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Rock band Queen voted ‘coolest’ artists – while Cliff Richard tops the ‘uncool’ list

The nation voted for ‘coolest’ and ‘uncool’ musical artists – with Queen, The Beatles and Ed Sheeran signifying ‘cool’ musical taste

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Audiences reveal which musicians are “coolest” and “less cool”

You have “cool” musical tastes if you listen to Queen, The Beatles – and ED SHEERAN, according to a survey.

But your choice of songs is considered “uncool” if you groove regularly on Cliff Richard, Daniel O’Donnell or Kanye West.

Singer Adele – whose new album topped the charts – was also on the list of the 10 coolest artists, along with Elton John and the Rolling Stones.

Hot audio property Billie Eilish only reached number 23 on the cool list – while rapper Stormzy ranked at 28, just ahead of rockers Radiohead.

Meanwhile, other singers considered tragically unconnected include Robbie Williams and Madonna – some performers on BOTH lists.

Rock band Queen was voted best musical artist to listen to


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It also appeared that one in three adults rated their musical taste as “cool”.

But almost half (48%) will increase their car’s volume if they detonate something they consider particularly trendy.

The study of 2,000 adult music lovers was commissioned by, which allows independent artists to sell their songs and keep all of the profits.

Peter Alfred-Adekeye, Founder of LetterBox and MusicBox, said: “There is no accounting for taste, and what one person considers cool may be the exact opposite for another.

“However, it’s always interesting to get a national consensus on which artists people see as being with – or totally without.

“Our musical taste is intensely personal, and it can be seen as an insult if others don’t see artists as cool, like we do. “

The study found that 27% of people admit that they want to be seen listening to “cool” music by other people.

But more than seven in ten readily admit that there is a place for cheesy and deeply uncool music in everyone’s life.

Three quarters believe there are artists who can transcend all ages and generational divisions and stay cool forever.

And more than half (54%) are willing to give uncool artists a second chance, believing it’s possible to go from cool to uncool – and back again.

Rock was rated the coolest genre of music, by 27% – while pop was the second coolest, with 23% of audience votes.

However, dubstep – intensely popular in the early 2010s – has fallen to just four percent who consider it a cool genre of music.

Meanwhile, Sir Cliff Richard tops the ‘uncool’ list.


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But what makes an artist or a group cool? For 39%, it’s the courage to try something “different” with their music.

Another 35 percent believe cool comes from not caring what other people think of them, and 24 percent think they must be popular with a younger generation.

One in four adults would be “offended” if someone told them their musical tastes are not in fashion, according to the study.

When it comes to learning more about music, more than six in ten admit that they often discover great new sounds while listening to unsigned artists. However, a third state that these artists do not have enough visibility in the music industry.

Peter Alfred-Adekeye for added, “We were pleasantly surprised to see some of the artists rated as cool, we have to admit.

“Those of us of a certain age will remember that Queen has always been popular, but maybe now, over the decades, they’re considered cooler than they’ve ever been.

“It’s a similar case with Abba – their brilliant and timeless songs have transcended the past 40 years, making them eternally cool.”


  1. Queen
  2. The Beatles
  3. Ed sheeran
  4. Abba
  5. Adele
  6. Rolling stones
  7. Elton john
  8. Jimi Hendrix
  9. Cold game
  10. Led Zeppelin
  11. P! Nk
  12. Red hot peppers
  13. Bob dylan
  14. Bryan adams
  15. Kylie minogue
  16. Robbie williams
  17. Taylor Swift
  18. Guns n Roses
  19. Dua Lipa
  20. U2
  21. The killers
  22. Eminem
  23. Billie Eilish
  24. The weekend
  25. Lewis capaldi
  26. Madonna
  27. Shakira
  28. Stormzy
  29. Radiohead
  30. David Guetta
  31. Harry Styles
  32. Anne Marie
  33. little mix
  34. Lana del rey
  35. Duck
  36. Falaise Richard
  37. Jay Z
  38. Doja cat
  39. Jake bugg
  40. DJ Khalid


  1. Falaise Richard
  2. Daniel O’Donnell
  3. Kanye west
  4. Robbie williams
  5. Madonna
  6. Elton john
  7. little mix
  8. Harry Styles
  9. Ed sheeran
  10. Abba
  11. Cold game
  12. U2
  13. Kylie minogue
  14. Jay Z
  15. Bryan adams
  16. Stormzy
  17. Eminem
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Pit bull
  20. Lewis capaldi
  21. Adele
  22. Billie Eilish
  23. The Wombats
  24. Travis Scott
  25. Duck
  26. Rolling stones
  27. Guns n Roses
  28. Dua Lipa
  29. The Beatles
  30. David Guetta
  31. Young thug
  32. Bob dylan
  33. DJ Khalid
  34. P! Nk
  35. Queen
  36. Shakira
  37. Burna boy
  38. Skepta
  39. Yungblud
  40. Anne Marie

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