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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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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Echo & the Bunnymen ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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New Order is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Pet Shop Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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The Police is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Siouxsie & the Bansh... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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The Human League is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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A Flock of Seagulls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Eurythmics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Devo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Dance-rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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XTC is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Wave Bands
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A-ha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Wave Bands