November 23, 2011
The NME Cool List is the ultimate guide to the 50 coolest people on the planet right now. On sale nationally from Wednesday November 23, this week's magazine unveils the 2011 list, while www.NME.com features galleries and blogs celebrating this year's champions.
Now in its 10th year, The NME Cool List celebrates the artists who have rocked the music world over the past 12 months. Previous winners include Jack White, Alex Turner, Beth Ditto and Pete Doherty.
Top of the 2011 list, and the coolest person in the World right now, is 19-year-old New York rapper Azealia Banks. So what makes her so cool? Her x-rated signature tune '212' is, according to NME, the most exciting track of the year, bursting with youthful rebellion and a can-do, F-you attitude. She's cocky enough to fall out with XL Records chief Richard Russell without committing career suicide. She bristles with a burning ambition to rule the world, and she's also been confirmed in the coveted opening slot of the NME Awards Tour 2012, previously held by the likes of Florence and Arctic Monkeys.
NME editor Krissi Murison says: "The NME Cool List has long been the most fiercely contested and talked about countdown of the year, and 2011 is proving no different with drummers usurping singers, brothers at war, and a whole new breed of rappers, frontmen and chanteuses set to knock the old guard off their perches. No wonder it's the list every musician in the world is desperate to be on - even if they might insist otherwise..."
Azealia isn't the only brand new hip-hop artist to do well. Drake (#27), A$AP Rocky (#31) and Tyler, The Creator (#35), challenge the old order, with last year's #3 Kanye West down to #30.
Drummers also come out on top, with Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders (#9) beating Alex Turner (#15) and The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci at #49, while singer Brandon Flowers does not appear in the list. NME Godlike Genius and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl also enters the Cool List at #12.
The countdown features familiar faces - Jarvis Cocker at #2, Noel Gallagher (#11), Liam Gallagher (#50) and Bjork (#37). But from top to bottom it's rammed full of the people set to dominate in 2012, including Tribes' Johnny Lloyd (#45), Howler's Jordan Gatesmith (#44), Spector's Fred MacPherson (#39), SCUM's Tom Cohen (#28) and Lana Del Rey (#6) amongst others.
The list that separates the great from the good also features:
Accompanying the 2011 NME Cool List is the fool list which this year features Ricky Gervais and Ed Sheeran. Not everyone can be cool.
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The full 2011 NME Cool List:
1. Azealia Banks
2. Jarvis Cocker, Pulp
3. Honor Titus, Cerebral Ballzy
4. Serge Pizzorno, Kasabian
5. Tom Meighan, Kasabian
6. Lana Del Ray
7. Rys Webb, The Horrors
8. Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts
9. Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys
10. Ellery Roberts, Wu Lyf
11. Noel Gallagher
12. Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
13. Laura Marling
14. Katy B
15. Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys
16. Gaspard Auge, Justice
17. Janelle Monae
18. Charlie Fink, Noah & The Whale
19. Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees
20. Florence Welch
21. Joe Mount, Metronomy
22. Freddie Cowan, The Vaccines
23. Elias Bender Ronnenfelt, Iceage
24. Jack Steadman, Bombay Bicycle Club
25. Christopher Owens, Girls
26. PJ Harvey
28. Tom Cohen, SCUM
29. Kurt Vile
30. Kanye West
31. A$AP Rocky
32. Mikes Kane
33. Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts
34. Ian Brown, The Stone Roses
35. Tyler The Creator, Odd Future
36. Frank Turner
38. King Krule
39. Fred Macpherson, Spector
40. Orlando Higginbottom, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
41. Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast
42. Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers
43. Toddla T
44. Jordan Gatesmith, Howler
45. Johnny Lloyd, Tribes
46. Reni, The Stone Roses
47. Merrill Garbus, Tune-Yards
48. St Vincent
49. Ronnie Vanucci, The Killers/Big Talk
50. Liam Gallagher, Beady Eye