Top New Wave Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
34
Talking Heads Remain in Light Post-Punk 1980
2
88
Elvis Costello This Year's Model Pop Rock 1978
3
112
Blondie Parallel Lines Pop Rock 1978
4
128
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True Pub Rock 1977
5
159
Pretenders Pretenders 1980
6
259
Talking Heads Fear of Music Post-Punk 1979
7
267
The Human League Dare! New Romantic Synthpop 1981
8
277
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Imperial Bedroom Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
9
288
The Police Synchronicity Pop Rock 1983
10
307
The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, Power Pop 1978
11
316
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
12
337
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies Post-Punk, Synthpop 1983
13
349
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77 Art Punk 1977
14
365
The Police Reggatta de Blanc Pop Rock 1979
15
384
ABC The Lexicon of Love New Romantic Synthpop 1982
16
398
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces Pop Rock 1979
17
400
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, Post-Punk 1978
18
410
LCD Soundsystem American Dream Dance-Punk 2017
19
416
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul 1980
20
443
The Police Outlandos D'Amour Pop Rock 1978
21
454
The B-52's The B-52's 1979
22
468
Ian Dury New Boots and Panties!! Pub Rock, Punk Rock 1977
23
517
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1985
24
519
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! Pop Rock 1980
25
541
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Post-Punk 1980
26
544
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Art Rock, Post-Punk 1984
27
593
Roxy Music Avalon New Romantic Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1982
28
616
Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop 1979
29
692
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, Post-Punk 1980
30
702
The Cars The Cars Pop Rock 1978
31
827
Duran Duran Rio New Romantic Pop Rock, Synthpop 1982
32
841
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo 1986
33
873
XTC Drums and Wires Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1979
34
923
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Synthpop 1981
35
931
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome Synthpop 1984
36
942
Squeeze East Side Story Pop Rock 1981
37
989
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop 1983
38
1018
The Jam In the City Mod Revival, Punk Rock 1977
39
1042
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) Synthpop 1982
40
1090
The Police Ghost in the Machine Pop Rock 1981
41
1101
The The Soul Mining Art Pop 1983
42
1109
The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival 1979
43
1136
Joe Jackson Look Sharp! Power Pop 1979
44
1147
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) Synthpop 1983
45
1189
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta Pop Rock 1980
46
1220
Pretenders Learning to Crawl Pop Rock 1984
47
1252
The Stranglers The Stranglers IV - Rattus Norvegicus Punk Rock 1977
48
1255
Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay 1982
49
1258
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop 1983
50
1288
Blondie Blondie 1976
51
1324
Japan Tin Drum New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1981
52
1336
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone 1980
53
1350
The Clash Combat Rock Punk Rock 1982
54
1353
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair Pop Rock, Synthpop 1985
55
1380
The Only Ones The Only Ones Power Pop 1978
56
1419
Eurythmics Touch Synthpop 1983
57
1448
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro Post-Punk 1980
58
1457
The Associates Sulk New Romantic Art Pop, Synthpop 1982
59
1472
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap Post-Punk 1980
60
1549
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul 1985
61
1619
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat Power Pop 1981
62
1631
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier 1980
63
1641
Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People Power Pop, Pub Rock 1978
64
1650
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement Synthpop 1981
65
1814
The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk Post-Punk 1981
66
1867
Billy Idol Rebel Yell Pop Rock 1983
67
1990
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic Pop 1983
68
2042
XTC Black Sea Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1980
69
2068
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1986
70
2075
Alain Bashung Play Blessures Coldwave 1982
71
2090
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock Pop Soul 1983
72
2171
Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro Pop Rock 1987
73
2184
Midnight Oil 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Post-Punk 1982
74
2238
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight Pop 1985
75
2342
Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas 1984
76
2347
Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal Pop Rock 1984
77
2413
Television Adventure Post-Punk 1978
78
2433
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat Synthpop 1986
79
2448
Scritti Politti Songs to Remember Sophisti-Pop 1982
80
2462
Tubeway Army Replicas Synthpop 1979
81
2481
The Cars Heartbeat City Pop Rock 1984
82
2484
Blondie Eat to the Beat Pop Rock 1979
83
2615
Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar Pop Rock 1984
84
2628
The Stranglers The Raven Post-Punk 1979
85
2722
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic Synthpop 1980
86
2744
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked Pop Rock 1989
87
2756
Wall of Voodoo Call of the West Synthpop 1982
88
2762
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock 1983
89
2868
Joe Jackson I'm the Man Power Pop 1979
90
2883
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle Synthpop 1979
91
2937
The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 1982

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Blondie Plastic Letters Pop Rock 1977
Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain Pop Rock 1984
The Associates Fourth Drawer Down Post-Punk 1981
The B-52's Wild Planet 1980
Talking Heads The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Art Punk 1982
The Jam The Gift Mod Revival, Power Pop 1982
Charly García Clics Modernos Pop Rock 1983
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
Twin Shadow Confess Synthpop 2012
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
Pretenders Pretenders II 1981
Culture Club Kissing to Be Clever New Romantic Pop 1982
The Only Ones Even Serpents Shine Power Pop 1979
Iggy Pop New Values Punk Rock 1979
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy 1980
Paramore After Laughter Alternative Dance, Pop Rock 2017
Simple Minds Empires and Dance Post-Punk 1980
De Press Block to Block Post-Punk 1981
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone Singer/Songwriter 1981
The Cars Candy-O Pop Rock 1979
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
Phoenix Ti Amo Synthpop 2017
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