A website put together a list of rock lyrics that haven’t exactly aged well. For some, it’s about old references or outdated technology . . . while others have slurs or other language that just isn’t accepted anymore.
See what we mean with these 10 songs:
1. “Money for Nothing”, Dire Straits: It has a homophobic slur.
2. “One Week”, Barenaked Ladies: It makes outdated references to LeAnn Rimes, “The X-Files”, and Harrison Ford in “Frantic”.
3. “Star 69”, R.E.M.: The “last-call return” function on phones is pretty much obsolete these days.
4. “Run for Your Life”, The Beatles: It comes across as misogynistic.
5. “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”, Aerosmith: Even though the lyrics are playful, they’re no longer “P.C.”
6. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, The Arrows: No one is putting another dime in any jukebox these days.
7. “Before the Kiss, a Redcap”, Blue Oyster Cult: Gas is no longer CHEAP. At the time the song was written, a gallon cost about 35 cents. (According to an inflation calculator online, 35 cents in 1972 would be the equivalent of $2.56 in today’s money.)
8. “The Power of Equality”, Red Hot Chili Peppers: It mentions cassette tapes and CDs, which are pretty outdated.
9. “One in a Million”, Guns N’ Roses: It could be offensive with the racial, xenophobic, and homophobic slurs.
10. “Seventeen”, Winger: The singer was 27 when it was released. He claims he didn’t realize 17 was considered underage when he wrote it.