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101 Greatest New Wave Songs

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

Featured Artists on 101 Greatest New Wave Songs

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Re-Flex

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Pete Shelley

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Lene Lovich

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Spandau Ballet

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Eurythmics

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Elvis Costello

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Tears for Fears

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Romeo Void

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Men Without Hats

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Big Country

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Berlin

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Devo

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Tom Tom Club

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Dexys Midnight Runners

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The Jam

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The Icicle Works

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Wham!

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Iggy Pop

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The Romantics

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Plastic Bertrand

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Greg Kihn Band

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Q-Feel

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Television

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The English Beat

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Peter Godwin

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The Fixx

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Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Split Enz

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Adam Ant

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The Only Ones

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Modern English

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Bangles

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Kim Wilde

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Bow Wow Wow

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Marianne Faithfull

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Billy Idol

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Thompson Twins

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The Vapors

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Nick Lowe

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Trio

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Madness

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Gang of Four

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Culture Club

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The Boomtown Rats

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Dead or Alive

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The Normal

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The Flying Lizards

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The Plimsouls

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Visage

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The Pretenders

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