New Order initially started on a similar route as their previous incarnation, performing melodic, dark songs. Soon however, they found their own sound and became a well known icon in new wave and alternative circuits, exhibiting a good deal of longevity. They have heavily influenced techno, and were themselves influenced by the likes of Donna Summer and Kraftwerk.
Their music has tended to be heavily synth-based, like other new wave bands', and among their better known hits are "True Faith" (1987), and "Bizarre Love Triangle" (1986). Their 12"-only release "Blue Monday" is the best selling 12" single of all time, though because the packaging was so elaborate--resembling a large 5" floppy disk--the band were said to lose a small amount of money on each copy sold.
New Order recorded the official song for English football team's 1990World Cup bid, "World in Motion," under the ad-hoc band name EnglandNewOrder. The song, co-written with comedian Keith Allen, was a number one UK hit.
In recent years New Order have become more comfortable with the Joy Division era of their repertoire, often performing live versions of JD classics such as "Transmission" and "Isolation." Joy Division and New Order were portrayed in the film 24 Hour Party People, which depicts Factory and its bands during their heyday.
Their 2001 release Get Ready is a departure from their older style as it is not heavily synth-dependent, but the bass-playing and Bernard's vocals make it still sound distinctively like New Order.