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: “Think a cross between National Lampoon’s European vacation, Summer Lovers and your favourite Yankee mall rat flick from the John Major years.”
Essential Track: ‘Colours’.
NME said: "This music is nestling up to the true connoisseur's canon of early 90's US indie."
Essential Track: 'Automatic'.
NME said: “Dubstep's crossover moment has arrived.”
Essential Track: 'I Need Air'.
From: New York.
NME said: "The most likeable hipster in the world".
Essential Track: 'Radar Detector'.
NME said: "Dark, questioning themes seem to be Marina's speciality, and when delivered in her distinctive tremulous tones, they carry a weight that other chart-friendly acts would find hard to bear."
Essential Track: 'The Outsider'.
NME said: "Their debut album is a raucous, uninhibited romp of a record that is run through with the energy of youthful abandon and bored callous rebellion."
Essential Track: 'Be My Girl'
NME said: "Instinct-guided and gut clever, Sleigh Bells are a simple band, delivering simple potent pleasure."
Essential Track: 'Crown On The Ground'.
NME said: "Confrontational, bruised and battle-scarred drone-pop."
Essential Track: 'Heavy Pop'.
From: Brooklyn, New York.
NME said: "So flawless you almost feel embarrassed for everyone else."
Essential Track: 'Let's Go Surfing'.
From: Los Angeles.
NME said: "Cat-obsessed stoners reviving slacker for a new generation."
Essential Track: 'When I'm With You'.