By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
Claim to fame: the most downloaded single of last year
Hit single: protest anthem "War (What Is It Good For?)"
Bottom line: A good beat. But can we dance to it?
Genre: heavy metal
Claim to fame: former front man for The Generals, known for their sonic explosions and stealthy guitar attacks
Hit singles: "Wrong War, Wrong Time," "Luck Be a Lefty"
Bottom line: He's got brains and know-how, but his solo career's been a bit of a stumble.
Genre: freedom rock
Claim to fame: long, wanking guitar solos--technically precise, but is anyone listening?
Hit single: "Remember the Time (I Served in Vietnam)"
Bottom line: The '70s are over. What do you have for us now?
Genre: campfire acoustic
Claim to fame: umm, none
Hit single: "Thank God for My Willie"
Bottom line: Duuude, this bowl is caaashed.
Genre: Wait a minute. Who is this person?
Claim to fame: Seriously, is this guy running?
Hit single: I swear to you, I've never heard of him.
Bottom line: Not sure whom this reflects on.
Claim to fame: hardest-working man in showbiz, mouthy mofo
Hit singles: "Funky President," "Out of Sight! Out of (My) Mind!"
Bottom line: Ain't got a prayer, but hey, it makes for a better party!