NME crowns the coolest for 2007

    The NME Cool List. Great. It’s like junior high but for adults (Do you think I’m good-looking? Y or N). For what it’s worth, the list is in the new issue which hit newstands today. Or if you don’t want to buy it, we’ve got the list here.
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    According to Drowned in Sound, which provides said list in non-NME magazine form, the magazine asserts on this year’s list that “Punk Is Cool.’ Sorry, NME, looks like The Washington Post scooped you on that story.
    “Thirty years after the height of punk there are a whole load of new bands making wild and passionate noise,” says NME Editor Conor McNicholas. “But it takes more than just great music to make it to the top of The Cool List – these people effortlessly set trends with every breath they take – and it’s great to see that people like Keith Richards prove that you don’t have to be young to do this!”
    Yes, Keith Richards: the coolest friggin old dude. Well, since the death of Hunter S. Thompson.
    And since this is America, you can weigh in on the list here, and cast your vote. Go for it! Or if you have a way with words, spout off at letters@nme.com. Maybe someone can explain how Thom Yorke drops from number nine to number 12 this year. Is there an algorithm involved in this process or what?
    Drum roll, please. The 50 Coolest:
    1. Frank Carter ” Gallows
    2. Jamie Reynolds ” Klaxons (13)
    3. Lovefoxxx ” CSS (10)
    4. Ryan Jarman ” The Cribs
    5. Lethal Bizzle
    6. Alex Turner ” Arctic Monkeys (32)
    7. Kate Nash
    8. Amy Winehouse (50)
    9. Beth Ditto ” The Gossip (1)
    10. Keith Richards ” The Rolling Stones (26)
    11. MIA
    12. Thom Yorke ” Radiohead (9)
    13. Drew McConnell – Babyshambles
    14. Prince
    15. Tom Clarke ” The Enemy
    16. Noel Gallagher ” Oasis
    17. Hayley Williams – Paramore
    18. Brandon”’s Tache ” Brandon Flowers, The Killers
    19. Matt Bellamy ” Muse (27)
    20. James Smith – Hadouken
    21. Caleb Followill ” Kings of Leon
    22. Matt Helders ” Arctic Monkeys
    23. Eddie Argos ” Art Brut
    24. Craig Finn ” The Hold Steady
    25. Morgan Yeah? ” Does it Offend You, Yeah?
    26. Simon Neil – Biffy Clyro ” (28)
    27. Simon Taylor – Klaxons
    28. Karen O ” Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5)
    29. Kele Okereke ” Bloc Party
    30. Meg White ” The White Stripes (24)
    31. Tim Harrington ” Les Savy Fav
    32. Gerard Way ” My Chemical Romance (8)
    33. Jamie T
    34. Pete Doherty ” Babyshambles (28)
    35. Lou Hayter ” New Young Pony Club
    36. Ian Brown
    37. Joe Lean ” Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
    38. Andy Burrows – Razorlight
    39. Kyle Falconer ” The View
    40. Nicky Wire ” Manic Street Preachers
    41. Josh Homme – Queens of the Stone Age
    42. Cole Alexander – Black Lips
    43. Suki – Real Heat
    44. Brandon Flowers ” The Killers (29)
    45. Yannis Philippakis – Foals
    46. Patrick Wolf
    47. Carlos D – Interpol
    48. Santogold
    49. Dev Hynes ” Lightspeed Champion
    50. Spider Webb ” The Horrors
    (Last year’s positions in brackets)