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> When does 'retro' begin?, An ever-changing question
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BillyH
post Mar 12 2017, 05:45 PM
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So when exactly does a song stop being recent and become retro? What's the cut-off date between a new song and an old one?

I remember in the early days of this forum someone posting a Vengaboys song and getting somewhat slated because it wasn't seen as Retro at the time (circa 2007-08), the cut-off point seen as being around the millennium. But I think we can safely put the first half of the noughties here now, right?

For me, 2005 is the last year I genuinely see as being far off in the past, 2006 being a bit transitionary and 2007 being the start of recent music, probably because I turned 18 in late 2006 and things like Facebook and Youtube (and Buzzjack!) emerging online, meaning the late noughties seem far more familiar to me than the mid. But that must sound bizarre for someone age 20...if someone in 2008 had told me that they considered 1998 onwards to be 'recent' I'd have laughed at them! So I suppose it depends on age as well as musical trends.

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post Mar 12 2017, 06:34 PM
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For me retro is 80s & 90s but like you say it's difficult to pinpoint a specific cut-off point in time.
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post Mar 12 2017, 06:58 PM
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2007 being the start of recent music


Well certainly 2007 was more modern dance wise, we saw the end of the funky house era and the start of the electro and minimal domination in dance. 2007 also saw the start of Rihanna becoming a major pop star and the arrival of Adele to the charts. We also had the rise of soft rock ballads such as Apologise and How To Save A Life becoming big hits and that translates now into the likes of Ed Sheeran and Rag n'Bone Man.

However in 2008 we had stuff that sounds retro now like the eurodance such as Basshunter/Sash vs Stunt and nothing like that could never be a hit now.

I would safely say retro ends at the end of 2008 then.

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post Mar 13 2017, 04:10 PM
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I think as a general rule, anything older than a decade ago from any given year is retro?

So as it's now 2017, anything prior to 2007 would be classed as retro.
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post Mar 15 2017, 04:03 PM
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I'd go with the "nostalgia factor" which is when people start looking back fondly on their childhood and early teens through the music that was around then, and that usually kicks in about ten years on, 15 at a pinch. The early noughties were a long time ago now. I joined in 2012 and retro was 90's and earlier, or 12 years back. So it should now be at least 2005 and earlier, arguably 2007... smile.gif

(If I had the ability to change the forum description, I'd certainly add Early 00's to it now... biggrin.gif )
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post Mar 15 2017, 09:02 PM
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If you watch MTV Classic anything before this century is def retro!

Funny how the younger ones on here see huge distinction between the dance genres where I just find they all sound the same but that's because I grew up in the 90s!
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post Mar 15 2017, 10:02 PM
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I dunnoooo.

These Words, etc, from 2004 are not retro.

Honestly I would put anything from 2000 and down as retro. In the early 00s the cheesy 90s were already seen as retro. 2000Swere more cool and so will take longer to pass into that distinction.
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post Mar 16 2017, 01:16 PM
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more cool laugh.gif

A1, Bob The Builder, Spice Girls, Blue, Westlife, Billie Piper, Atomic Kitten, S Club, Geri halliwell, Hearsay, Pop Idol acts, etc etc etc etc

errr not so cool at the top of the charts, any more than previous decades laugh.gif
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post Apr 25 2017, 04:26 PM
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Based on my age, it's everything before 1999.
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