When in Rome – “The Promise” – (1988)

When in Rome – who are from Manchester, England – is a one-hit wonder of the new wave variety (there were so many of them). This song features an up-tempo synth line underneath soft-spoken vocals that, at the chorus, increase in pitch and musical effectiveness. That was a weird, wordy sentence but that’s kind of the definitive new wave/synthpop formula. “The Promise” is also famous for being featured at the end of Napoleon Dynamite.