NME has just released their list of 2008's "Hottest Men in Music," as voted on by NME readers. It's pretty clear that the readers dig pale, skinny guys with dark hair and slightly dead eyes.
Alex Turner, Jack White, Mark Ronson, and Brandon Flowers all make the list, as do Pete Doherty and Julian Casablancas. The photo gallery is hilarious, in that if you flip from picture to picture, it's almost as if you're looking at a weird family photo album, filled with brothers who share a genetic tendency to scowl and tilt their heads slightly to the left. A few examples of the list makers:
Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys
Nick Valensi, The Strokes
Matt Bellamy, Muse
Brandon Flowers, The Killers
One can't blame NME for the list: it was reader generated, and the magazine's fans are more likely to be fans of bands like the Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles, and the Arctic Monkeys. Yet I'm sure we could add a few men to the list. Rock hotness does not exist in skinny, pale indie kids alone. Your nominations, pictures, and music videos are welcome in the comments below.