Since the early 80s, Duran Duran have been one of the UK’s greatest bands who once stood at the forefront of the new wave revolution. Far from being a manufactured boy band, the talents of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and the three Taylors (Andy, John and Roger) proved they had the songwriting abilities to match their good looks. Churning out dozens of chart successes across their 40-year career, they built upon a legacy of iconic music videos that dominated MTV and took the US by storm. Revealing why the synth-pop band are icons above and beyond the new wave era, here are our 20 best Duran Duran songs.
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20: (Reach Up For The) Sunrise (2004)
In 2001, the “classic” five-piece Duran Duran line-up reunited for the first time since 1985 and recorded the band’s 11th album, Astronaut. Chosen as the album’s lead single, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise was a total blast from the past in more ways than one. An energetic dose of 80s pop nostalgia with an uplifting, anthemic chorus, it quickly took its place among the best Duran Duran songs.
Speaking about the song, guitarist Andy Taylor said, “That’s one of the things that drives us – melodic songs that people can relate to has always been our thing.” Lovingly crafted for their ageing fanbase, it’s remarkable to hear how little Simon Le Bon’s voice had changed – despite being in the pop game for 20 years at the time, he’d lost none of his passion and sounded like he hadn’t aged a day. A true crowd-pleaser.