Alex Turner. Not even the emetic confessions of girlfriend Alexa Chung ("We fall asleep with our arms round each other") could dent the charisma of the chief Arctic Monkey. Voting to decide 2008’s most fanciable male is hotting up. Jonny Greenwood is currently in the lead – but you can change that by voting at NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE.
Brandon Flowers, The Killers. No one-night stands with groupies for Brandon. Raised in a Mormon household, he’s a passionate believer in the tradition of marriage: "The devotion part, I think of my parents being married for 45 years and how thatâ
Carl Barat, formerly of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things (he disbanded the latter band in 2008, saying things had become ‘un-Libertine’), is currently riding high the NME.COM poll to decide the sexiest male artist of the year. You can help determine the winner, who will be announced at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 on February 25, by voting at NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE.
Matt Bellamy. The Muse frontman recently discovered the downside of mass adoration: he is being stalked by a disturbed male fan. "He’s from Ireland and he keeps coming to where I live in Italy," explains the singer. "And he keeps leaving bags full of crazy stuff, like loads of bottles with messages written on them."
Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs. The sharp-dressed drummer, who is also the band’s chief songwriter, is steadily growing in confidence as a singer. He sang lead vocals on three tracks on the band’s recently released third album ‘Off With Their Heads’: ‘Remember You’re A Girl’, ‘Good Days Bad Days’ (the last verse), and ‘Spanish Metal’ (alongside Ricky Wilson).
Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets/The Rascals. It’s been a mixed year for the Wirral-raised singer. While The Last Shadow Puppets went from strength to strength, Kane’s ‘other’ band were forced to postpone their tour when Kane contracted laryngitis and lost his voice.
Nick Valensi, The Strokes. The guitarist, whose wife Amanda de Cadanet gave birth to twins Silvan and Ella in October 2006, is one of three Strokes to make NME.COM users’ Top 20 sexiest males, the others being singer Julian Casablancas and drummer Fab Moretti.
Julian Casablancas, The Strokes. Attractiveness runs in the family: Casablancas’ mother, Jeanette Christjansen, was a model who won the title of ‘Miss Denmark’ in 1965.
Keith Murray, We Are Scientists. Murray, known for his offbeat sense of humour as well as his chiseled good looks, was nominated for World’s Sexiest Vegetarian 2007, losing out to Davey Havok of goth-punks AFI.
Jamie Cook, Arctic Monkeys. The softly-spoken guitarist’s rise to rock stardom has been head-spinningly rapid. He was still working as a bathroom tiler as late as May 2005. He once returned from a sold-out tour to complete a tiling job. Pic: Andy Willsher
Guy Berryman, Coldplay. The square-jawed bassist, who split from his wife and childhood sweetheart Joanna Briston in 2007, is the fourth richest man under the age of 30 in the UK, with an estimated wealth of Â£25 million.
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Ricky Wilson, Kaiser Chiefs. Wilson this year called for an end to the long-running feud between Kaiser Chiefs and Oasis. "It was quite exciting at first," he told BBC Newsbeat, "but now I just can’t be bothered talking about it anymore."
Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT. Evidently it’s not just NME.COM users who find VanWyngarden attractive. In August 2008 it was reported that the singer/guitarist was dating ‘Spiderman’ star Kirsten Dunst.
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Noel Fielding, The Mighty Boosh. It’s no surprise Fielding made the Top 20, since he also won Sexiest Male at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008. After the ceremony he claimed to be baffled by the award: "I think I have a strange face."
Pic: Andy Fallon
Jack White. Even though there was no White Stripes album in 2008, it was still a busy year for White. In addition to the quick-fire release of The Raconteurs second album ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’, he also teamed up with Alicia Keys to record the theme song for the James Bond film ‘Quantum Of Solace’.
Jared Followill, Kings Of Leon. Jared is actually the bass player’s middle name – his full name is Michael Jared Followill. He shares this quirk with the other members of the band. Frontman Caleb Followill’s real first name is Anthony, drummer Nathan’s is Ivan, and guitarist Matthew’s is Cameron.
Pic: Tom Oxley