The nostalgia curve works in mysterious ways. Now three years removed from the 2000’s, it’s easy to see that we’ve progressed into a new territory of throwback. What was exclusively a 90’s arena two years ago is now littered with the likes of Nextel phones, Ben Affleck being a shitty actor, and pre-shaved head Kobe Bryant.
90’s nostalgia is merging into aughts nostalgia, and no away message is safe.
Music has long been one of the more universally sanctioned barometers of the shift. This not only makes perfect sense - certain sounds resonate better in certain times, and inevitably become associated with events in our lives, both personally and collectively - but it’s also pretty damn cool to see how something that was popular three seconds ago is now newly ancient history. With that, let’s take a look at 10 songs that are no longer “present”:
1. Suga Suga - Baby Bash & Frankie J (2003)
Why It’s Old: This very much has that “Old Usher” sound to it - the U Got It Bad, Burn sort of tunes that helped him turn into a megastar. That Usher is now gone, ceding way to dubsteppy power-croonage.
2. Don’t Trust Me - 30H!3 (2008)
Why It’s Old: 30H!3, particularly their 2008 album Want, arguably represents the exact midpoint in the awkward shift between hard-hitting pop punk (Sum 41, Good Charlotte, The Starting Line) and dub-heavy stuff that the kids go nuts for today. Throw in that band Metro Station, and you really get the sense of the awkward transition.
3. City High - What Would You Do? (2001)
Why It’s Old: Sounded fresh for so long. It’s a heartbreaking story. But if you think about it, the baby momma’s kid is at least in middle school by now, and has possibly started to do drugs. Sad.
4. Midd Kid - The Allen Jokers (2010)
Why It’s Old: Exploding on the scene three years ago, this catchy song became an anthem of sorts to a very niche type of college kid. The passage of time shows that the shameless Bert the Broker-era laxers have since graduated and moved on to real-world endeavors, such as equally tremendous sports talk shows.
5. We Fly High - Jim Jones (2006)
Why It’s Old: This was the premier selection of my JV Basketball team’s warm-up soundtrack. Two and a half years later, a Jim Jones concert was somehow a fraternity rush event that I attended. The fact that both these things were at one point considered legitimate is everything you need to know.
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