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The names you'll find here are musicians whose artistic ability - genius, in some cases - has dwarfed their limited commercial success. So don your white robes and join us as we count down the 20 gods of cult.

Meanwhile, head to NME.COM/video to hear NME writers discuss these artists - and don't forget to let us know your own personal cult heroes.


US indie's ultimate cult hero

Daniel Dale Johnston is perhaps US indie's ultimate cult hero – yet he's seen his career hindered by his long-term bipolar disorder. Here’s Marina Diamandis on his enduring brilliance: "What I love about Daniel Johnston is that he can't hide his emotions and doesn’t have a lot of vocal control. I've got a Daniel Johnston T-shirt and I'm going to cover ‘Walking The Cow’ one day.

"On one hand it's disappointing he's never achieved mainstream commercial success, but he doesn't have it in him, I don't think. There’s nothing calculating or contrived about him and you need that to be commercial. All he cares about is his music and his cartoons. But he is real. He is what he is and makes people feel understood and less alone."

Download: ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’


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A romantic concept album about ducks - ohhhhkaaayyy

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Daniel Johnston - 'Yip/Jump Music', 'Continued Story/Hi, How Are You', 'Welcome To My World'

Flawed but charming reissues from Kurt’s favourite songwriter

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