The coolest artists of all time?

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Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac. Nicks' boho sense of cool is mirrored today by Ladyhawke, a passionate devotee. Another famous Stevie Nicks fan is Homer Simpson. In one 'Simpsons' episode, 'Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder', Homer takes out a "Before I Die I Want To..." list. At the bottom of the list is the phrase "See Stevie Nicks Naked" - checked off three times. Photo: PA Photos

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Johnny Marr, The Cribs. What makes the former Smiths guitarist so cool is his willingness to engage with a new generation of music fans, rather than coast on former glories. Disagree? Cast your vote at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST.

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Dee Dee Ramone, the Ramones. As one of the band's chief songwriters, Dee Dee - real name Douglas Glenn Colvin - was responsible for such songs as 'Rockaway Beach' and 'Commando'. He died in 2002 from a heroin overdose, aged 50. Photo: PA Photos

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Gram Parsons. The country prodigy - an avatar of dissolute junkie chic - lived with The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards while the Stones were recording 'Exile On Main Street' in 1972. It has been rumoured ever since that Parsons appears somewhere on the classic album, most likely as a backing singer on 'Sweet Virginia'. Photo: PA Photos

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Prince. In late 1987 the pop star was all set to release 'The Black Album', an untitled and brooding follow-up to his smash hit 'Sign O'The Times'. However, he ordered its withdrawal at the last minute, having experienced (legend has it) an ecstasy epiphany. He released 'Lovesexy' as the follow-up instead. Drug-addled arrogance or the height of cool? Have your say at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST. Photo: PA Photos

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Keith Moon, The Who. Cool or just deranged? The flamboyant drummer would often blow his drums up with fireworks. However, when The Who made their debut American network TV appearance on 15 September 1967, Moon overdid the quantities, and the resulting explosion put the network off air and partially deafened Pete Townshend. Moon himself was injured by a flying cymbal. Photo: PA Photos

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Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine. His coolness lies not in showmanship or gimmickry but simply the brain-mashing beauty he coaxes from his guitar. However, contrary to popular belief, Shields does not use many effects pedals. "Ninety per cent of what I do is just a guitar straight into an amp," he once explained. "It's all in the tone." Photo: James Quinton

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Janis Joplin. Aside from achieving fame in the '60s through her astonishing vocal power (first as lead singer of Big Brother And The Holding Company, and later as a solo artist), Joplin has also been credited with bringing tattoos into the mainstream. She had a heart etched on her left breast - at a time when body art was almost unheard of. Photo: PA Photos

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Brett Anderson. The true godfather of Britpop? The former Suede vocalist recently summed up his band's legacy thus: "We absolutely didn't want to celebrate Jimi Hendrix or The Beach Boys or any American. Instead, we wanted to pick over the minutiae of British life, and celebrate it. I don't think anybody could deny that we pretty much kicked off what became Britpop, and for a very limited time we were proud of that."

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Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin. Unlike many other monsters of rock, Page never let drugs entirely corrode his natural talent and drive. "When I needed to be really focused, I was really focused," he explained. "'Presence' and 'In Through The Out Door' were only recorded in three weeks: that's really going some. You've got to be on top of it." Photo: PA Photos

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Nick Cave. Uniquely amongst singer-songwriters, Cave approaches his art as a day-job, sitting at his desk from 9.30am to 5pm, six days a week (Sunday is his day off). Does Nick Cave deserve to be ranked amongst the coolest artists of all time? Cast your vote at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST.

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Slash, Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses. Before he discovered the guitar at age 15, the young Slash (real name Saul Hudson) was a keen BMX rider, and won a number of trophies. Thankfully his latter persona - low-slung Les Paul, afro and ciggy - was a darn sight cooler. Photo: PA Photos

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This now-iconic image of Kurt Cobain belies the fact that, before finding fame, the Nirvana frontman was a nervous, insecure misfit. One of his stranger habits was trawling thrift stores collecting second-hand board games and lunch boxes. Photo: PA Photos

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Mike Skinner, The Streets. He might be cool now, but the kitchen-sink poet took many years to shake off his youthful geekiness. At school, he admired American rappers and briefly, embarrassingly dubbed himself MC Lethal. Photo: Sebastian Artz

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Caleb Followill, Kings Of Leon. Does this son of a preacher deserve to be called one of the coolest artists of all time? Vote now at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST. Photo: PA Photos

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Jeff Buckley. Before signing to Columbia Records, Buckley had a weekly residency at New York's tiny Sin-E cafe (immortalized on the 'Live At Sin-E' EP). The gigs were laid-back affairs: Buckley would often jump behind the counter after his set and serve coffee to audience members. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Thom Yorke, Radiohead. Yorke has always been a champion of leftfield music. When he embraced minimalist techno with 'Kid A' in 2000, many people assumed it was a radical reinvention. Actually, he was merely returning to his roots: at Exeter Uni he had DJ'd and played guitar in a techno band, Flicker Noise. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Chuck D, Public Enemy. A lifelong iconoclast, the man born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour recently expressed fears that Barack Obama may not be given enough latitude by the US political system to make a genuine difference. "I think Barack Obama is the right man for the job, but maybe in the wrong country," he reflected, gloomily. Photo: PA Photos

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Bruce Springsteen. Anyone who dismisses The Boss as a Dad Rock dinosaur is sorely mistaken. A longstanding fan of minimalist synth-punks Suicide, he is set to release a cover of their 1979 track, 'Dream Baby Dream'. Springsteen has credited Suicide with inspiring some of his bleakest, most wintry songs, such as 1982's 'State Trooper'. Photo: PA Photos

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Angus Young, AC/DC. The guitarist's trademark "spasm" stage move - where he falls to the ground and plays guitar while kicking and spinning in circles - was originally the result of an embarrassing onstage gaffe. Young tripped over a cable: the "spasm" was an attempt to make the slip-up look deliberate. Photo: PA Photos

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Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers. As of Tuesday November 18 the bassist was topping the NME Readers' Cool List for 2008. Can he also triumph in the all-time list? Find out at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST. Photo: Dean Chalkey

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Ian Curtis, Joy Division. The tragic vocalist's influence can be gauged on a shallow level by the prevalence of stylistic copyists (Editors' Tom Smith, Interpol's Paul Banks). On a deeper level, the authentic agony he summoned in his lyrics prefigured the likes of Kurt Cobain and Richey Edwards.

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Jarvis Cocker, Pulp. The wider world might remember him as the bloke who waggled his arse ineffectually at Michael Jackson at The Brits in 1996. Intelligent people revere him as an arch chronicler of British society in the tradition of Ray Davies and Morrissey. Photo: Andy Fallon

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Keith Flint, The Prodigy. His 'Firestarter' vocal fused the twin British revolutions of rave and punk, creating a hybrid so visceral and thrilling it has never been equalled. Not convinced? Prove us wrong at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST.

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Iggy Pop. The fact that Iggy, 61, is now as comfortable discussing his extensive modern art collection as he is inciting a Glastonbury stage invasion, is proof that 'coolness', like punk rock, is an elastic concept. But Iggy undoubtedly embodies both with aplomb. Photo: Danny North

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Brandon Flowers, The Killers. So cool he doesn't even obey the basic rules of grammar ("Are we human, or are we dancer?" Eh?), Flowers has managed to parlay a drab Mormon upbringing into songs every indie fan on earth sings along to when drunk. Respect. Photo: Pamela Littky

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Debbie Harry, Blondie. She wasn't a flawless singer, but the impeccable world of scuzzy New York glamour Harry represented has echoed down through a generation of Greenwich Village hipsters, from The Strokes to Hearts Revolution. Photo: PA Photos

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Morrissey. The fact the former Smiths man has done so much to outrage the guardians of 'coolness' over the years paradoxically just make him even cooler. More than just a great lyricist, at his best Morrissey extends the noble line of English bathos and disappointment initiated by TS Eliot and Philip Larkin. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Meg White, The White Stripes. The placid ying to Jack's explosive yang, Meg is the anchor that prevents The White Stripes spinning off into the outer limits of hoary, widdly arena-rock. Vote for her at NME.COM/ULTIMATECOOLLIST. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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