Tarzan
Dolly Parton's, "Straight Talk"
The dated Lyrics:
Straight talk, straight talk - there's nothing like the truth
Just tell me all your troubles -- pretend I'm Donahue
Why They're dated:
Phil Donahue's eponymous talk show went off the air in 1996 and he later hosted a political show also titled "Donahue" on MSNBC that went off the air in 2003.
Submitted by: Tarzan
Dolly Parton's, "Straight Talk"
The dated Lyrics:
Straight talk, straight talk - turn loose and let it go
You can tell me anything - just like on Oprah's show
Why They're dated:
Oprah's eponymous talk show went off the air in 2011.
Submitted by: Tarzan
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "Craigslist"
The dated Lyrics:
Well, we shared a quick glance
Saturday at the mall
I never took a chance
Never approached you at all
You were a blonde half-Asian with a bad case of gas
I was wearin' red Speedos and a hockey mask
Come on, let's find that love connection that we missed
Why They're dated:
Craigslist no longer runs personal ads like this
Submitted by: rachel c
Spoons', "Conventional Beliefs"
The dated Lyrics:
Oh I got a message
A long distance telegram
Why They're dated:
These days people send messages through e-mail.
Submitted by: Celeste
The Drifters', "Saturday Night At The Movies"
The dated Lyrics:
Who cares what picture you see
When you're huggin' with your baby
In the last row in the balcony?
Why They're dated:
Balcony? What balcony? There used to be a balcony of upper seats in most every movie theater. But now who's seen a balcony in a movie theater in years? Maybe decades? Now's there's a whole generation of movie-goers who wouldn't relate to a balcony of a theater.
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
Hank Williams, Jr's, "The New South"
The dated Lyrics:
Last fall we elected the man from Plains
Why They're dated:
This line refers to Jimmy Carter having been elected President in 1976..
Submitted by: Tarzan
Cledus T. Judd's, "1-900 Sheila"
The dated Lyrics:
You can tell all to me
I'm your phone fantasy
1-900-SHEILA
Why They're dated:
1-900 numbers are obsolete.
Submitted by: Tarzan
Hank Williams, Jr's, "The American Dream"
The dated Lyrics:
Reagan is a cuttin' the budget
Making the Democrats scream
Why They're dated:
Reagan hasn't been President since 1989 and he died in 2004.
Submitted by: Tarzan
Dead Kennedys', "Get MTV Off The Air"
The dated Lyrics:
Hi
I'm your video DJ
I always talk like I'm wigged out on Quaaludes
I wear a satin baseball jacket everywhere I go
Why They're dated:
MTV doesn't play music videos anymore.
Submitted by: Tarzan

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