Favorite 1980s New Wave Music

A Listmania! list by Mike Pearson "Author of One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles" (Los Angeles, CA)
The list author says: "These are some essential 80s New Wave albums. They are no particular order. Other albums are great by these bands too, but I've often listed an early or particularly essential or favorite album. I've left out some great records by other cool bands, but wanted to keep the list under control.

Please check out my book: One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles. It's about growing up as a teen in the Westside L.A. during the early 80s. It's funny and heartfelt. You'll enjoy it."
Head on the Door
1.  Head on the Door by The Cure
The list author says:
  "An early 80s Cure classic. Played over and over."
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Staring at the Sea: The Singles
2.  Staring at the Sea: The Singles by The Cure
The list author says:
  "Great pop songs by the Cure."
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Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Vol. 1
3.  Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The '80s, Vol. 1 by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "These Rhino compilations are great. I have Volumes 4, 5, 9 and 10 and particularly like those. You can get all these one hit wonders without having to buy whole albums of mostly junk. Most of these songs are gems."
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Los Angeles
4.  Los Angeles by X
The list author says:
  "An L.A. classic for any type of music. One of the great punk albums that has great songwriting and musicianship."
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B-52's
5.  B-52's by B-52's
The list author says:
  "This album is fun as hell. A super hot girl turned me on to this in 9th grade. I always associate this with her."
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The Cars
6.  The Cars by The Cars
The list author says:
  "Way modern when it came out. Cool sound. Great songs."
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Germfree Adolescents
7.  Germfree Adolescents by X-Ray Spex
The list author says:
  "Incredibly ahead of it's time. New Wave music but from the mid-70s. Crazy. Early inventors of New Wave. Fun stuff. Killer singer."
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More Songs About Buildings & Food
8.  More Songs About Buildings & Food by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "Considered "punk" when it came out. Modern and crazy and for the time. Still unique."
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Remain in Light
9.  Remain in Light by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "This is like early techno. Super futuristic at the time."
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The Best of New Order
10.  The Best of New Order by New Order
The list author says:
  "New Order had their own sound. They turned early punk into something different."
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Very Best Of: More Songs to Learn & Sing
11.  Very Best Of: More Songs to Learn & Sing by Echo & The Bunnymen
The list author says:
  "Super moody and cool."
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Kiss in the Dreamhouse
12.  Kiss in the Dreamhouse by Siouxsie & The Banshees
The list author says:
  "Atmospheric and mesmerizing."
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Juju
13.  Juju by Siouxsie & The Banshees
The list author says:
  "Dark and Gothy and very cool. I used to love this spooky album."
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Duty Now for the Future
14.  Duty Now for the Future by Devo
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Freedom of Choice Deluxe Remastered Edition
15.  Freedom of Choice Deluxe Remastered Edition by Devo
The list author says:
  "Devo's 3rd album. A little more New Wave style, less punk. Very fun music."
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Just Can't Stop It
16.  Just Can't Stop It by The Beat
The list author says:
  "1st Beat album. Classic. We wore this out."
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Special Beat Service
17.  Special Beat Service by The Beat
The list author says:
  "From 82. More glossy and produced. Romantic and sophisto."
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My Aim Is True
18.  My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
The list author says:
  "Elvis's great first album. All songs are fantastic. Very modern for the late 70s."
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Look Sharp
19.  Look Sharp by Joe Jackson
The list author says:
  "Joe Jackson had energy and tempo and made you want to dance around like a goober."
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Stray Cats
20.  Stray Cats by Stray Cats
The list author says:
  "Good fun music. So 80s."
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Parallel Lines
21.  Parallel Lines by Blondie
The list author says:
  "Sexy New Wave punky disco mix of N.Y. cool. Debbie Harry was SO hot."
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Only a Lad
22.  Only a Lad by Oingo Boingo
The list author says:
  ""He liked to burn things!" This is so fun and energetic and good for people who like to pogo and bash around."
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Hatful of Hollow
23.  Hatful of Hollow by The Smiths
The list author says:
  "The Smiths had their own sound and vibe. Nothing like it."
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Madness
24.  Madness by Madness
The list author says:
  "Mood, emotional and dancey album. Has depth, feeling and fun."
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Ultimate Collection
25.  Ultimate Collection by Madness
The list author says:
  "Has most of the great songs"
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Pretenders
26.  Pretenders by The Pretenders
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
27.  Red Hot Chili Peppers by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Freaky Styley
28.  Freaky Styley by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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War
29.  War by U2
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Rebel Yell
30.  Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
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One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles
31.  One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles by Mike Pearson
The list author says:
  "Not Music. This is my book about growing up in L.A. during the early 80s with mod, punk new wave and beach culture. Please check it out.""
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