Having passed 2010’s midway point we decided it was about time we stop for a minute and take stock of the incredible selection of new NME stars we’ve welcomed into the fold over the past twelve months.

We started with a humungous long list, and hacked, snipped and pruned until we were left with an elite 50 names, who between them explain the smug look on our collective faces recently.

To coincide with this countdown we’ve selected a few of our favourites and immortalized them in poster form in this week’s magazine. Blue Tak at the ready...

But who have we overlooked? Let us know your own favourite new bands by posting a comment.

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