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Subject: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 01/24/14 at 2:05 am

So basically the point of this thread is to post songs that don't sound like they belong in the time they came out.

For example, I'll start off with this MGMT song, which I personally think sounds very late 70s/early 80s despite coming out in 2008...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZexg8sxyk

Also this song by Dee C. Lee, it came out in 1985, but sounds more like something from the 60s...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0bFmZyNI2k

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: yelimsexa on 01/24/14 at 7:09 am

Keep in mind that some artists intentially do this to attract periphery demographics, while others specialize on that style (Bruno Mars, Sha Na Na, The Killers, Stray Cats). Then you have songs that draw a lot of inspiration of a past style, but contain a newer element mixed in (such as a certain synth sound or orchestration) to keep it fresh. Finally, as some artists become only attractive to older demographics (35+ for example), naturally there will be lots of material that contains a sound that is natural to their style when they were more consistantly having hits as opposed to just having a niche audience. Later Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Paul McCartney come to mind. Then you have the occassional "ahead of its time" hits such as Kraftwerk's '70s material.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/25/14 at 4:17 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orSMUaFVACY

It's from 1983, but sounds really disco.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: SiderealDreams on 01/25/14 at 3:45 pm

The Frozen Autumn - 'Is Everything Real'. From 2002, but it sounds like classic 80's darkwave a la Clan of Xymox.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ofUO7agkL4

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 01/25/14 at 4:37 pm


The Frozen Autumn - 'Is Everything Real'. From 2002, but it sounds like classic 80's darkwave a la Clan of Xymox.

I remember there being a bit of an 80s craze in 2002, I think that's around when 80s nostalgia began to peak. But there was still a lot of 70s nostalgia up till 2005.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: SiderealDreams on 01/25/14 at 5:01 pm


I remember there being a bit of an 80s craze in 2002, I think that's around when 80s nostalgia began to peak. But there was still a lot of 70s nostalgia up till 2005.

Well, in the case of the Frozen Autumn, I think that it's simply their sound. Here's a song from 2011 with the same heavily 80's influenced darkwave sound:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN5pWmsDJmY

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: SiderealDreams on 01/25/14 at 5:04 pm

And another from the Frozen Autumn which fits this thread. I'll let one of the video comments speak for me:

"this is from 1997? sounds way more like 1987"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV19jHU083M

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Jquar on 01/30/14 at 12:35 am

Looking at the hits from 1980, I was surprised by this one. This song legitimately sounds like something from the late 60s or early 70s. Hard to believe it was released at the same time as the first big batches of synthpop and hip hop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_VpjSv_4QM

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 01/30/14 at 9:03 am


Looking at the hits from 1980, I was surprised by this one. This song legitimately sounds like something from the late 60s or early 70s. Hard to believe it was released at the same time as the first big batches of synthpop and hip hop.




sounds like it came from the late 60's and early 1970's era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 02/01/14 at 5:48 am


So basically the point of this thread is to post songs that don't sound like they belong in the time they came out.

For example, I'll start off with this MGMT song, which I personally think sounds very late 70s/early 80s despite coming out in 2008...

Also this song by Dee C. Lee, it came out in 1985, but sounds more like something from the 60s...



IMHO, they both feel late 70s to me.

Here's something I think sounds totally 60s:

Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed (1982)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9QZhLSKEps

Late 60s / early 70s:

Tempted (1981)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PmtS_qMdXg

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/01/14 at 2:07 pm

^^^I guess there was a bit of a 60s revival going on in the early 80s.

Here's some songs from the past year that sound like something from early 90s...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sj684zcmzw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4D5egXVqSg

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Emman on 02/01/14 at 2:17 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orSMUaFVACY

It's from 1983, but sounds really disco.


This song is classic Hi-NRG, it sounds pretty "80s" to me, although if you took away some of the drum machine effects it could have been made by Giorgio Moroder in 1977. Hi-NRG was much more popular in Europe where disco never received the same backlash it did in the US.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/01/14 at 2:19 pm


Here's some songs from the past year that sound like something from early 90s...


"Walking on air" sounds a bit like 1992/93 mixed with 99/00 music.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/01/14 at 2:24 pm


"Walking on air" sounds a bit like 1992/93 mixed with 99/00 music.
Yeah I can hear it, it kind of reminds of Waiting For Tonight by J. LO

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/01/14 at 2:27 pm


Yeah I can hear it, it kind of reminds of Waiting For Tonight by J. LO


indeed

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/01/14 at 4:04 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ0fqHEvT6M&feature=kp

Sunshine Anderson sounds like something from the early 80's.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/01/14 at 4:07 pm


Sunshine Anderson sounds like something from the early 80's.


early 80s? Sounds pretty 90s to me.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/02/14 at 1:23 am

A mild example from 2013. It sounds like a 2008-09 song to me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHE3bgCIcM

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/02/14 at 4:03 am


A mild example from 2013. It sounds like a 2008-09 song to me.


That's a very mild example because 08/09 still belongs to the earlier part of this music era IMO.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/02/14 at 2:36 pm


That's a very mild example because 08/09 still belongs to the earlier part of this music era IMO.
It would still feel a bit odd to hear a song like this in 2013/4, the style of that song is distinctly 2008-11.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/02/14 at 2:53 pm


It would still feel a bit odd to hear a song like this in 2013/4, the style of that song is distinctly 2008-11.


I have to disagree here. The 08-11 era is still quite recent to me. Why should it be odd to hear a song like this? I would think differently about this if this was a 'teen pop-like' song - but c'mon... it's sounds like it's from the late 00s which is barely 4 years ago.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/02/14 at 3:58 pm


early 80s? Sounds pretty 90s to me.


It had that funky beat sound.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 02/02/14 at 6:32 pm

Three Degrees: When Will I See You Again from 1973 but sounds like it was released during the mid-60s.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvT5V1GC_5E

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/02/14 at 9:59 pm

Two songs from 2004 that sound more like they belong in 99/00...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG94LPKkATw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-hz3rk1HUc

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/03/14 at 6:54 am


Three Degrees: When Will I See You Again from 1973 but sounds like it was released during the mid-60s.



it has a bit of the Motown sound.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 02/06/14 at 11:59 am

Olly Murs--Troublemaker.
Came out in 2012 but could pass as a 1999 hit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQDOUbErNg

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/06/14 at 8:00 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3XbmFYqWik

From 2006 but looks and sounds like it's from 1999.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/07/14 at 8:19 pm


It would still feel a bit odd to hear a song like this in 2013/4, the style of that song is distinctly 2008-11.


In your opinion, how dated does 2008-11 music sound to you?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/07/14 at 11:19 pm


In your opinion, how dated does 2008-11 music sound to you?
It's not that noticeably dated, but I can still tell only because I can recognise subtle differences more than most people.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/08/14 at 12:26 am


It's not that noticeably dated, but I can still tell only because I can recognise subtle differences more than most people.


What do you think would be the most dated aspect of music from then?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/08/14 at 4:05 am


What do you think would be the most dated aspect of music from then?
It's the whiny, guitar music with emo influences that really stands out to me. I really don't hear a lot of songs like that which have come out in the past couple of years.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/08/14 at 4:20 am


It's the whiny, guitar music with emo influences that really stands out to me. I really don't hear a lot of songs like that which have come out in the past couple of years.


Such as what?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/08/14 at 7:21 am

Guess the year of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvZBzK0h1E

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/08/14 at 1:56 pm


Guess the year of this song:

1996/7?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/08/14 at 3:49 pm


Guess the year of this song:




1990's?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/08/14 at 3:52 pm


Guess the year of this song:



It had that background beat (which I do not like at all)  that makes it sound very recent.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Jquar on 02/08/14 at 3:56 pm


It had that background beat (which I do not like at all)  that makes it sound very recent.


Yeah, I would guess like 2008. Sounds like something Jason Mraz would sing. Definitely not '90s.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/09/14 at 12:41 am


1996/7?
What made you say that?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/09/14 at 12:42 am


What made you say that?
The beat vaguely reminds me of the song 'No Diggity', which came out around that time.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/09/14 at 12:48 am


The beat vaguely reminds me of the song 'No Diggity', which came out around that time.
It's actually from 2010.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/09/14 at 3:10 am


It's actually from 2010.
I know, I googled it after I guessed.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/09/14 at 4:25 am


1996/7?


I was actually thinking that it sounded like a 2002-04 song.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/09/14 at 11:10 pm

Try to guess how old this song is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtq91x2CxYI

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/10/14 at 7:27 am

1984? ??? ^

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/10/14 at 7:40 am


1984? ??? ^


It's from 1999.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/10/14 at 10:01 am


It's from 1999.


I would have put this song somewhere in the early 90s.

It's harder to tell with Asian songs, since we (in North America) aren't familiar with the history of Asian music songs. My wife is Chinese and listens occasionally to Chinese songs. Again, it's hard to tell (for me) when I listen to a Chinese song, what era it's from.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/10/14 at 12:39 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW2Gsrw4jRU

Ok here's something, what year did this song come out?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/10/14 at 3:35 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW2Gsrw4jRU

Ok here's something, what year did this song come out?


It has the funk of the late 70s added to the background music of anywhere between 1980 to 1984. I didn't listen to the whole thing though.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 02/10/14 at 8:44 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW2Gsrw4jRU

Ok here's something, what year did this song come out?


I would guess 1980.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/10/14 at 10:58 pm


I would have put this song somewhere in the early 90s.

It's harder to tell with Asian songs, since we (in North America) aren't familiar with the history of Asian music songs. My wife is Chinese and listens occasionally to Chinese songs. Again, it's hard to tell (for me) when I listen to a Chinese song, what era it's from.

BTW, what language do you think that song is?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/11/14 at 7:03 am


It has the funk of the late 70s added to the background music of anywhere between 1980 to 1984. I didn't listen to the whole thing though.


you're close, 1983.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/11/14 at 7:04 am


I would guess 1980.


you're close, 1983.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/11/14 at 7:11 am


BTW, what language do you think that song is?


I am gonna guess Tagalog, or another Philippine dialect.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/11/14 at 7:14 am


I am gonna guess Tagalog, or another Philippine dialect.

Correct.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: MarkMc1990 on 02/11/14 at 12:29 pm

Yesterday I posted "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman in the "1988: The Year in Music" thread. The song is from 1988 (obviously) but sounds mid-90s.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/11/14 at 12:39 pm


Yesterday I posted "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman in the "1988: The Year in Music" thread. The song is from 1988 (obviously) but sounds mid-90s.


I can see how that song and the style of it would sound early to mid 90s, agreed.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/11/14 at 3:48 pm


you're close, 1983.


In terms of style, 1983 is far away from 1980.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 02/12/14 at 3:20 am

Nazareth-Love Hurts 1976.  Could pass as a late 80s rock ballad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WISogScYNXA

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/12/14 at 3:25 am

Guess the year of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-LZr2Cf_5c

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/12/14 at 7:00 am


Guess the year of this song:



My first guess was 1979 but now my real guess would have to be 1985? ???

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/12/14 at 7:08 am


My first guess was 1979 but now my real guess would have to be 1985? ???


It has a somewhat loud (and to me irritating) background drum beat, which suggests to me after 1990.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/12/14 at 7:10 am


It has a somewhat loud (and to me irritating) background drum beat, which suggests to me after 1990.

What year does it sound like to you?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: warped on 02/12/14 at 7:18 am


What year does it sound like to you?

Too hard to tell. I will say very early 1990s, just a guess.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/12/14 at 7:18 am


Too hard to tell. I will say very early 1990s, just a guess.

It's from 1994.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/12/14 at 10:47 pm


My first guess was 1979 but now my real guess would have to be 1985? ???

Why was that your guess?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/13/14 at 3:05 am


Too hard to tell. I will say very early 1990s, just a guess.

How typical does it sound for a 1994 song?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/13/14 at 7:39 am


Why was that your guess?


The beat in the beginning sounded like from that of the disco era but then the rest sounded like it came from the mid 80's era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/14/14 at 3:21 am


The beat in the beginning sounded like from that of the disco era but then the rest sounded like it came from the mid 80's era.

Do you know what language it is, BTW?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/14/14 at 7:39 am


Do you know what language it is, BTW?


German?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/14/14 at 8:08 am


German?

Finnish.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/14/14 at 2:15 pm

You have some more Aja? This is fun. :)

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/14/14 at 6:50 pm

Guess: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxCW4akvwWs

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 02/15/14 at 3:27 am


Guess:
I'm going to guess mid-90s, probably 95/96.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/15/14 at 3:59 am


I'm going to guess mid-90s, probably 95/96.

It's from 1999.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/15/14 at 4:24 am

How about this song?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAhyQmiUpBI

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/15/14 at 4:11 pm


Guess: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxCW4akvwWs


Uh Wow, I'm going to have to say.... 1998?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/15/14 at 4:13 pm


How about this song?:




good one. I'm going to say.... 1989?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/16/14 at 2:15 am


Uh Wow, I'm going to have to say.... 1998?

As I said a page ago, it's from 1999.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/16/14 at 2:15 am


good one. I'm going to say.... 1989?

It's from 1998.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Emman on 02/16/14 at 8:45 am


It's from 1999.


I would've guessed the late '90s/very early '00s on this one, with the spaghetti strapped blouse and midriff showing, as well as the particular eurodance beat.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/16/14 at 9:06 am


How about this song?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAhyQmiUpBI


This one has early and late 90s elements in it.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/16/14 at 4:00 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMT698ArSfQ&feature=kp

Guess the year of this song:

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 02/16/14 at 4:29 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMT698ArSfQ&feature=kp

Guess the year of this song:


1999----cool song

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/16/14 at 4:46 pm


1999----cool song


nope, keep guessing.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/16/14 at 5:07 pm


nope, keep guessing.


Everybody knows that this one came out in 2002.  :P

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/16/14 at 6:56 pm


I would've guessed the late '90s/very early '00s on this one, with the spaghetti strapped blouse and midriff showing, as well as the particular eurodance beat.

Also, what would have been your guess on the Fruitcake song?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/17/14 at 6:55 am


Everybody knows that this one came out in 2002.  :P


Aw man they were supposed to guess, Thanks a lot, Inland!  :(

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 02/17/14 at 7:14 am


Aw man they were supposed to guess, Thanks a lot, Inland!  :(


Sorry, I thought it was too obvious.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/17/14 at 7:28 am


Sorry, I thought it was too obvious.


That's ok don't worry about it. :)

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/18/14 at 6:26 pm


This one has early and late 90s elements in it.

Could you elaborate?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/20/14 at 3:44 am

http://www.inthe00s.com/index.php?topic=49750.msg3130344#msg3130344

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Paul on 02/20/14 at 3:59 am

Here's two - one 'intentional', the other not...

The 'intentional' one is from 1980...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ldLwavOp6E&feature=kp


The unintentional one, sounding like it's come from 1957, actually dates from 1967!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMPa7LOosSE

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 02/21/14 at 3:20 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XgQhMPeEQ&feature=kp

This Billy Joel song sounds like it should've been in the 1950's doo-wop era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 03/21/14 at 7:09 pm

Radio--REM  Came out in 1981 but could pass as a song from the early-mid 90s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXUkddrnsXQ

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 03/22/14 at 3:51 pm


Radio--REM  Came out in 1981 but could pass as a song from the early-mid 90s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXUkddrnsXQ

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 03/23/14 at 9:46 pm

This came out in 2001, it sounds late 60s/early 70s to me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOuw09vKKOA

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 03/24/14 at 6:29 am


This came out in 2001, it sounds late 60s/early 70s to me...




has that late 60's early 70's sound.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: mqg96 on 10/12/15 at 8:21 am

Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 10/12/15 at 3:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrKkqE9p1o

Leon sounds so good, this song should've came out during the late 60's Motown era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: bchris02 on 10/15/15 at 12:05 am

Bryan Adams - Here I Am.  Came out in 2002.  Sounds late '80s.  This one actually got significant Top 40 airplay.

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Came out in 2000.  If I didn't know that, I would have guessed 2007 or 2008.

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This came out in 1957.  This sound was more popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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This one came out in 1988.  Sounds 1997ish.

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This came out in 2014.  Sounds early Clinton era, like 1993ish.

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/15/15 at 6:01 am

Came out in 1991, sounds like it's from 2000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKxslX0ZgM

Came out in 2000, sounds like it's from 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDjI3SD4Cr4

Came out in 2003, sounds like it's from 1995.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S37SGxZSMc

Came out in 1999, sounds like it's from 1966 (minus the crisp recording quality).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB9JJIoAdYM

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Jquar on 10/15/15 at 2:51 pm

Golden Brown from 1981, with those rich baroque arrangements, sounds positively 1700s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWAsI3U2EaE

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: tv on 10/21/15 at 2:19 am


Came out in 1991, sounds like it's from 2000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKxslX0ZgM

Came out in 2000, sounds like it's from 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDjI3SD4Cr4

Came out in 2003, sounds like it's from 1995.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S37SGxZSMc

Came out in 1999, sounds like it's from 1966 (minus the crisp recording quality).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB9JJIoAdYM
I think "Boy Krazy" and "Dream" are kinda similar musically now that I think about it. I don't know "He Loves U Not" doesn't sound as synthesized  as early 2010's music does though.

Yeah the beat to "Beyoncé's" "Me Myself and I" does sound 1990's. Maybe the song itself could pass for late 90's though like 1998.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: tv on 10/21/15 at 2:26 am


Guess the year of this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDvZBzK0h1E
I guessed 1997 I thought it sounded like the 90's R&B Group "Mint Condition". The song came out in 2010 somebody said on here!

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/21/15 at 8:58 am


I think "Boy Krazy" and "Dream" are kinda similar musically now that I think about it. I don't know "He Loves U Not" doesn't sound as synthesized  as early 2010's music does though.


I think with He Loves U Not, the main thing that brought 2011 to my mind was that its beat strongly resemble's Katy Perry's E.T. (although that song's original album was from 2010).  Maybe it's because the song was produced at Bad Boy and not a traditional teen pop label like Jive or RCA, but still, I really don't think there are any songs from around 2000 or early 2001 that sound anything like the track.  It has a very busy beat, as well as a more repetitive melody than your usual in-your-face pop from the millennial era.  Also, not synthesized?  It seems at least far more synthesized than most songs from 2000, even if the specific instruments aren't identical to what existed a decade later.  The Boy Krazy song is far more in the spirit of millennial-era teen pop and doesn't at all sound like anything from 1993 (when it was popular), let alone 1991.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: bchris02 on 10/21/15 at 12:31 pm

I am one who doesn't think "He Loves U Not" is synthesized enough to sound early '10s.  The song has that distinct Y2K-era thump beat as well.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/21/15 at 1:46 pm


I am one who doesn't think "He Loves U Not" is synthesized enough to sound early '10s.  The song has that distinct Y2K-era thump beat as well.


But the early 2010s were full of pop songs that had quite a thump beat.  And how isn't it synthesized enough?  Does it need more 8-bit square synthesizers or something to fit the bill?  I certainly don't think anything in the instrumentation resembles a live instrument.  The typical percussion style of millennial era pop had that same jiggle and "pop" that was characteristic of new-jack swing and urban dance in the early and mid-90s, just with a bit of a glossier sound.  Often, you had things like cowbells and triangles (i.e., the intros to the extended version of Backstreet's Back and You Drive Me Crazy).  He Loves You Not sounds nothing like any significant hit from 2000 or 2001.  Compared to material from acts like Atomic Kitten, A*Teens, and Britney Spears, the song takes a completely different approach than the rest of the teen pop hits of the era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: bchris02 on 10/22/15 at 12:46 am


But the early 2010s were full of pop songs that had quite a thump beat.  And how isn't it synthesized enough?  Does it need more 8-bit square synthesizers or something to fit the bill?  I certainly don't think anything in the instrumentation resembles a live instrument.  The typical percussion style of millennial era pop had that same jiggle and "pop" that was characteristic of new-jack swing and urban dance in the early and mid-90s, just with a bit of a glossier sound.  Often, you had things like cowbells and triangles (i.e., the intros to the extended version of Backstreet's Back and You Drive Me Crazy).  He Loves You Not sounds nothing like any significant hit from 2000 or 2001.  Compared to material from acts like Atomic Kitten, A*Teens, and Britney Spears, the song takes a completely different approach than the rest of the teen pop hits of the era.


I understand what you are saying.  However, listen to the difference between these songs.  He Loves U Not has that distinctive early '00s bass thump that all teen pop and r&b from the era had.

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Now compared to this.

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The Katy song has a very different beat and a lot more synth.  The "He Loves U Not" melody put to a more steady beat with added synth and autotune could possibly pass for being early '10s, but the version from 2001 couldn't.  In fact, I think it could even pass for late '90s.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/22/15 at 1:48 am


I understand what you are saying.  However, listen to the difference between these songs.  He Loves U Not has that distinctive early '00s bass thump that all teen pop and r&b from the era had.

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Now compared to this.

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The Katy song has a very different beat and a lot more synth.  The "He Loves U Not" melody put to a more steady beat with added synth and autotune could possibly pass for being early '10s, but the version from 2001 couldn't.  In fact, I think it could even pass for late '90s.


I get that the production between E.T. and He Loves U Not aren't exactly the same, at least in terms of the specific instruments used as opposed to the tracks' respective feels, but I really don't understand where you're coming from when you say the song has a production style that "all teen pop and r&b from the era had."  I have trouble believing there are any songs from the early 2000s with production that resemble it that aren't underground techno, and I think you're statement is a complete exaggeration.  When I think of urban and pop from the early 2000s, this is more what comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tcDXJfAFVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge6ZXAq1vtc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSVHoHyErBQ

I'm less troubled by your claim regarding He Loves You Not's resemblance to early 2010s pop, but I do not understand how the song fits its own era so comfortably, even with a blatantly millennial-style music video.  The above three songs neither have the same type of instrumentation as He Loves You Not, nor are their beats structured at all similarly.  The usual qualities of songs of that time were sharp, trebly instruments and complex, shuffling beats, which I don't understand being the case in He Loves You Not, which like E.T. is driven by its long stream of 16th-sequenced rim hits.

Also, you really think the song could pass for late 90s?  Are you kidding me?  Back then, pop music still sounded like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4QzM9KqCQU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMoeN1XFkNo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtIGCGu9L90

Even if the songs I just listed are a bit bassier than the early 2000s examples (plus similarly styled late 90s songs like You Make Me Wanna and Don't Wanna Be a Player), their execution couldn't be farther from He Loves You Not.  Whereas that track sounds hard, futuristic, and experimental, the above songs are completely caught in the past and run off of their light, cheesy vocal melodies and throwback samples.  They have 90s pasted all over them and don't sound like they may be at least several years from the future at the time they came out.

If you're still so convinced of the song's place in the millennial period, then would you care to give me examples of songs from that time that it sounds similar to?  I'd be able to put your argument into a bit of a clearer prospective, then.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 10/22/15 at 4:51 am

TBH, this argument seems too passionate considering the topic. By the way, I agree with you about He Loves U Not but not about That's What Love Can Do. (It is such an obvious S/A/W production.)

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/22/15 at 5:16 am


TBH, this argument seems too passionate considering the topic. By the way, I agree with you about He Loves U Not but not about That's What Love Can Do. (It is such an obvious S/A/W production.)


Its instrumentation is far too 90s to resemble anything that S/A/W usually produced.  Even compared to the rest of the songs on Boy Krazy's album, it sounds completely unique to its time.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 10/22/15 at 5:39 am

I remember hearing it at a supermarket 5-6 years ago and I also remember me and my mom thinking the chorus melody sounded like I Should Be So Lucky.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 10/22/15 at 4:39 pm


I remember hearing it at a supermarket 5-6 years ago and I also remember me and my mom thinking the chorus melody sounded like I Should Be So Lucky.


I get what you mean by that, but I still think the percussion and synthesizers are very different between That's What Love Can Do and typical 80s/early 90s songs produced by S/A/W like I Should Be So Lucky.  The drums in the former are much softer and the bass is smoother and more prominent.  If we're concentrating primarily on melody, you could just as easily compare a bunch of millennial-era dance and teen pop to 80s, considering both styles were very in-your-face.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: tv on 10/24/15 at 2:39 pm

"That's What Love Can Do" by "Boy Krazy" does sound unique for a song from 1993. It doesn't sound like R&B Group "SWV"  and 80's Dance-Pop  in 1993 didn't exist except for 80's Latin Pop Group  "Expose's" "I'll Never Getting Over Getting Over Me" . I don't know the song("That's What Love Can Do") it sounds to poppy for the 80's and too soft for the 90's yes even 1993 but the song was released in January 1993 it says on Wikipedia so maybe the song just fit in between the late 80's/early 90's(1989-1992) and the "core 90's" era (1993-1996.) I could see the song being a hit in 1992 or 1993 but not 1991(sounds too hard in terms of production) or 1994(it sounds too soft.) I will say though the poster "Infinity" does make a case though the song could fit into the Y2K era because it could fit in the with Britney Spears's "Drive Me Crazy" and "Stronger".

Is it just me or does "That's What Love Can Do' sound similar at some points to "Breakout" By "Swing Out Sister" from 1987? Some of the production of both songs do resemble each other. "Swing Out Sister" does sound unique for the late 80's/early 90's period too.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 10/24/15 at 8:54 pm


I get what you mean by that, but I still think the percussion and synthesizers are very different between That's What Love Can Do and typical 80s/early 90s songs produced by S/A/W like I Should Be So Lucky.  The drums in the former are much softer and the bass is smoother and more prominent.  If we're concentrating primarily on melody, you could just as easily compare a bunch of millennial-era dance and teen pop to 80s, considering both styles were very in-your-face.
It still has an '80s melody, but it sounds more updated.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 11/05/15 at 3:48 am


Its instrumentation is far too 90s to resemble anything that S/A/W usually produced.  Even compared to the rest of the songs on Boy Krazy's album, it sounds completely unique to its time.
Wait, I think that here is a millenial-era pop song that sounds like That's What Love Can Do, at least production-wise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oCa3nLybm8

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 11/05/15 at 3:49 am


I get what you mean by that, but I still think the percussion and synthesizers are very different between That's What Love Can Do and typical 80s/early 90s songs produced by S/A/W like I Should Be So Lucky.  The drums in the former are much softer and the bass is smoother and more prominent.  If we're concentrating primarily on melody, you could just as easily compare a bunch of millennial-era dance and teen pop to 80s, considering both styles were very in-your-face.
I find that teen pop eras tend to resemble each other. I could think of some '10s-era teen pop songs that sound like they're from 1998-2001.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/07/15 at 5:17 am

I suppose part of the problem with That's What Love Can Do is that the original, 7-minute extended version is structured in such a way that resembles 80s hi-nrg.  However, going only by the shortened version that appeared both on American top 40 stations, as well as Boy Krazy's album in 1993, you may be a little more likely to think 2000 instead of 1988:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOg6BtGpiwM

What do you think?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 11/07/15 at 5:58 am


I suppose part of the problem with That's What Love Can Do is that the original, 7-minute extended version is structured in such a way that resembles 80s hi-nrg.  However, going only by the shortened version that appeared both on American top 40 stations, as well as Boy Krazy's album in 1993, you may be a little more likely to think 2000 instead of 1988:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOg6BtGpiwM

What do you think?
i have heard both versions.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/12/15 at 2:57 am

This song was a hit in the summer of 1998, but it distinctly sounds like it was made in 1994, back when gangsta rap influences were first becoming standard in urban music, and bears a particular sonic resemblance to Ice Cube's Bop Gun, C+C Music Factory's Do You Wanna Get Funky?, and Coolio's Fantastic Voyage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rp7cqPtmAM

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 11/24/15 at 2:23 am

Treasure-Bruno Mars
2012 but sounds as though it's from 2000.


Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/24/15 at 9:31 am

This came out in early '97, but it sounds distinctly like a new wave song from the early 80s, approximately 1982 to be exact:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRhIAQAiTtY

This is from early '96.  Sounds like a Motown song from, say, 1967, right down to the low-fidelity instruments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaUT_iqVvc0

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Katluver on 11/25/15 at 10:35 pm

Hella Good---No Doubt
2002 but sounds like it's from 1989.

Girls and Boys---Blur
1994 but sounds like another hit from 1982.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/28/15 at 2:04 am

This was a big hit in 2003.  It sounds very late 1995/early 1996.  The production reminds me of Faith Evans' You Used to Love Me and LL Cool J's Hey Lover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVucWRs-eWA

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 11/28/15 at 2:11 am


This was a big hit in 2003.  It sounds very late 1995/early 1996.  The production reminds me of Faith Evans' You Used to Love Me and LL Cool J's Hey Lover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVucWRs-eWA
It was sampled from a 1998 song.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/28/15 at 2:37 am


It was sampled from a 1998 song.


It was somehow redone to sound even more mid 90s than the original song, which really doesn't sound like it's from 1998, either.  You would at least think the Fabolous version would update the original song with 2003 instruments, but instead the old school elements are emphasized more than before.  Hip hop songs with that thick a bass and that laid-back a beat were completely overshadowed by those with dextrous shuffle-beats and less bass in 2003.  Several hip hop songs in the early 2000s sampled older tracks, especially those by Kanye West and Just Blaze, but they were repackaged into something completely fresh and new and weren't direct trips into the past.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 11/28/15 at 5:11 am


It was somehow redone to sound even more mid 90s than the original song, which really doesn't sound like it's from 1998, either. 

Why did you say that the original song doesn't sound like it's from 1998?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: mqg96 on 11/28/15 at 10:28 am

Am I the only one who believes that Adele looks like an artist who came out of a time machine from several decades ago? Not because of her style of music, but because of the way she looks, like really though. Maybe it's Adele's fashion of the way she dresses or her hair style.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 11/28/15 at 11:22 am


Why did you say that the original song doesn't sound like it's from 1998?


Because in 1998, the synthetic, trebly, hard-edged millennial type of urban music was fully established and that specific type of drumbeat and synthesizer backdrop from So Into You was pretty much obsolete.  The Fabolous version just emphasizes the mid 90s traits further.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 12/04/15 at 3:09 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm4JVkH0T-E

I can't believe this song was from 2010 but it sure does sound like it was from 1984-1985, around there.
Do you think this song came out in the wrong era? ???

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 12/10/15 at 11:37 pm

Here are a few that I thought of:

The Casinos - Then you can tell me goodbye (1967) sounds like a 50s era doo-wop song on purpose.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdhCjk05tkM

Taco - Puttin on the Ritz (1983) was a remake/cover of a 1930s song from a soundtrack of the movie of the same name.  But it really sounded out of place in 1983 (even though it had some synthesizer and sound effects put in that made it more "modern.")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG3PnQ3tgzY

Jump 'N The Saddle - The Curly Shuffle (1984) sounds from early 50s to me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKAfXdb5LsA

Tears for fears - Sowing the seeds of love (1989) sounds a bit like a 70s version of a Beatles song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_5dE81WV8k



Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: ArcticFox on 12/29/15 at 2:05 pm

Here - Alessia Cara
It came out in 2015 but sounds like a song from the mid '90s.

Freedom - George Michael
Came out in 1990 but sounds like a Jackson 5 song from 1969.

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
It's from 1983, but sounds like it came straight out of the 1960's.

The One I Love - R.E.M.
It came out in 1987. It has a late '60s psychedelic rock vibe.

Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Recorded in 2001, released in 2003, popularized in 2005, but it sounds like a song from 1985.

When You Were Young - The Killers
It came out in 2006, but could have been released 20 years earlier.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
From 2003, but could pass for a 1960's garage rock song.

Giving Him Something He Can Feel - En Vogue
A 1992 cover of a 1976 song, but the music sounds like late '60s soul.

Give It Up, Turn It Loose - En Vogue
A mix of then-modern '90s and 1969esque chirpy Jackson 5 music. It came out in 1992.

Love Shack - The B-52's
It's from 1989 but could pass for 1969 or 1970.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 01/01/16 at 1:20 pm


Hella Good---No Doubt
2002 but sounds like it's from 1989.

Girls and Boys---Blur
1994 but sounds like another hit from 1982.
Hella Good sounds like it could easily fit in 2007/8 IMO

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 01/02/16 at 11:28 pm

This was a memetastic hit in 2000.  Overlooking the wacky video, however, it sounds like a euro-house song straight out of late 1992/early 1993, both lyrically and in terms of production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xat1GVnl8-k

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 01/03/16 at 6:27 am


Yesterday I posted "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman in the "1988: The Year in Music" thread. The song is from 1988 (obviously) but sounds mid-90s.



I can see how that song and the style of it would sound early to mid 90s, agreed.


When I first heard "Fast Car" and "Talking About a Revolution" on the radio in 1987, I thought they were 60s or maybe early 70s songs.  I was into 60s and 70s music at that time, and asked someone who this singer was that I'd somehow never heard of before.  I was surprised to learn that these were new songs.  She sounded like Joni Mitchell on sulfur hexafluoride.

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 01/03/16 at 6:30 pm


When I first heard "Fast Car" and "Talking About a Revolution" on the radio in 1987, I thought they were 60s or maybe early 70s songs.  I was into 60s and 70s music at that time, and asked someone who this singer was that I'd somehow never heard of before.  I was surprised to learn that these were new songs.  She sounded like Joni Mitchell on sulfur hexafluoride.


I think you can easily pick out when a song is from the 1960s based on the percussion sound, as well as the audio track's low fidelity.  Fast Car is too crystalline to be from the 60s.  Maybe the 70s, but I would pinpoint it more towards the mid-70s, by which point audio fidelity was pretty much high enough for a song to not sound outdated by modern standards.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: ocarinafan96 on 01/03/16 at 7:18 pm

While this is most likely intentional, this song has a very late 50's/early 60's vibe going on. Most likely the doo wop, the 50's style dance moves, and 'Leave it to Beaver' atmosphere

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Mitch Kramer on 01/04/16 at 7:05 am


Fast Car is too crystalline to be from the 60s.


Listening to a digital version, yes.  But I first heard it on the radio, static and all.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/08/16 at 2:15 am

What year would you guess this song as being from?:

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 01/08/16 at 3:13 am


What year would you guess this song as being from?:

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According to the beginning of the video, the song is from 1998, and it certainly sounds like it.  It wouldn't be too out of place in the mid-90s, either, but it hardly sounds like an anomaly for its time.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/14/16 at 8:06 am


According to the beginning of the video, the song is from 1998, and it certainly sounds like it.  It wouldn't be too out of place in the mid-90s, either, but it hardly sounds like an anomaly for its time.
I have Just Friends' 1998 album World of Colours. Half of the songs in that album sound mid-'90s and half of them sound Y2K-era.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: tv on 01/18/16 at 1:38 am

I think "Hotline Bling" by Drake which came out in 2015 sounds like 2006-2007 like something T-Pain would have done back then. The autotune just screams 2006-2007.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/18/16 at 5:37 am

This song sounds like an early '90s house song despite being from 2001:

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Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/19/16 at 3:14 am

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What year would be your guess for this song?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 01/19/16 at 3:08 pm


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What year would be your guess for this song?


early 1990's?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 01/19/16 at 9:08 pm

This was a popular alternative song in 1995.  For some reason, I can't help but feel like it belongs in the early 2000s, like 2001-ish.  I guess it's just something about its crisp electric guitar sound, poppy melodic progression, and blink-182-ish use of vocal harmonization and repeated 8ths during the bridge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQ2TIul8pI

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/19/16 at 9:11 pm


early 1990's?
It's from 2007.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 01/22/16 at 10:04 pm


early 1990's?
Why did you guess it as being so old?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Howard on 01/23/16 at 8:29 am


Why did you guess it as being so old?


It sounded like it had a 90's beat.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: ArcticFox on 02/10/16 at 8:55 pm

All the singles from Ed Sheeran's X album sound incredibly similar to the '90s. When I first heard "Sing" in the summer of 2014, I thought "This sounds like something from the '90s!" Having just begun my love affair with the 1990's around this time, I thought that this was incredibly exciting. "Don't" very obviously sounds like a mid '90s hip-hop song. "Afire Love" could have easily been done by someone like Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, or even Mariah Carey.

I'm listening to "Don't Let Go (Love)" right now, and "Thinking Out Loud" sounds incredibly similar to it, both musically and lyrically. They both have jazzy productions, with passionate lyrics about love. The differences are minimal. "Love" has a more powerful snare, while "Loud" has a more muffled beat. Then you have the female vocals and male ones. After that, "Love" focuses more on piano than guitars, while with "Loud" it's the other way around. Also, "Love" is louder than "Loud" is.

"Photograph" is more of a generally timeless acoustic rock song, but I guess you could compare it to Oasis's "Wonderwall".

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 02/26/16 at 9:44 pm

4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Toon on 02/26/16 at 10:33 pm


4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.


I'm tempted to say 1987 or something. Seems '80s to me.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Toon on 02/26/16 at 10:38 pm

The thing I love about modern tech is that we can make new music that sounds or looks old with just a few tweaks to the settings. You can make a video from 2015 look like it's from 1985 for example with just a few simple plugins or image effects.

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This song came out in 2013, but it sounds very '80s to me.

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Written By: aja675 on 02/26/16 at 10:51 pm


I'm tempted to say 1987 or something. Seems '80s to me.
It's from 1993.

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Written By: Toon on 02/26/16 at 11:11 pm


It's from 1993.


Oh wow. Seemed very late '80s to me.

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Written By: aja675 on 02/27/16 at 5:18 am


Oh wow. Seemed very late '80s to me.
Why do you think did it late '80s to you?

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Written By: #Infinity on 02/27/16 at 5:46 am


Why do you think did it late '80s to you?


Yeah, it's very clearly an early 90s house song.  There's no way that track would've been released in 1987.

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Written By: Howard on 02/27/16 at 8:06 am


4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.


1990?

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Written By: The Burger King on 02/27/16 at 7:26 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xntHHh6VEnU

Guess based on sound, even though it says the year already.

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Written By: The Burger King on 02/27/16 at 7:27 pm


4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.


1994?

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Written By: bchris02 on 02/27/16 at 9:04 pm

This new song by Da Brat ft Sage the Gemini sounds very late 2007/early 2008.  I like it.

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Written By: #Infinity on 02/27/16 at 10:45 pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xntHHh6VEnU

Guess based on sound, even though it says the year already.


Based simply on how it sounds, I would guess 1986.  Even bands like Poison didn't sound like this by 1993.

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Written By: The Burger King on 02/27/16 at 10:56 pm


Based simply on how it sounds, I would guess 1986.  Even bands like Poison didn't sound like this by 1993.


I was shocked realizing this came out in 1993. To me this sounded like it was from 1988 or 1989. Winger even had a different sound in '93 with "Junkyard Dog" and "Spell I'm Under". Additionally Cinderella made another album, Still Climbing in '94, and unsurprisingly it flopped tremendously.

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Written By: Howard on 02/28/16 at 3:15 pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xntHHh6VEnU

Guess based on sound, even though it says the year already.


sounds like 1987 or 1988.

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Written By: Howard on 02/28/16 at 3:20 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm4JVkH0T-E

Can you guess the year? The group is called Chromeo, they've been on the scene for a while now.

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Written By: ArcticFox on 02/28/16 at 4:10 pm


4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.


1993. I can tell by the way the people look. Their clothes, the hairstyles, the production, it's clearly from the early '90s.

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Written By: mqg96 on 03/03/16 at 9:27 pm

How about songs that sound so similar to each other, almost the same actually, and its releases weren't that far from each other either!  :o

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Written By: d90 on 03/03/16 at 10:59 pm


I remember there being a bit of an 80s craze in 2002, I think that's around when 80s nostalgia began to peak. But there was still a lot of 70s nostalgia up till 2005.

remember that Phineas and Ferb episode i Brobot where Candace said "Ugh,80s music is so 2002."
https://youtu.be/9qttRDmMc64

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Written By: tv on 03/06/16 at 7:20 pm


4DAAu7DmfhA Guess the year of this song.
Sounds like late 1989-mid 1992 House Music.

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Written By: tv on 03/06/16 at 7:28 pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xntHHh6VEnU

Guess based on sound, even though it says the year already.
Sounds like the tail end of the Hair Metal trend from 1991. Usually a record is made 6 months-1 year before it is released. I think this record and/or song was put out with the intent another "rock musical trend"( in this case grunge)wasn't gonna take Hair Metals place by 1993. This Hair Metal Band was basically dated when they put out an album in 1993 because the music scene shifted out of their type of music.

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Written By: SpyroKev on 03/07/16 at 8:10 am

Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody. Released in 1998, but sound exclusively Early 2000s.

I learn something new everyday.

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Written By: #Infinity on 03/07/16 at 10:30 am


Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody. Released in 1998, but sound exclusively Early 2000s.

I learn something new everyday.


Here's another early 2000s-ish Aaliyah song, except it came out in 1996!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5ilt3Hrt4

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Written By: aja675 on 03/08/16 at 8:31 am

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What year does this song sound like it's from?

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Written By: #Infinity on 03/08/16 at 8:49 am


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What year does this song sound like it's from?


It's from 1991. I'm totally immersed in the Super Eurobeat series, so I know.

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Written By: ArcticFox on 03/08/16 at 12:50 pm


Here's another early 2000s-ish Aaliyah song, except it came out in 1996!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5ilt3Hrt4


I actually don't that that sounds particularly early 2000's. The beat (and especially the thump in particular) part pretty '90s to me. It's very far from "Are You That Somebody" and "Try Again". "Up Jump da Boogie" does sound kind of early 2000's though.

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Written By: #Infinity on 03/08/16 at 3:01 pm


I actually don't that that sounds particularly early 2000's. The beat (and especially the thump in particular) part pretty '90s to me. It's very far from "Are You That Somebody" and "Try Again". "Up Jump da Boogie" does sound kind of early 2000's though.


It definitely doesn't sound 1996, though. Stylistically, it sounds closer to a typical Neptunes or Timbaland production from the early 2000s than other r&b songs that were popular at the same time, like "Twisted" and "Hit Me Off." I can understand why somebody would categorize it as strictly late 90s, but it has none of the traits of a core 90s production. It was basically the song that first put Timbaland on the map as a serious producer in the urban world and also the point when he had finally developed his own unique style.

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Written By: Howard on 03/08/16 at 3:15 pm


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What year does this song sound like it's from?


mid 90's.

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Written By: Katluver on 03/14/16 at 3:43 pm


It definitely doesn't sound 1996, though. Stylistically, it sounds closer to a typical Neptunes or Timbaland production from the early 2000s than other r&b songs that were popular at the same time, like "Twisted" and "Hit Me Off." I can understand why somebody would categorize it as strictly late 90s, but it has none of the traits of a core 90s production. It was basically the song that first put Timbaland on the map as a serious producer in the urban world and also the point when he had finally developed his own unique style.


I would say that it only sounds slightly advanced for its time say '98 as oppose to '96.

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Written By: Katluver on 03/14/16 at 3:46 pm

Bobby V---Come Back When You Grow Up
Released in 1967 but sounds a decade ahead of its time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJBcNmQUCXw

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Written By: Howard on 03/15/16 at 3:08 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLTERfKZZc
this song sounds like it came from the early funk era.

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Written By: aja675 on 03/18/16 at 9:44 am

Guess the year of this song:

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Written By: ArcticFox on 03/18/16 at 5:42 pm


Guess the year of this song:

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The description says 2008.

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Written By: Baltimoreian on 03/18/16 at 6:23 pm


Guess the year of this song:

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It looks like a fake music video from the late 2000s.

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Written By: Baltimoreian on 03/18/16 at 6:27 pm


Hella Good---No Doubt
2002 but sounds like it's from 1989.


It sounds like something that came out of the late 90s.

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Written By: #Infinity on 03/19/16 at 1:18 am


It sounds like something that came out of the late 90s.


It has vague early 80s influences, but is still largely just its own thing. It definitely doesn't sound like it's from 1989, though. The synths are too juicy and the percussion lacks the loudness and reverb that was so typical of that era.

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Written By: ArcticFox on 03/19/16 at 1:34 am

I swear, "Hella Good" could be from the early '80s... 1982 instead of 2002!

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Written By: XYkid on 03/29/16 at 1:10 pm


I swear, "Hella Good" could be from the early '80s... 1982 instead of 2002!
To me, that song could have easily came out around 2007/8. No Doubt's music is always about 5 years ahead of the curve.

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Written By: aja675 on 04/01/16 at 7:03 am

https://www.reverbnation.com/innerplace/songs
This Canadian artist specializes in '90s-sounding dance. The majority of his songs are from 2009, although he has some newer ones, and he tends to remix his 2009 songs every few years.

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Written By: mqg96 on 04/01/16 at 8:14 am


Guess the year of this song:

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2004

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Written By: aja675 on 04/02/16 at 8:44 am


2004
Why did you guess it as being from that year?

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Written By: #Infinity on 04/08/16 at 4:12 am

This song is from 2005, but between the plush new-jack swing beat, melodic, choir-backed chorus; and old school style of rapping, it has a lot of qualities that date it back to the early/mid-90s, like 1993 or so:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urEn16iunGY

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Written By: ArcticFox on 04/08/16 at 6:56 am


No Doubt's music is always about 5 years ahead of the curve.


How so?

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Written By: aja675 on 04/08/16 at 7:33 am

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This is a 2007 cover of a 2001 song. The result is still quite like something from 2001. The result is reminiscent of I'm All About You by Aaron Carter, which was from 2001.

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/23/16 at 12:28 am

This cousin of the Backstreet Boys' 1999 song "I Want It That Way" was a big hit in the UK in 2006:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwg3GB9UHEs

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Written By: XYkid on 05/23/16 at 1:32 pm

This song came out in 2007, but it sounds more like it belongs in this decade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIRE6iw-ws4

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Written By: bchris02 on 05/24/16 at 12:25 am


This song came out in 2007, but it sounds more like it belongs in this decade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIRE6iw-ws4


Yeah definitely.  That song sounds very 2014 or 2015.

I posted this in the music of 2016 thread, but this song sounds like it should have come out in 2009, 2010, or 2011 but no later.  By 2012, this sound was on its way out.

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Written By: aja675 on 05/24/16 at 12:48 am


This cousin of the Backstreet Boys' 1999 song "I Want It That Way" was a big hit in the UK in 2006:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwg3GB9UHEs
It does appear that teen pop hung on longer outside of North America.

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Written By: bchris02 on 05/24/16 at 1:04 am


It does appear that teen pop hung on longer outside of North America.


Same deal with euro-dance in the '90s.  1997 was the last year it was big here but it never went away in Europe.

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/24/16 at 3:57 am


It does appear that teen pop hung on longer outside of North America.


A bit longer, yes, but not all the way to 2006! A ton of huge European teen pop groups, such as Steps, All Saints, Boyzone, 911, and S Club disbanded or went on hiatus in the early 2000s so that their former members could embark on solo careers (or, in the cases of H & Claire and Appleton, simply downsizing the original group's lineup). Westlife was one of the few exceptions (though they did eventually go on hiatus during the last two years of the 2000s). Most have since reunited, but the trend was really no different in Europe compared to the United States.

The only real difference in Europe was that the Y2K wave of teen pop, having begun a bit earlier, during the second half of 1996, also ended later, remaining relevant as late as early 2003, during which S Club was still extremely popular (despite the departure of Paul Cattermole). Unlike the more urban-oriented American former teen idols like Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, however, European former members either more of a pop/rock route (i.e., Ronan Keating) or more dance/electronica (most of the Spice Girls and S Club 7).


Same deal with euro-dance in the '90s.  1997 was the last year it was big here but it never went away in Europe.


Not exactly. The classic 90s-style eurodance actually pretty much died around autumn 1996, at least in the UK. Aside from Gina G.'s "I Belong to You," everything after that was either big beat (The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, etc.), trance (Sash!, DJ Quicksilver, ATB, etc.), acid house (Daft Punk), or bubblegum pop (Aqua, Cartoons, Vengaboys, etc.). You certainly didn't have groups like La Bouche, 2 Unlimited, or Real McCoy dominating the charts throughout the 2000s.

On the other hand, in the United States, eurodance was still in its peak through all of 1996, culminating eventually in "Ooh Ahh... Just a Little Bit" and "This Is Your Night" being two of the biggest pop songs from winter 1996/1997, but the genre steadily declined throughout the course of 1997. "One More Time" was really the last eurodance song to make a significant chart impact (albeit only peaking within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and top 20 of the Mainstream Top 40), while "Rhythm of Love" was a minor hit during the summer (it was probably much bigger in your part of the country than others because where you live is apparently behind the curve of most adolescent trends). "Coco Jamboo" is more debatable because although its beat is more reminiscent of Ace of Base than Vengaboys, it has a definite cheese factor that wasn't at all common in eurodance hits that were successful in the US during the mid-90s. By autumn 1997, the classic eurodance movement was completely dead.

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Written By: bchris02 on 05/24/16 at 3:11 pm


On the other hand, in the United States, eurodance was still in its peak through all of 1996, culminating eventually in "Ooh Ahh... Just a Little Bit" and "This Is Your Night" being two of the biggest pop songs from winter 1996/1997, but the genre steadily declined throughout the course of 1997. "One More Time" was really the last eurodance song to make a significant chart impact (albeit only peaking within the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100 and top 20 of the Mainstream Top 40), while "Rhythm of Love" was a minor hit during the summer (it was probably much bigger in your part of the country than others because where you live is apparently behind the curve of most adolescent trends). "Coco Jamboo" is more debatable because although its beat is more reminiscent of Ace of Base than Vengaboys, it has a definite cheese factor that wasn't at all common in eurodance hits that were successful in the US during the mid-90s. By autumn 1997, the classic eurodance movement was completely dead.


Great analysis.  You are right, "Rhythm of Love" was huge in my area during the summer of 1997.  A lot of good memories of pool parties at 11 years old and that was usually part of the playlist.  I tend to group Coco Jamboo with Ace of Base and La Bouche moreso than Aqua and Vengaboys. You are right though, fall of 1997 was when eurodance died completely.  The second half of the 1997-98 school year was all about hip-hop and R&B and of course boy bands like Hanson and early Backstreet Boys.  Ace of Base tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "Cruel Summer" but it failed.

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/24/16 at 5:31 pm


Great analysis.  You are right, "Rhythm of Love" was huge in my area during the summer of 1997.  A lot of good memories of pool parties at 11 years old and that was usually part of the playlist.  I tend to group Coco Jamboo with Ace of Base and La Bouche moreso than Aqua and Vengaboys. You are right though, fall of 1997 was when eurodance died completely.  The second half of the 1997-98 school year was all about hip-hop and R&B and of course boy bands like Hanson and early Backstreet Boys.  Ace of Base tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "Cruel Summer" but it failed.


The "Cruel Summer" remake was actually Y2K-style teen pop and achieved solid chart success in 1998. The same album it came from, Flowers, also contained "Life Is a Flower" (by far their best song, by the way) and "Always Have Always Will," both of which were pretty big hits in Europe. La Bouche, on the other hand, tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "You Won't Forget Me," but tanked badly. It peaked at #48, slightly higher than to "Rhythm of Love's" #53, but unlike that song, it didn't show up anywhere on the Mainstream Top 40 or Hot 100 Airplay charts.

I happen to think "Coco Jamboo" was, in a sense, warming up Americans for "Barbie Girl." 1997 was easily the cheesiest year for popular music, in my opinion (that's not necessarily a bad thing), and "Coco Jamboo" was definitely a part of that.

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Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 05/24/16 at 5:37 pm

Before I let go by Frankie Beverly and Maze, came out in 1981. I can't believe it was released the same year as Don't Stop Believing. I know it's two different genres ::), but still... :o

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/24/16 at 5:46 pm


Before I let go by Frankie Beverly and Maze, came out in 1981. I can't believe it was released the same year as Don't Stop Believing. I know it's two different genres ::), but still... :o


It doesn't really sound out of place for 1981, imo. 70s-style, Boomer-oriented music was still pretty dominant that year (even Journey's Escape album isn't that different from arena rock records from the late 70s like Bat out of Hell and Pieces of Eight), and the instrumentation has that slight flair of electronic that gives it a groove distinct to early 80s post-disco.

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Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 05/24/16 at 5:51 pm


It doesn't really sound out of place for 1981, imo. 70s-style, Boomer-oriented music was still pretty dominant that year (even Journey's Escape album isn't that different from arena rock records from the late 70s like Bat out of Hell and Pieces of Eight), and the instrumentation has that slight flair of electronic that gives it a groove distinct to early 80s post-disco.

Yeah... now that I think about it; early 80s R&B still had that old school distinct style of R&B. Mid 80s R&B became more pop sounding.

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Written By: bchris02 on 05/24/16 at 10:56 pm


The "Cruel Summer" remake was actually Y2K-style teen pop and achieved solid chart success in 1998. The same album it came from, Flowers, also contained "Life Is a Flower" (by far their best song, by the way) and "Always Have Always Will," both of which were pretty big hits in Europe. La Bouche, on the other hand, tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "You Won't Forget Me," but tanked badly. It peaked at #48, slightly higher than to "Rhythm of Love's" #53, but unlike that song, it didn't show up anywhere on the Mainstream Top 40 or Hot 100 Airplay charts.

I happen to think "Coco Jamboo" was, in a sense, warming up Americans for "Barbie Girl." 1997 was easily the cheesiest year for popular music, in my opinion (that's not necessarily a bad thing), and "Coco Jamboo" was definitely a part of that.


I guess you could say Coco Jamboo and Barbie Girl were kind of a bridge between mid '90s-style eurodance and the more trance-based, cheezy songs of the early 2000s (most of which wasn't popular in the United States).  Both songs still had a mid '90s beat, but their tone and style were quite a bit away from early Ace of Base or Real McCoy.

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Written By: XYkid on 05/24/16 at 11:42 pm


Great analysis.  You are right, "Rhythm of Love" was huge in my area during the summer of 1997.  A lot of good memories of pool parties at 11 years old and that was usually part of the playlist.  I tend to group Coco Jamboo with Ace of Base and La Bouche moreso than Aqua and Vengaboys. You are right though, fall of 1997 was when eurodance died completely.  The second half of the 1997-98 school year was all about hip-hop and R&B and of course boy bands like Hanson and early Backstreet Boys.  Ace of Base tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "Cruel Summer" but it failed.
Eurodance became replaced with Europop when Aqua released Barbie Girl in 1997. Ace of Base and La Bouche quickly got replaced with Toy Box, Bambee, Smile.dk, and Solid Base just to name a few.

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Written By: Howard on 05/25/16 at 3:19 pm


Before I let go by Frankie Beverly and Maze, came out in 1981. I can't believe it was released the same year as Don't Stop Believing. I know it's two different genres ::), but still... :o


one was rock and the other was funk.

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/25/16 at 4:02 pm


I guess you could say Coco Jamboo and Barbie Girl were kind of a bridge between mid '90s-style eurodance and the more trance-based, cheezy songs of the early 2000s (most of which wasn't popular in the United States).  Both songs still had a mid '90s beat, but their tone and style were quite a bit away from early Ace of Base or Real McCoy.


Barbie Girl's production is pretty similar to this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSNfM0MZdMo

Even though you can sort of compare "Barbie Girl's" instrumentation to "Missing" and "Where Do You Go," that doesn't at all make it part of the early/mid-90s wave of eurodance. It's pretty much in the same vein as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlDjEd8gAkI

In fact, directly after "Barbie Girl," Aqua came out with this song, which also achieved notable chart success in the United States:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc7r_B0ZWDY

They also had this around the turn of the millennium:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_LPJllaogU

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Written By: aja675 on 05/26/16 at 7:31 am


The "Cruel Summer" remake was actually Y2K-style teen pop and achieved solid chart success in 1998. The same album it came from, Flowers, also contained "Life Is a Flower" (by far their best song, by the way) and "Always Have Always Will," both of which were pretty big hits in Europe. La Bouche, on the other hand, tried to make a comeback in 1998 with "You Won't Forget Me," but tanked badly. It peaked at #48, slightly higher than to "Rhythm of Love's" #53, but unlike that song, it didn't show up anywhere on the Mainstream Top 40 or Hot 100 Airplay charts.

I happen to think "Coco Jamboo" was, in a sense, warming up Americans for "Barbie Girl." 1997 was easily the cheesiest year for popular music, in my opinion (that's not necessarily a bad thing), and "Coco Jamboo" was definitely a part of that.
32YNozW6qYE I suppose this 1998 song would be an example of a core '90s dance artist doing Y2K-era teen pop in the late '90s.

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/27/16 at 12:18 am


32YNozW6qYE I suppose this 1998 song would be an example of a core '90s dance artist doing Y2K-era teen pop in the late '90s.


It's actually not. The song you posted is just a house production, hardly any different from "Saturday Night," which was originally released in 1993 and went to #1 in 1994. In fact, Whigfield's sophomore album, which contained "Givin' All My Love," was quite a flop, achieving nowhere near the same level of success as her 1994 debut. Although house music was still popular in Europe during the late 90s, its typical sound had evolved since the breakthrough of Daft Punk, as well as the introduction of disco influences to the genre.

Solid Base is a stronger example of a eurodance group that originally followed the typical early/mid-90s formula before evolving their sound into something more in line with the Vengaboys.

Here's one of their songs from 1994:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fU85Qn6Xz0

By contrast, here's a single of theirs from 1999, featuring the same basic type of production typical of eurodance from the core and late Y2K era:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stPmAjQFhpA

Interestingly, the Vengaboys sound was still common as late as 2004, albeit only in parts of mainland Europe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-uZikLGJfg

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Written By: #Infinity on 05/27/16 at 12:37 am

By the way, speaking of Vengaboys, this song was a hit in Europe around the turn of the millennium:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXXRHpVed3M

Kind of interesting to note that even though eurodance had progressed significantly as a genre since the mid-90s, that classic Ace of Base sound was still influential even well beyond "Coco Jamboo," coming into the following decade. It really goes to show how you can't categorize a single period of time for one particular style. It's the same as how Nirvana's "You Know Your Right" was a huge rock hit at the end of 2002, even though it had been years since the grunge movement died out.

In fact, in contrast to the song I posted above, even before Aqua's "Barbie Girl" popularized bubblegum pop as the new mainstream standard for eurodance, this track here was already quite a sensation across mainland Europe back in late 1995:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjJ2_P5P4U

It still has a pretty typically mid-90s beat, but tenor-wise, it's more similar to late 90s eurodance than it is to the 2 Unlimited clones of the mid-90s. No wonder, then, that it was featured on Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix, released in January 1999 and otherwise predominantly featuring eurodance songs that were brand new at the time.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Jquar on 05/28/16 at 3:13 am

I always considered this song to be the last Eurodance hit in the U.S. It peaked in the spring of 2001

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRvGZffXhfk

Later incarnations of European pop acts were definitely more clearly distinctive from the '90s Euro/house sound.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 05/28/16 at 3:20 am


I always considered this song to be the last Eurodance hit in the U.S. It peaked in the spring of 2001

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRvGZffXhfk

Later incarnations of European pop acts were definitely more clearly distinctive from the '90s Euro/house sound.


"Around the World (La La La La La La)" is definitely eurodance, but it's also of an identifiably teen pop model, in the spirit of Vengaboys, as opposed to the male rapper/female singer model of the early and mid-90s.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: bchris02 on 05/28/16 at 11:01 am


"Around the World (La La La La La La)" is definitely eurodance, but it's also of an identifiably teen pop model, in the spirit of Vengaboys, as opposed to the male rapper/female singer model of the early and mid-90s.


Completely agree.  It's really hard to compare 'Around the World' witch mid-90s euro-dance.  It group it with Vengaboys and also Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee).

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/01/16 at 8:34 am

r06xjkUE5Ek
Try to guess the year of this song.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 06/01/16 at 12:55 pm


r06xjkUE5Ek
Try to guess the year of this song.
2002?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/02/16 at 1:26 am


2002?

It's from late 2008.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/03/16 at 6:12 am


r06xjkUE5Ek
Try to guess the year of this song.

IMO, it sounds like it's from ten years before 2008.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: Jquar on 06/04/16 at 3:16 am


Completely agree.  It's really hard to compare 'Around the World' witch mid-90s euro-dance.  It group it with Vengaboys and also Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee).


Eh, it sounds far closer to "This Is Your Night" than it does to Eiffel 65. I don't think it's appreciably different anyways.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 06/04/16 at 4:17 am


Eh, it sounds far closer to "This Is Your Night" than it does to Eiffel 65. I don't think it's appreciably different anyways.


"This Is Your Night" is a really typical example of early/mid-90s eurodance and has basically the exact same production as "Another Night," which in turn is not that different from "Rhythm Is a Dancer" from 1992. Melodically and vocally speaking, I can see why you'd compare "Around the World (La La La La La La)" to "This Is Your Night," but it's still really easy to tell that it was made after 1996.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/05/16 at 7:57 am


"This Is Your Night" is a really typical example of early/mid-90s eurodance and has basically the exact same production as "Another Night," which in turn is not that different from "Rhythm Is a Dancer" from 1992. Melodically and vocally speaking, I can see why you'd compare "Around the World (La La La La La La)" to "This Is Your Night," but it's still really easy to tell that it was made after 1996.

I think that the earliest Eurodance songs sound old-school compared to the ones from 1995-1997.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: XYkid on 06/07/16 at 12:42 am

This song came put in 2007, but sounds more like something from the mid-to-late 90s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2pgbjPzF2k

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/12/16 at 3:12 am

http://www.last.fm/music/Lips+Desire/_/So+Sweet+and+Sexy+(Radio+edit) Try to guess the year.

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: #Infinity on 06/12/16 at 4:43 am


http://www.last.fm/music/Lips+Desire/_/So+Sweet+and+Sexy+(Radio+edit)Try to guess the year.


It seems to be produced in the style of a eurodance or house song from the mid-90s or so, but I'm guessing it's actually a little newer? 2001?

Subject: Re: Songs that sound like they came out in the wrong era

Written By: aja675 on 06/12/16 at 6:12 am


It seems to be produced in the style of a eurodance or house song from the mid-90s or so, but I'm guessing it's actually a little newer? 2001?

It's apparently from 2009, but I think it was meant to sound old-school.

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