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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, John Mellencamp

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The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988 album at
John Mellencamp's, "You've Got To Stand For Something"
The dated Lyrics:
I've seen Miss America in a girly magazine, I bet you saw that too
Why They're dated:
The "Scarecrow" album came out in 1985 and during the previous year the reigning Miss America Vanessa Williams was forced to surrender her crown when it was revealed that she had posed for Penthouse prior to the 1983 pageant. When the photos came out the scandal erupted. There's been no such scandal for the pageant since and Vanessa, who already made history by being the first black Miss America, went on to a successful music career.
Submitted by: Buckeye Scott

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