It was the year of punk music, a genre throwback to the earliest days of Rock & Roll that would change music permanently.
Disco was everywhere, but the few non-disco hits that made it through turned out to have some incredible staying power.
"I met your children." "What did you tell them?" "Video Killed the Radio Star."
Punk spit out New Wave so record labels could make some money and with the help of ever-more powerful synthesizers the table was set for what the 80s would sound like.
Two things happened during the year that would change music forever: rap left the Bronx and Queens for mainstream radio and MTV launched