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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. (27 items)


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    Rio, Come Undone, Greatest

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    Dare, Greatest Hits, Hysteria

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    Ultravox!, Rage in Eden, Quartet

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    Through the Barricades, Journeys to Glory, True

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    Dazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the ...

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    Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Adolescent Sex, Tin Drum

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    Neon Lights, Don't You (Forget About Me), Glittering Prize 81/92

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    The Lexicon of Love, How to Be a Zillionaire, Alphabet City

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    Laughing Stock, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring

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    Beat Boy, Visage, The Anvil

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    A Flock of Seagulls, Listen, The Light at the End of the World

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    12inch Mixes, The Art of Falling Apart, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

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    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Touch, Be Yourself Tonight

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    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

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    Metal Rhythm, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon

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    Kings of the Wild Frontier, Dirk Wears White Sox, Prince Charming

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    Catching Rays on Giant, Afternoons in Utopia, The Singles Collection

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    Believe You Me, Mange Tout, Happy Families

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    Diary of a Hollow Horse, What Price Paradise, Flaunt the Imperfection

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    Night People, La Verité, Classix

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    I Want Candy, When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

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    Burning Bridges, Fuel for the Fire, Everything and More

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    We Feel Good (Future's Looking Fine), More Beauty: B-Sides and Rarities, ...

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    Autumnal Park, Best Adventures, Love an Adventure

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    The Wrong People, She Gets Out the Scrapbook, One Step Behind You

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    Despite Straight Lines, Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best Of Marilyn, ...

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    Bitter Heart, More to Lose

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