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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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Neal McCoy's, "You Gotta Love That"
The dated Lyrics:
She rolled into town dreams in a sack
Old guitar in a blue Pontiac
Why They're dated:
Pontiac went under in 2010
Submitted by: loulie
Roxy Music's, "Cry Cry Cry"
The dated Lyrics:
You're steppin' on holy ground
Hold it there!
I'm fading out your hologram
A phoney toothpaste smile
Remember when you cry cry cry
Your heart out
I did mine
Why They're dated:
'fading out your hologram' - that implies a future development. Well, we now have hologram entertainment, people paying to see holograms of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and other dead celebrities. Also, since this song is from 1979, this also indicates that maybe Bryan Ferry & Co. saw the phenomenal movie STAR WARS which came out in 1977 and in the cinemas until 1979. Of course, that flick features hologram messages from Princess Leah smuggled and stored on the R2D2 droid. A little bit of entertainment history for ya!
Submitted by: I Love Foxy Roxy Music
Roxy Music's, "Manifesto"
The dated Lyrics:
I am for the man who drives the hammer
to rock you till the grave
its power drill
shocks a million miles away
I am for the revolution's coming
Why They're dated:
Roxy Music and other acts ignited the punk rock/new wave/alternative/indy revolution during their "glam" days and after. When this song came out it was 1979, the revolution had practically set in since there were now a whole "wave" of bands just starting out or soon to come that were inspired by Roxy in some ways like Duran Duran, ABC, Spandau Ballet, Adam and the Ants, the Cure, and more. Even some 'power pop' bands like Cheap Trick were influenced, and even the 'glam metal' bands like Def Leppard were influenced by Roxy. IOW, the revolution Roxy Music helped inspired was already HERE and would greatly influence rock in the Eighties.
Submitted by: I Love Foxy Roxy Music
Nick Lowe's, "(I Wanna Build A) Jumbo Ark"
The dated Lyrics:
Don't say that it can't be done
'Cause we're living in the 80's
Why They're dated:
When this song came out it was already 1990!
Submitted by: Pub Roqr Man
Johnny Wright's, "Hello Vietnam"
The dated Lyrics:
Kiss me goodbye and write me while I'm gone
Goodbye my sweetheart, Hello Vietnam
America has heard the bugle call
And you know it involves us one and all
I don't suppose that war will ever end
There's fighting that will break us up again
Why They're dated:
The Vietnam War ended in 1975.
Submitted by: Tarzan
Charles Manson's, "Garbage Dump"
The dated Lyrics:
There's a Market Basket an a A&P
Why They're dated:
A&P went out of business in 2015
Submitted by: Tarzan
Spoons', "The Rhythm"
The dated Lyrics:
When the record stops
it's over; it's over
Why They're dated:
Records may have been the "norm" back in the 80s but by the time CDs came out the records became obsolete.
Submitted by: Celeste
Taylor Swift's, "Style"
The dated Lyrics:
You've got that long hair slicked back, white t-shirt
Why They're dated:
She's talking about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles here, and since this song's release, Harry has gotten a haircut, and we don't see him in white t-shirts as often anymore.
Submitted by: wand erection
Peter Mayer's, "Earth Town Square"
The dated Lyrics:
Now, it's feeling like a small town With six billion people downtown
Why They're dated:
The total human population reached 7.5 billion in April 2017.
Submitted by: OTTO
Will Smith's, "Just The Two Of Us"
The dated Lyrics:
I'm trying to pretend I know, on my PC where that CD goes.
Why They're dated:
Modern PCs no longer have CD drives.
Submitted by: Michael S.

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