There are many things that make our favorite rock songs endlessly relevant and enjoyable, and songwriting is absolutely at the top of the list.
That said, certain lyrics can just as easily make a track feel significantly behind the times due to their controversial takes, unfashionable references and/or otherwise archaic subject matter. That’s arguably truer than ever now, with society becoming increasingly critical of past transgressions. (Scroll X — formerly Twitter — for 10 minutes to see what we mean.)
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The 10 tunes featured on this list are great examples of that. At times, they repeatedly throw out shockingly offensive viewpoints; in other cases, they nostalgically offer innocuous yet undeniably dated nod(s) to their era.
In any case, they’ve clearly not aged very well.
10 Rock Lyrics That Didn’t Age Well
Whether they’re offensive or just outdated, these lyrics wouldn’t work in modern times!
10 Huge Rock + Metal Bands Whose Singer Isn’t the Main Lyricist
The lyrics to these bands’ songs were mostly written by other members.