In the early 1980s thousands of UK bands hoped to make it like Duran Duran.

The second British invasion helped to power the new wave music explosion in the U.S. as many bands and artists were picked up by MTV and recording companies.

The list of eighties bands from the UK includes many thousands of lesser known 80sUK bands.

It was a great opportunity for bands and artists from the UK to do something different.

While inspired by a fusion of punk and synthesizers, the new wave music of the 80s was a musical genre or style all its own.

A few recommended 80s music artists like Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, The Waitresses, The Cure, Haircut 100, Squeeze or Split Enz offer excellent examples of the new wave 80s music from the UK.

80s music The CureA-ha – Take on Me

ABC and Martin Fry – The Look of Love

Alphaville – Big in Japan

Anything Box

Basil, Toni – Hey Micki

Berlin – The Metro

Book of Love

Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy!

Boy George – Karma Kameleon

Bronski Beat – I Feel love

Communards, The – For a Friend

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

Depeche Mode – Strange Love

Dolby, Thomas – She blinded me with science

Duran Duran – Rio

Echo and the Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar

Erasure – Love To Hate You

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

Fixx, The – One Things Leads to Another

Flock of Seagulls – I Ran

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Don’t Do It)

Human League, The – Don’t You Want Me

Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)

Jackson, Joe -Steppin’ Out

Jones, Howard – No One Is To Blame

Kajagoogoo – Too Shy

Kraftwerk – The Robot

Men Without Hats- The Safety Dance

Modern English – Melt with You

New Order – Blue Monday

Numan, Gary – Cars

O.M.D. – If you Leave

Pet Shop Boys

Power Station, The

Soft Cell

Spandau Ballet


Talk Talk

Talking HeadsThompson Twins Image

Tears For Fears

Tom Tom Club

Thompson Twins




Wall of Voodoo



These are some the 80s artists that made it big in 80s new wave.

They have a real “new wave” flavor.