What songs evoke an earlier decade in near-perfect detail, in terms of musical style?
I'm looking for songs that sound as if they could have been hits at least 10 years before their release date. The more meticulous the reproduction, the better. Examples that mostly fit are "That Thing You Do," "PoP! Goes My Heart"
(Fountains of Wayne must be Hollywood's first choice for nostalgic soundtrack music), "Rouge no dengon,"
and some of the Squirrel Nut Zippers' music.
What I'm not looking for:
--Most importantly, irony
. I don't care if the music video features the artist doing comical things in anachronistic clothing, but the song itself should be played straight. No nudge-nudge-wink-wink pop culture references, or lyrics that clash with the musical time period.
--Mashups, remixes, sampling, etc, unless these were also features of the older style (a current artist recreating early 80's hip-hop is fine).
--Traditional or classical music (any culture). I'm focusing on popular, ephemeral music styles that are tied to decades, not centuries.
Other than those criteria, I'm not particular about language or genre. Blatant aping of specific bands is fine, too, as long as it's a homage instead of (or in addition to) a cheap gimmick.