Sound of... is an annual BBC poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent. It was first conducted by the BBC News website in 2003, and is now widely covered by the corporation's online, radio and TV outlets, as well as other media. A 15-strong longlist is published each December, with a ranked shortlist and annual winner announced the following January.

Winners

2003–09

YearWinnerSecondThirdFourthFifthSixthSeventhEighthNinthTenth
2003[2]50 CentElectric SixYeah Yeah YeahsThe ThrillsDizzee RascalInterpolAudio BullysMarioThe DatsunsSean Paul
2004[3]KeaneFranz FerdinandWileyRazorlightJoss StoneMcFlyScissor SistersThe Ordinary BoysTaliGemma Fox
2005[4]The BraveryBloc PartyKanoThe GameKaiser ChiefsKT TunstallThe Dead 60sThe DearsTom VekThe Magic Numbers
2006[5]Corinne Bailey RaeClap Your Hands Say YeahThe FeelingPlan BGuillemotsSwayChris BrownMarcos HernandezKubbThe Automatic
2007[6]MikaThe TwangKlaxonsSadie AmaEnter ShikariAir TrafficCold War KidsJust JackGhostsThe Rumble Strips
2008[7]AdeleDuffyThe Ting TingsGlasvegasFoalsVampire WeekendJoe Lean & the Jing Jang JongBlack KidsMGMTSantigold
2009[8]Little BootsWhite LiesFlorence + the MachineEmpire of the SunLa RouxLady GagaV V BrownKid CudiPassion PitDan Black

2010–16

YearWinnerSecondThirdFourthFifthOther nominees
2010[9]Ellie GouldingMarina and the DiamondsDelphicHurtsThe DrumsDaisy Dares You, Devlin, Everything Everything, Giggs, Gold Panda, Joy Orbison, Owl City, Rox, Stornoway, Two Door Cinema Club
2011[10]Jessie JJames BlakeThe VaccinesJamie WoonClare MaguireAnna Calvi, Daley, Esben and the Witch, Jai Paul, Mona, Nero, The Naked and Famous, Warpaint, Wretch 32, Yuck
2012[2]Michael KiwanukaFrank OceanAzealia BanksSkrillexNiki & The DoveASAP Rocky, Dot Rotten, Dry the River, Flux Pavilion, Friends, Jamie N Commons, Lianne La Havas, Ren Harvieu, Spector, Stooshe
2013[2]HaimAlunaGeorgeAngel HazeLaura MvulaChvrchesA*M*E, Arlissa, King Krule, Kodaline, Little Green Cars, Palma Violets, Peace, Savages, The Weeknd, Tom Odell
2014[2]Sam SmithElla EyreBanksSamphaGeorge EzraChance The Rapper, Chlöe Howl, FKA twigs, Jungle, Kelela, Luke Sital-Singh, MNEK, Nick Mulvey, Royal Blood, Say Lou Lou
2015[2]Years & YearsJames BayStormzyRauryGeorge the PoetKwabs, Låpsley, Novelist, Rae Morris, Shamir, Shura, Slaves, SOAK, Sunset Sons, Wolf Alice
2016[2]Jack GarrattAlessia CaraNAOBlossomsMura Masa, WSTRNBillie Marten, Dua Lipa, Frances, Izzy Bizu, J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mabel, Rat Boy, Section Boyz