Best '80s New Wave Songs
The 250 Greatest New Wave / Post-Punk / Alternative Songs
1. "Rock Lobster" by The B-52's. It clocks in at 183bpm, which is just ridiculously fast. It was a surf record made by weirdos from Georgia. It tears up the dance floor, and also it mixes with "Modern Love" by David Bowie and "Tenderness" by General Public. For a new generation, however, this song may also forever be immortalized by Peter Griffin's acoustic performance on Family Guy.
2. "People Are People" by Depeche Mode. Just one of many sad songs from a man named Gore. It was their first commercial hit in the U.S. back in the summer of '85 when it peaked at number 13. More importantly, though, it showed America who would become the most successful band of the genre. The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order all had their moments on top, but overall Depeche Mode (which means fast fashion in French) ruled supreme. Also, while "Personal Jesus" is a better song overall but this one turned the tide for all the doubters. Alternative music was commercially viable and would get more airplay from here on out.
3. "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. I almost made this number one, but I have trouble giving the title to a one-hit wonder—although it should be noted they had many ska hits in the U.K. The overalls will be etched in our brains forever. One more thing: Is it just me or does this song feel like a prequel to Chumbawamba's 'Tubthumping?" From Ta Loo Ra to Danny Bo.
4. "Once In A Lifetime" by Talking Heads. A surreal foresight into the middle age crisis by the Heads here. Their ability to stretch the boundaries of what a pop song could be is their modus operandi. Where would music be without the immortal phrase, "Same as it ever was?" Also, the hilarious arm-chopping motion by David Byrne made the video an MTV staple.
5. "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics. Rhyming the words 'made of this' with the word 'disagree' might be a bad move for 99.9% of the people out there. However, for two pop geniuses like Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, it's all gravy. Though, it's all about melody. The keyboard pulsing beat heats things up but the 'keep your head up, moving on' line is the icing on the cake.
6. "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats. I loved this record as a kid and now as an adult I can see why. It's a kids song! 'Ssss aaaa ffff eeee tttt yyyy Safe-ty Dance and then the keyboard chimes in.' That's the version we all loved. The video, of a European countryside (or was it Bilbo's hobbit hole) is quickly taken over by the cast of The Wizard of Oz. This is so new wave that you can argue its merits for number one, but let's face it—it gets annoying fast.
7. "Cars" by Gary Numan. Some songs get popular in an instant and some, like "Cars" just linger in the underbelly of the psyche until they are repackaged into a TV commercial. Then we go "Oh, yeah. That's a good song by that pale'faced freak who could barely sing. But yeah." For the record, it was a top 10 hit in 1980, but only because it sounded so good blasting in a roller rink. The radio mostly ignored it.
8. "Pop Musik" by M. The song that started it all. During the summer of '79, many people believe that this was the first new wave song ever. It wasn't, but man it shot right to #1 was a global smash and told everyone listening what music would sound like for the next eight years. It even had some staying power, as it stayed on the Hot 100 for six months.
9. "Whip It" by Devo. I don't think I'm at all qualified to judge a song like this. A psych professor maybe? There is so much yet, at the same time, so little going on. Thunderclaps and rockabilly via synthesizers and flower pots? It clocks in at less than 2 minutes and 15 seconds, making it one of the shortest songs of the 1980s. This video is notorious for freaking mothers out as their child watches this new thing called MTV.
10. "99 Red Balloons" by Nena. Urban legend claims that she died on tour, but Gabriele "Nena" Kerner is still alive today (and is living probably back in Berlin where the band first started). Wherever she is, she can always say that she wrote an anti-war song that was a smash hit in pretty much every country in the world. Nena and John Lennon, wow. We first heard and loved it as a German tune called "99 Luftballons". The English version has always been considered lame, but that's the one everyone seems to know, so . . .
11. "Take On Me" by a-ha. Another great video means another great Family Guy parody, another piece of perfect pop. This time it comes from Oslo, Norway. These guys went for the high note like nobody else. Their follow-up song was called what? Anybody remember? "The Sun Always Shines on TV." It made it to the Top 20 on their name alone but as soon as people heard it, a-ha came crashing down and alas the sun never again shined on them, at least not in America.
12. "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles. This is also mistakenly assumed to be first new wave song ever, which is impossible considering both "Pop Muzik" by M and "My Sharona" by The Knack were both out earlier in '79. However, the consolation prize is that it was the first video ever played on MTV. Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn. The duo both joined the group Yes in '80 and Downes would form Asia in '81. Horn become a prolific producer and is widely credited for the career success of soul singer Seal. Erasure also did a crazy cover a few years ago, make sure you check it out.
13. "How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths. A lot of Smiths fans out there are in on the joke here. Morrissey would only be happy with the miserably unlucky number 13. "I am human and I need to be lo-uh-oved, just like anybody else does." This is timeless club music too. In fact, you may remember that SoHo sampled it for "Hippychick." Try mixing it with "My Doorbell" by the White Stripes.
14. "Brass In Pocket" by The Pretenders. We now bring you ironic moments in pop music: The one song Chrissie Hynde hates is the one song of hers that every woman loves. So she grits her teeth and plays it. This is also true of her ex-husband Jim Kerr. He hates the most popular song of his career too—"Don't You (Forget About Me)" was a soundtrack song he didn't write or want to record, but it probably extended the life of his band Simple Minds exponentially. Life is funny like that, sometimes.
15. "Situation" by Yaz. Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1982 in search of more creative freedom. He would go on to make the New Wave Classic Album, "Upstairs at Eric's." With hits like "Don't Go" and "Only You," Yazoo, as they were sometimes credited as, was a huge smash. Also, "Situation" was every dance instructor and aerobics teacher's best friend. Everyone had this record. The mannequins on the cover are classic.
16. "Blister In The Sun" by the Violent Femmes. If the name of the band didn't clue you in, then maybe it was the line, 'big hands I know you're the one.' What was great was that no matter how flaming this song was, it also had built-in credibility with everyone. A song universally respected on merit. It was difficult to mix because of the time signature so nobody bothered. Just play the whole song. It's really short, and it has one of music's most memorable intro/outros ever. The whispering is hilarious. I often think James' song "Laid" was a Femmes song that they forgot to write.
17. "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash. This is a funk-hybrid mixed with New Wave as Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and the gang move even further away from their punk roots. This album, "Combat Rock" killed the band, and everybody knows it. But, damn, it was still worth doing. The sheik and the aardvark in the video were so bizarre and right. (Sigh) I miss Joe.
18. "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" by Joe Jackson. Does Joe want her or him? Who cares? The conversational style of the lyrics is so difficult to pull off without the rhymes sounding forced and corny so props, because he certainly pulls it off. A lot of people seem to think that Elvis Costello sings this song, but no.
19. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. This cover of the Gloria Jones soul classic was originally part of a 12" medley, along with The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?" However, it was never done as anything but a 45 single in the U.S. So, we all played the half the 12" and segued out. It is so completely overplayed now that I can't stand it, but if you're doing an 80s set and you want a sure-fire hit with the ladies, play this.
20. "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Now this is an interesting record! When it first dropped, they were a craze. That beat was unrelenting and the lyrics were seemingly about a man trying to delay an orgasm. Chaos ensued. The perfect video with the fans just mauling the band onstage during a performance. "Frankie Say: Relax" t-shirts are still selling on eBay, no doubt. There is a also great line in the movie "The Commitments" about the band as well, but I won't spoil it here.
21. "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead Or Alive. Was Pete Burns the jealous evil twin of Boy George? Maybe. Was this song better than anything Culture Club ever recorded? Most definitely. The 12" version is a DJ crate necessity because it had the 'I, I, uh-uh-uh-uh, I' part at the beginning. People will still be remixing this song in 50 years.
22. "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League. This song should be higher up, in terms of quality of songwriting and execution of vision. However, people in the U.S. just never took to the HL like they did with other similar bands (ABC, Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, and so forth.) This also mixes great with "True Faith" by New Order, "The Promise" by When In Rome, "Right On Track" by The Breakfast Club, and HL's other big hit, "(Keep Feeling) Fascination."
23. "Town Called Malice" by The Jam. This is a great song! The problem is, not a lot of people know it. This song will probably make a comeback as part of a movie. It's got a cinematic feel to it, too. Sounds like a cooler version of 'Walking On Sunshine' which is in every movie so they'll get to it. Mark my word. Soundtrack Rebirth Candidate #1.
24. "Our House" by Madness. Like "Safety Dance," this is really a kid's song. Ska-Rock pioneers Madness have four great songs, as far as I know. While is the worst of the four, it was their only hit in America and, boy, is it fun. For a little while, at least. Since I brought it up, the other songs are "One Step Beyond," "It Must Be Love," and "House of Fun."
25. "Just Got Lucky" by JoBoxers. This song struck soundtrack gold during the closing credits of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and good for those guys, because they must be broke. In a genre built around one-hit wonders, this was atypical but still a pretty little ditty nonetheless.
26. "Down Under" by Men At Work. This song is as easygoing as they come. It was not just a calling card for this band, but for an entire country as well. The "Born in the U.S.A." of Australia took the filthy taste of Crocodile Dundee and baby-eating dingos out of our mouths. Although those movies weren't out yet, so maybe it was the taste of a vegemite sandwich.
A great sense of humor can go a long way toward endearing yourself to the world. Their videos for "It's a Mistake," "Be Good Johnny," "Overkill," and "Who Can it Be Now?" were always on MTV in the early days. They recorded their own death sentence with that sense of humor though. It's called "Dr. Hekyll & Mr. Jive." I'm serious. You can look it up.
27. "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel. What a song, wow. That line "Grab your things! I've come to take you home" gets you every time, doesn't it? The beautiful guitar work, mmm mmm. Points off on this list however because it isn't very 'Wavy'. It is a standard on classic rock station playlists coast-to-coast since its re-release. Let me explain.:
After leaving Genesis in '75, Gabriel released this song originally in April of 1977. It was not a smash, but he knew he had a hit on his hands so he waited until 1983, when he rereleased it as a live recording for a follow-up/piggyback to his first Top 40 hit in the States, "Shock The Monkey."
Billy Idol did the same thing in '87, with his live cover of "Mony Mony" and it went to #1 even though none of the stations were playing the live version. They were all playing his original 12" from back in '81. It worked so well that Billy tried it again three months later with "Hot in the City," but it failed to crack the Top 40. Stayed tuned for more of Billy's antics in reissues.
28. "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo. Also known as: "I Wish I was in Tijuana eating barbecued iguana." How original can a song be? The crescendo at the beginning deposits you right in the middle of a bad dream for our south-of-the-border disc jockey/narrator. Nod to I.R.S. Records for finding guys like this all the time. 1983 wouldn't have been the same without them. Word of mouth can take a song very far indeed.
29. "The Promise" by When In Rome. By 1988, New Wave music was starting to become mainstream and was wearing a bit thin, as well. This was the rare integrity track in your DJ set because all the girls loved it! It went all the way to #11 on the charts, but their follow-up track was? Anybody? It was "Heaven Knows" and it peaked at Number 95, and another one-hit-wonder was born. It is now known to a whole new generation as the tether-ball song from the end of the film "Napoleon Dynamite."
30. "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors. Here's The Great Debate: Is this song about masturbation or not? The band says no, but the lyrics say yes. Like "spanking the monkey," and "turning 'Japanese,'"—both being slang terms for wanking. Also, lines like, "I got your picture and I look at it all by myself," and "I often kiss when there's no one else around" only add fuel to the fire. Leave me a comment and you decide.
31. "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco. Aw jeez, this song just broke my New Wav-O-Meter. Written in 1929 by Irving Berlin, it was a #1 song for Harry Richman in 1930. 25 years later, Taco Ockerse (his real name) was born to Dutch parents in Jaharta, Indonesia. Raised in Germany, he dreamed of pop stardom. He signed with RCA in '83, and this single was soon certified gold.
32. "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol. Billy can repackage an old hit like nobody else. This song was originally recorded by the London punk band Generation X which led by Billy Idol. Weird fact: His new version is a classic, well-known punk-wave dancefloor screamer, but it never entered the Hot 100 Billboard charts. The video of vampish zombie-babes climbing the walls was on MTV every hour in 1983. It never was among the 100 most popular songs? Baffling. He clearly fashioned himself as a blond Sid Vicious and his "sweat, sweat, sweat-sweat-sweat AAAaaWWWWWW," was pretty mean.
33. "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys. Neil Tennant was a writer for the British fanzine Smash Hits, hwhere he must have figured out the secret formula for street smart pop hooks. The guy rapped with a monotone British accent about suicide and fashion, and people were incredulous to explain why they loved it. They had five Top Ten hits from '86-'88, but this was their debut single and their only Number 1 in the U.S. I guess for some people, "Sometimes, you're better off dead, the gun's in your hand..."
34. "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears. If you listen to the lyrics, you'll understand why Dennis Miller chose it as the theme song for his political-comedy show. There's a whole lot more going on here than in your average #1 pop song. I absolutely love the bridge part, "There's a room where the light wont find you. Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down." I always like the bridge the best though. "I can't stand this indecision married with a lack of vision" is Bush-worthy to say the least. This is a freakin' song right here!
35. "Close To Me" by The Cure. To be honest, I don't have a preference between the 1985 album cut and the remix from 1990. They are very different, but both really good in their own way. The beat, of course, always gets better with newer versions but you really should get both versions. Ditto with "Safety Dance," "19," and "Rock Me Amadeus." You have to get both versions. DJ's note: the one from '90 mixes great with "Live is Life" by Opus and "Seattle" by PiL.
36. "Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins. Some songs thrive simply because they slip so well into the background that you don't ever realize that you know all the words to them. Lyric question? Does xylophonist / backup singer Alannah Currie say "Oh, my cold Italian heart" toward the outro? It is not listed in the official lyrics and I know outros usually aren't because it's just skatting by the vocalist, but I'm so curious? FYI, Ms. Currie is from New Zealand which makes the quote that much weirder.
37. "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes. Catchy, catchy, catchy as hell. This song is a guilty pleasure that I can't resist. Do I hate his voice or do I love it? This song has an intro that is very mixable. Some suggestions, "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, "Grey Cell Green" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin, and "We Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's.
38. "In a Big Country" by Big Country. Who doesn't love this song? I mean, at least the first minute or so anyway. I even love the way it annoys me with bagpipe overkill. These dudes from Scotland were that group I wanted to root for, but didn't. I hear the album is great, but I never got around to picking it up. That's what I'll end up doing after I post this. Trying to find a Greatest Hits for Big Country. Wow, my whole life just passed before my eyes.
39. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. I'm completely biased and I admit this straight up. Most Police songs are some form of ragga. This brooding, aching, creep you out and break your heart song is not. They simplified the arrangements and stripped it down to a baseline that sounds like a stalker's footsteps. It became the biggest song of the year. It spent 8 weeks at Number 1 in the summer of '83. From July 9th to September 2nd, which is like the whole summer.
Coincidentally, the second biggest song of the year was also of the stalker variety. It spent seven weeks at #1 through March and most of April. Can you name it?? While I give you time to think about it, check this out. In 1983, 27 weeks of the year were conquered by only four Number One Songs. If "Billie Jean" is your answer, then you are correct, sir! (Michael Scott Rules! Sorry.)
A lot of people believe that the intro to "Billie Jean" in all it's moonwalkin' glory is best piece of pop music ever. Seriously. I'd compared it to both, the riff and whisper from "Satisfaction" and the vocals from Aretha's version of "Respect." But "Every Breath..." was just a little better. Here's why I think that is:
A personal note: I actually believe that the bridge of "Every Breath You Take" is the greatest piece of recorded music ever. Just pure honesty and soul bearing going on right there. I sing it at the top of my lungs every time. Wanna try it? Cool. Okay, ready, (boom boom boom) "SINCE YOU'VE GONE, I'VE BEEN LOST WITHOUT A TRACE! I DREAM AT NIGHT..."
40. "Shoot You Down" by apb. If you don't know this song, you need to go wherever you go and get it right now. Download it while you finish reading my list. This funky-ass, rock the dancefloor, new wave jam is also a best bet to be reborn a la the soundtrack. The album was finally released on CD at the behest of thousands of fans and one of them; Matt Pinfield does the amazing liner notes. The album is called Something to Believe In and you'll love almost every track. Soundtrack Rebirth Candidate #2 . Long Live apb!
41. "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. It was 1991, but it was New Wave-Folk and it was downright moving in a way we don't always understand. Michael Stipe claims to be mystified by it still to this day. Every once in a while everything just falls into place perfectly. "Life . . . is bigger."
42. "Ca Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand. The little Belgian song that could. This international super duper Punk Smash is one of our favorites because it's overtly friendly and doesn't overstay its welcome. I often thought that Lindsey Buckingham got the idea for "Holiday Road" (aka the theme to National Lampoon's "Vacation" ) right here.
43. "Save A Prayer" by Duran Duran. Why is this so high? Because every single hot new wave chick in the world loved it, that's why. This was after all the girls' medium. All the men of New Wave are androgenous and wimpy, and all the girls are powerful and venomous. Guys like me who were into Rush & Van Halen made it a point to learn about Depeche Mode and Yaz because we wanted to know about those girls. Those really cool, gothy, punk, "grrl power" babes, with their hair flopped over their eyes. Ahhh, memories. "Save 'em til the morning after."
44. "Need You Tonight" by INXS. Whether or not Michael Hutchence was doing a Jim Morrison impression is not relevant. All INXS songs have the same formula, almost. Here they just found the secret ingredient. This was the peak for an Australian band that would end up going from so underrated to way overrated in just three years. Mostly because they were never able to overcome their own masterpiece. Everything after that sounded so lame by comparison. Same story as the Eagles and "Hotel California."
45. "I Got You" by Split Enz. Before there was a Crowded House, there was Split Enz. Two brothers from New Zealand who could really write a hook. They broke up, and one brother Neil Finn would go on, perhaps naming his new band as a way of explaining why the old one couldn't go on. This song is most commonly searched for on Limewire as "Frightened" by Crowded House, but it isn't. Now let's all gleefully sing, "I DON"T KNOW WHY SOMETIMES I GET FRIGHTENED, YOU CAN SEE MY EYES..."
46. "One Way Or Another" by Blondie.
47. "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club
48. "Celebrate" by An Emotional Fish
49. "Heartbreak Beat" by The Psychedelic Furs
50. "Don't Change" by INXS
Vinyl 45 Singles -- My Collection
51. "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red
52. "Kiss Me" by Stephen ‘tin tin' Duffy
53. "True Faith" by New Order
54. "Alex Chilton" by The Replacements
55. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by U2
56. "Perfect Way" by Scritti Politti
57. "Spirit In The Sky" by Dr. & The Medics
58. "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police
59. "Love & Pride" by King
60. "Life In A Northern Town" by The Dream Academy
61. "Love Plus One" by Haircut 100
62. "My Sharona" by The Knack
63. "Up The Junction" by Squeeze
64. "New Song" by Howard Jones
65. "Ever Fallen In Love" by The Buzzcocks
66. "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2
67. "Dear God" by XTC
68. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police
69. "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats
70. "What's So Funny Bout (Peace Love & Understanding)" Elvis Costello
71. "Alive & Kicking" by Simple Minds
72. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol
73. "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's
74. "Burning Down The House" Talking Heads
75. "Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow)" by World Party
76. "Live Is Life" by Opus
77. "Train In Vain" by The Clash
78. "Modern Love" by David Bowie
79. "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)" by Icicle Works
80. "Genius Of Love" by Tom Tom Club
81. "Oh Yeah" by Yello
82. "Cry" by Godley & Crème
83. "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)" by George Kranz
84. "Rush" by B.A.D. II
85. "Lips Like Sugar" by Echo & The Bunnymen
86. "Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw
87. "Why Can't I Be You?" by The Cure
88. "Antmusic" by Adam & The Ants
89. "Shout" by Tears For Fears
90. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for" by U2
91. "The Look Of Love" by ABC
92. "Red Skies" by The Fixx
93. "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
94. "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush
95. "Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)" by INXS
96. "Desire (Come And Get It)" by Gene Loves Jezebel
97. "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by The Clash
98. "The Honeytheif" by Hipsway
99. "Oh L'amour" by Erasure
100. "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure
More from My 45 Collection
101. "Tempted" by Squeeze
102. "I Melt With You" by Modern English
103. "Blue Monday" by New Order
104. "Everyday Is Halloween" by Ministry
105. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
106. "Boys Don't Cry" by The Cure
107. "One Step Beyond" by Madness
108. "There She Goes" by The La's
109. "Watching The Detectives" by Elvis Costello
110. "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads
111. "Misfit" by Curiosity Killed The Cat
112. "With Or Without You" by U2
113. "Sunday Papers" by Joe Jackson
114. "The Mayor of Simpleton" by XTC
115. "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult
116. "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling
117. "Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants
118. "Here's Where The Story Ends" by The Sundays
119. "Tears Of A Clown" by The English Beat
120. "Add It Up" by the Violent Femmes
121. "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons
122. "The One Thing" by INXS
123. "China Girl" by David Bowie
124. "Lost In The Supermarket" by The Clash
125. "Rudi Can't Fail" by The Clash
126. "Tenderness" by General Public
127. "So Lonely" by The Police
128. "If You Were Here" by Thompson Twins
129. "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
130. "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode
131. "Here Comes The Rain Again" by Eurythmics
132. "Moving In Stereo" by The Cars
133. "Radio Free Europe" by R.E.M.
134. "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls
135. "Don't Go" by Yaz
136. "Beat's So Lonely" by Charlie Sexton
137. "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)" by Squeeze
138. "Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order
139. "Grey Cell Green" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
140. "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung
141. "Circle" by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
142. "What You Need" by INXS
143. "Life During Wartime (This Ain't No Party)" by Talking Heads
144. "Satisfaction (I Can't Get Me No)" by Devo
145. "Words" by Missing Persons
146. "Dreaming" by Blondie
147. "Enjoy The Silence" by Depeche Mode
148. "It Must Be Love" by Madness
149. "Let The Day Begin" by The Call
150. "It's The End of the World As We Know It" by R.E.M.
Love and Rockets do the Temptations. Brilliant!
7 Inches of Madness
And the Beat Goes On . . .
151. "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" by XTC
152. "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls
153. "Fly On The Windscreen" by Depeche Mode
154. "Back To Ohio" by The Pretenders
155. "Shoplifters of the World Unite" by The Smiths
156. "Joey" by Concrete Blonde
157. "See A Little Light" by Bob Mould
158. "I Go Crazy" by Flesh For Lulu
159. "Obsession" by Animotion
160. "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw and Danny Hutton Hitters
161. "Overkill" by Men At Work
162. "Ball of Confusion" by Love & Rockets
163. “What Is Love?” by Howard Jones
164. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby
165. “Don't Dream It's Over” by Crowded House
166. “In Your Room” by The Bangles
167. “And She Was” by Talking Heads
168. “Radio Radio” by Elvis Costello
169. “Would I Lie To You?” by Eurythmics
170. “Girls On Film” by Duran Duran
171. “Synchronicity II” by The Police
172. “Strip” by Adam Ant
173. “Poison Arrow” by ABC
174. “Head Over Heels” by The Go-Go's
175. “Sunday Girl” by Blondie
176. “Just Can't Get Enough” by Depeche Mode
177. “The Politics of Dancing” by Re-Flex
178. “Message Of Love” by The Pretenders
179. "Sanctify Yourself” by Simple Minds
180. "Left Of Center” by Suzanne Vega
181."Mirror In The Bathroom” by The English Beat
182. "Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs
183. "Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies
184. "19” by Paul Hardcastle
185. "Blue Jean” by David Bowie
186. "One Thing Leads To Another” by The Fixx
187. "We Close Our Eyes” by Go West
188. "This Is Not A Love Song” by Public Image Ltd.
189. "What Do All The People Know” by The Monroes
190. "The Motion of Love" by Gene Loves Jezebel
191. "Der Kommissar" by After The Fire
192. "Living in a Box" by Living in a Box
193. "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
194. "Black Coffee In Bed" by Squeeze
195. "No New Tale To Tell" by Love & Rockets
196. "This Time" by INXS
197. "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" by The Colour Field
198. "Together in Electric Dreams" by Georgio Moroder & Philip Oakey
199. "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants
200. "If I Had A Rocket Launcher” by Bruce Cockburn
1990's Post-Punk Alternative
90s New Wave?
The new wave movement went into the 90s, and the following 50 reflect that period:
201. “Groovy Train” by The Farm
202. “Policy of Truth” by Depeche Mode
203. “Unbelievable” by EMF
204. “So Alive” by Love & Rockets
205. “Divine Thing” by The Soup Dragons
206. “Connected” by Stereo MC's
207. “Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones
208. “Digging in the Dirt” by Peter Gabriel
209. “The Beat of Love” by Voice of the Beehive
210. “Room At The Top” by Adam Ant
211. “There's No Other Way” by Blur
212. “Tom's Diner” by DNA w/ Suzanne Vega
213. “Dogs of Lust” by the The
214. “Friday I'm in Love” by The Cure
215. “Regret” by New Order
216. “Break it Down Again” by Tears for Fears
217. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants
218. “Jesus On The Payroll” by Thrashing Doves
219. “Valerie Loves Me” by Material Issue
220. “Laid” by James
211. “Jealous” by Gene Loves Jezebel
212. “Show Me Your Soul” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
213. “Like A Drug” by They EatTheirOwn
214. “Your Woman” by White Town
215. “Love U More” by Sunscreem
216. “Summertime” by The Sundays
217. “All Together Now” by The Farm
218. “Baby's Coming Back” by Jellyfish
219. “I'm Free” by The Soup Dragons
220. “Real RealReal” by Jesus Jones
221. “More” by The Sisters of Mercy
222. “This Is Ponderous” by 2nu
223. “Growing Old” by The Origin
224. “Step On” by Happy Mondays
225. “Blood Makes Noise” by Suzanne Vega
226. “See The Lights” by Simple Minds
227. “Pure” by The Lightning Seeds
228. “People Are Still Having Sex” by LaTour
229. “Bizarre Love Triangle” by Frente
230. “Pets” by Porno for Pyros
231. “Happy” by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
232. “Loaded” by Primal Scream
233. “The Dead Heart” by Midnight Oil
234. “Beautiful Imbalance” by Thrashing Doves
235. “Caroline” by Concrete Blonde
236. “International Bright Young Thing” by Jesus Jones
237. “3 Strange Days” by School of Fish
238. “Particle Man” by They Might Be Giants
239. “Woman in Chains” by Tears for Fears
240. “Labour of Love” by Frente
241. “Hippychick” by Soho
242.”Movin' On Up” by Primal Scream
243. “Dreaming” by O.M.D
244. “Mandinka” by Sinead O'Connor
245. “Chains of Love” by Erasure
246. “Blue Sky Mine” by Midnight Oil
247. “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West
248. “What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society
249. “Lies” by EMF
250. “Pop Goes The World” by Men Without Hats