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Genre: minimal wave

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Minimal wave is a subgenre of post-punk and new wave music that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is characterized by its use of synthesizers, drum machines, and other electronic instruments to create a cold, detached sound. The lyrics often deal with themes of alienation, isolation, and despair. Minimal wave has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with many contemporary artists drawing inspiration from the genre's pioneering acts.

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Parent Genre: rock

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Instruments used

Vocals, Keyboard/Piano, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Synthesizer

Releases by year

Here you can see the popularity of Minimal Wave genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1970s 26
1977 9
1978 2
1979 15
1980s 327
1980 21
1981 41
1982 54
1983 24
1984 60
1985 25
1986 35
1987 34
1988 14
1989 19
1990s 51
1990 14
1991 23
1992 8
1993 1
1995 1
1997 2
1998 2
2000s 146
2000 5
2001 6
2003 1
2004 6
2005 1
2006 15
2007 25
2008 34
2009 53
2010s 968
2010 102
2011 98
2012 122
2013 124
2014 77
2015 124
2016 73
2017 89
2018 83
2019 76
2020s 280
2020 71
2021 69
2022 60
2023 59
2024 21
1798 releases

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Most popular minimal wave albums

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Tomb for Two
2013
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Domestica / Kraut
1983
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Suburban Playgrounds and Concrete Beaches
2012
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Linea Aspera
2012
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DJ-Kicks (Mount Kimbie) [DJ Mix]
2018
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New Kind Of Cross
2018
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Holding On
2017
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The Fad Gadget Singles
1986
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Sets & Lights
2011
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A Better Spider 1981-1985
2009
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Glory of Romance
2012
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Ssleeping Desiress
2015
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Rendez-vous en France
2007
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Lamaze
2021
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Detachment
2024
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The Withered Land
1983

minimal wave music by decade

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List of minimal wave artists

Here is a list of minimal wave artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the minimal wave genre. You can find out what minimal wave genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 29 22692
2 30 14249
3 34 52245
4 31 30433
5 18 9944
6 28 21359
7 27 24401
8 26 12419
9 25 31408
10 24 22024
11 22 24555
12 20 14709
13 22 24243
14 20 7278
15 13 3864
16 27 25575
17 14 11348
18 29 10237
19 33 22450
20 30 48593
21 9 3760
22 54 411843
23 32 31012
24 26 28827
25 27 24890
26 23 29189
27 13 3688
28 23 21319
29 35 46242
30 20 9477
31 17 5961
32 21 11777
33 15 10173
34 10 2065
35 23 14701
36 21 10199
37 15 13041
38 27 18822
39 12 2750
40 26 24698
41 23 8095
42 14 6412
43 26 28009
44 16 7499
45 29 6079
46 9 2846
47 16 9127
48 23 19034
49 22 7861
50 26 18764
51 14 8103
52 28 7132
53 9 3058
54 19 12744
55 12 7324
56 18 10979
57 17 10798
58 17 6320
59 19 2003
60 16 3654
61 10 6040
62 23 25644
63 20 10865
64 14 7906
65 22 14272
66 15 5379
67 14 8715
68 19 6940
69 12 11821
70 21 15026
71 21 2881
72 12 1385
73 20 12411
74 20 11151
75 16 3611
76 16 1385
77 18 5885
78 9 6607
79 18 4584
80 18 3883
81 9 3504
82 16 5853
83 17 4010
84 11 4020
85 10 3655
86 13 3736
87 12 4771
88 14 2405
89 10 2007
90 13 5148
91 13 6218
92 10 3393
93 11 4456
94 11 1748
95 11 1032
96 11 1229
97 9 3107
98 9 1459
99 9 2323
100 8 4530

minimal wave playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular minimal wave music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.