This question’s hard for me to express because my musical knowledge is not very strong.
Wikipedia says that Bus Stop came out in 1966 with the lyrics “Someday my name and hers Are going to be the same”, and I’m guessing that was already a bit late for lyrical mention of marriage. And the Hollies are classified as pop/rock.
What would you say was the last time when it was common in western, English-language music… of the sort aimed toward men as much as toward women… for marriage to come up in addition to love/sex? And what were some late, rare mentions?
I’m trying to exclude areas I’m not curious about – like when pop eventually meant Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey or whatever – and I don’t care what happened in country music, beyond… well, it could be somewhat interesting to know about shifts of their own… I just don’t know whether the term “rock” neatly covers what I’m trying to get at here. For that matter, if we do call it rock, I imagine marriage only started to come into it for little while when it first went mainstream with white audiences and had to become a bit…straight-laced.