Now we're over halfway through the year, we thought it was high time we looked back and rounded up the most exciting new acts to surface in 2010.
Here, then, are the 50 bands who've blown our minds over the past few months. Do you agree with our choices? Let us know who we've overlooked over on the Radar blog. You can also listen to every band on the list via our Soundcloud player.
Oh, and if you're in a new band yourself, make sure you sign up to NME Breakthrough - it's a great way of sharing your music with others and, just maybe, earning a write-up in the pages of NME.
From: Los Angeles
NME said: "This duo are so laid-back, they sound like Erland Oye in a crushed velvet smoking jacket."
Essential Track: 'Bermuda'.
From: Virginia, United States.
NME said: "WN specialise in humming, soft-focus garage indie. But the tunes come gleaming through immaculately in tact, teeming and longing. Every song on the album is a keeper."
Essential Track: 'Summer Holiday'.
NME said: "If there's one band capable of putting Manchester back on the map as the country's white-hot forge of forward-facing electronic sounds, it's Delphic."
Essential Track: 'Clarion Call'.
NME said: "Nashville's next gen rock 'n' roll classicists."
Essential Track: 'Listen To Your Love'.
NME said: "Aching with romantic possibility, its like Editors before they got rubbish."
Essential Track: 'Five Trees'.
NME said: "Frankie and the heartstrings are the result of some genetic splicing in Edwyn Collins' pop laboratory."
Essential Track: 'Hunger'.
NME said: “An ability to whip audiences into scenes of cultish adoration and violent chaos within the space of a few chords has become second nature to Californian hardcore malcontents Trash Talk.”
Essential Track: ‘Explode'.
From: Seattle, Washington.
NME said: "The shattered-heart spectral-soul of this Seattle loner seeps further into our guts, day-by-day."
Essential Track: 'Look Out Look Out;
NME said: "The sexiest damn lo-fi pop group to have stalked these shores in quite some time."
Essential Track: 'Found Love in a Graveyard'.
From: New Orleans.
NME said: "The tsunami of conscious rap music that's about to impact on these very shores, spearheaded by Jay, is one you can enjoy without feeling too trustafarian."
Essential Track: 'Rennaisance Man'.