View Full Version : Is 90s music considered "oldies" now?

05-17-2016, 09:05 AM
I was wondering if 90s music is considered "oldies" nowadays. I remember oldies used to be considered 60s, 70s and 80s years ago and most of the music played on my local oldies radio station is from those decades.

05-17-2016, 09:15 AM
It's pushing it.

Though, I've been hearing a few 2000's songs being played like oldies. It's surreal hearing 1,000 Miles on the radio again...

Candy Kappa
05-17-2016, 09:29 AM
of course it's oldies, they are ancient now.

05-17-2016, 10:01 AM
Songs become oldies when they are at least 10 years old, anything released in the 90s by now are oldies.

GK Punk
05-17-2016, 10:05 AM
The day I first felt old was when I heard Guns N Roses on the Classic rock station.

05-17-2016, 10:16 AM
90's is the new 80's in terms of retro.

05-17-2016, 06:27 PM
Songs become oldies when they are at least 10 years old, anything released in the 90s by now are oldies.

Try 30. Songs are not considered an oldie 10 years after release. There are KRock stations out there still playing Nirvana, STP, even Limp Bizkit. Once you get to early Michael Jackson, Prince, and ZZ Top's synth-era, you've hit oldies territory. Utrommaniac and Krutch have it right; '90s music is almost oldies but is currently retro.

05-17-2016, 09:26 PM
It's getting there. By 2020 it will be considered actually old.

05-17-2016, 09:29 PM
The 90's is like 25 years ago. Of course its old.

05-18-2016, 03:41 AM
I have yet to hear a '90s song on an "oldies" radio station, so no.
But it's only a matter of time, probably 5 years or so.
It's hard to imagine 50s and 90s music in the same radio playlist, though. Even 80s music is pushing it.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
06-06-2016, 12:09 AM
The 2010's are a time for 1990's nostalgia, just like we had 1980's nostalgia during the early-2000's and 1970's nostalgia during the 1990's. By 2020 when early-2000's nostalgia kicks in, the 1990's will be considered music of old days.

08-29-2016, 05:08 PM
Well reading other forums and based upon what the radio station KRTH plays, yes, for the most part. I recently heard the Goo Goo Dolls and Coldplay's Yellow (actually from 2000, but that's still the '90s since it was before George W. Bush and the terror attacks/Middle East War.) What I find scarier though is on the back side of the oldies spectrum. I've noticed that the earliest song one day last week that the Los Angeles station that formerly called itself as "oldies" and now "The Greatest Hits" to sound more PC (another thing that came of age in the '90s) has dropped all pre-1974 music, meaning that some great bands like the Beatles, early Led Zeppelin, pre-sell out Rolling Stones, Motown, Stax, Philly Soul, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and CCR is now too old for even these stations! They even have a '90s hour at 9 PM each weeknight! It does make sense since 20 years ago, "oldies" meant late '50s, '60s, and '70s music while you'd hear '80s music on those mix stations that play a mixture of current and gold, but not too old hits while taking out the outlandish such as the weepy power ballads and teeny bopper stuff like Milli Vanilli. It's a sad reminder of father time, although at least I don't hear any hip hop yet on those stations, much like how you had stations in the '90s that played "adult hits without the rap", with the '80s/'90s hip hop belonging to classic hip hop stations, a format that only first got popular a few years ago. Classic Hits and Classic Hip Hop are basically the children of Oldies.

09-05-2016, 07:53 PM
Last I checked, "oldies" was still pre-1970's. 80's and 90's is now included in "classic rock/pop" category. So no. It's a matter of era, not how "old" the music is relative to the listener. However, classic music has expanded by about two decades to include bands like Nirvana and Def Leppard.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
09-23-2016, 05:24 AM
90's is the new 80's in terms of retro.

Yes. It's usually 20 years between.