First Hit #1: June 8, 1985
Every decade has trends one wishes would go away, but by the same token every decade has trends that I think are ripe for a revival. New Wave might not be new anymore, but it’s one of the pop music trends that I always wished would have stuck around for good, and given the number of recent attempts to revive it, I’m not alone in that assessment. It’s songs like Everybody Wants to Rule the World that have contributed to my affection for the style. The combination of synths and moody, ambiguous vocals bring a slightly darker tinge to the charts that is a bit novel, but it’s just a flavor of pop music. It’s got a mood all its own, but it’s still catchy and you can even dance to it. It has also turned around to become fresh again, like how chart contemporaries recall the ’60s, now we’ve got new wave that people are starting to rediscover. It’s an all around enjoyable experience.