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The Best '80s New Wave Songs  

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So much of music in the '80s was defined by the new wave movement, but what are your favorite songs from the genre? Let's rank the best '80s new wave songs that truly defined the decade, with the help of your votes.

Many people think of new wave songs when they think of the 1980s, and it's no wonder why. Tracks like Kajagoogoo's "Too Shy" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" are the types of songs you'll always sing along to if you hear them on the radio. Even if you don't listen to '80s music, you surely know the lyrics to "I Ran" by A Flock of Seagulls. Another fantastic new wave song from the '80s is "People Are People" by Depeche Mode, despite the fact that the song's writer, Martin Gore, has been quoted as saying it's one of his least favorite.

There are so many good '80s new wave songs, so please add your own additions to the list if they aren't here already.

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Blue Monday New Order
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Soft Cell
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Don't You ( Forget About Me ) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s New Wave Songs
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Take On Me a-ha
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Depeche Mode
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Don't You Want Me The Human League
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Valdave added Tears for Fears
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Duran Duran
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Modern English
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A Flock of Seagulls
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Valdave added Eurythmics
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Valdave added Pet Shop Boys
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Valdave added The Clash
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Talking Heads
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Valdave added The Clash
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If You Leave is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s New Wave Songs
omdcrush added If You Leave OMD
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Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s New Wave Songs
Valdave added Just like Heaven The Cure
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Duran Duran
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Valdave added Nena, Nena
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Depeche Mode
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Men Without Hats
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Cars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s New Wave Songs
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