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 The B-52s
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.
5 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.
6 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 ...read more.
7 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.
Tears for Fears
Great time for Music!
8 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", ...read more.
9 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 ...read more.
TFF are amazing. Simply amazing. - PositronWildhawk
10 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.
Devo #1? The Furs and Tears for Fears ahead of Duran? Obviously voted on by people not around during that era.
11 Psychedelic Furs
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.
13 Siouxsie and the Banshees
14 Talk Talk
INXS were an Australian rock and pop band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.
16 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!?
17 Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Elvis Costello is a musical genius and his band is one of the tightest backing bands ever. Their first five albums are stellar.
First and the best concert I've ever been to. Elvis is king
19 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
20 The Smiths
The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
21 Fra Lippo Lippi
22 Wang Chung
Genre defining band, Points on the Curve being their most distinctively New Wave album. Synth bliss
23 The Clash
The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.
A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.
25 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.
26 The Human League
The Human League are an English synth-pop band formed in Sheffield in 1977. After signing to Virgin Records in 1979, the band released two albums and a string of singles before attaining widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. The album contained four hit singles, including ...read more.
28 Oingo Boingo
29 Men at Work
Men at Work are an Australian rock/pop band formed in Sydney. The group is most famous for their hit, "Land Down Under"
30 Spandau Ballet
31 Modern English
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.
35 Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde (born Kim Smith) is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single "Kids in America", which reached number two in the UK. Her version of the Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On" also went on to be a major UK and US ...read more.
36 China Crisis
37 Fiction Factory
38 Seona Dancing
39 Pet Shop Boys
40 Naked Eyes
41 The Bolshoi
Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer-songwriter born on March 24, 1960 in Hagen. ...read more.
43 The Bangles
The Bangles are an American pop rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1981, scoring several hit singles as that decade continued.
44 Gene Loves Jezebel
45 Johnny Hates Jazz
46 'Til Tuesday
47 Cutting Crew
48 Katrina and the Waves
49 Everything But the Girl
50 The Lotus Eaters