Top 10 Best New Wave Songs of All Time

Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best New Wave songs of all time 2017, Remember New Wave music? The best and most fun pop music of all time. Seriously, just try to compare any song today by overabundance of overindulgence of hip-hop sensibilities or the auto-tune madness of boy bands and interchangeable girly-girl singers to the best of New Wave. Cannot be done. Want to know why? Because today’s music is all about the marketing and the need to create a viral sensation instead of the actual music.

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Here we present the list of top 10 best New Wave songs of all time 2017.

10. Grimly Fiendish: The Damned

Sure enough, The Damned must be considered a punk band rather than a New Wave band, but also sure enough must “Grimly Fiendish” be considered a New Wave song rather than a punk song. Let’s face facts: ain’t no punk band ever included a harpsichord among its instrumentation. The video indicates The Damned made a stop along the New Romantic movement on their way from transforming from a punk band to a Goth band. “Grimly Fiendish” is the story of a darkly attired criminal mastermind being put on trial for corrupting the youth. His defense is that society made him what he is. Pretty heavy stuff for a New Wave song, but still contains all the delirious fun associated with the genre.

9. Boy: Book of Love

An irresistible drumbeat followed by that even more irresistible—and knowing—“Uh-huh” provides the hook that simply cannot fail to draw any but the sternest of gender traditionalists into what is quite possibly the ultimate New Wave song about gender dysphoria. The singer is a girl and she does not like being told she can’t play with the same toys that the boys play with. The extended album version is remarkably consistent with the shorter single version, but somehow trumps it (though one hates to use a word with such nasty and hateful connotations within the context of such a fun and loving song).

8. In a Big Country: Big Country

Big guitar. Big sound. Big ambition. Small video. Seriously, a video having the ambition to grow flowers in the desert and you have your band mates riding around haphazardly in four-wheelers? Okay, so the video was lousy, but that does not diminish the fact that “In a Big Country” is one of those songs that really does have the power to inspire. How can you not listen to this manifesto for a dream fulfilled without feeling empowered? Not to mention that you just do not get that many opportunities to hear a guitar that sounds like a bagpipe?

7. Barbarella—The Bongos

It has been said that without the Bongos there would be no R.E.M. Frankly, there seems no real need to blame the Bongos for that train wreck. Unheralded and unacclaimed as they might be, the truth is that when picking a favorite song of the Bongos, it almost always come down to a choice of two: either “Number with Wings” the song sitting at number 7 on this list. Many may not have heard it, but they can be forgiven for their ignorance. It is the drums, dear. The drums, oh the drums, of “Barbarella.” If anyone knows what “Barbarella” is actually about, they are advised to keep it to themselves. Part of the charm of this and many other New wave classics is the mystery. One thing is for certain: it does not appear to have any relation to the Jane Fonda science fiction cult classic. But who knows?

6. Take the Skinheads Bowling: Camper Van Beethoven

A great song by a band with a great name. Always a good idea in light of the alternative, “Take the Skinheads Bowling” is just another example of why New Wave music makes you long for a time when music was fun and about making fun music. Impossible to imagine all these rappers with misspelled words as their names having the sense of humor to write a similar song about the worst elements of their own culture. But, perhaps, that culture simply does not or cannot enjoy bowling the way that the worst elements of white culture may. Plus, it’s got a great violin part. Plus it contains the classic lyric: “There’s not a line that goes here that rhymes with anything.”

5. Rock Lobster: The B-52s

It’s not a rock. It’s a rock lobster! And that’s not even the best line of the song. That distinction goes to what may be the least “rock song” lyric of all time: “There goes a narwhal!” How can you not love a song that features a line about a narwal? They are the rhinos of the sea, don’t you know. “Rock Lobster” pretty much put the B-52s on the map and as well as being the song that drew a line in the sand. Either you loved this New Wave classic or it made you become of those New Wave haters for life.

4. How Soon is Now: The Smiths

So dark. So forlorn. So sad. So lonely. How soon is now? Not soon enough for those who think that New Wave should only be fun to listen to. Here are the facts, Jack: The Smiths were not on the part of the New Wave spectrum that was about having fun. But you can’t deny that “How Soon is Now” is one the most powerful songs of any genre. That guitar is the perfect match for that voice. You know what that means.

3. Pool Party: The Aquabats

Let us dive back into the waters of New Wave fun with song number three on the top ten best New Wave songs of all time. The Aquabats are all about fun and all about New Wave. Even though they came a good decade or so after New Wave got eaten by hair bands and hip-hop and it seemed to become illegal to have fun with music. The best song ever about having a pool party by the best band ever named after a vehicle used on the 1960’s Batman TV show.

2. The Killing Moon: Echo and the Bunnymen

There is a perfectly valid reason why “The Killing Moon” opens the film “Donnie Darko.” It sets the stage for the ominous and sinister stuff to come. Oh, and it also is by a band with the word “bunny” in their name. If you are familiar with “Donnie Darko” then you know how fitting that combination actually is. If not, do yourself a solid and catch it. “The Killing Moon” is every bit as dark as “How Soon is Now” but somehow feels so. Regardless, it is a New Wave masterpiece. Heck, it is a masterpiece of any genre.

1. What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding: Elvis Costello

Sure, it was written by Nick Lowe, but can anyone really imagine him spitting it out the way Elvis does? This may well be not just the greatest New Wave song of all time, but the greatest cover song of all time as well.

Say what you will be about the varying musical talents of those who produced New Wave music, but since most of them were creating at a time when their odds of getting heard on most mainstream radio stations were nil to none, just recording the song alone was a victory. Every one of these choices for the top ten best New Wave songs is better than anything you are likely to hear from your favorite artist all year.

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