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.
A true underground don
Whether fronting seminal DC punks The Nation Of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War, or his new band Chain And The Gang, Ian Svenonius is a true underground don.
We asked him about his cult heroes. "My main hero is Fidel Castro because he really is heroic. In rock'n'roll, the people that people love are the ones who make one record or die. Like Nick Drake and The La's. I see myself as an edge-frayer, slowly polluting the rock'n'roll gene pool and having less people care about me."
Download: The Make-Up – 'Born On The Floor'