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Subject: The song most ahead of its time VS most behind (Year by year)

Written By: JacobThePlante on 01/10/22 at 5:31 pm

I originally posted this thread on Pulse Music Boards, & I figured it would do well here too

I did a study/analysis on the Year-End top 25 songs for each year (Billboard Hot 100) since 2000, and determined which song in each list was most ahead of its time VS which song was most behind (sonically/stylistically). In parentheses next to some songs I explain what era/year I think they fit in best. For the "Ahead" songs most of the time this is the last year I think the song could've come out and still fit the mold. Nostalgia acts (songs intentionally made to sound like a previous era) are excluded. After 2017, determining the "Ahead" song for each year became impossible as the majority of songs since 2018 still sound new.

Ahead: Try Again - Aaliyah (sounds like late 2000's)
Behind: Back At One - Brian McKnight (sounds like late 80's)

Ahead: Drops Of Jupiter - Train (foreshadowing the type of contemporary that would become big starting in 06')
Behind: Follow Me - Uncle Kracker

Ahead: Hot In Herre - Nelly
Behind: Get The Party Started - P!nk

Ahead: Ignition Remix - R. Kelly (this song has trap beat hi-hats in it!)
Behind: Picture - Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow

Ahead: Yeah! - Usher Ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris (2010)
Behind: Move Ya Body - Nina Sky (Y2K)

Ahead: Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson (2009)
Behind: Beverly Hills - Weezer (2000)

Ahead: Promiscuous - Timbaland Ft. Nelly Furtado (2009)
Behind: Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (70's)

Ahead: Umbrella - Rihanna Ft. Jay-Z (2010)
Behind: Don't Matter - Akon (2005)

Ahead: Closer - Ne-Yo (2010)
Behind: Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (2001)

Ahead: Down - Jay Sean Ft. Lil Wayne (2010)
Behind: You Found Me - The Fray (2007)

Ahead: Airplanes - B.O.B. Ft. Hayley Williams (2012)
Behind: Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z Ft. Alicia Keys (2008)

Ahead: Look At Me Now - Chris Brown Ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes (2014)
Behind: Raise Your Glass - P!nk (2009)

Ahead: The Motto - Drake Ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga (still sounds recent)
Behind: Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (2006)

Ahead: Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Wanz (this song played a big part in both the funk and rap revival)
Behind: Mirrors - JT (2007, Timbaland's production style did NOT change a bit)

Ahead: Fancy - Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX (2016)
Behind: Rude - Magic! (early 2000's with clean prod)

Ahead: 679 - Fetty Wap Ft. Remy Boyz
Behind: Fight Song - Rachel Platten (late 2000's Disney pop)

Ahead: Panda - Desiigner
Behind: My House - Flo Rida (2014)

Ahead: XO Tour Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
Behind: Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers Ft. Coldplay (2014)

Most behind its time since 2018:
2018: The Middle - Zedd Ft. Maren Morris (2015)
2019: Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max (2010 pop song with clean prod)
2020: The Bones - Maren Morris (late 2000's contemporary with clean prod)
2021: Driver's License - Olivia Rodrigo (sounds like a 2014 Lorde/Birdy song)

Feel free to discuss your own opinions!

Subject: Re: The song most ahead of its time VS most behind (Year by year)

Written By: duenas8 on 01/10/22 at 7:58 pm

Ahead: Panda - Desiigner
Behind: My House - Flo Rida (2014)

When this song was played in the Wrestlemania ads, I thought it was released in 2010-12, but it turned out to be much more modern.

Subject: Re: The song most ahead of its time VS most behind (Year by year)

Written By: yelimsexa on 01/13/22 at 7:22 am

I'll try to do the 1970s.

Ahead: Black Sabbath- Paranoia (Unusually slick production that sounds more typical of Queen)
Behind: Perry Como- It's Impossible (1950s non-rock), although Chairman of the Board's "Give Me Just a Little More Time" sounds like a Four Tops song circa 1965

Ahead: Theme From Shaft (blends right in with the pre-SNF disco era circa 1976)
Behind: Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again (sounds like an early Motown song from 1963-64 or so)


Ahead: The Edgar Winter Group- Frankenstein (1975ish rock)
Behind: Sammy Davis Jr.- The Candy Man (early 60s)


Ahead: Pink Floyd- Money (sounds Arena Rock late 70sish)
Behind: Aretha Franklin- Until You Come Back To ME (1967-68ish)


Ahead: Gloria Gaynor- Never Can Say Goodbye (1977ish disco)
Behind: Grand Funk Railroad- Some Kind of Wonderful (sounds very early Motownish)


Ahead: Starbuck- Moonlight Feels Right (1978ish)
Behind: Dr. Hook- Only Sixteen (early '60s)


Ahead: Anything by The Clash (Emo influences)
Behind: Love Theme From "A Star Is Born"- Barbara Streisand (1940's)

Ahead: Donna Summer- I Feel Love (1982ish post-disco)
Behind: Debby Boone- You Light Up My Life (Non-rock 50's)

Ahead: The Cars- Just What I Needed (1982ish new wave)
Behind: Anne Murray- You Needed Me (Non-rock 50's)

Ahead: The Buggles- Video Killed The Radio Star(fits right into 1983-84)
Behind: The Little River Band- Lonesome Loser (sounds late '60s)

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