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Forums - Music Discussion - The Wave (new wave, synthwave, retrowave, 80s pop genres)

A thread to share your favourite songs in the new wave genre and its non-rock offshoots which have been hitting the pop charts more and more, harder and harder.

Blinding Lights by Canadian artist The Weeknd is a 2020 Smash hit song, and the first to exceed 10 weeks at #1 on the German charts. It also stayed at number 1 for 8 weeks in the UK, and at 22 weeks is 10th longest song in history to remain in the top 10 (joining the ranks of perennial tunes by Mariah Carey, Frankie Laine, and Doris Day, and beating out the Beatles on that metric, whose song She Loves You managed to hold in the top 10 for 21 weeks). If you haven't heard it (what are you doing in this thread? =P) then here it is:

And the follow-up

Glad to see the 1980s finally came to Canada in 2020, and they're doing a great job with it! =P

And speaking the 80s, WHY is it that so often songs from this era have multiple videos and the worse of the videos is almost always better preserved?

Greatest music video of all time right here (From Kung Fury):

The top comment on the next one says it "How to make one of the most 80s songs ever even more 80s?" - add drop beats and up the tempo.

I LOVE Lana Del Rey's stuff - and I HATE it when I know what's sampled for the mix but can't my finger on the name:



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This song is a classic, Every Day Is Halloween!



 

My Permanent Wave Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6J5nsP9AeIsrNhh3GJ0qbz?si=Wi7Gb8qJSoq5xMri2MdfIQ



^^ Nice list, also good film in your profile pic - Whisper of the Heart epitomizes the making of a great charming story out of mundane situations. One of my favourite animated films ever.

Also, relevant to an extent based on recent current events (lyrics are kind of sad):

Speaking of the Human League, while they're not the first act to have a hit that heavily relied on synthesizers (I think that's Cat Stevens), they're the first real synthpop band. While they had been around for 5 years, their first massive hit didn't come until 1981 with Don't You Want Me, their fourth single from their signature album, Dare. I Love You Too Much has two versions, the one I've pasted is the more chaotic rawer original, most prefer the more produced version which I admit has a bit more depth. of sound. The next song is IMO, their best music video, Keep Feeling Fascination (which features Philip Oakey dressed in drag. Their popularity declined drastically during the grunge/alternative gap of the early 1990s, but then they sprung back scoring multiple top 40 hits in the mid-1990s when synthpop. The last song on my list is "All I Ever Wanted" which was their final charting hit that wasn't a re-release/remix.



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I like Devo. And making super lazy posts. I'm like a rug on valium. Sooo lazy. Devo.



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My current playlist includes such artists as Danger, Carpenter Brut, Toxic Avenger and some Perturbator. It's not proper synthwave if it's not French :P

If you can listen to the soundtrack of Nex Machina, some great stuff there.



Hmm, pie.

The Fury said:
My current playlist includes such artists as Danger, Carpenter Brut, Toxic Avenger and some Perturbator. It's not proper synthwave if it's not French :P

If you can listen to the soundtrack of Nex Machina, some great stuff there.

Been meaning to get around to that game for years. Love the Housemarque.



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How did I miss this thread? Been a synthhead since Drive in 2011. Some of my favorite artists include The Midnight, Trevor Something , Gunship, Scandroid, Wice, ALEX, Midnight Danger, Robert Parker, Android Automatic, Synthatiger, Waveshaper, Kavinsky, Tokyo Rose, Absolute Valentine, Daniel Deluxe, FM-84, and Neon Nox.

Here's my 600+ playlist (mostly NRW favorites): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI_sMEx8gIHg7nZ-LLos7Wo7-8EJ5hjgm

And a few of my favorites:

https://youtu.be/9LD3NKlS55g

https://youtu.be/aGWFEY5P6UA

https://youtu.be/Jv1ZN8c4_Gs

https://youtu.be/4rmBZOAyKAk

https://youtu.be/-5FKNViujeM

https://youtu.be/zgi-BGOf9fo

https://youtu.be/Y2PUCc7djLc

Last edited by TallSilhouette - on 10 August 2020