Top 10 New Wave Bands - TheTopTens

Top 10 New Wave Bands

These are the best new wave groups. This is mainly soft rock with some smooth guitar and piano parts. The drummers don't go crazy they just keep the beat, which is all they are supposed to do.
The Top Ten
1 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Depeche mode live can't get better than gahan strutting his stuff on stage he never lets u down.

Depeche Mode hands down the best new wave band ever!

Totally. Love the gahan smacked up days n performances

Martin Gore is a genius.

2 The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
3 Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

Wow, second place. Should be number one, but every band on this list is good. New wave is so much better than the music now, I can't even listen to 21st century music without the fear of my ears bleeding...

Talk about five guys who studied the artistry of New Wave, y’know, who lived it, who breathed it, who were rebels at it. That’s Duran Duran.

You can easily count on one hand the number of British pop groups that achieved what Duran Duran have done.

Devo #1? The Furs and Tears for Fears ahead of Duran? Obviously voted on by people not around during that era.

4 Talking Heads Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.

New Wave would not be as well known as it is without the Talking Heads. David Byrne's antics, Tina Weymouth's solid bass playing, Chris Frantz's drumming, and Jerry Harrison's licks defined the sound of the Talking Heads. Albums like Talking Heads 77, More Songs about Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, and Speaking in Tongues helped to shape New Wave like never before. The live album/movie Stop Making Sense allows the listener to give their own view on the Talking Heads' shows.

New Wave, Art Pop, Art Punk, Post Punk, Funk, Afrobeat. These guys can be classified as tons of stuff.

5 The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer more.

The Cars are one of the grandaddys of New Wave. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers is even on here, I don't even know... They aren't even New Wave

6 Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

They are so much better than The Killers! Seriously, people?

7 New Order New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman.

These guys are basically the phoenix that rose out of the ashes of one of the most influential post-punk bands ever, Joy Division! How can you not like them!?

I feel that it’s implied based off band alone that this is the definitive new wave band

How is joy division higher when they weren’t even new wave yet smh.

8 Blondie Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.

Blondie is the epitome of new wave! Their quirky lyrics, riffs, and roots at CBGB's...they are #1 in the new wave category.

Anything below top 5 is an injustice to this band. Blondie INVENTED new wave

Come on, this is the qiuntessal new wave band

I love Debbi Harry

9 The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

One of my gave bands next to the strokes. Love the killers. They sound brilliant. Brandon flowers very talented. There's something catchy and stuff u can relate to on all their albums. X

I like them, but I think they're more indie and alternative rock

Ok... besides the Killers, NONE OF THESE BANDS ARE NEW WAVE. what?!?! THE Beatles?!?!? God this is SO messed up. What about Depeche Mode? The Cure? SOMETHING ACTUALLY NEW WAVE? I feel like all of these lists are voted by people who don't know what they're talking about.

Dude, The Killers were formed 20 years too late to be called new wave. New wave is exclusively a late 70's and 80's thing, with artists like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran. The Killers might be new wave revival, that's for sure, but they're most certainly not new wave.

new wave has been here since the 70s... love the killers and the peppers

10 Tears For Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock more.

Why isn't Tears For Fears in the top five? It deserves to be higher, even more higher than Duran Duran. Actually, it deserves to be number 1! - Gehenna

I guess the creator of this list never heard of this band. - Gehenna

TFF are amazing. Simply amazing.

The Contenders
11 The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", more.

Though I'm not much into new wave or a popier approach to rock in general, The Police will forever be one of my favourite bands, their music is just stunning and has helped me through some rough times.

I like Blondie the most out of everyone on this list, but the Police are way too low on this list so I have to vote for them.

Founders of the New Wave!

12 The Psychedelic Furs
13 The B-52's The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland.

One of the best early new wave bands

14 Television Television is an American rock band from New York City formed in 1973. The group was founded by Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca, and Richard Hell. An early fixture of CBGB and the 1970s New York rock scene, the band is considered influential in the development of punk and alternative music.

They made "Marquee Moon". Need I say more?

15 A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

Laugh out loud why is A-ha not here? Come on guys they so many good song they have to be here!

They deserve no1 this is kidding great band

16 Devo Devo is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs and the Casales, along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single "Whip It", the song that gave the band mainstream popularity. more.

Devo is one of the greatest bands of all time. Girl U Want is a stroke of genius. Should be #1!

15th?! Really?! Out of all listed, DEVO should be #1!

"We're through bein' cool..." Amazing.

17 Tubeway Army
18 Culture Club Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss.
19 Ultravox
20 Sisters of Mercy
21 Bauhaus Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J.
22 Thompson Twins
23 A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls are an English new wave and synthpop band originally formed in 1980 in Liverpool by Michael "Mike" Score and his brother Alister "Ali" James Score; with their most famous line-up consisting of the Score brothers along with Francis Lee "Frank" Maudsley and Paul Reynolds.
24 Eurythmics Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.
25 Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
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