100 Greatest New Wave Albums

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

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.
Greatest New Wave Albums
1. Remain in Light
Talking Heads
2. This Year's Model
Elvis Costello
3. Parallel Lines
Blondie
4. Synchronicity
The Police
5. Songs from the Big Chair
Tears for Fears
6. Dare
The Human League
7. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Eurythmics
8. The Cars
The Cars
9. Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
10. Hunting High and Low
a-ha
11. Freedom of Choice
Devo
12. Business as Usual
Men at Work
13. Speaking in Tongues
Talking Heads
14. Rio
Duran Duran
15. My Aim is True
Elvis Costello
16. Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode
17. Please
Pet Shop Boys
18. A Flock of Seagulls
A Flock of Seagulls
19. Pretenders
The Pretenders
20. Reach the Beach
The Fixx
21. The Lexicon of Love
ABC
22. Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode
23. Colour by Numbers
Culture Club
24. Cargo
Men at Work
25. So
Peter Gabriel
26. New Gold Dream
Simple Minds
27. Heartbeat City
The Cars
28. True
Spandau Ballet
29. Look Sharp!
Joe Jackson
30. Kick
INXS
31. Too-Rye-Ay
Dexy's Midnight Runners
32. Talk Talk Talk
The Psychedelic Furs
33. English Settlement
XTC
34. Touch
Eurythmics
35. Into the Gap
Thompson Twins
36. East Side Story
Squeeze
37. Learning to Crawl
The Pretenders
38. Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police
39. Little Creatures
Talking Heads
40. The Pleasure Principle
Gary Numan
41. Forever Now
The Psychedelic Furs
42. Autoamerican
Blondie
43. Candy-O
The Cars
44. Ghost in the Machine
The Police
45. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell
46. The Innocents
Erasure
47. Kissing to Be Clever
Culture Club
48. Be Yourself Tonight
Eurythmics
49. Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Duran Duran
50. The B-52's
The B-52's
51. Vienna
Ultravox
52. The Golden Age of Wireless
Thomas Dolby
53. Friend or Foe
Adam Ant
54. Let's Dance
David Bowie
55. Argybargy
Squeeze
56. The Colour of Spring
Talk Talk
57. Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads
58. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Devo
59. How to be... A Zillionaire!
ABC
60. Human's Lib
Howard Jones
61. Parade
Spandau Ballet
62. Architecture & Morality
OMD
63. Once Upon a Time
Simple Minds
64. Wild Planet
The B-52's
65. Diesel and Dust
Midnight Oil
66. Avalon
Roxy Music
67. I'm the Man
Joe Jackson
68. More Songs about Buildings and Food
Talking Heads
69. Pleasure Victim
Berlin
70. Drums and Wires
XTC
71. Eat to the Beat
Blondie
72. Kings of the Wild Frontier
Adam and the Ants
73. World Machine
Level 42
74. Phantoms
The Fixx
75. Revenge
Eurythmics
76. Power, Corruption, and Lies
New Order
77. Organization
OMD
78. Actually
Pet Shop Boys
79. Armed Forces
Elvis Costello
80. All Mod Cons
The Jam
81. The Hurting
Tears for Fears
82. Pretenders II
The Pretenders
83. Shake it Up
The Cars
84. Mirror Moves
The Psychedelic Furs
85. Quick Step and Side Kick
Thompson Twins
86. Fear of Music
Talking Heads
87. The Fine Art of Surfacing
Boomtown Rats
88. Duran Duran
Duran Duran
89. Dazzle Ships
OMD
90. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Dexy's Midnight Runners
91. Cool for Cats
Squeeze
92. Brotherhood
New Order
93. Sound Affects
The Jam
94. Blondie
Blondie
95. Black Sea
XTC
96. Alphabet City
ABC
97. Crush
OMD
98. Sweets from a Stranger
Squeeze
99. It's My Life
Talk Talk
100. Human Racing
Nik Kershaw

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Last Updated: 2014-10-21