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The Best New Wave Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1. Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8th, 1980
USER SCORE
92
793 reviews

2. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
May 2nd, 1983
USER SCORE
88
396 reviews

3. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
September 1st, 1984
USER SCORE
87
60 reviews

4. New Order - Low-Life

New Order - Low-Life
May 13th, 1985
USER SCORE
86
170 reviews

5. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1st, 1980
USER SCORE
86
70 reviews

6. The The - Soul Mining

The The - Soul Mining
October 21st, 1983
USER SCORE
86
36 reviews

7. Pretenders - Pretenders

Pretenders - Pretenders
January 11th, 1980
USER SCORE
86
30 reviews

8. Prince - Dirty Mind

Prince - Dirty Mind
October 8th, 1980
USER SCORE
86
162 reviews

9. Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette

Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette
May 9th, 1980
USER SCORE
85
29 reviews

10. XTC - English Settlement

XTC - English Settlement
February 12th, 1982
USER SCORE
85
44 reviews

11. Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair

Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
February 25th, 1985
USER SCORE
85
111 reviews

12. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality
November 8th, 1981
USER SCORE
84
29 reviews

13. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
May 31st, 1983
USER SCORE
84
243 reviews

14. New Order - Brotherhood

New Order - Brotherhood
September 29th, 1986
USER SCORE
84
117 reviews

15. Japan - Tin Drum

Japan - Tin Drum
November 13th, 1981
USER SCORE
83
28 reviews

16. Tears For Fears - The Hurting

Tears For Fears - The Hurting
March 7th, 1983
USER SCORE
82
39 reviews

17. The Police - Synchronicity

The Police - Synchronicity
June 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
80
96 reviews

18. Duran Duran - Rio

Duran Duran - Rio
May 10th, 1982
USER SCORE
80
67 reviews

19. The Human League - Dare!

The Human League - Dare!
October 16th, 1981
USER SCORE
80
43 reviews

20. The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat

The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
June 8th, 1981
USER SCORE
79
26 reviews

21. The Jam - Sound Affects

The Jam - Sound Affects
November 28th, 1980
USER SCORE
79
32 reviews

22. Devo - Freedom of Choice

Devo - Freedom of Choice
May 14th, 1980
USER SCORE
79
40 reviews

23. Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
November 27th, 1981
USER SCORE
77
34 reviews

24. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3rd, 1980
USER SCORE
75
40 reviews

25. Talking Heads - Little Creatures

Talking Heads - Little Creatures
June 10th, 1985
USER SCORE
75
105 reviews
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