80s The Best New Wave Bands  

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List Rules Only bands whose music is considered primarily New Wave or rose to fame during the periods of new wave from the 1980s and beginning of the 2000s. Though there can be exceptions, though these were the most popular periods

This New Wave bands list ranks the best New Wave groups and musicians by votes. This list of top New Wave artists let’s you see who jazz fusion fans think are the best in New Wave. New Wave was movement that took the music world by storm. It changed the landscape of popular music and was one of the most important genres of the 1980s. The best new wave bands had a profound impact on shaping music for decades to come. With their mix of glam, punk, goth, electronica, and art rock, new wave bands were very important in shaping pop culture. New Wave bands were also aided by the growth of MTV, which helped visualize their songs, and reach a broader audience. Thanks to iconic videos, many New Wave bands were able to capture the hearts and minds of young music fans. Even today, the best New Wave bands are still important and still sell out arenas and headline festivals around the world.

So, what are the best New Wave bands? Any list of New Wave bands has to include British bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Psychedelic Furs, Duran Duran, and The Police just to name a few. There are so many great New Wave bands that it's hard to limit naming them to just this few, but, that's the beauty of this list. If you like New Wave music, you should be familiar with many of the names on here. With the continued popularity of 80s New Wave bands, it's not surprising that it made a comeback in the early 2000s. Alternative rock acts like The Strokes, The Killers, and more citing New Wave music as helping shape their sound.

If you know New Wave, and think someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best New Wave bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest New Wave 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 Wave bands that you might've heard of. 
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1,048 441
New Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

2
962 538
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

3
632 534
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

4
1,313 378
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

5
1,344 349
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

6
832 425
The Police is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

7
754 398
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

8
929 414
Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

9
760 333
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

10
570 188
Echo & the Bunnymen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
muzziac added New Wave, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

11
546 248
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
RobinGallego added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
369 260
Talk Talk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

13
367 343
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

14
646 334
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

15
909 316
Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

16
552 275
Devo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

17
360 231
Ultravox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

18
392 253
Soft Cell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, New Romanticism

19
289 233
The Stranglers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

20
542 244
Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

21
587 258
INXS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

22
556 207
The Human League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
635 252
Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

24
666 192
The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

25
348 219
Madness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music