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100 Greatest New Wave Artists

Background 'New Wave' evolved from 'Punk' in the late '70s being less anti-social and more radio (and MTV) friendly, hitting it's high in '83 and faded around '87. It can be best described as mixing the energy of Punk with a bit of 'Glam', 'Pop', 'Art-Rock' & 'Dance' and relied heavily on synthesizers.

Criteria: - These artists were chosen on thier popularity, originality, impact, influence, and talent in "New Wave" music.

Newly added names are in Red
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Last Updated: 2012-11-19
Greatest New Wave Artists
  1. Talking Heads
  2. Elvis Costello
  3. The Police
  4. Blondie
  5. Eurythmics
  6. Duran Duran
  7. Tears for Fears
  8. Depeche Mode
  9. The Cars
10. Frankie Goes To Hollywood
11. a-ha
12. B-52's
13. The Psychedelic Furs
14. The Pretenders
15. Men at Work
16. INXS
17. The Fixx
18. Devo
19. Bananarama
20. Culture Club
21. A Flock of Seagulls
22. Simple Minds
23. Thompson Twins
24. XTC
25. Spandau Ballet
26. Pet Shop Boys
27. ABC
28. Thomas Dolby
29. Modern English
30. The Human League
31. Squeeze
32. Adam Ant
33. Howard Jones
34. Soft Cell
35. Berlin
36. Talk Talk
37. Level 42
38. The Jam
39. Gary Numan
40. New Order
41. OMD
42. Joe Jackson
43. Ultravox
44. Erasure
45. Midnight Oil
46. Naked Eyes
47. Nik Kershaw
48. Boomtown Rats
49. Dexy's Midnight Runners
50. The Motels
51. Planet P Project
52. The English Beat
53. Madness
54. Split Enz
55. General Public
56. Animotion
57. Paul Young
58. Missing Persons
59. Wall of Voodoo
60. Til Tuesday
61. The Vapors
62. Heaven 17
63. The Dream Academy
64. Falco
65. Dead Or Alive
66. Men Without Hats
67. Big Country
68. Bronski Beat
69. The Hooters
70. Real Life
71. The Buggles
72. Bow Wow Wow
73. The Tubes
74. Peter Schilling
75. Oingo Boingo
76. Kajagoogoo
77. Swing Out Sister
78. Graham Parker & the Rumour
79. Timbuk 3
80. Wang Chung
81. The Members
82. The Go Go's
83. Mr. Mister
84. Frida
85. Gene Loves Jezebel
86. The Power Station
87. The Specials
88. The Plimsouls
89. Information Society
90. Arcadia
91. Haircut 100
92. The Church
93. China Crisis
94. Icehouse
95. Selecter
96. Tom Tom Club
97. The Sisters of Mercy
98. Ian Dury & The Blockheads
99. Big Audio Dynamite
100. Visage
Talking Heads
Talking Heads



Eurythmics
Eurythmics



Tears For Fears
Tears for Fears



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  Some Artists that brushed the edges of the 'New Wave' sound.
  U2
  Peter Gabriel
  The Clash
  Billy Idol
  The Cure
  Siouxsie & The Banshees
  Stray Cats
  Echo & the Bunnymen
David Bowie
Greg Kihn
Romantics
Joy Division
Gang of Four
Roxy Music
Kinks
Public Image Ltd.
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