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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148 75
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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44 7
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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131 68
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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100 46
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
AndreyBelimov added The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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133 71
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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116 65
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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86 43
ABC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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100 56
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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104 61
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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82 44
Visage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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94 57
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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86 54
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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107 74
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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86 60
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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78 54
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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60 45
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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16 6
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

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11 7
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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48 49
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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55 59
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Duranie13 added Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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39 43
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
China Crisis Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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7 7
Bangtan Boys is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Jeanette Cabaltera added Bangtan Boys Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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5 5
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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4 4
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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4 4
Kim Carnes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Kim Carnes Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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39 45
Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Classix Nouveaux New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

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The Associates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Associates

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3 3
Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Orange Juice Indie pop, New Wave, Rock music

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39 46
Bow Wow Wow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Bow Wow Wow New Wave, Rock music, New Romanticism

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33 39
Naked Eyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Naked Eyes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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5 6
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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4 5
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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4 5
Haircut 100 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Haircut 100 Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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4 5
John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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3 4
Magazine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Magazine New Wave, Post-punk

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3 4
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Grace Jones

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3 4
The Passions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Passions New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Grace Jones

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3 4
Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Bryan Ferry New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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3 4
The Tourists is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Tourists New Wave, Pop music, Folk music

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3 4
Devo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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Way of the West is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Way of the West

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Red Flag is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Mary Gill Sleeper added Red Flag Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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2 3
Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Cabaret Voltaire Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave