As 2017 draws to a close and everyone is totting up their favourites of the past 12 months, it's also time to look ahead to the coming year.

The BBC Sound Of... poll is usually a good indicator of some acts that are likely to break through in the year ahead, although last year they came under fire for including the likes of Anderson .Paak, who had already released his debut album to some success. The eventual winner was London singer Ray BLK, who we haven't heard much of at all, while the more successful Rag 'n' Bone Man finished second.

This year sees acts like r'n'b star Khalid and 'Don't Kill My Vibe' singer Sigrid amongst the 16-strong longlist. The winner will be announced on January 12th.

See the list below:

Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Lewis Capaldi
Nilufer Yanya
Pale Waves
Rex Orange County
Sam Fender
Tom Walker
Yxng Bane