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, Hank Williams
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20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
I got a hot rod Ford and a two dollar bill,
and I know a spot right over the hill.
There's soda pop and the dancin's free.
In the 1950s when this came out, and a soda pop might have cost a nickel or a dime, these words might have made the intended impression. But today two dollars isn't going to impress much in this context. If that's all the money the singer has, today he'd need to look for a place the soda pop as well as the dancing is free. Because today, wherever soda pop is for sale, two dollars is likely not enough to buy it for two.
Submitted by: Renee Keener
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