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NME Cool List 2011 - The Big Picture

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Posted on 21 Nov 11

 
 

NME Cool Lost 2011




  1.    Azealia Banks

  2. Officially the coolest person in music right now, she accidentally fell into music, she tells it like it is, and she has the most unpredictable style in the world.
    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME


  3.    Jarvis Cocker

  4. He's pretty much been cool since the day he was born, but with Pulp's reunion this past summer, we were reminded just how charmingly awesome he is.
    Photo: Guy Eppel

    Photo: Guy Eppel


  5.    Honor Titus

  6. The frontman behind Cerebral Ballzy's pissy snot-punk claims he is and always has been a geek, but he plans on making a few chart-topping singles before succumbing to liver failure.
    Photo: Matt Salacuse

    Photo: Matt Salacuse


  7.    Serge Pizzorno

  8.    Tom Meighan

  9. Coming in at a tie are Kasabian's two main men. Well, we think Serge might be marginally cooler - pick up a copy of this week's mag to read as the two fight it out amongst themselves.
    Photo: Andy Willsher

    Photo: Andy Willsher


    Photo: PA

    Photo: PA


  10.    Lana Del Rey

  11. No one's caused quite a stir in the indie world as this lass has. She's the Marmite act of the year - but in 2011, NME totally dig Marmite.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


  12.    Rhys Webb

  13. Although Faris makes a great frontman for The Horrors, it's Rhys that takes the cake for cool. The hair, the cheekbones - he's got it all.
    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley


  14.    Theo Hutchcraft

  15. One (cooler) half of Hurts, Theo's always dressed sharp, his hair's always in place, he's got a private jet and he's the funniest man on Twitter.
    Photo: Emilie Bailey

    Photo: Emilie Bailey


  16.    Matt Helders

  17. Everyone can agree that Alex Turner's cool - but 2011 is a year of victory for Mr. Helders, as he's outranked his fellow Arctic Monkey. The mag this week explains why.
    Photo: Ed Miles

    Photo: Ed Miles


  18.    Ellery Roberts

  19. We told you Wu Lyf would define 2011, and sure enough, they did. He speaks in the mag about his accolade.
    Photo: Andy Willsher

    Photo: Andy Willsher


  20.    Noel Gallagher

  21. Just missing out on the top 10 is Oasis brother Noel G.
    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley


  22.    Dave Grohl

  23. We've said it before and we'll say it again - he's pretty much the nicest guy in rock 'n' roll ever.
    Photo: Danny North

    Photo: Danny North


  24.    Laura Marling

  25. She's wearing an Iron Maiden tee in this mag this week.
    Photo: Richard Johnson

    Photo: Richard Johnson


  26.    Katy B

  27. Private jets are the norm now for this girl.
    Photo: Cat Stevens

    Photo: Cat Stevens


  28.    Alex Turner

  29. Alex speaks out about the quiff in the mag feature.
    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley


  30.    Gaspard Auge

  31. The facial hair notches him ahead of Xavier.
    Photo: Getty

    Photo: Getty


  32.    Janelle Monae

  33. Glasto sealed the deal.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


  34.    Charlie Fink

  35. The Noah And The Whale frontman is in at eighteen.
    Photo: Richard Johnson

    Photo: Richard Johnson


  36.    Orlando Weeks

  37. The Maccabees' frontman oozes cool, and wait til you hear the new album...
    Photo: Dan Dennison

    Photo: Dan Dennison


  38.    Florence Welch

  39. With or without the machine, Flo's still got it.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  40.    Joe Mount

  41. Metronomy's mainman just misses out on the Top Twenty.
    Photo: Andy Willsher

    Photo: Andy Willsher


  42.    Freddie Cowan

  43. The Vaccines' creative force has been all kinds of hip this year.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  44.    Jack Steadman

  45. Don't let looks deceive you - the Bombay Bicycle Club man has it.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  46.    Elias Bender Ronnenfelt

  47. Frantic punks Iceage's not-so-secret talisman.
    Photo: Tom Martin

    Photo: Tom Martin


  48.    Christopher Owens

  49. It comes naturally for the Girls man.
    Photo: Sadie Mellerio

    Photo: Sadie Mellerio


  50.    PJ Harvey

  51. Even the Mercury Music Prize panel acknowledged her allure.
    Photo: Richard Johnson

    Photo: Richard Johnson


  52.    Drake

  53. Making big $ while rocking silly jumpers - Drake, we salute you.
    Photo: Emilie Bailey

    Photo: Emilie Bailey


  54.    Tom Cohen

  55. We speak to the SCUM man in the mag this week.
    Photo: Annika Mottershaw

    Photo: Annika Mottershaw


  56.    Kurt Vile

  57. We can't get enough of the long-haired troubadour.
    Photo: Tom Martin

    Photo: Tom Martin


  58.    Kanye

  59. Balancing on the cool/fool precipice with panache.
    Photo: Joey Maloney

    Photo: Joey Maloney


  60.    A$AP Rocky

  61. Rap's coolest new fucker bar none.
    Photo: Dan Dennison

    Photo: Dan Dennison


  62.    Miles Kane

  63. Still bringing the retro chic.
    Photo: Andy Whitton

    Photo: Andy Whitton


  64.    Hayden Thorpe

  65. The Wild Beasts man aint just a pretty face.
    Photo: Ed Miles

    Photo: Ed Miles


  66.    Ian Brown

  67. King Monkey still rules the roost.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


  68.    Tyler The Creator

  69. For now, at least, the Odd Future goofball is in the list.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  70.    Frank Turner

  71. Keeping it real in an era of fakers.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  72.    Bjork

  73. Barmy brilliance as ever from Iceland's greatest export.
    Photo: Danny North

    Photo: Danny North


  74.    King Krule

  75. He might live with his mum, but that doesn't alter the fact his the 38th coolest dude in music right now.
    Photo: Tom Martin

    Photo: Tom Martin


  76.    Fred Macpherson, Spector

  77. Find out why in this week's mag.
    Photo: AM

    Photo: AM


  78.    Orlando Higginbottom

  79. The Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs feather-hatted lunatic is a gasp of fresh air.
    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Photo: Tom Oxley


  80.    Bethany Cosentino

  81. Best Coast lady is a style icon.
    Photo: AB

    Photo: AB


  82.    Nicky Wire

  83. We're lucky to have this impeccable trooper.
    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Photo: Dean Chalkley


  84.    Toddla T

  85. The Sheffield DJ and producer slots in at 43.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


  86.    Jordan Gatesmith

  87. Check out why we added the Howler frontman in the mag this week.
    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem


  88.    Johnny Lloyd

  89. The Tribes man has some stories to tell - get the mag for a taster.
    Photo: Tom Martin

    Photo: Tom Martin


  90.    Reni Alan Wren

  91. The Stone Roses drummer is resurrected.
    Photo: Retna

    Photo: Retna


  92.    Merrill Garbus

  93. Tune-Yards rocks face paint with panache.
    Photo: Getty

    Photo: Getty


  94.    St Vincent

  95. AKA Annie Clark, she talks in this week's mag about what makes cool people cool.
    Photo: Ed Miles

    Photo: Ed Miles


  96.    Ronnie Vanucci

  97. The Killers drummer and Big Talk man had us at the 'hello' part of his debut solo album.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


  98.    Liam Gallagher

  99. But of course.
    Photo: Press

    Photo: Press


    NME Cool List



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