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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275 119
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

2
199 89
Japan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

3
148 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
137 57
Visage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

5
180 84
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

6
71 17
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
189 98
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

8
119 53
ABC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

9
156 84
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

10
130 67
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

11
133 71
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

12
125 70
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

13
91 56
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 71
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

15
110 73
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

16
101 67
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

17
130 92
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

18
18 3
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
31 19
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
39 27
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Duranie13 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

21
64 53
Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

22
33 25
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
9 1
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

24
11 4
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

25
24 18
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

26
64 60
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

27
17 11
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

28
13 7
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gaz Vanhill added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

29
19 15
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

30
19 16
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

31
16 13
The Associates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

32
16 13
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

33
14 11
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

34
11 8
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

35
6 3
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

36
6 3
Nik Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

37
4 1
Trevor Horn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Ballad, Synthpop, New Wave

38
11 9
New Musik is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

39
10 8
Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
51 54
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

41
15 14
Toyah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

42
6 4
Frankie Goes to Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

43
5 3
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

44
65 71
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

45
4 2
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

46
3 1
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

47
9 8
D.a.f. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

48
9 8
Landscape is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

49
8 7
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

50
6 5
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock