Favourite artists, from A to Z

In response to Keith’s challenge over at Thiamin Trek, I’ve come up with a list of my favourite artists from each letter of the alphabet. The challenge is to only pick one from each letter. In some cases that was easy (I, O, X), in other cases it was teeth-gnashingly hard (B, M, R). And if I were to put this list together again in a year’s time, it would probably look quite different. Make of it what you will…

Letter Artist
A The Art of Noise
B Barenaked Ladies
C Coldplay
D Doves
E Extreme
F Falco
G Gorillaz
H Hall & Oates
I Natalie Imbruglia
J Billy Joel
L Live
M Sarah McLachlan
N Nirvana
O Outkast
P Glen Phillips
Q Queens Of The Stone Age
R Radiohead
S Supergrass
T Toad The Wet Sprocket
U U2
W Paul Weller
Z Zero 7

(In the interests of cheating, here are some very close runners-up: Badly Drawn Boy, The Bluetones, Gomez, Lifehouse, Branford Marsalis, Dave Matthews, REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheà Seger, Talking Heads, The White Stripes.)

(Update: under the letter Q, “Queen” should have been “Queens Of The Stone Age”. I highlighted the wrong entry while cut-and-pasting from the spreadsheet I based this list on…)