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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, Nat King Cole

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The Unforgettable Nat King Cole album at
Nat King Cole's, "Route 66"
The dated Lyrics:
Get your kicks on Route 66.
Why They're dated:
No doubt the most fabled highway route in U.S. History, U.S. Route 66 stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles. But now U.S. 66 per se no longer exists, nor does any other single route number traverse the same legendary route. To travel the same general corridor on today's modern highways means following Interstate 55 from Chicago to St. Louis, then Interstate 44 from St. Louis to Oklahoma City, then Interstate 40 from there to Barstow, California, then Interstate 15 and/or 215 from there to San Bernardino or Ontario, and finally Interstate 10 from there on to Los Angeles. That combination of routes could scarcely be the basis ot a similarly catchy song!
Submitted by: Regina Olsen

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