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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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

2
292 148
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

3
217 109
Japan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

4
167 79
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
AndreyBelimov added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

5
154 71
Visage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
JackSigafus added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

6
202 102
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

7
207 109
Spandau Ballet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

8
130 63
ABC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Disco

9
136 71
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

10
165 92
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
141 76
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

12
133 75
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

13
98 58
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
majortom87 added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

14
117 75
A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

15
108 72
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

16
112 76
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

17
135 97
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

18
27 7
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
17 4
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
72 56
Classix Nouveaux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
New Wave, New Romanticism, Post-punk

21
43 31
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
18 7
Yazoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
macminniuser11 added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
33 23
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

24
69 62
Blancmange is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

25
37 30
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Romantic Bands/Artists
Andrew Harry Briggs added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave