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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Top 100 New Wave/College Rock Songs

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As the upcoming Dave’s Music Database on pre-1989 alternative rock hits barrels toward publication, here’s a tease of what’s to come. In creating the book, multiple lists of various forms of alternative rock were aggregrated and here are the results for the top 100 new wave/college rock songs:

1. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
2. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
3. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
4. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
5. Soft Cell “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?” (1981)
6. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
7. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
8. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (1979)
9. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
10. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)

11. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
12. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)
13. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
14. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (1989)
15. Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says” (1988)
16. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
17. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine” (1987)
18. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
19. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (1985)
20. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)

21. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
22. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
23. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
24. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1985)
25. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
26. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
27. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
28. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
29. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)
30. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1986)

31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
32. Madness “Our House” (1982)
33. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (1977)
34. Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence” (1990)
35. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1988)
36. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
37. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
38. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)
39. A-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
40. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)

41. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
42. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
43. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
44. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
45. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
46. The La’s “There She Goes” (1990)
47. New Order “True Faith” (1987)
48. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1985)
49. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
50. The Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven” (1989)

51. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
52. The English Beat “Save It for Later” (1983)
53. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981)
54. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
55. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
56. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1983)
57. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
58. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
59. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
60. The Vapors “Turning Japanese” (1980)

61. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
62. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
63. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)
64. The Clash “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” (1980)
65. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
66. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
67. Sonic Youth “Teen Age Riot” (1988)
68. Nine Inch Nails “Head Like a Hole” (1989)
69. The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary” (1986)
70. Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (1983)

71. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)
72. Yazoo “Situation” (1982)
73. The Cure “In Between Days” (1985)
74. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
75. When in Rome “The Promise” (1989)
76. Men at Work “Down Under’ (1981)
77. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)
78. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
79. U2 “I Will Follow” (1980)
80. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Just Like Honey” (1985)

81. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (1979)
82. Erasure “Oh L’Amour” (1986)
83. The Sugarcubes “Birthday” (1988)
84. The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” (1989)
85. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
86. Blondie “One Way Or Another” (1979)
87. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
88. Elvis Costello “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” (1979)
89. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)
90. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)

91. World Party “Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)” (1986)
92. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “If You Leave” (1986)
93. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
94. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)
95. The Jam “A Town Called Malice” (1982)
96. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
97. Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1979)
98. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
99. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1982)
100. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)


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