You probably don’t realize how much technology there is in country music. Over the past 60 years, America has grown leaps and bounds. The advances in simple technologies has become part of our culture and thus part of our music.
Here is a list of songs — while still being completely awesome — date themselves in some way.
1. “That’s My Story” by Collin Raye
“Get a cellular phone and you won’t have to worry.” Ahem, cellular? You know he’s talking about a Zach Morris phone.
2. “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” by Reba McEntire
I mean this one is a no brainer, but if you need an example, “Baby you can dial direct / I got call forwarding and call waiting
/ You can even call collect”. Can you still call collect? I’m really asking.
3. “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” by George Strait
I can’t even remember the last time I saw a pay phone, which is where this song takes place.
4. “26 Cents” by The Wilkinsons
I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing. A phone call cost 26 cents. And gas was a buck a tank.
5. “Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks
He’s got to pull over to call his girl. Pull over and find a pay phone.
6. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter
Long distance calls. Man, those were the worst. I remember it being a huge deal to make a long distant call. And so does Deana Carter.
7. “Who Needs Pictures” by Brad Paisley
An entire song about undeveloped photos. Do you remember you couldn’t take undeveloped film through the x-ray at the airport? Not that anyone needs to know that now.
8. “That Ain’t My Truck” by Rhett Akins
I mean you can stalk people much more effectively now.
9. “Austin” by Blake Shelton
They used to call this the “please come rob me” song. There was a time when people updated their answering machine messages regularly (maybe not to this extent) but those days are long gone.
Songs That Date Themselves