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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. (85 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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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Spandau Ballet Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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

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Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Visage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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

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

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock 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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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop 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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Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Classix Nouveaux New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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The Passions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Passions New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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The Tourists is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
The Tourists New Wave, Pop music, Folk music

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Toyah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Toyah New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Haircut 100 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Haircut 100 Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Harry Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Way of the West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Yellow Magic Orchestra Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Harry Thurman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Gina X Performance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Silicon Teens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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

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West of the West is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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

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Eye to Eye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Eye to Eye Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Rheingold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Magazine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

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Ronny is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Orange Juice Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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Gang of Four is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gang of Four New Wave, Dance-punk, Punk rock

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D.a.f. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists

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Television is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Television New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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Tom Tom Club is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Tom Tom Club Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-rock