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.
ABC and Martin Fry – The Look of Love
Alphaville – Big in Japan
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
Tears For Fears
Tom Tom Club
Wall of Voodoo
These are some the 80s artists that made it big in 80s new wave.
They have a real “new wave” flavor.