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Depeche Mode.. The Best 80's Band

Updated on June 21, 2009

Depeche Mode.. The Best 80's Band Ever

For more than 20 years I’ve had a love affair with someone other than my husband…the band Depeche Mode.

Depeche Mode is sometimes rock, a lot of new wave, a sprinkling of goth, almost always good dance music and DEFINITELY an 80’s band. They consistently pass the critical car test.. which means that at any time you can find a Depeche Mode song to play in the car and sing to it, no matter what time of day or what mood you’re in.

Don’t get me wrong.. I am not stuck in the 80’s. I like a lot of the more recent music like BuckCherry, Papa Roach, Kid Rock, Linkin Park and The Offspring. But I do still listen to and love a lot of 80s music. I graduated high school in the 80's and witnessed the birth of MTV.

Depeche Mode is 80s, but they’re also 90’s and in the 2000’s.

For those of you who have never heard of the band, they were formed in England back in 1980- originally as a foursome, but they’re now a trio with Martin Gore (chief songwriter, keyboards, guitar and vocals), Dave Gahan (lead vocals) and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards).

Some rock n roll aficionados often make fun of this band because they don’t have a drummer- just a drum machine. Therefore- they’re not a real band in their opinion. My opinion? Who cares.. they sound good which is all that matters. And millions of others agree…

According to Wikopedia, “Depeche Mode are one of the longest-lived, most successful and influential bands to have emerged from the New Romantic and New Wave era.” They are popular in both the U.K. and the U.S., have had several number one albums and 45 songs on top singles charts. Worldwide record sales exceed 100 million copies.

The band is still together, is currently working on their 12th studio release and are planning a 2009 live “Tour of the Universe”. This will be Depeche Mode’s first ever stadium tour in which they’ll perform in 28 cities across 21 countries. The tour will launch on May 10, 2009 in Israel. Their last European tour sold 1.8 million tickets across 87 shows and smashed sales records.

Listen to "Just Can't Get Enough" by clicking the right arrow below...

Here are my Top 5 favorite Depeche Mode Songs:

"Just Can’t Get Enough": “When I’m with you baby, I just go out of my head- and I just can’t get enough.. I just can’t get enough”. This song is so happy and upbeat, you can sing and dance to it and it has a very catchy keyboard riff. This was Depeche Mode’s third single, released in the UK in ’81 then the US in ’82, and included on the album Speak and Spell. It is physically impossible to be in a bad mood while this song is playing.

"Strangelove": “There will be times, when my crimes, will seem almost unforgivable. I’ll give in, to sin..” This is the ultimate, dance club hit. Great beat, a little edgier and darker than some of the earlier stuff. It was Depeche’s 18th single, released in ’89 and included on the album Music for The Masses. I also love the song "Behind The Wheel", their 20th single also from Music From the Masses.

Jumping into 1990, "Enjoy the Silence" was their 24th single. “All I ever wanted, All I ever needed, Is here in my arms, Words are very – unnecessary, They can only do harm.” Another great car song, dance song, easy to memorize song. Has a great, somewhat calming feeling to it.

Listen to "Home" by clicking the right arrow below...

"Home", from the Ultra album released in ’97 is a slow, mysterious, beautiful ballad. You could consider this Depeche Mode’s make-out or slow-dance song. “And I thank you for bringing me here, For showing me home, For singing these tears, Finally I’ve found that I belong here.”

In closing....If you are a huge Depeche Mode fan like me, I salute you! Thanks for helping to support this incredible band. Please share your comments about Depeche below.

If you are new to Depeche Mode, I hope I’ve inspired you to want to listen. You have 11 CDs to choose from!! See The Essential Depeche Mode below.

Copyright © 2008, M. Reynolds, All Rights Reserved

The Essential Depeche Mode

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      Brendon Thomas 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Been a fan for most of my life now! They certainly have a more enduring brand and sound compared to other acts that faded over the years.

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      Paul 4 years ago

      Depeche Mode's best work came in the 90s with the outstanding trilogy of Violator, Songs Of Faith & Devotion and Ultra. Apart from Black Celebration and Music For The Masses, their 80s output was kind of embarrassing, particularly their first three albums. I think the title of best 80s band should go to either INXS or Public Image LTD. Both groups had solid careers in that decade before completely falling apart in the 90s. Just my opinion.

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      AW 6 years ago

      I've loved this band since '84. A great bunch of down to earth guys.....

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      CHARLES SHEN 7 years ago

      DM they are the BEST ever!

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      Selvam, Sivagangai 7 years ago

      You want good music, listen to Bob Dylan. Please throw away your DM cassette tapes.

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      moncrieff 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Your top 5 definitely would be within my top 10). I would include Jezebel and Peace Will Come To Me off their latest album. Funny, I didn't think about them not having a drummer. Whatever means they have to make good music... I saw them live in the 90s.

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      Rick 8 years ago

      like most people i got into DM from the start, and they are still a great act. saw them in Barcelona 21/11/09 and will see them in Birmingham 13/12/09 hoping to get tickets for the last show on this tour in Dusseldorf on 27/2/10 as i don't think that they will ever tour again.... this tour has been tremendous as the music has covered most peoples favourite DM tracks taken from Black Celebration,Violator,SOFAD, albums that i feel define DM more than any of their other albums. This tour now only has a few dates to run and should you get the chance, go and see them you wont be may be your last chance

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      Merihem 8 years ago

      Being so in love with Depeche Mode for so many years, I really enjoyed reading this. Though I've been somewhat disappointed with their last contribution, DM has withstood the test of time. I still listen to A Broken Frame as well as Violator (it saddens me this album is 20 years old).

      Remember music is subjective. Comparing one band to another is like comparing apples to oranges. I have DM days, Joy Division days, etc. It doesn't make one band better than another. I'm not a U2 fan, but I appreciate their music and their contribution to our society.

      Anyway, my 2 cents for what it's worth...

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      Undercover Lawyer 8 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA

      From the Violator album, how could you pass up "Personal Jesus"? Love the deep driving beat on that one. Plus, Johnny Cash covered it. Anything Johnny Cash covers is automatically vaulted into the highest levels of music immortality.

      How about Black Celebration? It's the sine qua non of DP albums!

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      bochelord 8 years ago

      Depeche Mode is for a huge minority. Is that what I think...

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      dan 9 years ago

      Depeche Mode tracks stand the test of time in general. What makes them so great is that most of the album tracks not released as singles are really good as well. e.g. Lie To Me and Halo

      Good to see tony's comments. I think Depeche Mode are actually better than U2 but War is my all time favourite album and Drowning Man and New Year's Day my favourite tracks.

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      tony0724 9 years ago from san diego calif

      One of my favorites was "Shake The Disease "very early Depeche Mode and a very haunting but beautiful song . But In my mind U2 has to get best band of the 80s .Although I have to say Depeche Mode was great !

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      boris 9 years ago

      strangelove actually came out as a 12" single in 1987. i remember riding my bike in the rain to the mall to purchase it. depeche mode forever!

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      Reynolds_Writing 9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Those bands were a lot of fun in the 80's. I can see their MTV videos now...

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I had seen Depeche Mode in concert when they first came out and I also enjoyed Baby Face, TLC , Bone Thugs and Harmony only to name a few. I was a genre junky.:)