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Permanent wave

Most popular artists in Permanent wave

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre permanent wave by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
77,624,963
50,933,370
2
49,596,430
25,020,501
3
38,485,305
20,823,384
4
31,549,744
19,542,916
5
30,940,785
6,119,978
6
28,979,994
14,964,189
7
26,013,605
10,002,858
8
25,954,223
7,306,620
9
25,239,359
2,719,332
10
24,023,908
3,452,607
11
22,820,663
11,759,262
12
22,147,231
3,127,327
13
21,415,796
6,287,534
14
21,191,820
10,015,790
15
20,842,255
12,202,687
16
20,635,694
5,589,633
17
19,962,376
2,791,284
18
19,271,755
2,292,241
19
17,238,399
4,539,915
20
17,165,710
10,475,802
21
17,038,800
5,691,763
22
16,485,088
3,577,341
23
16,081,386
5,474,799
24
15,905,299
6,340,094
25
14,822,443
5,821,339
26
14,500,626
2,748,536
27
14,225,822
7,801,588
28
13,500,920
3,250,792
29
13,337,818
8,784,968
30
12,502,701
1,481,200
31
12,159,326
2,820,952
32
11,878,698
1,295,318
33
11,686,305
2,003,006
34
11,652,010
3,317,394
35
11,303,986
5,092,091
36
11,261,913
3,342,221
37
10,791,994
2,987,267
38
9,752,351
2,338,894
39
9,678,951
4,493,055
40
9,414,179
2,970,815
41
9,411,308
2,456,862
42
8,597,307
835,917
43
7,634,485
1,177,225
44
7,468,918
2,310,513
45
7,266,401
1,829,662
46
7,083,852
2,953,471
47
6,604,836
1,550,863
48
6,377,085
1,825,023
49
6,220,912
2,183,258
50
5,733,782
2,627,418
51
5,477,326
1,141,075
52
4,892,967
1,825,439
53
4,612,003
1,736,967
54
4,609,161
1,508,957
55
4,452,958
1,624,189
56
3,968,198
1,367,543
57
3,848,471
2,284,877
58
3,539,684
1,109,889
59
3,513,916
1,397,827
60
3,464,098
1,937,128
61
3,332,015
1,920,264
62
3,191,976
3,363,225
63
3,169,116
609,277
64
3,161,014
793,490
65
2,791,531
1,593,592
66
2,702,674
550,928
67
2,648,932
878,873
68
2,623,237
1,448,755
69
2,420,801
941,030
70
2,336,399
974,416
71
2,314,099
1,123,484
72
2,282,924
1,207,757
73
2,259,451
618,332
74
2,253,422
2,084,549
75
2,058,072
491,549
76
1,785,493
677,968
77
1,664,745
564,290
78
1,658,346
622,079
79
1,629,902
922,556
80
1,612,644
786,985
81
1,585,189
1,119,557
82
1,524,291
1,417,756
83
1,431,886
772,244
84
1,355,571
1,083,051
85
They Might Be Giants
1,316,678
442,387
86
1,310,483
514,183
87
David Byrne
1,264,268
380,369
88
Tori Amos
1,127,473
796,850
89
1,063,095
397,292
90
The Magnetic Fields
925,334
227,986
91
The Stooges
901,472
624,462
92
Manic Street Preachers
886,528
686,449
93
Billy Bragg
885,429
168,563
94
Gary Numan
853,745
454,148
95
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
816,266
554,588
96
Yo La Tengo
786,314
517,144
97
Cracker
675,072
104,308
98
Dinosaur Jr.
647,743
534,284
99
The Replacements
643,033
292,000
100
k.d. lang
621,412
393,081
101
Ben Folds
553,672
302,924
102
Liz Phair
508,675
181,387
103
The English Beat
493,863
145,059
104
Aimee Mann
470,711
244,260
105
Ben Folds Five
352,625
277,424
106
Adam Ant
281,783
283,745
107
The Afghan Whigs
142,374
115,514
108
B-Movie
55,533
14,826
109
Bob Mould
49,528
73,610
110
Juliana Hatfield
32,517
50,523

Some info about permanent wave

Permanent wave, often shortened to "perm wave," is a music genre that captures the essence of 1980s and 1990s pop rock, infused with modern sensibilities and production techniques. It straddles the line between nostalgia and contemporary innovation, appealing to both aficionados of classic rock and new-wave sounds and listeners in search of fresh, vibrant music with a touch of retro flair. This genre, although not strictly defined by a particular set of sonic rules, generally features catchy melodies, synthesizer-heavy arrangements, and a polished aesthetic that echoes the golden days of MTV and radio hits.

The term "permanent wave" itself is a play on words, riffing off the "new wave" genre that dominated the music scene in the late 1970s and 1980s. While new wave was known for its embrace of the avant-garde, incorporating electronic music and experimental production techniques, permanent wave pays homage to these elements while integrating them into a more contemporary context. It might include the gloss of modern pop or the raw energy of indie rock, creating a sound that's both familiar and distinctly new.

The roots of permanent wave can be traced back to the revivalist movements of the 2000s and 2010s, where there was a marked resurgence of interest in 80s pop culture and music. Bands began to emerge that, either through their style or musical approach, evoked the spirits of the iconic acts from the new wave era like Duran Duran, The Cure, and Talking Heads. Notable among these are bands like The Killers, whose debut album "Hot Fuss" (2004) featured synth-driven tracks with glamorous hooks reminiscent of the 80s era. Similarly, groups like Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand have occasionally dipped into perm wave through their energetic guitar riffs and sharp, witty lyrics that provide a nod to the post-punk and new wave predecessors.

In terms of geographical popularity, the genre doesn't belong to any specific region but resonates with audiences worldwide, particularly in the United States, United Kingdom, and parts of Europe where there is historical affection for 80s music culture. Festivals celebrating 80s and retro music often feature bands with permanent wave elements, which shows the enduring appeal and crossover potential of the genre.

Key ambassadors of the genre extend across a range of newer bands and established artists revisiting their roots. Artists like Phoenix, with their sleek, synthetic production and groovy basslines, echo the sounds of the permanent wave. Meanwhile, classic bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, who were pioneers in the original new wave scene, continue to influence the sound and aesthetics of contemporary permanent wave artists.

Critically, the genre is recognized not just for its nostalgic value but for its ability to innovate within well-trodden musical territories. Albums and performances within this genre are often praised for their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and the clever way they update and reintroduce past styles for the current era.

In essence, permanent wave serves as a bridge between past and present, offering a musical experience that is both reflective and forward-looking. It appeals to those who seek to relive the sonic adventures of the past while staying grounded in the dynamic expressions of today's music scene.