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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 This song is obsolete!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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When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around by The Police

Turn on my V.C.R., same one I've had for years
James Brown on the Tammy show,
Same tape I've had for years
I sit in my old car, same one I've had for years
Old battery's running down, it ran for years and years

Plug in my M.C.I, to exercise my brain
Make records on my own, can't go out in the rain
Pick up the telephone, I've listened here for years
No one to talk to me, I've listened here for years
 

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NO SONGS ARE EVER OBSOLETE!!!!!!!

(but chevy van by sammy johns tho)
(one piece at a time by johnny cash)
 

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i could go on and on, tiffany, ac dc, def leppard, cher, etc
 

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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"

Who was still spending change at a payphone to call up their ex, even in 2012?
 

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Tiffany, you and me , (The Jetsons movie) (love that one)
 

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stayin alive Bee Gees

Money for nothing Dire Straits

Ghost riders in the sky Johnny cash
 

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