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The 2008 Hot Issue: Britney, Ambien, Porn Stars and Vampires

November 26, 2008 5:20 PM ET

The 2008 Rolling Stone Hot List is here, and it's chock full of smoking new bands, spicy new actresses and scorching trends. But who is hottest right now? It might be Twilight star Robert Pattinson, whose portrayal of "vegan" vampire Edward in the film version of the hit book series has made him an instant star among ladies young and old. Click above for a look at the fervor surrounding Pattinson at a recent event at Hot Topic, and click below for the rest of this year's Hot List, including MGMT, Ambien tripping, the Answer and the inevitable backlash against Michael Cera.

The 2008 Rolling Stone Hot List

 

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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