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As we look at the best New Wave albums of the ‘70s and ‘80s, we’re focused both on the early records which overlap with our 50 Best Post-Punk Albums list through the New Romantics, left-of-center power-pop and synth rock of the ‘80s. New Wave music meant a lot of things in the late 1970s. It encompassed pretty much everything that followed the punk movement that still served as an alternative to mainstream pop and rock. There was power-pop, neo-psychedelia, acid-punk, art rock and lots and lots of keyboards.
Note- These songs are not necessarily the artists all-time greatest, but their best of the 'New Wave' sound
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?
The following is a list of artists and bands associated with the new wave music genre during the late 1970s and early-to-mid 1980s. The list does not include acts associated with the resurgences and revivals of the genre that have occurred from the 1990s onward. Acts associated with these revivals are found in the list of post-punk revival bands article. Groups and artists with aliases are listed by the first letter in their name, and individuals are listed by their surname.
New wave and its ugly twin sister, post-punk, are two terms used and abused with abandon when describing the music that followed the punk rock explosion of the mid-70s. Our ‘new wave’ albums, therefore, have been chosen to fit exceptionally woolly criteria. Talking Heads already had five studio albums and a live album under their belt at the time of its release and – following their Speaking In Tongues album – this live set and accompanying film catches them at their best. Starting with just David Byrne, a beatbox and an acoustic guitar, and ending with about 6000 people going apeshit on stage, most of the performances out-do their studio versions.
New Wave is one of the more difficult genres to define. That is in part because of its incorporation of numerous subgenres (synth-pop, power-pop, New Romantic), but more importantly due to the genre’s murky origins. It’s the band’s most experimental album, and yet one of their most popular. The record was influenced by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Arabic music, and a growing interest in the avant-garde. Once In A Lifetime, an unsettling ode to not engaging in your own life, was a sleeper hit, eventually becoming one of the group’s most recognizable songs.
Users' Highest Rated New Wave Albums of 1980. The Best Albums of 1980. MORE GENRES: Ambient. 77. The Soft Cavalry.
New wave music wasn't easily defined, but most fans knew it when they heard it. We chose 10 songs that, to us, were the best of the genre. But at its best, new wave meant bands influenced or stimulated by punk rock, but perhaps showing a bit more diversity, scope and range. Not just an angry blur or blitz, but bands considering topics rarely explored in pop music and bands that turned the beat around. New wave bands might have crawled out of pub-rock or twisted out of power pop, edged in from the synth-pop field or rock-reggae terrain. For a few years, new wave, nebulous and vague as it was, worked. It also mutated into new music and later alt-rock.
|1||–China Crisis||Wishful Thinking||4:10|
|2||–Feargal Sharkey||A Good Heart||4:38|
|3||–Kim Wilde||View From A Bridge||3:35|
|4||–Duran Duran||The Reflex||4:32|
|5||–XTC||Making Plans For Nigel||4:10|
|6||–Hue & Cry||Labour Of Love||3:48|
|10||–Bow Wow Wow||C30, C60, C90, Go||2:39|
|11||–Classix Nouveaux||Is It A Dream||3:34|
|12||–Fun Boy Three & Bananarama||It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It||2:51|
|13||–Human League*||Love Action (I Believe In Love)||3:48|
|14||–Power Station*||Some Like It Hot||3:50|
|15||–Re-Flex||The Politics Of Dancing||4:28|
|16||–Belouis Some||Some People||3:35|
|17||–Talk Talk||It's My Life||3:59|
|18||–Talking Heads||Burning Down The House||3:56|
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Playing time: 70 minutes (Enhanced 5.1 Digital Surround)
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|DVD 928059||Various||Best Of New Wave (DVD-V, Comp, NTSC, 4:3)||Disky||DVD 928059||Netherlands||2002|
Title: Best Of New Wave
Date of release: 2001
Style: New Wave
Size MP3: 1518 mb
Size FLAC: 1245 mb
Rating: 4.7 / 5
Other Formats: AIFF MMF VQF DTS AAC AU AUD