I originally posted this playlist of New Wave videos over ten years ago, but since then YouTube has deleted so many of the videos and changed so many settings that the entire playlist I posted had disappeared. So I beefed it up with newer video uploads and updated the doohickey ephemera and here it is again.

They say the best music in the world is whatever you’re listening to during your late teens. At the risk of showing my age, the above embedded playlist is a collection of some of the best music in the world.  During the heyday of New Wave music, skinny ties, primitive sythesizers, effects-laden guitars and quirky vocals broke through into the mainstream, introducing the world to some bold new sounds…and a few old ones that sounded new to inexperienced ears.

Up above you will see and hear performers like Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, XTC, Lene Lovich, Joe Jackson, The Buggles, Klaus Nomi, The Jam, Mike Batt, Pearl Harbor and The Explosions, The Humans, and more. Sit back and travel to a time before the world lost its innocence and had to face the horror of Hair Metal.

Since this topic was first addressed here in PopCult, we have added our sister internet radio station, The AIR, and every Friday we bring you two hours of New Wave music on Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, hosted by the legendary London DJ, Sydney Fileen.