9: Thom Yorke, Radiohead. While lesser pop stars spouted ethical gas (we’re looking at you, Martin), Yorke threatened to quit touring on environmental grounds in 2006. While performing â
50: Amy Winehouse. Tatted up and to the heavens and boasting a gob that makes Lily Allen look like Olivia Newton-John, Winehouseâ
49: Thorunn Antonia, Fields. Even if she wasnâ
48: Cat Power. Once a reliably erratic live performer, 2006 saw Chan Marshall sane, sober and so chic that Chanel hassled her to wear their jewellery.
Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
47: George Barnett, These New Puritans. He had the introverted arrogance of Ian Curtis, the literary leanings of a lonely bookworm and, oh, also fronted the best art-rock band to emerge in 2006. But how has George fared in 2007â
46: Jackie McKeown, 1990s. The snaggle-toothed rocker whoâ
45: Victoria Bergman, ex-The Concretes. Having parted from her fellow Concretes following a memorable performance on the Jonathan Ross Show in May, Victoria made her mark on 2006 with her effortless vocal contribution to Peter, John And Bjornâ
44: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Sam Duckworth put a firecracker up the arses of singer-songwriters everywhere last year, having more in common with Plan B than King Creosote – To find out how he fared in 2007â
43: Devendra Banhart. As if on a psychedelic magic carpet ride through the mystical realms of indie credibility, Devandra Banhartâ
42: Mince, The Fratellis. Fed up of pretty boys in 2006? Mince was the antidote. He obviously shunned hair straighteners, dressed worse than a Jet roadie and wore vests in public. but will this be enough to guarantee his cool in 2007? Pic: Danny North
41: Tunde Adebimpe, TV On The Radio. As well as fronting the phenomenal TV On The Radio, Tunde rocked our world in 2006 by being mates with Bowie, wanting to feed Dubya LSD and thinking "I will be your accident if you will be my ambulance" is a good chat-up line.
40: Ali Love. In the year New Rave broke, â
39: Mike Skinner, The Streets. In 2006, we rewarded Mike for dropping another number one album, reanimating Miami Vice chic, and pulling Pete Doherty onto his track â
38: Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream. When old Bobby G wasnâ
37: Jamie Williams, Tilly And The Wall. Tap dancing was never cool. Being a percussionist never cut the mustard either. But somehow in 2006, Jamie made the two achingly ice cold.
36: Mike Patton. With acely demented projects Mr Bungle, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and Fantomas on various stages of â
35: Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip. Sole champion of the blinged-up Eskimo-brainiac look, Alexis Taylorâ
34: Lupe Fiasco. Heâ
33: Vincent Vincent, Vincent Vincent And The Villains. We clapped the uniquely-monikered Vincent on the back for stirring up a rockabilly rebel riot in his fancy shoes and his spickâ
32: Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner made it into the Cool List for the second year running for playing a long game in 2006, shying away from publicity and hype and preparing for the release of â
31: Richard Hawley. Ex-Long Pigs guitarist Richard Hawley proved himself a one-man resource centre in 2006: joining Pulp as a touring guitarist, supporting Nancy Sinatra and releasing the Mercury-nominated ‘Coles Corner’. Whether he’s made today’s 2007 Cool List is another matter, however. Pic: Danny North
30 Statik: The producer invented a new genre of music in 2006 and got Pete and Carl back together – enough said. But did he do enough in 2007? Find out in today’s NME magazine. Pic: Dean Chalkley
29: Brandon Flowers, The Killers. Where would 2006’s Cool List have been without Flowers’ shameless, egocentric rock’n’roll bravado? Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
28: Pete Doherty, Babyshambles. Given the ever-present turmoil that follows the Babyshambles man, on first glance, 2006 was a good year for our beloved Pete. He got back together with Kate Moss, â
27: Matt Bellamy, Muse. Apparently, Matt Bellamy of Muse has very small vocal chords, leading to his particularly testicular singing. This is a man who’s not afraid to wax on about conspiracy theories, a trait to be feared and respected. This is a man who deserved to be at 27 in 2006â
26: Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones. Despite being 326 years old, Keith â
25: Jay Z. Last year, Jay-Z showed the hip hop world what a real man is by ending his vicious beef with Nas in handshakes not gun fire. Then he came to London and infiltrated rockâ
24: Meg White, The White Stripes. The sweetest drummer since Animal, Meg White makes bashing buckets look like an art. Despite doing, well, very little last year, she was still cooler than dry ice. Also accessorises like a demon.
23: Albert Hammond Jr, The Strokes. Nobody plays a guitar with a lit cigarette in its neck like Albert Hammond Jr. does. That alone would be justification enough for his inclusion at number 23, but 2006 was also the year in which Albert revealed himself as The Little Stroke Who Could, releasing a brilliant solo album â
22: Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello. Artist, actor, musician, complete and utter spacebagâ
21: Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian. 2006 was Sergeâ
16: Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley. So â
20: Jamie Frost, The Automatic. Jamie Frost filled 21st place in 2006. Guitarist in the gap year project of the decade, emo-boy Frosty is responsible for The Automatic’s rider request of a David Hasselhoff shrine in every dressing room. And he performed drunk on GMTV. His definition of cool? â
Pic: PA Photos
18: Carl BarÃ¢t, Dirty Pretty Things. While we hailed Barat as the most honourable man in rock, 2006 also saw the Dirty Pretty Thing break his collarbone in a motorcycle accident and persuade Paul Weller to play â
17: Ryan Ross, Panic! At The Disco. He’s the chief lyricist for a big bucks emo band and Brandon Flowers hates him, but thatâ
15: Tahita Bulmer, New Young Pony Club. â
14: The House Of Lords, The Young Knives. NHS specs. Tweed. Ashby-De-La-Zouch. Quite possibly the three least cool things in the world. How then, did one individual incorporate them all and still make this list? By having more self-belief, more insouciance, sharper wit, displaying more British eccentricity, rocking harder, and making us laugh louder than the rest of planet indie put together, thatâ
13: Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons. Thanks to the Klaxonsâ
12: Liam Gallagher, Oasis. In 2006, Liam revealed himself to be a bit of a sweetheart in an interview with us. A sneeringly cool sweetheart, that is. Will he make 2007’s list? Find out in the new issue of NME, out today. Pic: Dean Chalkley
11: Paul Simonon, The Good The Bad And The Queen. Look, the guy was in the Clash, heâ
10: Lovefoxxx, CSS. Anyone who can wind up an entire army of monkey-brained Meighan clones in the space of a few songs at NME.COMâ
8: Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance. Gerard’s wearing of his heart on his military shirt-sleeves has long made him a saviour of the broken, the beaten and the damned, and on ‘The Black Parade’ he stitched together the collective traumas of his band into a vaudeville theatre of pain that also happens to be the most spectacular rock record of 2006. Pic: Dean Chalkley
7: Kate Jackson, The Long Blondes. She took a generation by the hand and led it into an imagination flooded with French cinema, Jarvis fixation and silver-tongued tales of insecurity and heartbreak. Sophisticated but accessible, beautiful but not beautified, Kate was a walking representation of her band. Will she be in our list this year? Pic: Dean Chalkley
6: Kieren Webster, The View. Yes, he may have looked as though he was in perennial need of a wash, and his impenetrable Dundonian accent occasionally made it sound as though he was talking ancient Aramaic backwards, but just try and question his cool in front of his legions of female followers. To see where he came in 2007â
5: Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Her clothes, her voice, her performances (last year at Reading she sang a whole song with a sheet draped over her face) set her apart. Like David Bowie, sheâ
4: Jarvis Cocker. Cool is meant to have a half-life, but Jarv returned with an album that proves his worth as the British Bacharach (abetted by fellow old man du jour Richard Hawley), a genius Podcast series of creepy childrenâ
3: Lily Allen. Back in 2006 Lilyâ
2: Faris Rotter, The Horrors. In 2006 Faris emerged as a boy who grew up in seaside suburbia yet, with the help of a few friends, a love of obscure garage, hairspray and liberal lashings of Kohl, became part of the most sought-after, simultaneously loved and loathed band since the Pistols. To see where he came in 2007â
1: Beth Ditto, The Gossip. She came from trailer-park poverty in a neo-conservative bible belt state, and went on to defy every prejudice and sneer thrown at her, dropping the song of the year in a soul-punk riot affront to dated values. Even elder statesman of rock Noel Gallagher declared, â
The iconic cover of this week’s (November 7th) NME, containing the brand new Cool List 2007. Click onwards through this gallery to see 2006’s top fifty aficionados of Cool – then make sure to grab the new issue to see how your favourites fared.
The NME Cool List 2007 – 46 Patrick Wolf (re-entry): Boy wonder. Patrick Wolf has come a long way since stripping down to his waist and wailing out Celine Dion ballads at NME Pub Golf. This year he also brilliantly declared that "Mika is a twat". Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now.
Fresh from the high seas to, um, Sheffield… Pete And The Pirates play at Fuzztival at Sheffield University (October 27) – and we review it in this week’s NME, out now.
Pic: Claire Morris
Shamanic dancing breaks out as You Say Party! We Say Die! rock Fuzztival at Sheffield University (October 27). Read the definitive review in this week’s NME, out now.
Pic: Claire Morris
In next week’s issue of NME, pick up a free Bloc Party Collectors’ Edition CD, featuring four remixes of the band’s brand new single. Also see the issue for the opportunity to go to a super-exclusive Bloc Party gig at a secret location. Get your hands on the issue on November 14.
This week sees the unveiling of the 2007 Cool List – here are the two stars footing the bill, what magi of coolness can be higher up? Find out in this week’s issue of NME, out now.
Dave Grohl reviews the new Led Zeppelin compilation in this week’s issue – yes, that’s right, Dave Grohl! Check it out at UK newsstands today.
Last year’s Cool List caused quite a storm – here’s the cover of the issue that sent Beth Ditto to her rightful place at the top of the list.
The NME Cool List 2007 – 16 Noel Gallagher, Oasis: The big man. He tangoed with Ditto at the Britâ
Babyshambles – aw, they’re best buds… Check out our exclusive Pete Doherty interview in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Pennie Smith
The NME Cool List 2007 – 1 Frank Carter, Gallows (new): 2007 – the year punk broke again. One man led the charge. It was blood at first sight… He didnâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 18 Brandonâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 19 Matt Bellamy, Muse: We havenâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 20 James Smith, Hadouken!: Meet the nicest guy in Grindie-Rave. The man who splits opinion like he does crowds (during the bandâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 21 Caleb Followill, Kings Of Leon: Entering young manhood in style. He’s chopped the girly hair and no longer stalks hotel corridors in the buff. Itâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 22 Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: Even better than the gorilla in that advert. A successful clothes designer, a quality DJ and now – thanks to tips from band producer James Ford â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 24 Craig Finn, The Hold Steady: They played NME Towers. Nuff said. This year The Hold Steady excelled as one of the most exciting bands on the planet, while their show in NMEâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 25 Morgan Yeah?, Does It Offend You, Yeah?: Cooler than thou, yeah? Part-time singer/guitarist/comedian for DIOYY?, Morganâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 26 Simon Neil, Biffy Clyro: Setting fire to â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 27 Simon Taylor, Klaxons: All hail the Lovefoxxx-licking God of â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 28 Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs: No piffling one-line justification needed. Sheâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 29 Kele Okereke, Bloc Party: Scenester-baiting city boy. Heâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 30 Meg White, The White Stripes: Itâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 17 Hayley Williams, Paramore: A fizzing firecracker of emo-pop goodness. A salt-of-the-earth charm, an unapologetic ebullience and an ability to pen the (live) journal to our lives (see ‘Misery Business’), Williams is a bundle of emo-pop goodness. Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now. Pic: Ed Miles
The NME Cool List 2007 – 15 Tom Clarke, The Enemy [new entry]: Straight outta Hobbiton. From the tiniest frame came 2007â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 14 Prince (new): Still breakinâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 2 Jamie Reynolds, Klaxon (last year 13): Broken-boned new rave mongrel. Mercury-winning MDMAzement aside, heâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 3 Lovefoxxx, CSS (last year 10): Three XXXs, two catsuits, one fiancÃ©, zero holiday time. In the last 12 months CSS have played about 5,000 gigs and at every single one Lovefoxxx has worn two catsuits. Only one person can pull that off and sheâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 4 Ryan Jarman, The Cribs (re-entry): The enemy of generation Razorshite. The most anarchic Jarman bro spent the year pinning the Bovine Publicâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 5 Lethal Bizzle (new): Most sought-after grime star since Mr Muscle. If you can judge a man by the company that he keeps then the Bizzleâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 6 Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys (last year 32): Fluorescent adolescent. Because British rock has never seen such a figurehead so uninterested in attention or being famous. Top marks for not trying. Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now. Pic: Tom Sheehan
The NME Cool List 2007 – 7 Kate Nash (new entry): So cool sheâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 8 Amy Winehouse (last year 50): Was there any question of her not being on the list? We say, â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 9 Beth Ditto, Gossip (last year 1): Last yearâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 10 Keith Richards (last year 26): Who the fuck is Mick Jagger? Latest achievements: eating cigarettes and snorting his dad. And he has his own personal backstage cottage pie. All hail rockâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 11 MIA (re-entry): Flipped Uncle Sam the bird. Who needs America? Instead, MIA vowed to record her album in China and made such a multi-cultural mash-up masterpiece that the Yanks made her Top 20 anyway. Pic: Pieter M.Van Hattem
The NME Cool List 2007 – 12 Thom Yorke, Radiohead (last year 9): The Karl Marx of music. He delivered the best Radiohead album in 10 years and revolutionised the music industry in the process. Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now.
The NME Cool List 2007 – 13 Drew McConnell, Babyshambles (new): Indieâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 31 Tim Harrington, Les Savy Fav (new): Punk wears a dogsuit, or nothing at all. Tim Harrington frequently dons baby sleepsuits, Labradorâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 32 Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance (last year 8): Irritating the indie mainstream since 2004. The cockroach of the Cool List. No matter how hard the haters try to stamp him out, he just keeps coming back, and having made concept albums cool again, heâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 33 Jamie T (new): Wimbledonâ
Behind the scenes of this year’s Cool List photo shoots… New Music Editor Alex Miller interviewing The Horrors’ Spider Webb. See the full list in this week’s issue of NME, out now.
Kate Nash gets perked up at the shoot for our Cool List – find out what place the ‘Foundations’ star got to in the new issue of NME, out at UK newsstands now. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Suki from The Real Heat opens up her box of tricks at the NME Cool List photo shoot.
Suki from The Real Heat – we don’t want to spoil anything, but she’s in the Cool List… To see what other bastions of cool we’ve chosen, pick up a copy of the new issue of NME, out now.
The Verve play their first gig after reforming at Glasgow Academy (November 3), and we’ve got a great gallery picture from the show in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Andy Willsher
We also checked out Vampire Weekend for you at the Holy Cow club night at The Social in London (October 24). Check out what we thought in the Cool List issue of NME.
Pic: Sonia Melot
He used to be a hobo, his guitar’s only got three strings, but this dude’s a legend… Read our review of Seasick Steve performing at the Scala, London (October 29) in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Sonia Melot
Led Zeppelin release ‘Mothership’ next week and we’ve got Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl to review the colossal compilation in this week’s NME, at UK newsstands from today.
That’s another camera lens gone… Rave-metal behemoths Enter Shikari release their new mini-album ‘The Zone’ next week and we’ve got the definitive review in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Danny North
Hot new group Cut Off Your Hands feature in this week’s Radar section – check out the piece in this week’s NME, out now. Pic: Jo McCaughey
In our Tracks section, we crown Bloc Party’s brand spanking new single ‘Flux’ Track Of The Week – the song is released next Monday (November 12) and we’re giving away an exclusive free CD of remixes next week with NME (out November 14).
Gallows’ Frank Carter strips at our photo shoot for the Cool List. Pic: Dean Chalkley
We all really want a Spiderman costume now. Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion and Spider Webb of The Horrors at their Cool List shoot. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The NME Cool List 2007 – 48 Santogold (new): MIAâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 47 Carlos D, Interpol (re-entry): How is it on the West Coast? Gloomy. A coffin-botherer with the second best ‘tache in the business – Interpol’s silent bassist really shouldn’t be anywhere near as cool as he is, but he pulls off the Victorian undertaker look with devilish poise. Pic: Joe McCaughey
The NME Cool List 2007 – 34 Pete Doherty, Babyshambles (last year 28): Yes, heâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 15 Lou Hayter, New Young Pony Club (new): More than a porcelain pretty face. In between the Pony Club’s mad year, and her Jamie Klaxon-endorsed new-rave-WAG status, she’s even found time to release a single with her own frosty-cool band The New Sins. Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now. Pic: Joe McCaughey
The NME Cool List 2007 – 36 Ian Brown (re-entry): Some kind of preacher man. The great man showed up again with a manifesto that aims to right pretty much every wrong in the entire word, ever. Awe inspiring. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The NME Cool List 2007 – 37 Joe Lean, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong (new): Self-made Svengali. The vulpine Joe Lean had eight different record labels sniffing round before the Jing Jang Jong had even played 10 gigs. â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 38 Andy Burrows, Razorlight (new): Razorlightâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 39 Kyle Falconer, The View (new): The face of a child, the constitution of an ox. The Viewâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 39 Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers (new): A light that never goes out. At 38, Nicky Wire is like Pete Burns trapped in an eternal wife-swap with Frank Carter. He just made his best album in a decade, and became the only man in indiedom who dared speak out against Arcade Fire. Check out the new issue of NME, out now, to see the full Cool List 2007, and rate who’s cool and who’s not at NME.COM/Coollist now. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The NME Cool List 2007 – 41 Josh Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age (re-entry): Arctic Monkeysâ
The NME Cool List 2007 – 42 Cole Alexander, Black Lips (new): The acceptable face of the dirty South. Happy to piss, sick-up or get nudie in front of a paying audience is pretty amazing. Doing it while looking like you’ve just rolled out of a pigsty on to the stage is even better.
The NME Cool List 2007 – 43 Suki XXX, The Real Heat (new): The anti-Sugababe. While the industry fubs itself off about â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 44 Brandon Flowers (last year 29): Refreshingly keen on self-parody. It’s V Festival. We’ve spent the whole weekend introducing Brandon’s â
The NME Cool List 2007 – 45 Yannis Philippakis, Foals (new): If you wear skinny jeans, he hates you. After pretty much every conventional Foals gig, frontman Yannis takes it upon himself to organise an impromptu house party show in any kitchen thatâ
In a rare moment between arrests and court proceedings, we talked to Pete Doherty about struggling to stay clean and the future of Babyshambles – check out the interview in the news section of this week’s NME, out now.