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101 Greatest New Wave Songs

Way back in the eighties, a colorful army of artists picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the Punk Rock revolution and changed the pop landscape forever. Slacker decided it was time to review this landmark shift, so we enlisted pop culture mavens Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum (authors of “I Want My MTV”) to curate a countdown of the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs--eyeliner and big hair not required.

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101 Greatest New Wave Songs

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  2.   The Politics of Dancing Re-Flex
  3.   Homosapien Pete Shelley
  4.   New Toy Lene Lovich
  5.   True Spandau Ballet
  6.   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics
  7.   Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello
  8.   Mad World Tears for Fears
  9.   Never Say Never Romeo Void
  10.   The Safety Dance Men Without Hats
  11.   In a Big Country Big Country
  12.   Sex (I'm A...) Berlin
  13.   Mongoloid Devo
  14.   Genius of Love Tom Tom Club
  15.   Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
  16.   Going Underground The Jam
  17.   Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) The Icicle Works
  18.   Everything She Wants Wham!
  19.   Lust for Life Iggy Pop
  20.   Talking in Your Sleep The Romantics
  21.   Ça Plane pour Moi Plastic Bertrand
  22.   The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) Greg Kihn Band
  23.   Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) Q-Feel
  24.   See No Evil Television
  25.   Mirror in the Bathroom The English Beat
  26.   Images of Heaven Peter Godwin
  27.   One Thing Leads to Another The Fixx
  28.   Cities in Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees
  29.   I Got You Split Enz
  30.   Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
  31.   Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones
  32.   I Melt With You Modern English
  33.   Hero Takes a Fall Bangles
  34.   Kids in America Kim Wilde
  35.   I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
  36.   Broken English Marianne Faithfull
  37.   White Wedding Billy Idol
  38.   Lies Thompson Twins
  39.   Turning Japanese The Vapors
  40.   Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe
  41.   Da Da Da Trio
  42.   Our House Madness
  43.   I Love a Man in Uniform Gang of Four
  44.   Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club
  45.   I Don't Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats
  46.   You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record) Dead or Alive
  47.   Warm Leatherette The Normal
  48.   Money The Flying Lizards
  49.   A Million Miles Away The Plimsouls
  50.   Fade to Grey Visage
  51.   Mystery Achievement The Pretenders

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