Where do you draw the line for Oldies music?

United States
June 5, 2009 12:53pm CST
I heard 80's music on a local "Oldies" channel and I wondered where they draw the line. For me, it has always been Modern (90's and on), 80's, 70's and Oldies (anything before 1974-ish). You see: I never even drew a solid line myself and I had 4 categories. For people younger than myself and anyone trying to simplify down to 2 categories I guess I can't complain about the 80's falling into the "Oldies" now, just as I guess the 90's will hit that category soon. Where do you draw the line?
3 responses
• United States
5 Jun 09
It is weird for me to think of the 80's as oldies as well. I dont remember the 80's well because I was too young, but they dont seem like they were that long ago! It does make sense for it to be classified as oldies though. The end of the 80's was 20 years ago! and the beginning 30 years! That just seems crazy! I think 'oldies' probably adapts with every generation to play the music from when they were young. So I would be willing to be that a lot of stations will stop playing anything from the 60's within 10 years and the stuff from the 70's will start to become more scarce!
• United States
6 Jun 09
I hope the 60's are never neglected. They were my favorite "oldies" when I grew up and they were only 20 years old at the time! I have seen a recent reinterest in the 70's as a nastalgic era, but I'm afraid I'm in the camp that would be happy to skip a good 90% of that decade!
• United States
6 Jun 09
huh, I accidentally created a new word: a cross between "nasty" and "nostalgic". Somebody write that one down!
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I'm not sure where to draw the line with it. I like a variety of music form all times. Some of it really gets on my nerves on alot of stations though and I do not understand why they play some it on certain channels either.
• United States
7 Jun 09
I know the multiple channel broadcasts, like Sirius and other satellite radio groups breakdown the stations into every imaginable category and open categories, like "oldies" might be a thing if the past anyway. (No pun intended!) Thanks for the response!
@doggyhouz (548)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I believe oldies is a term they use for a time frame. We won't ever call 90's oldies. Its similar how the arts use there terms like modern art to contemporary. The oldies start at "X" time frame. And the Hip-hop era was at "X" time frame. My dates aren't very accurate but you get the point. If I am wrong someone please correct me so heathcliff can get more accurate information.
• United States
6 Jun 09
I know with cars there is a rolling date, x number of years, beyond which a car is considered "Classic". I am willing to bet someone calls 90's music "oldies" at some point. I'm not saying I'll be around to see it, though! Thanks for your answer!