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The Best New Wave Bands

New wave artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good new wave bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top new wave bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. New wave groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all new wave bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest new wave bands of all time, since the most famous new wave artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best new wave music.

You can click on the new wave band names to see more information about that particular notable new wave group. If they're near the top of the best new wave artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top new wave bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the new wave band names themselves.

The list you're viewing has a variety of items, like The Clash and Prince, in it. Upvote your favorite items to see them rise to the top of the list. Downvote the ones you don't like for the opposite effect. What will come out on top in the end? The Cure? The Police?

All important, significant and iconic names in new wave music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new new wave bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of new wave, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into new wave music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good new wave bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent new wave bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best new wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new wave 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 wave bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Downtempo, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    added by JasonWindsor Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, New Romanticism

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    New Wave, Alternative rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Popular music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Ballad, New Wave, Sophisti-pop

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    New Wave

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    Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    The Assembly New Wave, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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    New Wave, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Punk rock

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    New Wave, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Experimental rock, Punk rock

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

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    added by Mweihn Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Punk rock

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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    New Wave

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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