The Best New Wave Albums of the 1980s

1. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!
February 15, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2. The Cure - Staring at the Sea: The Singles

The Cure - Staring at the Sea: The Singles
May 6, 1986
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

3. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

4. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1, 1980
Critic Score
100
1 review

5. The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It

The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It
May 1, 1980
Critic Score
100
1 review

6. Prince - Dirty Mind

Prince - Dirty Mind
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

7. Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

8. The B-52's - Wild Planet

The B-52's - Wild Planet
September 27, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

11. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
May 2, 1983
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

12. New Order - Low-Life

New Order - Low-Life
May 13, 1985
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

13. The Jam - Sound Affects

The Jam - Sound Affects
November 28, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

14. Dexys - Too-Rye-Ay

Dexys - Too-Rye-Ay
August 1, 1982
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

15. The Human League - Dare!

The Human League - Dare!
October 16, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

16. The Police - Synchronicity

The Police - Synchronicity
June 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

17. Pylon - Chomp

Pylon - Chomp
January 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

18. The Buggles - The Age of Plastic

The Buggles - The Age of Plastic
January 10, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

19. Ultravox - Vienna

Ultravox - Vienna
June 11, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

20. Visage - Visage

Visage - Visage
November 10, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

21. Talking Heads - Little Creatures

Talking Heads - Little Creatures
June 10, 1985
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. Madness - The Rise & Fall

Madness - The Rise & Fall
October 8, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. The Fixx - Reach The Beach

The Fixx - Reach The Beach
May 15, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

24. Japan - Tin Drum

Japan - Tin Drum
November 13, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. Soda Stereo - Signos

Soda Stereo - Signos
November 10, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review
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