Girls are officially cool – according to the NME.
Lesbian punk rocker Beth Ditto of US band The Gossip has topped the music magazine’s annual Cool List.
Usually the preserve of male stars, this year’s top 10 is dominated by feisty women.
Larger-than-life singer Ditto is the first woman to take the number one spot.
Lily Allen is third, while the top 10 also includes Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Jackson of The Long Blondes and Japanese-Brazilian singer Lovefoxxx of the band CSS.
Last year’s number one Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys has slipped to a lowly 32nd place.
Pete Doherty, the Cool Icon of 2004, has been relegated to number 28.
“This year’s Cool List is a testament to the raft of hugely talented women who have taken hold of the music scene in 2006,” said NME editor Conor McNicholas.
“From Beth to Lily to Karen, they’ve brought new energy to a scene dominated by men.
“They’re also living proof that you can still rock a crowd when you’re wearing stilettos.”
Queen of Cool Ditto is an outspoken character from the Arkansas Bible Belt and a fierce defender of gay rights.
Her more controversial statements include an expression of sympathy for the perpetrators of American High School shootings.
The Gossip’s recent single Standing In The Way Of Control, a rant against Republican homophobia, has been their UK breakthrough hit.
British sensation Lily Allen is hailed by the NME as a star “celebrated for making the country smile – shaking up the pop world like never before with her unique brand of chav chic”.
Second place in the list goes to Faris Rotter, frontman with Southend rockers The Horrors.
Jarvis Cocker is fourth after returning to the music scene with his solo album.
The other men in the top 10 are Kieren Webster of The View, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Liam Gallagher is at number 12 in the list – down from last year’s number two - but there is no place in the top 50 for his brother Noel.
Legendary rocker Keith Richards is a new entry at number 26 after a year which saw him come through brain surgery to resume the Rolling Stones tour.
Mike Skinner of The Streets, hip-hop star Jay-Z and jazz singer Amy Winehouse all feature in the top 50.
NME Cool List
1 Beth Ditto (The Gossip)
2 Faris Rotter (The Horrors)
3 Lily Allen
4 Jarvis Cocker
5 Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
6 Kieren Webster (The View)
7 Kate Jackson (The Long Blondes)
8 Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)
9 Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
10 Lovefoxxx (CSS)
11 Paul Simonon (The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
12 Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
13 Jamie Reynolds (Klaxons)
14 The House Of Lords (The Young Knives)
15 Tahita Bulmer (New Young Pony Club)
16 Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley)
17 Ryan Ross (Panic! At The Disco)
18 Carl Barat (Dirty Pretty Things)
19 Jack White (The White Stripes/The Raconteurs)
20 Jamie Frost (The Automatic)
21 Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian)
22 Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello)
23 Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes)
24 Meg White (The White Stripes)
26 Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
27 Matt Bellamy (Muse)
28 Pete Doherty (Babyshambles)
29 Brandon Flowers (The Killers)
31 Richard Hawley
32 Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
33 Vincent Vincent (Vincent Vincent & The Villains)
34 Lupe Fiasco
35 Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
36 Mike Patton
37 Jamie Williams (Tilly & The Wall)
38 Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)
39 Mike Skinner (The Streets)
40 Ali Love
41 Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)
42 Mince (The Fratellis)
43 Devendra Banhart
44 Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly)
45 Victoria Bergman (Ex-The Concretes)
46 Jackie McKeown (1990s)
47 George Barnett (These New Puritans)
48 Cat Power
49 Thorunn Antonia (Fields)
50 Amy Winehouse