A lesbian punk rocker has topped a ‘Cool List’ of music icons.

Beth Ditto, the larger than life lead singer of US band Gossip, beat big names such as Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher to become the first woman to top music magazine NME’s Cool List.

Ditto is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and has used her songs to back gay marriage legislation in the US.

She recently caused controversy when blamed school shootings on a lack of help for depressed students.

This year’s list was unusually dominated by female artists, NME editor Conor McNicholas, said it shows a new wave of talent, “From Beth to Lily, 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.”

The full list is below…

The NME’s Cool List 2006

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 Simenon

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 BarĂ¢t

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

25 Jay-Z

26 Keith Richards, left

27 Matt Bellamy

Muse

28 Pete Doherty

29 Brandon Flowers

The Killers

30 Statik

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 TheWall

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, above

49 Thorunn Antonia

Fields

50 Amy Winehouse