Top New Wave Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
35
Talking Heads Remain in Light Post-Punk 1980
2
87
Elvis Costello This Year's Model Pop Rock 1978
3
112
Blondie Parallel Lines Pop Rock 1978
4
124
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True Pub Rock 1977
5
160
Pretenders Pretenders 1980
6
262
Talking Heads Fear of Music Post-Punk 1979
7
269
The Human League Dare! New Romantic Synthpop 1981
8
281
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Imperial Bedroom Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
9
292
The Police Synchronicity Pop Rock 1983
10
309
The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, Power Pop 1978
11
317
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
12
343
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies Post-Punk, Synthpop 1983
13
355
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77 Art Punk 1977
14
368
The Police Reggatta de Blanc Pop Rock 1979
15
391
ABC The Lexicon of Love New Romantic Synthpop 1982
16
398
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces Pop Rock 1979
17
406
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
18
421
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul 1980
19
451
The Police Outlandos D'Amour Pop Rock 1978
20
462
The B-52's The B-52's 1979
21
466
Ian Dury New Boots and Panties!! Pub Rock, Punk Rock 1977
22
518
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! Pop Rock 1980
23
522
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1985
24
547
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Post-Punk 1980
25
548
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Art Rock, Post-Punk 1984
26
594
Roxy Music Avalon New Romantic Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1982
27
615
Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop 1979
28
690
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, Post-Punk 1980
29
705
The Cars The Cars Pop Rock 1978
30
818
Duran Duran Rio New Romantic Pop Rock, Synthpop 1982
31
847
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo 1986
32
883
XTC Drums and Wires Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1979
33
926
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Synthpop 1981
34
928
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome Synthpop 1984
35
953
Squeeze East Side Story Pop Rock 1981
36
993
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop 1983
37
1009
The Jam In the City Mod Revival, Punk Rock 1977
38
1039
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) Synthpop 1982
39
1080
The Police Ghost in the Machine Pop Rock 1981
40
1088
The The Soul Mining Art Pop 1983
41
1110
The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival 1979
42
1128
Joe Jackson Look Sharp! Power Pop 1979
43
1187
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta Pop Rock 1980
44
1223
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) Synthpop 1983
45
1226
Pretenders Learning to Crawl Pop Rock 1984
46
1250
The Stranglers The Stranglers IV - Rattus Norvegicus Punk Rock 1977
47
1251
Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay 1982
48
1259
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop 1983
49
1268
Blondie Blondie 1976
50
1308
Japan Tin Drum New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1981
51
1312
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone 1980
52
1320
The Clash Combat Rock Punk Rock 1982
53
1351
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair Pop Rock, Synthpop 1985
54
1383
The Only Ones The Only Ones Power Pop 1978
55
1425
Eurythmics Touch Synthpop 1983
56
1436
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro Post-Punk 1980
57
1440
The Associates Sulk New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1982
58
1474
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap Post-Punk 1980
59
1540
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul 1985
60
1614
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat Power Pop 1981
61
1623
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier 1980
62
1629
Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People Power Pop, Pub Rock 1978
63
1651
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement Synthpop 1981
64
1793
The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk Post-Punk 1981
65
1850
Billy Idol Rebel Yell Pop Rock 1983
66
2012
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic Pop 1983
67
2022
XTC Black Sea Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1980
68
2071
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock Pop Soul 1983
69
2072
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1986
70
2112
Alain Bashung Play Blessures Coldwave 1982
71
2153
Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro Pop Rock 1987
72
2187
Midnight Oil 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Post-Punk 1982
73
2241
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight Pop 1985
74
2305
Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal Pop Rock 1984
75
2333
Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas 1984
76
2394
Television Adventure Post-Punk 1978
77
2415
Blondie Eat to the Beat Pop Rock 1979
78
2435
Scritti Politti Songs to Remember Sophisti-Pop 1982
79
2456
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat Synthpop 1986
80
2478
Tubeway Army Replicas Synthpop 1979
81
2573
Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar Pop Rock 1984
82
2639
The Stranglers The Raven Post-Punk 1979
83
2663
The Cars Heartbeat City Pop Rock 1984
84
2718
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic Synthpop 1980
85
2733
Wall of Voodoo Call of the West Synthpop 1982
86
2739
Joe Jackson I'm the Man Power Pop 1979
87
2757
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked Pop Rock 1989
88
2761
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock 1983
89
2905
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle Synthpop 1979

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Blondie Plastic Letters Pop Rock 1977
Twin Shadow Confess Synthpop 2012
The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 1982
The B-52's Wild Planet 1980
Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain Pop Rock 1984
The Associates Fourth Drawer Down Post-Punk 1981
Charly García Clics Modernos Pop Rock 1983
Talking Heads The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Art Punk 1982
The Jam The Gift Mod Revival, Power Pop 1982
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell New Romantic Synthpop 1981
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality Synthpop 1981
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic Synthpop 1985
Alaska y Los Pegamoides Grandes éxitos 1982
Bangles All Over the Place Pop Rock 1984
Nacha Pop Nacha Pop Pop Rock 1980
Devo Freedom of Choice 1980
The Human League Reproduction Minimal Synth, Synthpop 1979
Alan Vega Saturn Strip Synth Punk 1983
XTC White Music Post-Punk 1978
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination Art Rock, Synthpop 1981
The Only Ones Even Serpents Shine Power Pop 1979
Culture Club Kissing to Be Clever New Romantic Pop 1982
Pretenders Pretenders II 1981
Iggy Pop New Values Punk Rock 1979
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy 1980
Simple Minds Empires and Dance Post-Punk 1980
The Cars Candy-O Pop Rock 1979
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone Singer/Songwriter 1981
De Press Block to Block Post-Punk 1981
Duran Duran Duran Duran New Romantic Synthpop 1981
The J. Geils Band Freeze Frame Pop Rock 1981
Madness The Rise and Fall Pop, Ska 1982
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite Post-Punk 1985
Japan Quiet Life New Romantic Art Pop 1979
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids New Romantic Art Pop 1980
Ultravox Systems of Romance Post-Punk 1978
Julian Cope Saint Julian Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop 1987
The B-52's Cosmic Thing Pop 1989
Squeeze Cool for Cats 1979
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again Synthpop 1983
Wall of Voodoo Dark Continent Minimal Wave 1981