30 New Wave Tracks That You Need To Listen To Now

It’s time for another round up of 30 tracks from a specific music genre. This month it’s all about New Wave. This is the sixth post in my twelve-part series ’30 . . . Tracks That You Need To Listen To’. In each post I take you through a specific genre of music varying from jazz to soul to new wave. This time I’ve picked out 30 New Wave tracks that you seriously need to listen to.

A Very Brief History Of New Wave Music

If you’re completely new to the genre, New Wave is essentially a synth-heavy, electronic pop/rock genre of music that was popular during the 1980s. Even if you aren’t familiar with the genre I’m sure you’ll know a few of the artists within it. When I think of New Wave music I instantly turn to The Cure and Depeche Mode. Both being huge parts of the genre. For my June playlist, I’ve focused in on 30 of my favourite tracks from the genre. A few of which are slightly less New Wave, and slightly more general ’80s, than the others. As a huge ’80s music fan, putting together this playlist has been one of my favourite things to do so far on my blog. In fact, I pretty much had these tracks in a playlist in my Spotify library already!

If you want to do some of your own reading about New Wave music as a genre then you can check out the full wiki page here.

30 New Wave Tracks That You Need To Listen To Now

My Favourite’s from the Playlist…

As I mentioned earlier, The Cure are a huge part of New Wave so of course I featured them in this playlist! I have to admit, choosing only two tracks by them was a TASK. In the end I went with Close To Me and Just Like Heaven, but I could’ve easily included 6 of their tracks! If you’ve been following the series then you might remember me talking about my love of sampling when it comes to music in my Motown playlist. I mentioned a favourite track of mine by The XX and the fact that it was sampled from a Hall & Oates track. Well I’ve put the original on this playlist; I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do). I could go on and on about how much I love each track on this playlist. But, instead I’ll leave you to give it a listen for yourself!

Have you listened to any New Wave music before? Who are some of your favourite artists from the genre? Let me know and make sure to tell me what you thought of the playlist as a whole!

Female Original

*Photography by John Tyson via Unsplash.

16 Comments

  1. Asher Downer
    June 16, 2019

    Love this! will give this playlist a listen x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 17, 2019

      Thanks Asher! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it x

      Reply
  2. Bettie Toonstra
    June 16, 2019

    I love Haeven!!! Not a big fan of The Cure though. Saw them live at Pinkpop festival, here in the Netherlands. And wasn’t impressed.

    Bettie
    http://www.thewildflowerhippie.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 18, 2019

      Glad you liked the playlist – even if The Cure aren’t your thing! πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Lucy
    June 16, 2019

    There are some real classics on this playlist, Faye! Some of them I grew up listening to as my Mam loved some of these songs! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 19, 2019

      A woman of great taste haha! Thanks Lucy x

      Reply
  4. becca
    June 17, 2019

    i love The Cure, too! i listen to a lot of modern, indie-type stuff and my mom kept saying it all sounded like The Cure, so i finally bought an album and was like, “yep, this checks out.” Just Like Heaven is a great song. good playlist, thanks for sharing!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 19, 2019

      Haha love that! It’s definitely a favourite of theirs – such a great track x

      Reply
  5. Kim
    June 17, 2019

    I hadn’t heard of ‘New Wave befoee but I have heard of many of the songs and artists you’ve included. Notable favourites from your playlist; Don’t you forget about me and Tainted Love (although I probably prefer the Marilyn Manson version of the latter).

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 19, 2019

      I’m so glad I could introduce you to a new genre! The main aim of the series is to encourage you to learn a bit about new genres of music so it’s great that you have πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  6. TeliaTeanna
    June 17, 2019

    Oooh I have been hearing a lot about New Wave music, but hadn’t actually heard any of it. I’m glad you put together that playlist. I will definitely be giving it a listen. Awesome post!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 19, 2019

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy listening to some New Wave artists – maybe you’ll come to love the genre πŸ™‚ x

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  7. Sophie
    June 18, 2019

    I’ve not heard of New Wave music before, but from the clips that played in this post, I think I might have to go search it up more.

    Sophie | Sophie’s Spot

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    1. femaleoriginal
      June 27, 2019

      Oooh maybe it’ll be a genre of music that you’ll come to love! x

      Reply
  8. Aleeha
    July 2, 2019

    Ooh, I’ve not heard of new wave before, but I’ll definitely listen to a few of the songs from your playlist and see if it’s for me! Now my exams have finished, I have way too much spare time on my hand so I am always looking for new music haha
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 7, 2019

      Oooh maybe you can learn something new listening to the playlist! Hopefully you’ll enjoy at least one of the tracks haha x

      Reply

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