NME Cool List 2008

Before talking about NME’s seventh annual cool list, it’s kind of cool to look quickly at the 2007 Top 10 to see who’s still … cool. Lethal Bizzle? Barely. Amy Winehouse? Lucky to be alive. Ditto Keith Richards. Beth Ditto? No. Last year one, two, and three went, respectively, to Gallows’ Frank Carter, Klaxons’ Jamie Reynolds and CSS’s Lovefoxx. This year they’re all far from the top 10 and the coolest three folks didn’t make the list at all 12 months ago. That’s the fleeting nature of cool. We have the list, along with the cool person’s position last year or if they’re a “new entry.”

50 Jon McClure, Reverend And The Makers (new entry)
49 Carl Barat, Dirty Pretty Things (new entry)
48 Lethal Bizzle (last year: 5)
47 Eva Spence, Rollo Tomassi (new entry)
46 Matt Bellamy, Muse (last year: 19)
45 Brian Fallon, Gaslight Anthem (new entry)
44 Gruff Rhys, Neon Neon (new entry)
43 Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (last year: 28)
42 Tom Vain, SCUM (new entry)
41 Shunda K, Yo Majesty (new entry)
40 Robert Plant (new entry)
39 Robbie Furze, The Big Pink (new entry)
38 Jason Pierce, Spiritualized (new entry)
37 Brandon Flowers, The Killers (last year: 44)
36 Frank Carter, Gallows (last year: 1)
35 Little Boots (new entry)
34 DJ Muhava -(new entry)
33 Josh Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age (last year: 34)
32 Lovefoxxx, CSS (last year: 3)
31 Rivers Cuomo, Weezer (new entry)
30 Will Roan, Amazing Baby (new entry)
29 Scarlett Johanssen (new entry)
28 Miles Kane, The Rascals/The Last Shadow Puppets (new entry)
27 Yannis Philippakis, Foals (last year: 45)
26 Nick McCabe, The Verve (new entry)
25 Peter Gabriel (new entry)
24 Zack de la Rocha, Rage Against The Machine (new entry)
23 Jamie Reynolds, Klaxons (last year: 2)
22 Jay Reatard (new entry)
21 Damon Albarn (new entry)
20 Dev Hynes, Test Icicles (last year: 49)
19 Florence Welch, Florence And The Machine (new entry)
18 Ed MacFarlane, Friendly Fires (new entry)
17 Santogold (last year: 48)
16 Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend (new entry)
15 Johnny Marr (new entry)
14 Dave Sitek, TV On The Radio (new entry)
13 Lil Wayne (new entry)
12 Guy Garvey, Elbow (new entry)
11 Pink Eyes, Fucked Up (new entry)
10 Caroline Mackay, Glasvegas (new entry)
09 Liam Gallagher, Oasis (new entry)
08 M.I.A. (last year: 11)
07 Caleb Followill, Kings Of Leon (last year: 21)
06 Ladyhawke (new entry)
05 Sam Dust, Late Of The Pier (new entry)
04 Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys/The Last Shadow Puppets (last year: 6)
03 Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT (new entry)
02 Jay-Z (new entry)
01 Alice Glass, Crystal Castles (new entry)

I can’t believe Joe The Plumber didn’t make the list. And Kanye is crying in Auto-Tune. Liam Gallagher’s back in the top 10, but Noel’s dropped off entirely because getting pushed off a stage is so not cool. Peter Doherty and Winehouse are gone because drugs aren’t cool. Neither are the Gossip. But Kings Of Leon are? Pregnancy is cool. As are old people, Robert Plant and Peter Gabriel, too.