NME Cool List 2010

It looks like NME skipped their annual Cool List last year, so this year’s Cool List had to be extra cool (there are 25 more slots this time). You’ll recognized a number of American names in the top ten, including the Drums’s Jonathan Pierce (witness his cool in person at STEREO?GUN), Beth Cosentino, and Kanye West. Of Consentino they wrote: “Bethany’s walking proof that weed needn’t completely curtail creativity. Ha! Take that, scientists and government advisers!” I love that they modified it with “completely.” Other surprising names: Rivers Cuomo, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Willow Smith. By the way, there’s a 31-year age difference between Cuomo and Smith. You can be cool at any age, though you probably care less when you are old. The whole list:

75 Rivers Cuomo (Weezer)
74 Lewis Bowman (Chapel Club)
73 Caitlin Rose
72 James Blake
71 Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
70 Soulja Boy
69 Matt Bellamy (Muse)
68 Nathan Williams (Wavves)
67 Avi Zahner-Isenberg (Avi Buffalo)
66 Cher Lloyd from X Factor
65 Elizabeth Sankey (Summer Camp)
64 Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses)
63 Ernest Greene (Washed Out)
62 Glasser
61 Ryan Olson (Gayngs)
60 Eva Spence (Rolo Tomassi)
59 Cee Lo Green
58 Jack White
57 Daniel Blumberg (Yuck)
56 Gucci Mane
55 Rose Elinor Dougall
54 Julian Casablancas
53 LoneLady
52 Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav)
51 Josh Homme
50 Lady Gaga
49 Katy B
48 Plan B
47 Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)
46 Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio)
45 Jack Donoghue (Salem)
44 Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT)
43 Honor Titus (Cerebal Ballzy)
42 Nicki Minaj
41 Ethan Kath (Crystal Castles)
40 Ariel Pink
39 Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees)
38 Lee Spielman (Trash Talk)
37 Alex Hewlett (Egyptian Hip Hop)
36 Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)
35 Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
33 Willow Smith
32 Dan Devine (Flats)
31 Akiko Matsuura (The Big Pink/Comanechi)
30 Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers)
29 Skream
28 Jamie Reynolds (Klaxons)
27 Jenny Lee Lindberg (Warpaint)
26 Giggs
35 Jonathan Everything
34 Marina Diamandis (Marina & The Diamonds)
23 Dee Dee (Dum Dum Girls)
22 Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
21 Jay-Z
20 Ritzy Bryan (The Joy Formidable)
19 Kele Okereke
18 Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts)
17 James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem)
16 Yannis Philippakis (Foals)
15 Robyn
14 Zola Jesus
13 Hayden Thorpe (Wild Beasts)
12 Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro)
11 Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons)
10 Darwin Deez
09 Carl Barat
08 Jack Barnett (These New Puritans)
07 Jonathan Pierce (The Drums)
06 Paul Weller
05 Romy Madley Croft (The xx)
04 Beth Cosentino (Best Coast)
03 Kanye West
02 Janelle Monae
01 Laura Marling

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