The Cool List 2006: winners revealed

So who is number one?

The annual NME Cool List is out and here we confirm how has made it into the top half, and most importantly this year’s Number One.

Taking pole position is Beth Ditto, leader of The Gossip. Raised trailer park poor in Bible-belt state Arkansas, Ditto was bullied for her weight, frowned upon for her record collection and threatened with eternal damnation for her sexuality.

Fronting the greatest punk rock ‘n’ disco soul band on the planet for years, it wasn’t until 2006’s ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ – a soulful holler against Republican homophobia – that saw the band and Ditto take over indie dancefloors everywhere. As well as earn a place in Noel Gallagher‘s record collection.


Here’s the final part of the list 24 -1:

The list is:

24 Meg White, The White Stripes

23 Albert Hammond Jr, The Strokes

22 Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello

21 Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian


20 Jamie Frost, The Automatic

19 Jack White, The White Stripes/The Raconteurs

18 Carl Barat, Dirty Pretty Things

17 Ryan Ross, Panic! At The Disco

16 Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley

15 Tahita Bulmer, New Young Pony Club

14 The House Of Lords, The Young Knives

13 Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons

12 Liam Gallagher, Oasis

11 Paul Simonon, ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’

10 Lovefoxxx, CSS

9 Thom Yorke, Radiohead

8 Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance

7 Kate Jackson, The Long Blondes

6 Kieren Webster, The View

5 Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

4 Jarvis Cocker

3 Lily Allen

2 Faris Rotter, The Horrors

1 Beth Ditto, The Gossip

To see numbers 50 – 26 click here, meanwhile to go behind the scene of this year’s Cool List go to NME.COM/artists/cool-list/ now.

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