Songs that are “obsolete”

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    This should be fun. What are some songs that are obsolete not because they’re old, out of style, and the fads of their day have pass us by, but because their lyrics refer to things that just are no longer in use?

    For example, Foreigner’s 1979 album “Head Games” has a great sounding song called “Love on the Telephone” where singer Lou Gramm laments a breakup over the phone instead of in person.

    Some of the lyrics:

    Hello operator
    You know that I’ve been waiting on this call
    I said hey operator
    You’re giving me a bad time
    I’m gonna tear this phone right out the wall

    Operator? Year we still have them I guess but their roles are a fraction of what they once were. And the phone mounted to the wall? It’s been a long time since anyone has seen that. This song is obsolete! It’s still a great sounding song, but I wonder what it would sound like today.

    Another good example: The Beach Boys 1989 album “Still Cruisin’” in which the title song features these lyrics:

    On the island
    Wake up on the cape
    We’ll punch up your favorite station
    Toss in your favorite tape

    Like just about everything else by The Beach Boys Still Crusin’ is a fun song to blast with the windows down on a sunny day. And I guess in 1989 “tossing in one’s favorite tape” made a lot of sense but it also dated an otherwise amazing sounding song!

    What are some examples you can think of?
     
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    Goodness that reminds me of another Foreigner classic, Juke Box Hero!
     
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    NO SONGS ARE EVER OBSOLETE!!!!!!!

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    Juke box hero is legendary.
     
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    One Piece at a Time is a classic! Awesome song!
     
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    Payphone by Maroon 5 was basically obsolete even when it first came out.

    "I'm at a payphone trying to call home / All of my change I spent on you"

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