Talk:1980 in music
Distinction between this article and the corresponding category
I just spent some time trying to improve this article, but I think it needs a lot more work. The biggest and most useful change would be to turn the article into a narrative about the year 1980 in music; if it remains simply a bunch of lists, or links to lists, the equivalent category (Category:1980 in music) is better organized and almost always more up-to-date.
Maybe a small step towards improving such articles would be to have a few paragraphs at the beginning that highlight the big events of the year. 126.96.36.199 20:29, 5 October 2007 (UTC).
Rationale for what year singles are placed in
While looking at several of these "(YEAR) in music" Wikis, I notice the same tunes turn up in several years. For instance, The Pretenders cover of The Kinks "Stop Your Sobbing" appears both in this list and in 1979 in music.
Does Wikipedia consider the single "released" when it is first made commercially available?
When it reaches its chart peak (if it charts)?
Or do they say that it is "released" in every year that it continues to chart...in other words, a song released in December 1979 would appear both in 1979 and in 1980 if it charts in 1980.
Should this article be reformatted?
After having looked at the articles for "year" in music, as well as articles for "year" in R&B, "year" in country, etc. I am thinking that the article simply saying "year" in music as far as recorded music goes should include the top 5-10 "pop" hits of the year with a link to more descriptive article including all the Top 10 hits, "notable" recordings, etc. as well as sections for top 5-10 R&B hits and link to full article, etc. As it stands, these articles seem to assert that "pop" is the only music that matters in a given year but adding all the content from the articles focused on other genres of music within that given year will make the article unwieldy and overlong. Does anyone else feel that the articles simply saying (year) in music should be a general overview of the very top hits of the respective genres with spinoff articles detailing the individual genres in depth? Discuss... GBrady (talk) 21:15, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
Other significant singles=WAAAY too long
This section is HUGE. Perhaps the best way to handle this is leave the other significant singles be POP singles...since it's the predominant format...and then have links for "important" punk/heavy metal/new wave etc. music articles for the particular year. I can't imagine most people are coming here looking for what The Slits recorded that year for example. GBrady (talk) 17:47, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
How did the lead section get down there ?! It was supposed to be up with the globalize template is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1006:B101:66AD:8DB2:AD47:6D80:224 (talk) 10:36, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
made some adjustments.
I've made some adjustments to the first section, because the lead is all the way down by events. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1006:B125:839F:F8A9:6612:83B8:24C1 (talk) 17:48, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
Edited the details surrounding John Lennon's Death
The previous entry seemed to focus more on the events surrounding Mark David Chapman, who has nothing to do with music, outside of murdering John Lennon. The focus of this historical tragic event should be Lennon himself. Personally, I don't even think the name of his assassin should be mentioned because 1) It is inconsequential for this timeline; Lennon was murdered, the world lost a musical hero; That's the story. 2) I do not believe this man should be given more recognition for his actions, especially since he has nothing to do with music. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JTCBlues (talk • contribs) 15:56, 24 April 2014 (UTC)