Inspired by the 1980’s, the new wave of synthwave music and samples, synthwave artists are churning out instrumental tracks with heavy focus on synthesizers, reverbs, and sci-fi samples. Nostalgia plays a big part in the synthwave culture reminding us of the 1980’s which saw the rise of electronic music.
2016 has been an incredible year for music, and synthwave is no exception. A lot of amazing material has been produced, and interest in the genre has continued to grow. The following is a list of top 10 synthwave songs that are keeping the ’80’s soundtrack spirit alive.
List of Top 10 Best Synthwave Songs of All Time until in 2017
10. Dance with the Dead – Skeletons in the Attic
Skeleton in the Attic has to be one of the best songs by Dance with the Dead (DWTD). This track is from their 2015 album Magnatron. The song has just enough dose of darkness to set the tone, but the track has so much energy. DWTD has consistently produced high quality music and is a favourite among synthwave music lovers. This is the reason why it’s one of our top 10 best synthwave songs of all time.
9. Raydar – Night of the Dead
The song, Night of the Dead, is from the 2015 album Evil Squad. This fast-paced song has just enough grind to make it delightful and airy as most ‘80’s songs. Raydar is a true retro artist and his music is a hit in the synthwave world. His music has depth and dimension. We’re not drowned in distortion; instead we’re given a balanced serving of our daily destruction. This song is a good example of dark retro synthwave done right.
8. Lazerhawk – King of the street
Lazerhawk is an Austin-based musician whose songs lean on the action side of the synthwave spectrum. King of the Street is a song in his 2013 album Skull and Shark. This song is everything pure synthwave should be: desperately hopeful, energetic, full of electricity. He has the ability to bring out imagination of others through his music. His songs make you feel like a warrior fighting some very weird and gothic creatures and winning! He has a great sound that captures the horror possibilities of the synthwave genre.
7. Gunship- Tech Noir
Tech Noir, a track from their 2015 album pays homage 1980s nostalgia and is considered one of the popular synthwave genre songs of 2015. Gunships great music coupled with innovative and interesting videos make their song a must-have for any synthwave music lover.
Gunship is a British Synthwave band formed in 2010. Gunship’s music has been described as influenced by the soundtracks of 80’s film, television shows, video games & cartoons, which is all synthwave music is all a about, a good reminder of the 80’s.
6. Mitch Murder – Interceptor
Mitch Murder is a Swedish electronic musician from Stockholm, known as one of the many artists that popularized the synthwave genre. Mitch Murder is an artist that you can’t really find anymore. 80’s Electronic music was the catchiest music over all things. In Interceptor, Mitch Murder delivers everything that had to do with 80’s Electronic music! There were no dub step sounds or anything to ruin the soundtrack, in that matter. This song is pure perfection! His music is influenced by Paul Hardcastle, Vince DiCola, and Jan Hammer. This track is from his 2014 album Inceptor.
5. Power Glove – Blood Dragon
This is one of Top 10 Best Synthwave Songs of All Time until 2017. Power Glove is an Australian duo best known for producing the soundtrack to the video game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Gamers of the world fell in love with the Power Glove song. Blood Dragon is a gently mean and brutally steady song with a, cold atmosphere. I especially like the instrumentals and the thoughtfully chosen lead instrument. The overall effect is slightly spooky but surprisingly bright. That is why this great number is in our top 10 best synthwave songs of all time.
4. Electric Youth- The Best Thing
The Best Thing has to be on our top 10 best synthwave songs of all time list. The best thing was produced in 2014 by Electric Youth, a duo from Toronto, Canada. This duo creates futuristic songs that make us imagine what the future could be at the same time being nostalgic of our past.
The Best Thing was popular in 2014 and is said to be one is the best of that year and went on to top some retro music charts.
3. Com Truise – Silicon Tare
Silicone Tare is from his 2016 album titled, Silicone Tare. This track perfectly captures that cool 80’s feel that synthwave listeners love to hear. It has been overwhelmingly popular, which is why it is easily one of the top 10 synthwave songs on our list.
Com Truise has a vocal presence that can go in front of his cleanly designed backdrops. His music has a lot of instrumental that dominates the foreground. Considering how reliable Tom Cruise has become at delivering a certain mood with each release, it’s no great surprise that this song is so good.
2. Miami Nights 1984 – Accelerated
Michael Glover’s obsession with the ’80’s inspired him to start working with artists like Lazrhawk and Mitch Murder which led to the revival of synthesizer music. Recording as Miami Nights 1984, this Canadian producer whips up uplifting synthwave music like this gem, Accelerated. Miami Nights 1984 songs makes for the feel good, cool song to put on as you drive through city streets to more airy country roads. A truly beautiful song that we feel should be in the top 10 best synthwave songs of all time.
Kavinsky achieved greater mainstream recognition after his track, Nightcall, was featured in the 2011 film Drive. The song was also used in the soundtrack for the film The Lincoln Lawyer. Arguably the biggest name in the synthwave scene, Kavinsky draws inspiration from 80’s electropop and film soundtracks to come up with a distinct take on electronic music.
His track Nightcall which reminds us of the 80’s action movies, is one of the top 10 best synthwave songs of all time. It is also a well-known song in the mainstream media and a must have song for any synthwave music lover.
Synthwave has transformed from a whisper on a few select Internet hubs into a self-sustaining musical ecosystem hoisting itself up and expanding rapidly. After its emergence and popularity in France, synthwave artists are now found all over the world.
Most of the synthwave artists distribute their music themselves through online channels for music. In addition to Youtube, plays a massive role for synthwave artists — it is the way to promote their tracks.
Synthwave artists commonly use 80’s science fiction artworks as inspiration, such as movie posters, commercials, VHS covers, and the crude computer generated graphics of the time.
Synthwave music is mostly used in video games and movies and is growing at a rapid speed and gaining may listeners who appreciate this kind of music.
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