I have seen many songs/albums from the 1978-1984 era, being labeled as “New Wave”. But I believe many of them are not. For example this song:
Is labeled as “New Wave” but I believe it’s Synth-Pop. There’s a big confusion between those two genres, and many Synth-Pop songs are labeled as New Wave, which is wrong in my opinion. It’s true that in Synth-Pop they use New Wavish basslines, but the difference is that Synth is the lead instrument unlike New Wave where Bass is the lead instrument.
New Wave is something more like this:
So what’s your own definition?