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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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