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Songs that sounded ahead of their time:


M/A/R/R/S "Pump Up The Volume" (1987)

Soul II Soul "Back to Life" (1989) and "Keep On Movin" (1989)

both wouldn't be out of place in a mid 1990's R&B playlist




Tracy Chapman "Fast Car" (1988), Edie Brickell "What I Am" (1988), and Suzanne Vega "Luka" (1987), especially with the "Lilith Fair" folk music from the 1990's. Same could be said for REM songs from the late '80's that were Top 40 hits.

Faith No More "Epic" (1990)


Gillette "Mr. Personality" (1995), sounds close to mid 2000's Gwen Stefani and Fergie.

Songs that sounded as if it's from another era:

Mark Morrison "Return of the Mack" (1997), a throwback to the late 1980's/early '90's new jack swing


Duffy's 1960's influenced music, especially "Mercy"


Gwen Stefani "What You Waiting For", '80's new wave throwback


Gnarls Barkley "Crazy", '70's R&B throwback

Also Stray Cats '50's rockabilly and Brian Setzer's Orchestra with '40's big band, which there were several bands in the late 1990's swing revival that had sits such as Cherry Poppin Daddies with "Zoot Suit Riot"

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2013, 10:56:11 PM »
Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" sounded more like it came from 1949 instead of 1999.

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 11:00:39 AM »
Rockell "In A Dream" (1997)

'80's freestyle throwback, which it actually was featured on a compilation featuring songs from the 1980's/early '90's titled "Forever Freestyle" several years ago.

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 10:41:27 PM »
I heard a new song on the radio a few days ago that sounded like it was from the 80s but the bad thing is I don't know the name of it.

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 03:24:59 PM »
"Take Me Away" from "Gumby the Movie"

featuring Craig Chaquico from Jefferson Airplane/Starship on guitar. Though sounds similar to '80's era Heart than Starship.


"This Way n That" from Kirby Coleman

Though would more likely be considered "late '80's holdovers" since the film was completed in 1991 despite being released in 1995.

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013, 11:36:10 PM »
I think Katy Perry is one of the few good ones out there right now and the more I listen to her the more I hear an 80s sound in her music.  It's not like really 80s but it's definitely there.

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The Darkness "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" (2003)

1970's hard rock throwback, though the vocals are annoying


Nick Waterhouse "This Is A Game" (2014)

Throwback to the 1950's rock music

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Todd Rundgren "Bang the Drum All Day" (1983)

Though the artist was around in the 1970's, I wasn't aware that the song was from the '80's until few days ago.

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Skee-Lo's "I Wish" (1995)

Donna Lewis "I Love You Always Forever" (1996)

Both mid '90's songs would easily fit with the early '90's

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This song that Deb has done with Big Black Delta has a very 80s sound to it.  It kind of sounds like it could have come out around 1984.

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The Time "Jerk Out" (1990) sounds more like early/mid '80's funk, which had already phased out by that point and replaced with  New Jack Swing.

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The Go-Go's ode to '60's surf rock  "Surfing and Spying8)

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I always thought whats on your mind by  information society from 1988 was way ahead its time

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2016, 06:12:39 AM »
Jamiroquai "Cosmic Girl"(UK hit from 1997) has a '70's vibe and probably would be a hit in the US now considering some '70's throwbacks such as "Get Lucky" from Daft Punk and the current Justin Timberlake song from "Trolls."

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Re: Songs that are ahead of their time and/or sound like it's from another era
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2016, 12:01:17 AM »
Jamiroquai has that kind of mid to late 70s Disco sound down pretty good.  It's kind of a mix between Disco and Funk.  Their song "Little L" mixed those two really well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO6wnlHPzc0