Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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I do not think you can do much better than to describe such person as 'a nostalgic'. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English it exists as such a noun.
concerned with the past rather the present and future
a stagnant, backward-looking culture
To be even more contrived, you can try:
I hate to be a hark-backer but I'm sure mainstream rock and pop had better to offer in the way of lyrics before the noughties.
A relic. Per dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/relic?s=t): "1. a surviving memorial of something past. 2. an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past: a museum of historic relics. 3. a surviving trace of something:"
Consider the terms relict, “Something which, or someone who, survives or remains or is left over after the loss of others; a relic” and conservative, “A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status”.
Note, neither term actually indicates “highly nostalgic”, but both have some flavor of “stuck in the past, better days”. Also note, the referenced sense of conservative differs from that of political conservative (“(US) A person who favors decentralization of political power and disfavors activist foreign policy”.
He or she can be called an anachronism
One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time
And, as noted by Carly Simon, James Otto and Pink, these are the good old days.
Halcyon : denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.