Top New Wave Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
37
Talking Heads Remain in Light Post-Punk 1980
2
92
Elvis Costello This Year's Model Pop Rock 1978
3
112
Blondie Parallel Lines Pop Rock 1978
4
131
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True Pub Rock 1977
5
153
Pretenders Pretenders 1980
6
270
The Human League Dare! New Romantic Synthpop 1981
7
279
The Police Synchronicity Pop Rock 1983
8
283
Talking Heads Fear of Music Post-Punk 1979
9
313
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Imperial Bedroom Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
10
314
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
11
341
The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, Power Pop 1978
12
358
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies Post-Punk, Synthpop 1983
13
373
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77 Art Punk 1977
14
386
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
15
399
ABC The Lexicon of Love New Romantic Synthpop 1982
16
418
The Police Reggatta de Blanc Pop Rock 1979
17
420
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul 1980
18
426
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces Pop Rock 1979
19
441
The B-52's The B-52's 1979
20
474
The Police Outlandos D'Amour Pop Rock 1978
21
514
Roxy Music Avalon New Romantic Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1982
22
521
Ian Dury New Boots and Panties!! Pub Rock, Punk Rock 1977
23
537
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! Pop Rock 1980
24
543
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Post-Punk 1980
25
549
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1985
26
562
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Art Rock, Post-Punk 1984
27
625
Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop 1979
28
676
The Cars The Cars Pop Rock 1978
29
780
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, Post-Punk 1980
30
798
Duran Duran Rio New Romantic Pop Rock, Synthpop 1982
31
803
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo 1986
32
907
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome Synthpop 1984
33
911
LCD Soundsystem American Dream Dance-Punk 2017
34
919
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Synthpop 1981
35
952
XTC Drums and Wires Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1979
36
953
Squeeze East Side Story Pop Rock 1981
37
1046
The Jam In the City Mod Revival, Punk Rock 1977
38
1070
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop 1983
39
1093
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) Synthpop 1983
40
1101
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) Synthpop 1982
41
1105
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta Pop Rock 1980
42
1124
The Police Ghost in the Machine Pop Rock 1981
43
1136
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop 1983
44
1161
Pretenders Learning to Crawl Pop Rock 1984
45
1188
The The Soul Mining Art Pop 1983
46
1212
Joe Jackson Look Sharp! Power Pop 1979
47
1216
Blondie Blondie 1976
48
1230
The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival 1979
49
1254
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair Pop Rock, Synthpop 1985
50
1273
The Clash Combat Rock Punk Rock 1982
51
1335
Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay 1982
52
1352
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone 1980
53
1366
Japan Tin Drum New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1981
54
1367
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat Power Pop 1981
55
1370
The Stranglers The Stranglers IV - Rattus Norvegicus Punk Rock 1977
56
1447
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap Post-Punk 1980
57
1456
Eurythmics Touch Synthpop 1983
58
1467
The Only Ones The Only Ones Power Pop 1978
59
1528
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro Post-Punk 1980
60
1542
The Associates Sulk New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1982
61
1563
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul 1985
62
1650
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier 1980
63
1672
Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People Power Pop, Pub Rock 1978
64
1734
Billy Idol Rebel Yell Pop Rock 1983
65
1803
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement Synthpop 1981
66
1827
The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk Post-Punk 1981
67
1864
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic Pop 1983
68
1938
Alain Bashung Play Blessures Coldwave 1982
69
2142
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock Pop Soul 1983
70
2145
Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro Pop Rock 1987
71
2250
Scritti Politti Songs to Remember Sophisti-Pop 1982
72
2252
Midnight Oil 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Post-Punk 1982
73
2276
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1986
74
2340
Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas 1984
75
2359
XTC Black Sea Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1980
76
2411
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight Pop 1985
77
2416
Tubeway Army Replicas Synthpop 1979
78
2421
Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal Pop Rock 1984
79
2479
The Cars Heartbeat City Pop Rock 1984
80
2497
Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar Pop Rock 1984
81
2565
Television Adventure Post-Punk 1978
82
2594
Blondie Eat to the Beat Pop Rock 1979
83
2679
The Stranglers The Raven Post-Punk 1979
84
2726
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat Synthpop 1986
85
2849
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic Synthpop 1980
86
2855
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked Pop Rock 1989
87
2885
Paramore After Laughter Alternative Dance, Pop Rock 2017
88
2935
Wall of Voodoo Call of the West Synthpop 1982
89
2951
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock 1983
90
2991
Blondie Plastic Letters Pop Rock 1977

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 1982
Talking Heads The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Art Punk 1982
The Associates Fourth Drawer Down Post-Punk 1981
Joe Jackson I'm the Man Power Pop 1979
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle Synthpop 1979
Nacha Pop Nacha Pop Pop Rock 1980
The B-52's Wild Planet 1980
Bangles All Over the Place Pop Rock 1984
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell New Romantic Synthpop 1981
The Human League Reproduction Minimal Synth, Synthpop 1979
The Jam The Gift Mod Revival, Power Pop 1982
Charly García Clics Modernos Pop Rock 1983
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic Synthpop 1985
Alaska y Los Pegamoides Grandes éxitos 1982
Iggy Pop New Values Punk Rock 1979
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality Synthpop 1981
Devo Freedom of Choice 1980
Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain Pop Rock 1984
Culture Club Kissing to Be Clever New Romantic Pop 1982
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination Art Rock, Synthpop 1981
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy 1980
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone Singer/Songwriter 1981
The Cars Candy-O Pop Rock 1979
Pretenders Pretenders II 1981
Alan Vega Saturn Strip Synth Punk 1983
XTC White Music Post-Punk 1978
Twin Shadow Confess Synthpop 2012
De Press Block to Block Post-Punk 1981
The J. Geils Band Freeze Frame Pop Rock 1981
Simple Minds Empires and Dance Post-Punk 1980
The Only Ones Even Serpents Shine Power Pop 1979
Duran Duran Duran Duran New Romantic Synthpop 1981
Madness The Rise and Fall Pop, Ska 1982
Japan Quiet Life New Romantic Art Pop 1979
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite Post-Punk 1985
The B-52's Cosmic Thing Pop 1989
The Clash Live at Shea Stadium Punk Rock 2008
Ultravox Systems of Romance Post-Punk 1978
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids New Romantic Art Pop 1980
Phoenix Ti Amo Synthpop 2017
Lescop Lescop Coldwave Nouvelle chanson franšaise 2012
Julian Cope Saint Julian Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop 1987
Tracey Thorn Record Alternative Dance, Synthpop 2018
Wall of Voodoo Dark Continent Minimal Wave 1981
Squeeze Cool for Cats 1979
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again Synthpop 1983