There are many things that make our favorite rock and metal songs ceaselessly important and entertaining, with songwriting being right at the top of the list.

Even so, 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 truer than ever now, with society becoming perpetually critical of past transgressions.

Metal – in particular – has frequently been cited among the most negative and destructive types of music. While there’s plenty of evidence to prove otherwise, there are also dozens of crude comments that have become increasingly shocking and obsolete as the years pass.

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Even when a song confronts a controversial topic with a positive message, some of its phrasing may no longer be universally appropriate. Plus, many bands wind up writing about what’s happening at the time, which – decades later – results in charmingly antiquated winks to previous generations.

Look no further than the 19 rock and metal tracks here. Be they troublesomely offensive or harmlessly nostalgic, there’s no denying that some of their sentiments belong to a bygone era.

Rock + Metal Lyrics That Didn't Age All That Well

Rock and metal lyrics out of step and out of time!

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Photos: Masked Rockers With + Without Their Masks

Have you ever wondered what your favorite masked rock star looks like out of costume? Whether it's makeup, prosthetics or full head coverings, several rock and metal artists employ masks that hide their true identity. Well, here is a revealing list of several rock stars who wear masks or face-obscuring makeup onstage — with one photo showing them masked, and another pic without their getup.

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