It’s not heavy metal, it’s not punk rock, and it’s definitely not disco. New Wave music is a product of the late 70’s and early 80’s that was a sub genre all its own. While punk rock was extremist in its non-conformative, anti government stance, New Wave was still considered rock but had more of a pop influence, and was known for being almost celebratory of excess in the corporate world.
New Wave describes music which was quirky and eccentric, yet pop at heart, incorporating synthesizers and other aspects of electronic music into its catchy melodies. New Wave is seen as one of the definitive genres of the 1980s, do you remember throwing your hair around to some of these artists’ sounds?
While the height of the New Wave era was the 80’s, music made by bands and artists like Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, The Cure, Cheap Trick, Joy Division, and David Bowie has resurged into popularity time and time again and is still undeniably popular today. Quality sound never dies. Here are some of our favorite New Wave videos:
New Order — Joy Division later became New Order, can you hear the difference in the punk rock influence on the song above and the New Wave influence on this song?
New Wave artists past, present and future will always have a place in the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Rock on!