One meaning of anachronism—Common characteristics of an anachronistic song, usually the song having been out at least a few decades ago:
a person or a thing that seems to belong to the past and not to fit in the present
- It includes a term that was popular or a norm in a particular era "long ago".
- It includes a term that the definition has shifted over time.
- It is more likely now to be considered culturally or politically insensitive than in the past.
- It contains reference to a year number.
- From "Slow Down"
"Well I used to walk you home baby after school
Carry your books home, too"
- From "Take a Letter Maria"
"So take a letter Maria, address it to my wife.
Send a copy to my lawyer."
People don't take dictation anymore.
- "Groovin'"—Young Rascals
- "Groovy Kind of Love"—Wayne Fontana and Mindbenders
- "Feeling Groovy"—Simon and Garfunkle
- "Shake Your Groove Thing"—Peaches & Herb
- "Uptight Out of Sight", by Stevie Wonder, originally had positive meaning, as the lyrics indicate. At times, however, both "uptight" and "out of sight" were also negative terms. Around the same time, James Brown's "Out of Sight" was clearly a positive expression. Coincidentally, his lyrics also contain "uptight".
- "The Rapper", by The Jaggerz, came out in 1970, long preceding the music form called rap in the 1980s.
"Rap, rap, rap, they call him the Rapper."
This song came out in the late 60s. Rapping meant casual conversation at that time. In the 80s, rapping meant spoken rather than sung music—rap music. Sometime later, the term hip-hop seems to have replaced the term "rap".
Straight used to mean not-hippie.
- "The Straight Life"—Bobby Goldsboro
"Leaving the straight life behind"
- "Some Velvet Morning"—Sinatra/Hazelwood
"Some velvet mornin' when I'm straight"
- "Mohair Sam"—Charlie Rich
"Who is the hippie that's
Happenin' all over our town …
Good lookin' Mohair Sam"
"Hippie" had undergone meaning even while Charlie Rich used the term in "Mohair Sam".
- "Deck the Halls"—numerous artists
"Don we now our gay apparel"
"Anachronistic Songs, Part 2 of 2" covers other blasts from the past—unPC-ness, dimes and related costs, and years.