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

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

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

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Simple Minds New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Soft Cell Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

The Greatest Romantic Era Composers

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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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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Joy Division Punk rock, Post-punk

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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Bauhaus Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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China Crisis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
China Crisis Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative rock

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 30 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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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Giorgio Moroder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Giorgio Moroder Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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The Style Council is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added The Style Council Synthpop, New Wave, Sophisti-pop

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Wang Chung is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Wang Chung New Wave, Pop rock

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 35 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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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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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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The Associates is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added The Associates

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Squeeze New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added The Smiths Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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The Teardrop Explodes is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Cocteau Twins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave

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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Pet Shop Boys Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Yazoo Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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

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Nico is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Nico Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Nina Hagen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Nina Hagen New Wave, Gothic rock, Opera