80s music 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. (88 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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177 81
Japan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Japan Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

3
164 76
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Ultravox Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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130 57
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
AndreyBelimov added The Human League Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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119 53
Visage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Visage Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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171 93
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Spandau Ballet Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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70 23
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 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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143 78
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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118 61
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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101 51
ABC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added ABC Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

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120 67
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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117 65
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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45 14
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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102 67
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
A Flock of Seagulls Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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97 64
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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121 85
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Culture Club Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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91 60
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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78 49
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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23 10
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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23 14
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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57 49
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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19 11
Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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27 20
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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21 15
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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15 9
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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58 54
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blancmange Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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13 7
Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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12 8
The Associates is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Associates

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12 9
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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11 8
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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9 6
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Teardrop Explodes New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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47 48
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
China Crisis Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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11 9
Toyah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Toyah New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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9 7
John Foxx is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added John Foxx Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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7 5
Landscape is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Landscape Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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7 5
D.a.f. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added D.a.f.

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11 10
Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 37 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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10 9
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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60 66
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Alphaville Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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6 5
B Movie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added B Movie

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6 5
New Musik is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Musik Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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6 5
Gina X Performance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Gina X Performance

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9 9
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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8 8
Devo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Devo Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

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7 7
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Grace Jones

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6 6
The Normal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Normal New Wave, Pop music, Electronic music

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12 13
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Jeanette Cabaltera added Bangtan Boys (BTS) Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

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5 5
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Fad Gadget New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

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Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gaz Vanhill added Howard Jones Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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10 11
Haircut 100 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Haircut 100 Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music