The first ever Cool List appeared in 2002, and Jack White topped the chart. The rest of the top ten included members of The Strokes, The Datsuns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Streets, The Von Bondies, The Vines, The Hives and Nelly.
Justin Timberlake, who stars in new Facebook movie ‘The Social Network’ (watch an interview here) was the coolest person in music 2003. Other cool types included Beyoncé, Albert Hammond Jr and, erm, the drummer from Jet.
Carl Barât topped the list in 2004. However, he had to share the accolade with his band mate Pete Doherty. Seems we just couldn’t decide between the two.
2004’s other winner, Pete Doherty. Mike Skinner and Eminem also appeared in the top ten. As did Johnny Borrell. Oh how times have changed.
Alex Turner trumped the competition in 2005, knocking Pete Doherty off his perch. Liam Gallagher and Kanye West joined him at second and third respectively, while Prince Harry, Michael Jackson’s Jury, and Coca Cola featured in the corresponding ‘Fool List’.
The Cool List 2006 featured some choices that may seem incongruous now. The Young Knives and The Automatic featured in the chart while the top three postions went to Lily Allen, Faris Rotter, and Beth Ditto.
Gallows’ head honcho Frank Carter topped the Cool List in 2007, seeing off competition from Klaxons’ Jamie Renolds and CSS girl Lovefoxxx. He topped the chart predominatly for his frenetic live performances, willingness to literally bleed for his cause and his penchant for getting tattoos live on stage.
2008 was Alice Glass’ year. The Crystal Castles frontwoman was voted into the top spot ahead of Jay-Z and Andrew Vanwyngarden. When asked if cool matters she replied, “nothing matters. We’re all dust”.