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Genre
new wave
Parent Genre: rock

New wave is a genre of music that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is characterized by its use of synthesizers, electronic drums, and a focus on melody and rhythm. The lyrics often deal with themes of love, relationships, and social issues. The music is known for its upbeat and danceable sound, but also has a darker and more introspective side. The genre has been influential in shaping modern pop and rock music.


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List of new wave artists

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