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
143 61
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
130 57
Visage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

6
185 96
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

7
64 16
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

8
114 53
ABC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

9
127 65
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

10
151 83
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 68
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

13
88 53
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
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 68
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

16
124 89
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

17
96 66
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 1
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
7 0
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

20
29 18
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

21
63 52
Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

22
35 25
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Duranie13 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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

24
23 15
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

25
64 59
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

26
8 2
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

27
18 13
Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

28
16 11
Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

29
15 11
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

30
10 6
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

31
17 14
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

32
5 1
Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

33
15 12
The Associates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

34
9 6
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Gaz Vanhill added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

35
6 3
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

36
14 12
Toyah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

37
51 53
China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

38
4 1
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

39
12 10
The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Alternative rock, Post-punk

40
10 8
New Musik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

41
9 7
D.a.f. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

42
9 7
Landscape is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

43
8 6
Fad Gadget is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added New Wave, Gothic rock, Electronic music

44
3 1
Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, Indie, New Wave

45
3 1
Trevor Horn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Ballad, Synthpop, New Wave

46
3 1
Nina Hagen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Wave, Gothic rock, Opera

47
3 1
Propaganda is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

48
2 0
D.A.F. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added

49
2 0
Pigbag is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Dance-punk, Alternative dance, Jazz fusion

50
8 7
B Movie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added