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What Is Permanent Wave Music?

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Annika Hope


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Permanent Wave Music is a genre of music that has been popular in the United States since the early 1980s. It is characterized by a heavy reliance on synthesizers and drum machines, as well as a strong emphasis on melody and rhythm. It often combines elements of pop, funk, and rock music. 

Permanent Wave Music is a genre of music that blends elements of synthpop, post-punk, new wave, and electronic music. It is characterized by its heavy use of electronic textures and its focus on melody and atmosphere. Permanent Wave Music is often seen as an extension of indie rock, as it shares many of the same qualities and sounds. It is often seen as a bridge between the punk and post-punk eras, as it incorporates elements of both genres. Permanent Wave Music is known for its catchy hooks, its use of technology, and its ability to create a unique atmosphere.

Notable artists in the genre include Artic Monkeys, Nirvana, Coldplay, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, New Order, The Cure, and The Human League. But this is not an exclusive list, there are so many PWAs out there. That is what is so exciting and in this article, we will only scratch the surface. 

Artic Monkeys – Sculpture

Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars 

Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough

Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way 

Permanent Wave Music Online

You can always listen to the Permanent Wave Mix On Spotify here. This includes artists such as David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith, Oasis, etc. 

Permanent Wave Band

There is a band by the same name and they bring the worlds of Post-Punk, Surf, and a touch of Disco together, with an ultimately dance-driven rock sound.

They were on tour in NYC from 2014 – 2018 and do not have any current tours on their books. 

You can listen to their music here.  

There are a few genres that are related to Permanent Wave music and we have listed them here. 

  • Rock
  • Alternative Rock
  • Pop Rock
  • Art Rock
  • New Wave

Here are some more playlists you can listen to on Spotify using the links below – 

The Sound Of Permanent Wave

2020 in Permanent Wave

Closing Thoughts

If you are looking for an upbeat, energetic sound that is sure to get you moving, then Permanent Wave Music is a perfect choice. You are more than likely to have heard some or most of the artists on these playlists, but if not, then definitely give them a try today. I know that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend! Happy listening. 


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