Depeche Mode
Dare!
The Lexicon of Love
Duran Duran

Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Synth Pop

Synth Pop was one of the most distinctive subgenres of new wave. In the early '80s, a number of bands -- primarily British and heavily influenced by Roxy Music and David Bowie -- adapted the electronic innovations of bands like Kraftwerk for pop songs. Initially, in the hands of artists like Gary Numan, the Human League, and Depeche Mode, the sound was eerie, sterile, and vaguely menacing, since the electronics droned on relentlessly without any change in inflections. However, these first stabs at synth pop were transformed into danceable, synthesized pop by Duran Duran, who made the synthesized hooks warmer and catchier by grafting them onto a dance beat. Soon, a flood of bands followed Duran Duran's lead and although some of the groups weren't as infectious as that band, they nevertheless relied on the conventions of three-minute pop. Duran Duran became stars, while most other synth-pop groups were lucky to have more than one hit. There were some exceptions -- the Human League and Eurythmics had several hits, as did Howard Jones -- but the field was mainly occupied by one-hit wonders like A Flock of Seagulls. By 1984, synth pop had begun to die out, but the music had helped establish the synthesizer as a primary instrument in mainstream pop music during its time in the spotlight.

Synth Pop Artists Highlights

Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Chvrches
Chvrches
New Order
New Order
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Yellow Magic Orchestra
The Human League
The Human League

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Synth Pop Album Highlights

Dare!
The Human League
Dare!
The Lexicon of Love
ABC
The Lexicon of Love
The Pleasure Principle
Gary Numan
The Pleasure Principle
The Very Best of the Human League
The Human League
The Very Best of the Human ...
The Singles 81>85
Depeche Mode
The Singles 81>85
The Golden Age of Wireless
Thomas Dolby
The Golden Age of Wireless

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Synth Pop Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Video Killed the Radio Star Buggles
Just Can't Get Enough Depeche Mode
I Ran (So Far Away) A Flock of Seagulls
She Blinded Me With Science Thomas Dolby
Rio Duran Duran
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Eurythmics
(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang Heaven 17
Don't You Want Me The Human League
Always Something There to Remind Me Naked Eyes
Cars Gary Numan

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