The Future 50 – The Innovators Pushing Music Forward

For a full explanation of each of the fifty, check out our Future 50 Gallery.

Last year’s Future 50 list was discussed for months after, and now it’s time to start the debate all over again. In the true spirit of futurism, we’ve wiped the slate clean and compiled an entirely new rundown – if you were in last year, I’m sorry, but you can’t be in twice. The future is all-new.

La Roux in NME’s Future 50

Pulling the list together has been about looking beyond some of the more obvious sonic pioneers to find inspiration in places you might not automatically expect – Syria, for instance, or on the stage of a boy band institution such as Take That or, er, in Norwich.

In times of economic uncertainty everyone always yawns on about people hankering for familiarity and hiding in nostalgia. But that just doesn’t seem to make much sense. Surely it’s more reassuring to know that things are progressing and developing rather than lying stagnant?

After watching the 2009 Future 50 take shape, it is now our firmly-held belief that no matter what happens to us – come further financial meltdown, come raining sulphur or plagues of locusts, come the new Twang album, even – everything will fall into place. One day it will all make sense.

You can read about the Future 50 in detail in the new issue of NME.

In the meantime, you’ll find the list after the jump. Be sure to let us know who you think we’ve overlooked…

50. Gaggle
49. Xenomania
48. Invasion
47. Yo Gabba Gabba!
46. Diesel:U:Music Radio
45. Cooly G
44. Star And Shadow Cinema
43. Sonar Festival
42. Blackout Crew
41. 3OH!3
40. Stephen McGregor

39. Opera
38. Aldene Johnson and Hannah Marshall
37. Project Natal
36. Lady GaGa
35. Rostam Batmanglij
34. Hyperdub
33. Seb Chew
32. Sweden
31. Greg Kurstin
30. Beck

29. Sonic Boom
28. Take That’s stage show
27. Wolf
26. Micachu
25. Salem
24. Gigbaby
23. The Dream
22. Ray Tintori
21. Platform

20. The Big Pink
19. Twitter
18. Popjustice
17. Mike Sniper
16. Nick Zinner
15. Norwich
14. Bradford Cox
13. Mattias Arrelid
12. Dan The Automator
11. Blocks Recording Club

10. La Roux
9. Little Boots
7. Jack White
6. The XX
5. Omar Souleyman
4. Dizzee Rascal
3. Trent Reznor
2. The Knife
1. Animal Collective

For a full explanation of each of the fifty, check out our Future 50 Gallery.