80s Music The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists  

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List Rules Only bands who came to rise around the New Romantic movement. If an artist was already established by the late 70s/early 80s, they probably don't belong on the list.

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. 

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

2
192 88
Japan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

3
144 62
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
AndreyBelimov added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

4
176 84
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

5
131 57
Visage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

6
65 16
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

7
186 97
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

8
115 53
ABC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

9
127 66
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

10
151 84
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

11
129 71
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

12
123 69
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

13
88 54
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

14
108 72
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

15
103 69
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

16
125 90
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

17
96 67
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

18
13 2
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

19
29 18
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

20
63 53
Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

21
35 26
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Duranie13 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

22
31 23
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

23
23 16
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

24
64 60
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

25
7 1
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

26
16 11
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

27
8 3
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

28
18 14
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

29
10 6
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gaz Vanhill added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

30
15 12
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

31
10 7
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

32
17 15
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

33
15 13
The Associates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

34
5 2
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

35
4 1
Trevor Horn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Ballad, Synthpop, New Wave

36
51 54
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

37
14 13
Toyah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

38
6 4
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

39
5 3
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

40
12 11
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

41
4 2
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

42
3 1
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

43
10 9
New Musik is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

44
9 8
D.a.f. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

45
9 8
Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

46
9 8
Landscape is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

47
8 7
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

48
4 3
Nik Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
4 3
Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

50
3 2
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, Indie, New Wave