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!