Shoutmouth has compiled a list of The 50 Hottest Women in Music that mostly fixates on the commercial side of the music coin â€” although nods are given to Feist, Liz Phair, MIA, Cat Power, The Pipettes and a few other “indie” darlings.
Lists like these invariably spark debates, so allow me to cast the first stone: Where the fresh hell is Neko Case?
To prove they took something like this seriously, they’ve gone through the trouble of disclosing their methodology:
Rule #1 (The Madonna Rule): This list is based on recent hotness. It doesn’t matter how hot an artist was back in the â€˜80s. It’s 2007. What have you done for us lately?
Rule #2 (The Hayden Panettiere Rule): To qualify for this list, an artist must be over 18 years of age. We only objectify of-age women here.
Rule #3 (The Newcomer Rule): Each artist must have released at least one full-length album prior to August 1, 2007 in order to qualify.
Rule #4 (The Pseudo-Musician Rule): Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are disqualified for obvious reasons.
Rule #5 (The Ashlee Simpson Rule): A woman can move up a few spots based on talent and/or personality. However, they cannot be hurt by lack of talent. Just like in real life.
Rule #6 (The Anastacia Rule): A prolonged absence from the musical spotlight can bring an artist down several notches. This is, after all, a list of the hottest women in music, so it’s only appropriate that they stay active in music.
Rule #7 (The Dixie Chicks Rule): For a group, the ranking will be determined by averaging the hotness of all members.
Let the mastur(de)bating commence!