80s The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists  

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Though the New Romantic movement rose and fell relatively quickly in terms of time, but that doesn't mean there weren't a number a great bands to emerge and made a long impact on music listeners across the globe. The heyday of the New Romantic movement occurred from 1979-1981 in the UK, and New Romantics were also called Blitz Kids. They incorporated a snazzy brand of New Wave and synthpop music, and was as many as a reaction to punk rock, which exploded right before the New Romantics. Known as much for their forward thinking wardrobe as much as their music, New Romantic bands are around today and their music can still be heard on the radio.

So, what are the best New Romantic bands? Any list of New Romantics bands must feature the likes of Duran Duran, Culture Club, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet and Adam and the Ants. Though some bands on this list didn't emerge from the clubs associated with the New Romantic movement, they were described as New Romantics, hence their place on this list. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best New Romantic bands. If you think a band should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best new romantic bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new romantic musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular new romantic bands that you might've heard of. (86 items)
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Spandau Ballet Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Japan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Japan Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Talk Talk Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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ABC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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Visage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Culture Club Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
China Crisis Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Bow Wow Wow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bow Wow Wow New Wave, Rock music, New Romanticism

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Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Classix Nouveaux New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

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Bangtan Boys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bangtan Boys Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

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The Associates is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Naked Eyes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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The Passions is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Passions New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Magazine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

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Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bryan Ferry New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Devo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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The Tourists is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Tourists New Wave, Pop music, Folk music

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Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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Kim Carnes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Kim Carnes Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Red Flag is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Red Flag Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Eye to Eye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Eye to Eye Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave

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Ronny is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Orange Juice Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music