When a show's title incorporates the year it was released -- more or less. Forward-dating shows by using next year is somewhat common, especially if the release is late in the year. Back-dating is less heard of, since it implies the show is falling behind the times; usually annual titles get incremented in case production slips behind schedule.

Affixing a contemporary year to the title of a familiar story often implies a SettingUpdate, though not necessarily.

Fans will often do this with SimilarlyNamedWorks and {{Recycled Title}}s. Since those are {{Retronym}}s rather than official, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/remarks.php?trope=Main.AnnualTitle#33965 they may or may not have their place here.]]

Compare TitleByNumber and {{Trope 2000}}.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Creator/DCComics' ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' '89-'94.
* DC also brought back its [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] AnthologyComic ''Showcase'' back in TheNineties as a series of 12-issue miniseries titled "Showcase '94", "Showcase '95", etc.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''. A good name for a sci-fi comic when it first appeared in the 1970's. Not so hot as the 1990's got older. As with most BritishComics, nobody expected it to last so long...


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla Godzilla 1985]]'' and ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}''.
* Film/HammerHorror ''Film/DraculaAD1972''
* ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' (Released in Europe as ''Dracula 2001'').
* ''Amityville 1992'', the alternative title for ''Film/AmityvilleItsAboutTime''.
* Movie studios in TheThirties used Annual Titles more often for formula musical comedies:
** ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'', ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1935'', ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1937'' (Warner Bros.) Released in 1932, 1934 & 1936, respectively. Spoofed by the title of the Creator/TexAvery short ''WesternAnimation/GoldDiggersOf49''.
** ''Film/BroadwayMelodyOf1936'', ''Broadway Melody of 1938'', ''Broadway Melody of 1940'' (MGM)
** ''The Big Broadcast of 1936'', ''The Big Broadcast of 1937'', ''The Big Broadcast of 1938'' (Paramount)
* ''Where the Boys Are '84''
* ''Film/{{Airport}} 1975'', ''Airport 1977'' and ''The Concorde--Airport '79''
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''
* Fictional example: In ''Film/SullivansTravels'', ''Ants in Your Plants of 1939'' is one of a string of successful comedy pictures directed by Sullivan. Sullivan now wants to [[DoingItForTheArt film something more serious and artistic]], though the studio would rather have him make ''Ants in Your Plants of 1941''.
* ''Film/TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'', whose would-be followup ''The Hollywood Revue of 1933'' suffered from a TroubledProduction and after {{Schedule Slip}}ping and {{Retool}}ing was finally released in 1934 as ''Hollywood Party''.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The 1960s revival of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': ''Dragnet 1967'', ''Dragnet 1968'', ''Dragnet 1969'' and ''Dragnet 1970''. However, the MadeForTVMovie ''Dragnet 1966'' was not broadcast until 1969.
* The infamous ''Series/{{Galactica 1980}}''
* When CBS revived Goodson-Todman's ''Series/MatchGame'' in 1973, it was suffixed with "'73," as opposed to calling it "The New Match Game" (which some TV listings actually had). The year in the title changed accordingly each December 31st.
* ''Wheel 2000'', which debuted on CBS in 1997, was a children's version of ''Series/WheelOfFortune.''
* ''[[Series/{{Password}} Password Plus]]'' was originally to be named ''Password '79.''
* ''Series/MotorWeek'' did this for a while in the late '80s/early '90s.
* Creator/TheBBC's ''Film [Year]'' programme, which has changed its name every year since 1972.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The song "Freedom '90" by George Michael, named this way to differentiate it from the (otherwise completely unrelated) song "Freedom" which he made in 1984.
* ''Beatles '65'' was Capitol Records' U.S. release culled mainly from the Parlorphone album ''Music/BeatlesForSale.''
* Music/RobThomas has Real World 09 to seperate it from his MB20 song with the same name.
* ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions'' (1969) has a track called "Cambridge 1969", which was indeed recorded at Cambridge University in 1969.
* The song ''1969'' from Music/TheStooges' SelfTitledAlbum ''[[Music/TheStoogesAlbum The Stooges]]'' (1969) and ''1970'' from the same band's follow-up album ''[[Music/FunHouse Fun House]]'' (1970).
* The Music/DanielJohnston album ''1990'' was released in that very year.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' core sets are all named after their year (forward-dated), a trend that began with 2009's ''Magic: The Gathering 2010 Core Set'', or ''Magic 2010'' for short.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The TropeMaker in musical theatre was the ''Ziegfeld Follies'', whose first edition was titled ''Follies of 1907''. It set the standard for titling musical revues to the extent that many revues which never would created a series used annual titles, and most series of revues were referred to with annual titles whether they used them or not. Initially it produced new editions every year, but it and all its [[FollowTheLeader imitators]] stopped coming out yearly by the late 1920s.
* ''George White's Scandals'' averted this for many years, but its final stage outing used the subheading "1939-40 Edition." There was also a now-lost movie titled ''George White's 1935 Scandals''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TimePilot '84''
* ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}} '88'', also known as ''Galaga '90'' on its American UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 release and as ''Galaga '91'' on the UsefulNotes/GameGear.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} '93'' & '' '94''
* ''Hector '87''
* VideoGame/FinalFight was originally meant to be ''StreetFighter '89'', but Capcom settled for the new title because it played nothing like Street Fighter.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL''. Every year, it comes out with the next year's year in the title.
** And the ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer''/NHLHockey games. The ''Madden'' bit was parodied by one webcomic by having the changes for a sequel consist of updating the number... and that's it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Colin McRae Rally}} 04'' was actually released in September 2003.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' did this every year from ''The King of Fighters '94'' to ''The King of Fighters 2003''. Since the next game was not released in 2004, the main series stopped using this, though it didn't stop ''King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2'' from being retitled ''The King of Fighters 2006'' in the U.S.
* Most 2K Sports games, with [=2Kn=] as an abbreviation for (2000 + n). They are usually released in the preceding year, though. This was started by Creator/{{Sega}} Sports, the company's predecessor.
* ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' is a variant; the year it was released ''was'' a Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
* ''Super Volleyball'' was followed by ''Super Volley '91'', retitled ''Power Spikes'' outside Japan. There was going to be a ''Super Volley '94'' after that for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo, but it became ''Power Spikes II'' by the time it was released in 1995.
* ''VideoGame/JustDance 2014'', ''2015'', ''2016'', ''2017'' and ''2018''.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The WarTimeCartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheSpiritOf43'' starring WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Golddiggers of '49" with Porky Pig and Beans the Cat.


[[folder: Miscellaneous ]]

* Microsoft likes to do this with its software.
** Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000.
** Microsoft Office 85, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.
** Almost every version of VisualStudio.