K!’s 50 Greatest Rockstars In The World Today

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The 50 Greatest Rockstars In The World Today

The 50 Greatest Rockstars In The World Today

Last year, Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil joined Jason Aalon Butler and Ozzy Osbourne in our hall of fame. As K!'s countdown of music's most important faces enters a fourth year, who will take the crown for 2014?

50. Gerard Way

50. Gerard Way

LAST YEAR: 31
This hasn’t been the most active year for Gerard in terms of rockstar activity – My Chemical Romance are in the past, but his solo album is still in the future. However, he’s still on the list. Why? Because he’s Gerard flippin’ Way. When not working on music, announcing new comic projects and retweeting fans’ pictures of pancakes, he’s shown that an inactive Gerard Way is still a fascinating dude. We predict he’ll be back up in the single figures in the 2015 list.

49. Dirty Filthy, Evil Blizzard

49. Dirty Filthy, Evil Blizzard

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Plenty of mysteries and rumours surround Evil Blizzard. Are they immortal? Do they really practice human sacrifice? What do they smell like? Where have they put Kerrang! writer Jessica Bridgeman, after she disappeared while visiting them in the woods a few weeks back (K!1512)? Is having four bassists the future of all music? Whatever the truth is (it’s very possibly the last one), they’re fucking rockstars. If we’re honest, Dirty Filthy makes the grade because he’s the least scary of them all. Now, can we have our writer back?

48. Lexxi Foxx, Steel Panther

48. Lexxi Foxx, Steel Panther

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
When Steel Panther sat down with Kerrang! recently, their bassist was as quiet as an immaculately coiffed mouse. As the laughter of his bantering bandmates hit a crescendo, Lexxi suddenly spoke. “How do you catch a unique bunny?” he asked the hushed room. “U-nique up on it,” came the dumbfounding punch line. But what he lacks in funnies, he makes up for by playing kick-ass heavy metal while looking seriously good. You can see him do that at Download!

47. Austin Carlile, Of Mice & Men

47. Austin Carlile, Of Mice & Men

LAST YEAR: 4
When we heard that Of Mice & Men were coming back to the UK this month for their first headline shows here since 2012, we nearly lost our minds. But what did Austin and co go and do? Play in venues about one-third the size they should have been headlining, meaning we couldn’t even get a ticket! Come on, Austin – get back here for the massive shows you’re capable of, and we’ll restore you to where you belong. Deal?

46. Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari

46. Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari

LAST YEAR: 40
It’s not been Enter Shikari’s busiest year, hence the slip in placement, but Rou remains one of rock’s most important voices – fiercely intelligent, unashamedly political, completely unique and capable of growing a really good beard. There’s Reading & Leeds, Warped Tour and a fourth studio album set to come out before the end of the year, which hopefully will mean Rou won’t get any time to shave at all, and by this time next year will be half man, half beard. Nothing’s more rock than that.

45. Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco

45. Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Panic! At The Disco’s comeback was a massive success, with their latest album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, charting amazingly all over the world. Far higher than Number 45, in fact. You could reasonably expect frontman Brendon to feature higher up on this list, if not for his deeply questionable attire when he featured on the cover of K! last year. We’re not saying there’s nobody alive who can pull off a salmon-pink suit, but, dude. A salmon-pink suit? Dude...

44. Gustav Wood, Young Guns

44. Gustav Wood, Young Guns

LAST YEAR: 14
Gustav is a British rockstar fronting a British band. As such, he’d be much closer to the top spot if he hadn’t nipped off to America for bloody ages this past year. Young Guns’ star is rising and rising over there, and their recent signing to EMI Virgin suggests we’ll be seeing a lot more of Gustav and pals over the next 12 months – especially when they return armed with their brand spanking new album. He’ll be sitting pretty in the Top 20 next year or we’ll eat our ‘We Heart Gustav’ hats (which we spent ages making, so we don’t really want to have to scoff).

43. Sam Carter, Architects

43. Sam Carter, Architects

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Twelve months ago, you probably wouldn’t have called Sam Carter one of the biggest rockstars in his own band, let alone the world. But now, having found his voice, spirit and fight, Sam’s no longer hiding behind his bandmates, stepping out to take the reins on one of British rock’s success stories of 2014. Plus, his vocal support for ocean conservation charity Sea Shepherd is one of the most selfless acts we’ve seen from a rockstar in a long time, with Sam recently being announced as an ambassador for the organisation. Bravo, Sam! (P.S. BLEURGH!)

42. Josh Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age

42. Josh Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age

LAST YEAR: 12
So slick. So enigmatic. So effortlessly cool. So... hang on, where’s he been for four years? A spot of fooling around with Dave Grohl aside, the King of Queens went very quiet indeed. And for part of that, he was gravely ill, bound to a hospital bed, wondering if he should quit music. ‘Nah,’ he thought. ‘I’ll just release one of the best and most creative albums of my career and headline Reading & Leeds instead. And be like a gritty Elvis while I’m at it.’ A much better plan, Josh.

41. Kenta Koie, Crossfaith

41. Kenta Koie, Crossfaith

LAST YEAR: 46
To meet Ken offstage is to meet an incredibly well-mannered man with a penchant for whisky and the music of his Kerrang! Tour 2014 bill mates Limp Bizkit. To witness him onstage is to see a frontman more akin to an electro metalcore conductor, utilising every part of his body, including arm gestures you’d expect to see in a production of Swan Lake. He certainly gets results, giving his hero Fred Durst a run for his money.

40. Jason Aalon Butler, letlive.

40. Jason Aalon Butler, letlive.

LAST YEAR: 38
Like all momentous occasions, everyone knows where they were when they first witnessed Jason live. Perhaps it was the infamous Download performance where he brawled with a security guard? Maybe it was the show where he swung his mic through the headliners’ snare drum? Or was it when he ran precariously on the edge of a Southampton venue’s 40-foot-high balcony? Wherever it was, you’ll never forget it. The inaugural winner of our 50 Greatest Rockstars In The World when this list began back in 2011, Jason is the very thing that’s becoming increasingly rare in rock: he’s totally unpredictable.

39. Chino Moreno, Deftones

39. Chino Moreno, Deftones

LAST YEAR: 37
Without a shadow of a doubt, Deftones mainman Chino Moreno remains the most effortlessly cool person not only on this list, but also the planet. So why has he slipped down two places from last year? Well, 2013 was a relatively quiet year for Deftones. However! He’s had a blinding start to 2014 with the release of his side-project †††’s (Crosses’) brilliant self- titled album. Thankfully, it’s not getting in the way of his day job. “Just because I’m doing Crosses, it doesn’t mean Deftones is out of sight, out of mind. It’s all workable together,” he told K!. Expect him to jump right up the charts in 2015’s list once Deftones (hopefully) release a new album and absolutely destroy Sonisphere in July.

38. Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

38. Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

LAST YEAR: 5
If she were ever being selfish (which strikes us as unlikely), people could tell Ms Hale, “There’s no I in Lzzy.” The seconds of laughter that would garner aside, Lzzy’s past year has been spent supporting Alter Bridge at Wembley, and releasing the ReAniMate 2.0 EP. Featuring reinterpretations of Judas Priest, AC/DC and that Daft Punk song, while it was good, it didn’t quite scratch our itch for a new Halestorm record. But, armed with a new album (due out this year), it won’t be long until Lzzy is headlining arenas herself, and troubling the Top 10 again.

37. Nergal, Behemoth

37. Nergal, Behemoth

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
“I have no fear of anything anymore,” Behemoth’s front, uh, behemoth recently told K!. The Polish death metaller isn’t the first person you’d call a chicken anyway, but when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010, it took him all of three minutes to decide this wasn’t going to be happening. Instead, he beat the disease within a year, and then went on to headline festivals, become a judge on Poland’s answer to The Voice, fight a legal battle against the Church and release one of the heaviest albums of 2014. Don’t miss him at Download!

36. Jeremy McKinnon, A Day To Remember

36. Jeremy McKinnon, A Day To Remember

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
If you’re going to go up again the A Day To Remember frontman in court, then prepare to lose! Because Jeremy McKinnon is a fighter – something that Victory Records found out when they had to give in and let Jez and co release last year’s Common Courtesy. Onstage, meanwhile, Jeremy is the master of crowd control – commanding fans to sing a capella breakdowns and crowd surf on top of crowd surfers with utter ease. Plus, he’s got his own hamster ball (guy’s gotta keep fit somehow), which he uses to run around on top of crowds. He’s basically pop-punk Jesus.

35. Joey Jordison, Scar The Martyr

35. Joey Jordison, Scar The Martyr

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
We were gutted when news broke that Joey was leaving Slipknot last December. Stunned, too, after the man himself had told us that “this band is in my blood”. While a big question mark still hangs over the tiny tub-thumper’s exit from the ‘Knot, we’re all eagerly keeping an eye on what Joey does next. Not just because we rather liked the Scar The Martyr album, or because he’s the best drummer of his generation, but because when he’s on, Joey is one of the hardest- rocking stars around. Watch this space...

34. Jenna McDougall, Tonight Alive

34. Jenna McDougall, Tonight Alive

LAST YEAR: 27
When Tonight Alive played last year’s Kerrang! Tour, Jenna was still finding her feet as a bandleader. Fast-forward to the present day, and Jenna is a different woman altogether, having found the confidence to mature on soul-exposing album The Other Side, stomped across some of the UK’s most prestigious stages like she owns the place in support of All Time Low, and engaged Full Rockstar Mode in the recent video to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack song, The Edge. Strewth, what a transformation – and one that’s seen her hold her own in this year’s list!

33. Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars

33. Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars

LAST YEAR: 50
To conquer one world is a feat. To conquer two is all but unheard of. So, Jared went from having his acting career eclipsed by 30 Seconds To Mars, becoming one of the world’s biggest rockstars, before putting his toe back into acting for Dallas Buyers Club. And he’s only gone and won himself a bloody Best Supporting Actor Oscar for it. Which, when you see him and you think he seems a little smug and pleased with himself, is the reason why. Because how many other Hollywood cats have both an Oscar and a Kerrang! Award? Exactly. Take that, McConaughey.

32. Hayley Williams, Paramore

32. Hayley Williams, Paramore

LAST YEAR: 17
The magnificently mighty Miss Williams is down to 32 from 17 last year, perhaps because Paramore haven’t been on our shores much of late. There was, of course, their incredible arena tour, but it’s not like they brought the Parahoy! cruise to the UK (which would’ve been perfect on the Mersey). Nor have Paramore responded to our petition to bring their American Monumentour with Fall Out Boy here. Still, last year’s UK tour (plus her catchy dance track, Stay The Night, with Zedd) means Hayley is still kicking ass! And won’t she be even higher once she’s proved she can headline Reading & Leeds in August? (Yep).

31. Erik Danielsson, Watain

31. Erik Danielsson, Watain

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY
When you first see Watain, you’ll be struck by the overpowering stench of rotten blood coming off them. Then you’ll notice the fire, the incense, and the weird stuff Erik seems to be muttering under his breath over that onstage altar. But what really strikes you, when the band hit full flow with the Devil’s glint in Erik’s eye, is how alluring he makes danger – the stuff that makes rock’n’roll such an exciting force of nature – seem. As obsessed with Axl Rose and Alice Cooper as Bathory or Darkthrone, Erik is a light in the black – a demon on your shoulder with a wicked grin and a knowledge of quite how good being bad can be. Oh, and he even set his head on fire during a K! photoshoot last year.

30. Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge

30. Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
His actor lookalike, Kevin Bacon, may claim to be the “centre of the universe” in those annoying TV ads, but Myles Kennedy really is at the heart of rock right now. While Alter Bridge’s 5K-rated fourth album, Fortress, found him sharing the limelight with guitarist Mark Tremonti, Myles’ star wattage certainly hasn’t dimmed. In fact, his band are closer to headlining Download than ever before. Not content with that, he also finds time to fit in tours with Slash, belting out GN’R classics miles better than that bloke claiming to be Axl Rose.

29. Rob Halford, Judas Priest

29. Rob Halford, Judas Priest

LAST YEAR: 20
Okay, so Rob Halford has been seen doing very little in the last year or so, with Judas Priest locked away in the studio, silent to the world. That said, we’re fucked if we’re going to live in a world where The Metal God isn’t the last word in heavy metal awesomeness. Look, last time we saw Judas Priest, Rob didn’t sing Breaking The Law – he just conducted the audience with an outstretched mic. Then he came onstage on a motorbike for the encore. Because, you see, Rob Halford is cool as fuck, and we can’t wait for that new album.

28. Kirk Hammett, Metallica

28. Kirk Hammett, Metallica

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Truth be told, each of the Four Horsemen could lay claim to gate-crashing this year’s 50 Greatest. But it’s Kirk who, in a year where Metallica have busied themselves with everything from festival headline slots and 3D movies to shows in Antarctica, has proved himself to be the most badass in a band chock-full of badassery. Great rockstars don’t, after all, just have to boast ball-swinging attitude – they need to be able to have a good old laugh, too. Which is precisely what was at the forefront of Kirk’s mind with his Fear FestEvil celebration of horror movies. What other rockstar would mark the occasion by dressing up as a vampire and rubbing shoulders with fans? So, congrats, Kirk. Now, back to the studio for that new Metallica album you go...

27. Mark Hoppus, blink-182

27. Mark Hoppus, blink-182

LAST YEAR: 22
The funniest one from blink-182 hasn’t had the busiest 2014 musically, although headlining Reading & Leeds this August should be pretty incredible. In the meantime, Mark has been busy being generally hilarious and an incredibly likeable dude, whether fronting K!’s 1500th issue celebration, taking credit for Fall Out Boy reforming on Twitter, hosting the Kerrang! Awards, showing off his wholesome family holidays on Instagram, or proudly learning about football. Dear America: Mark’s been here a few years now – can we keep him? Thanks! Loads of love, Britain x

26. Wes Borland, Limp Bizkit

26. Wes Borland, Limp Bizkit

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
It takes a hell of an effort to upstage Fred Durst – the Freddy D, the public enemy... [That’s enough – K! Ready To Go Lyrics Ed] – every night. But Satan be damned: if Wes Borland has todonapairof arseless trousers to do so, he’ll damn well do just that. And if there’s one thing we admire in rockstars, it’s commitment to a cause. Oh, yeah, and he’s not too shabby on the ol’ guitar, either, as anyone who witnessed the Kerrang! Tour 2014 will attest to (or so we’re told, anyway – we were too busy going bonkers to Nookie).

25. Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides

25. Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides

LAST YEAR: 36
One of rock’s most polarising figures continues to enrage as many people as he enchants, and continues to not give a shit about the former. “The spirit of ‘fuck you’ has kept me going,” he told us in his most revealing interview ever back in January (K!1499). But even the most vehement of slaggers-off would agree Andy’s got an incredibly creative mind – whatever it is that he’s stewing up for BVB’s Wretched And Divine... follow-up is guaranteed to be interesting, and may turn some haters’ frowns upside down. Not that Andy’ll care.

24. Frank Iero

24. Frank Iero

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
As a quarter of My Chemical Romance, Frank was just one (particularly awesome) part of ‘the bigger picture’. But now, a year on from his band’s split, Frank’s slowly but surely learned not only to stand on his own two feet, but do so with his chin raised and his chest puffed out. Not only is Frank one of the nicest dudes in rock – inviting Kerrang! to his house last year (K!1482) – he’s also probably the coolest family man in rock, inviting his daughters to guest vocal on his single B.F.F.. We love our dads, but can Frank take us to the park at weekends, or something?

23. Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath

23. Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath

LAST YEAR: 2
John Michael 'Ozzy' Osbourne has been on the craziest of crazy train rides for nearly seven decades now. And while his progressively playful onstage antics might belie his Prince Of Darkness moniker, the fact he's still rocking as hard as ever is something to celebrate. The fact that he also managed to reconvene Black Sabbath and release 13, the band's first Ozzy-fronted studio since 1978, is nothing short of a miracle. And, with the struggles caused by guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with cancer, Ozzy became Sabbath's rock. It's rare to witness a 65-year-old man do some growing up.

22. Philip H. Anselmo, Down

22. Philip H. Anselmo, Down

LAST YEAR: 30
We’ve always had a soft spot for Philip. Even when he’s been really angry about something and he looks more cross than he normally does. But in the past 12 months, he’s turned into the nice, older-brother version of Philip we like best. At the Kerrang! Awards last year, he was caught fanboying around Queen and Cronos from Venom, before jokingly declaring one member of Kerrang! staff a “poser” for not knowing a Celtic Frost lyric. The next day at Download (he’s back this year, too, with his solo project), we almost had to abandon a podcast with him after it turned into a metal nerd-off. And on Down’s forthcoming newie (the confusingly titled Down IV Pt II), he sounds like a man having the time of his life. Which is far better than cross Philip. Although he’s warned us we have to always use the ‘H’ in his name, and we’re still too scared of him not to...

21. Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day

21. Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day

LAST YEAR: 16
Billie Joe is such a huge rockstar that he could spend 364 days of the year doing absolutely nothing and do one thing on one day that would blow all other bands in the world out of the water. Green Day are having a bit of a break following a manic schedule that saw them headline the Emirates Stadium and Reading & Leeds last year, but the ongoing possibility of a film based on the Broadway musical of American Idiot (American Idiot: The Movie Of The Musical Of The Album), in which Billie Joe would play St Jimmy, and his always-interesting side-projects (did anyone else on this list quietly release an album of Everly Brothers covers with Norah Jones?) mean there’s a limit to how far Billie Joe’s ever going to be from the top.

20. Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless

20. Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
After virtually disappearing off the face of the Earth for a few years, TayMo pierced our hearts this year with The Pretty Reckless’ second album, Going To Hell. What we love about her? Well, aside from her brilliant Buffy-esque shoot with us in March, literally pulling herself out of a grave, it’s that she’s not like any other rockstar (male or female). And not just because she used to be on the telly – it’s that she’s never one to hide what she thinks. “If you really want to learn about my personal life, listen to the songs,” she told us. And if that’s the case, she’s mysterious, dark and full of demons. Like all the best stars should be. Just watch her go at Download this summer!

19. Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

19. Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

LAST YEAR: 6
Relatively speaking, the past 12 months has been quiet for Dave. However, a quieter year for him would probably still kill a lesser man. Known for his eclectic tastes – labelling PSY’s Gangnam Style one of his favourite songs of the last decade – he produced Ghost B.C.’s If You Have Ghost EP, finding time to drum on an ABBA cover, too. He also got back behind the kit for the Nirvana reunion (see p6) and for Queens Of The Stone Age’s return to form, ...Like Clockwork. Oh, and he’s currently working on a record by some band called Foo Fighters. Nope, no idea.

18. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park/Stone Temple Pilots

18. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park/Stone Temple Pilots

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Why be in your own band when you can front your childhood heroes on the side, too? That’s the dream being lived out by Chester Bennington, co-vocalist of Linkin Park and, more recently, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots. He’s no fly-by-night stand-in for the latter, though, helping the grunge legends to regain their mojo after the split with original vocalist Scott Weiland. The appointment has obviously had a positive effect on Chester’s ‘other‘ band, too. Linkin Park are set to storm Download, while their forthcoming sixth album, The Hunting Party, finds them riffing like it’s the year 2000.

17. Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God

17. Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
When Randy Blythe was arrested and charged with the manslaughter of a fan during a Lamb Of God show in Prague, the whole world stood stunned. Then, having been bailed and returning to the U.S. after weeks in a Czech jail, Randy announced he’d return to stand trial and do the right thing. He asserted his innocence, but did not want to hide away from the situation, and desired to make peace with the fan’s family. Randy was acquitted, and allowed to return home a free man. It wasn’t just the result that made us proud of Randy, it was the grace, dignity and courage he showed in a situation where so many others would cower in terror. In a world full of pretenders, Randy proved he’s actually got the balls to back his words up with actions.

16. M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold

16. M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold

LAST YEAR: 15
If you’re aiming to be the biggest metal band in the world, you need to have a cool head in charge. As you’d expect from a man who looks like an extra from Sons Of Anarchy, the man born Matthew Charles Sanders is as fearless a leader as you’ll find anywhere. Having navigated the Orange County mob through the tragic loss of drummer The Rev and the catharsis of subsequent album Nightmare, he’s now at the helm for a new chapter – that of Avenged Sevenfold, Wembley Arena slayers and all- conquering Download headliners. Hail to the kings, indeed.

15. Simon Neil, BIffy Clyro

15. Simon Neil, BIffy Clyro

LAST YEAR: 1
Biffy Clyro’s impeccably bearded linchpin doesn’t just look like a wizard, he is one – albeit one brandishing a guitar rather than a wand. Firstly, he took the problems that might have sunk a lesser band, including battles with depression and the alcoholism of drummer Ben Johnston, and channelled them into the creation of last year’s double disc opus, Opposites. Then, he took that album’s oddball epics and weaved them into what’s already widely considered to be one of the greatest Reading & Leeds headline performances ever. All this while also challenging Dave Grohl in the nicest guy in rock stakes – and being very handsome. Bastard.

14. Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six

14. Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six

LAST YEAR: 21
Think back to the beginning of last year, and everyone was wondering where You Me At Six could go after Wembley 2012. Could they maintain that level of success? Turns out yep, absolutely – piece of piss, in fact. They supported 30 Seconds To Mars throughout Europe, their album, Cavalier Youth, went to Number One earlier this year, they did a 21-date headline tour across Europe culminating in playing a sold-out Alexandra Palace (with Josh introducing their set with, “We’re from just up the road, in Surrey”), and they did it all while remaining thoroughly good dudes. In case you think frontman Josh has it all – looks, talent, fame, charm, success – it’s worth pointing out that his beloved Arsenal made a right mess of winning the league this year. Ouch.

13. Alex Gaskarth, All Time Low

13. Alex Gaskarth, All Time Low

LAST YEAR: 18
The fun thing about putting Alex on this list, and not bandmate Jack Barakat, is imagining Jack reading this in a sick drunken rage, his interior monologue getting increasingly impolite and his famous forehead furling in fury. To be fair, in any other band, Jack would be “the hot one”, “the drunk one” and “the one with the eyebrows”, but it’s the Essex-born Alex who takes ‘em all. A frequent K! cover star, Alex is pretty much becoming the face of pop-punk, as well as fronting our Official Rock 100. Thinking about it, fans of good eyebrows are completely spoiled by that band. We phoned their label to see if rumours of million-dollar eyebrow insurance were true or not, but we’d run out of credit.

12. Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

12. Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Last year, Trent didn’t make the list. But this year? He’s heading right back to the top where he belongs. And not just because he changed the face of music once, came through enough bad times to last a thousand lives and is a certified musical genius/boundary-breaker. No. This is all about the present. This is all due to the fact Nine Inch Nails’ comeback album, Hesitation Marks, was incredible, and so were the accompanying live shows. Then there’s the fact that he scored a LOL Of The Year by saying Neil Young’s new high-end MP3 player “looked like a Toblerone”, and told the Grammys to get fucked on Twitter after they cut his performance short. On the back of NIN’s upcoming arena tour – and who knows, maybe another Oscar for scoring David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl – the Rezurrection Of Trent Reznor continues.

11. Slash

11. Slash

LAST YEAR: 8
Slash isn’t just a man so cool he has his own emoticon. Put it this way – if Slash cuts his fingernails, that binful of nail clippings still contains more skill, character and outright coolness than some whole bands put together. Slash is the yardstick by which rockstars are measured. To put it bluntly: he’s so iconic that even grans who’d never make it anywhere near our Heavy Metal Granny Of The Week slot would recognise him. The only black mark against his card? That we haven’t seen quite as much of him this past year as we’d have liked. Boo!

10. Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy

10. Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Download Main-stager Pete was absent from this list last year, but his BFF Patrick Stump was in there at Number Nine. Why the switcheroo this year? Well, in their debate as part of our recent Tattoo Issue, the pasty-fleshed Patrick was resolutely anti-tattoo, while the inkier-than-a-pub-toilet-door Pete was pro-tattoo. Truth be told, Patrick’s position is a hard one for us to side with. Because you know what Kerrang!’s printed with? Ink. Welcome to the Top 10, then, Pete. We had a bloody good time at those arena shows last month. Patrick, maybe buy one of those novelty tattoo sleeves you get in fancy dress shops.

9. Brody Dalle

9. Brody Dalle

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
The return of Brody after half a decade makes it immediately seem ridiculous that we ever managed to get by without her. Beautiful, badass, gravel-voiced and now a solo artist, the former frontwoman of The Distillers has had more than her fair share of grief in her time, but emerged on the other side with a killer new album and a family, yet still maintaining the same attitude that makes her one of rock’s biggest stars. “I’ve had some babies, yes, but I’d still kill you. One punch and it’s over,” she told K! recently, proving parenthood and arse- kicking can go very much hand in hand.

8. Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

8. Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
How old is Steven? Old enough that you don’t have to ask him that. He’s no spring chicken, sure, and he’s probably eligible for a bus pass. But nobody appears to have relayed the memo about growing old to the swaggering Aerosmith frontman’s hips, which continue to thrust and swing like Steel Panther on a testosterone binge. Steven’s basically a perpetual 19-year- old trapped in a body far too good-looking for its age and previous, infamous, multimillion-dollar drug habit. So, if anyone at Download this year fancies themselves as being pretty cool, watch Aerosmith and weep. You’ll never have the strut, cheek or humour of Steven. Soz.

7. Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden

7. Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Only two types of people would announce that they’d invested a quarter of a million pounds in the world’s biggest blimp – crazed supervillains and aviation-obsessed polymath rock gods. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson recently put a fat sum of cash into the development of the HAV Airlander, an airship bigger than a 747 that he intends to fly around the world, possibly commanding entire continents to “Scream for me!” And how many other frontmen could do that while headlining Download one year, and Sonisphere the next?

6. Danny Worsnop, Asking Alexandria

6. Danny Worsnop, Asking Alexandria

LAST YEAR: 24
If this year's 50 Greatest list shows us one thing, it's that rockstars come in all shapes, sizes and styles. And Danny Worsnop is faithfully defending the corner of old-school rockstar ethics: hard-partying, hard-drinking and hard-rocking. A man with a voracious appetite for raising Hell, and never one to shy away from speaking his mind, Danny - who can list legends such as Lemmy and Sebastian Bach as his drinking buddies - is the living, breathing embodiment of the rockstar caricature. And it's a look that suits him down to a T. Don't be fooled into thinking there's no substance behind the mouth, though. The past 12 months have been the biggest yet for Asking Alexandria, with third album from Death To Destiny catapulting them first into London's O2 Academy Brixton, and then onto Wembley Arena as part of the Rule Britannia tour last December - all after Danny had survived the hardest time of his life, as he revealed to us. If that wasn't enough, he's out to do it all again when his side-project, We Are Harlot, takes off later this year. If Danny's not a permanent fixture in the Top 10 for years to come, we don't want to be the ones to tell him...

5. Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!

5. Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
It would be impossible to omit Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace from the list. Not only because of her remarkable journey in the past two years – transitioning from life as Tom Gabel to becoming a woman – but also the honesty with which she’s done it. Proving nothing less than an inspiration to anyone who’s wrestled with their gender, she poured out all of her deepest feelings on Against Me!’s stunning new record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. “It almost killed me,” she told Kerrang!. But by doing so, Laura Jane Grace became much more than a rockstar: she became a voice of hope.

4. Tyler Carter, Issues

4. Tyler Carter, Issues

LAST YEAR: NEW ENTRY!
Tyler’s a man with a lot to say about everything from mental health to sexuality (revealing to K! that he was bisexual) and the state of music (“Everybody imitates everyone else, and everybody is playing it safe. Our scene is going to die”). Detractors beware: ‘fearless’ doesn’t even begin to do the vocalist of one of rock’s hottest properties justice. Whether Tyler’s desire for Issues to one day be discussed in the same light as Metallica, AC/DC and Aerosmith will become a reality or simply remain the heftiest of ambitions, there’s something impressively arrogant about the guy’s naked ambition. The world is there for the taking – and Tyler wants it bad.

3. Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon

3. Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon

LAST YEAR: 3
Ten years into the life of Bring Me The Horizon, and they’re no longer the band someone told you it was cool to pretend you hate. They’re legitimately one of the biggest bands in the world, have succeeded both critically and commercially, and should by now have categorically proved naysayers wrong. And in the middle of it all is Oli: owner of cheekbones you could set your watch by, a man whose holiday snaps get 75,000 likes on Instagram, and whose give-no- shits attitude and openness about past troubles mean he’s always a compelling figure. And he’s done it while taking his clothing label, Drop Dead, from cult favourite to massive success. With Download and Wembley on the, um, horizon, he’s only gonna get bigger...

2. Ronnie Radke, Falling In Reverse

2. Ronnie Radke, Falling In Reverse

LAST YEAR: 13
Where do you even begin with Ronnie Radke? With Falling In Reverse, he became the first man in history to release an album that, rather than having a review in Ks, got the verdict ‘Fuck Knows’. He has the word ‘Unbreakable’ tattooed across his forehead, which detractors must occasionally read as a challenge they wish they could take up. He’s got a legal record, has battled every substance you could name, and is in the process of reinventing himself as a rapper. Soon enough, he’ll probably have to change his name to Bananaman or something, just to keep people guessing. The inside of Ronnie’s head is clearly a pretty interesting place to be.

1. Lemmy, Motörhead

1. Lemmy, Motörhead

LAST YEAR: 11
“Who’d win in a wrestling match – Lemmy or God?”
“...Lemmy!”
“Bzzzzz!”
“God?”
“Wrong, dickhead, trick question – Lemmy is God.”
Those aren’t our words: they’re the words of Steve Buscemi in early-’90s rock-comedy, Airheads. But there’s no arguing here: Lemmy. Is. God. The loudest, lairiest, wisest, funniest, hardest, drug-taking-est, best-music- making-est man ever to pick up a bass. Even his footnotes rule: he was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, taught Sid Vicious to play bass, and is modest enough to say that the 1,000 ladies he’s, ahem, ‘known’ isn’t that amazing a figure (“It’s probably about one a week...”). So, how come he’s only just Number One now? Well, you don’t need telling Lemmy’s a better rockstar than everyone else. But during the past year, Lemmy has undertaken that wrestling match with God. He’s had a defibrillator fitted, he’s had to knock off the booze, fags and coke (branded and illicit), and had to cut short the ‘Head’s appearance at Germany’s Wacken festival last year after a health scare onstage. But, here’s the thing: the dude just refuses to stop. So while he has to Stay Clean these days, his refusal to turn off his amp is a giant middle finger to the reaper. Because, as ever, nobody tells Lemmy what to do. How many others here can honestly say the same?

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