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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, "Weird Al" Yankovic

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"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "Buckingham Blues"
The dated Lyrics:
The entire song.
Why They're dated:
The song is about the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Since then, the couple has split, Diana has died, and Charles has married someone else.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "Couch Potato"
The dated Lyrics:
"You're gonna lose your mind watching TV"
They told me, cajoled me
But I still love Lisa Kudrow (drow)
I'm looking at C-SPAN, TV-Land, and HBO
The Playboy Channel and Court TV and Lifetime (yo)
(You're Gonna)
Why They're dated:
Court TV has been TruTV since 2008. Also, The Playboy Channel has actually been called Playboy TV since 14 years before the song came out.
Submitted by: JeReMy
"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
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "Don't Download This Song"
The dated Lyrics:
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites,
like Morpheus, or Grokster, or LimeWire, or Kazaa.
Why They're dated:
Morpheus ceased operating in 2008, LimeWire ended in 2011, Kazaa was gone by 2012, and Grokster didn't even live to see the release of the song.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
'Weird Al' Yankovic's, "I Can't Watch This"
The dated Lyrics:
Cosby Show and Rosanne

Judge Wapner, oh my

Thirtysomething is alright

Can't stand Twin Peaks

Those Siskel & Ebert bums
Ought to go home and sit on their thumbs

Or that guy with the real flat hair
That goes "woof woof woof" and waves his fist in the air
Why They're dated:
1. "The Cosby Show", "Roseanne", "Thirtysomething", and "Twin Peaks" have long since gone off the air. "Siskel & Ebert & the Movies", or just "Siskel & Ebert", has also long since gone off the air and both (Gene) Siskel and (Roger) Ebert themselves are dead now. 2. "The People's Court" is still running as of late 2013, but Judge Wapner is no longer on there. Also, "Judge Wapner's Animal Court" came and went ages ago, and Wapner hasn't regularly been on TV anywhere since. 3. "That guy with the real flat hair" is Arsenio Hall, whose eponymous late-night show was cancelled in 1994.
Submitted by: betty kaye
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "I Lost on Jeopardy"
The dated Lyrics:
I took "Potpourri" for one hundred
Why They're dated:
Not only is there the fact that in the Art Fleming era $100 was the highest value on the board whereas in the early years of the Alex Trebek era (i.e. the "era" more familiar to modern fans) it was the lowest, there's also the fact that there hasn't been a $100 value on the "Jeopardy" board since 2001 (the lowest is now $200).
Submitted by: betty kaye
"Weird Al" Yankovic's, "The Brady Bunch"
The dated Lyrics:
You can watch Mr. Rogers
You can watch Three's Company
And you can turn on Fame or The Newlywed Game
Or The Addams Family

I say, you can watch Barney Miller
You can watch Johnny Carson
You can watch Phil Donahue
Say, you can watch 60 Minutes
Even Captain Kangaroo
Why They're dated:
In that large list of shows, only 60 Minutes (and maybe the Newlywed Game?) is still on the air. Mr. Rogers, Johnny Carson, and the man who played Captain Kangaroo are all deceased.
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

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