Goldfrapp There is plenty of sex in pop, but precious little sensuality.
Chemical Brothers As dance music's creative biorhythms hit a low, it's worth remembering the duo who did so much to define the genre's glory days.
From the start, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons saw the connections between the records they loved: the stampeding energy that yoked hip-hop to acid house and the rapturous overload that joined techno to 1960s psychedelia.
Sound:15 Songs: 18 Gigs:19 Style:5 Attitude:10 Total: 67Coldplay17.
Robert Wyatt Semi-paralysed since an accident in 1973, the former Soft Machine drummer has become one of British pop's most recognisable, haunting voices.
Foolishly underrated, Gibbons's voice and songs will be cherished years from now.
Sound: 16 Songs:18 Gigs:14 Style:8 Attitude:11 Total: 67Beth Gibbons18.That their new album makes neighbours of Dizzee Rascal, Siouxsie Sioux and a former member of N'Sync says it all.Sound:16 Songs:14 Gigs:17 Style:11 Attitude:13 Total: 71Basement Jaxx14.And they are still joining those dots, ever alert to the endless alchemical possibilities of the sampler and sequencer.Sound:20 Songs:16 Gigs:15 Style:7 Attitude:16 Total: 74Chemical Brothers12. It might seem like it, especially if you have to share space with them, but there are tons of records they don’t have.