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100 Greatest New Wave Albums

Criteria: '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.

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October 21, 2014
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  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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Talking Heads - Remain in Light CD cover
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model CD cover
Blondie - Parallel Lines CD cover
The Police - Synchronicity CD cover
Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair CD cover



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