NME Cool List 2011

NME has just revealed its annual Cool List — the 50 people in music that the magazine deems, for whatever reason, cool. And this thing is crazy! The largely unknown 20-year-old Harlem rapper Azealia Banks edges out Jarvis Cocker to top the list. Lana Del Rey, Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft, and WU LYF’s Ellery Roberts all placed in the top 10, and Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor Titus came in at an eye-popping #3. Maybe we’ll all be forced to acknowledge that a band named Cerebral Ballzy exists? I’d rather not, but I don’t get to decide what’s cool. Check below for the full list.

50 Liam Gallagher
49 Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers/Big Talk)
48 St. Vincent
47 Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
46 Reni (The Stone Roses)
45 Johnny Llloyd (Tribes)
44 Jordan Gatesmith (Howler)
43 Toddla T
42 Nick Wire (Manic Street Preachers)
41 Bethany Costentino (Best Coast)
40 Orlando Higginbottom (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
39 Fred Macpherson (Spector)
38 King Krule
37 Björk
36 Frank Turner
35 Tyler, The Creator (Odd Future)
34 Ian Brown (The Stone Roses)
33 Hayden Thorpe (Wild Beasts)
32 Miles Kane
31 ASAP Rocky
30 Kanye West
29 Kurt Vile
28 Tom Cohen (Scum)
27 Drake
26 PJ Harvey
25 Christopher Owens (Girls)
24 Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
23 Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (Iceage)
22 Freddie Cowan (The Vaccines)
21 Joe Mount (Metronomy)
20 Florence Welch
19 Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees)
18 Charlie Fink (Noah & The Whale)
17 Janelle Monáe
16 Gaspard Auge (Justice)
15 Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
14 Katy B
13 Laura Marling
12 Dave Grohl
11 Noel Gallagher
10 Ellery Roberts (WU LYF)
9 Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
8 Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts)
7 Rhys Webb (The Horrors)
6 Lana Del Rey
5 & 4 Tom Meighan & Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian) [tie]
3 Honor Titus (Cerebral Ballzy)
2 Jarvis Cocker
1 Azealia Banks

Previously: NME Cool List 2010