20 Pop Songs That Make Absolutely No Sense Anymore
Time marches on—and some of our favorite pop songs stay stuck in the past. These are the tunes that would have today’s kids texting, “LOL—wut?”
Long before 411 or cell phones, Jim Croce’s wistful tale of trying to reach an ex through the lady at the switchboard was about as high-tech as romance got. But nowadays, aside from calling 911, we use the operator about as often as the Yellow Pages. (The what pages?)
Play: “Operator” by Jim Croce
“Back in the USSR”
This White Album rocker now sounds like an up-tempo history lesson. It’s been a long time since we heard about the Soviet Union, unless it’s in an ESPN film about Olympic hockey history. Read up on the record albums that are worth a fortune today––the Beatles made the list, and you might just have one of the others laying around.
“Sweet Little Sixteen”
The legendary Chuck Berry was the master of describing teenage life in detail. But any reference to the TV show American Bandstand dates even the greatest rock and roll tune. Chuck Berry is also featured on our must-read list of the best-ever Christmas songs––ranked. It’s never too early to get into the spirit!
This ditty had an infectious doo-do-do hook that stuck in your brain instantly. And in 1967 “15 cents a word” might have been a bargain for a telegram—but when was the last time you or anyone you know sent one? Suffice to say, Western Union is no longer a household name.
“Please Mr. Postman”
Technology sure has changed relationships. The girl in the song pleads for a letter from her boyfriend—but to be honest that sounds a lot more romantic than waiting for a text.
This dreamy 1962 instrumental came out to commemorate the launch of the first communications satellite. Now there are enough of them to fill an iPod of any capacity.
Cell phones have made this 1970s pop hit a relic, unless you still have that kitchen wall phone with a mile-long curly cord. That’s what we thought.
“Give me a ticket for an airplane / Ain’t got time to take a fast train.” The singer has to find a way to contact his girl. And Skype is still 30 years away.