This is a topic for my good friend Barry.
I was mentioning this on my Facebook, and it got a lot of reaction, so I figured we should talk about this here too.
I was listening to K-Earth 101 today (Local "Oldies" station) and they played The Police and a Michael Jackson song.
Now to me, these are NOT "Oldies". The Police are Classic Rock. Michael Jackson is "Pop".
Oldies to me are groups like the Righteous Brothers, Frankie Valli, The Yardbirds, The Everly Brothers, Otis Redding, The Drifters.
The Police, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, etc are considered (IMO) "Classic Rock".
There are some groups like the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc that are both.
I'm not sure what makes the distinction for me, but it's something. I can identify an "Oldies" song right away and I can identify a song that isn't right away. I just don't know how to verbally identify the difference.
What do you think? Are The Police and Michael Jackson now considered "Oldies"? Am I REALLY getting that old where the artists I grew up with are now "Oldies"? Is there just a time period that makes something an "Oldie" (like 25 years) or is it a style of music (as IMO it is).