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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.   Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Ian Dury
  7.   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics
  8.   Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello
  9.   Mad World Tears for Fears
  10.   Never Say Never Romeo Void
  11.   The Safety Dance Men Without Hats
  12.   In a Big Country Big Country
  13.   Sex (I'm A...) Berlin
  14.   Mongoloid Devo
  15.   Genius of Love Tom Tom Club
  16.   Come on Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
  17.   Going Underground The Jam
  18.   Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) The Icicle Works
  19.   Everything She Wants Wham!
  20.   Lust for Life Iggy Pop
  21.   Talking in Your Sleep The Romantics
  22.   Ça Plane pour Moi Plastic Bertrand
  23.   The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) Greg Kihn Band
  24.   Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) Q-Feel
  25.   See No Evil Television
  26.   Mirror in the Bathroom The English Beat
  27.   Electric Avenue Eddy Grant
  28.   Images of Heaven Peter Godwin
  29.   One Thing Leads to Another The Fixx
  30.   Cities in Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees
  31.   867-5309/Jenny Tommy Tutone
  32.   I Got You Split Enz
  33.   Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
  34.   Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones
  35.   I Melt With You Modern English
  36.   Hero Takes a Fall Bangles
  37.   Kids in America Kim Wilde
  38.   Wouldn't It Be Good Nik Kershaw
  39.   I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow
  40.   Broken English Marianne Faithfull
  41.   White Wedding Billy Idol
  42.   Lies Thompson Twins
  43.   Turning Japanese The Vapors
  44.   Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe
  45.   Da Da Da Trio
  46.   Our House Madness
  47.   I Love a Man in Uniform Gang of Four
  48.   Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club
  49.   I Don't Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats
  50.   You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record) Dead or Alive
  51.   Warm Leatherette The Normal

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