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Country's Sexiest: 52 Guys Who Heat Up the Stage

06/01/2014 at 06:00 AM EDT

Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw: Hot Country Guys
From left: Jake Owen, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley
Some things just get better with age – just ask Dierks Bentley.

He performs in a pair of WWII paratrooper boots, drives a '94 pickup, and at the age of 39, "I'm in the best shape of my life," says the singer.

We noticed – and that's one reason he made it onto PEOPLE Country's Sexiest Men list, along with 51 other hot country guys.

Luke Bryan took top billing this year, and while pal – and former title holder – Blake Shelton still holds his own on the list, Bryan couldn't resist having a bit of fun at Shelton's expense.

"I am," Bryan explains, "a lot better looking than Blake!"

Game on, Blake – Luke may just have to change his cell phone number.

Other men featured in the issue include Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge and Chris Young. And no list of country's hottest is complete without Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, who shares his favorite way to unwind on those rare occasions when he does.

"Sometimes I want to do it all and I just can't stop," he says. But his formula for relaxing is simple: "On the water. With a book. Staring at the sky."

For more on country's sexiest men – and all your favorite country stars like Miranda, Carrie and George Strait – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Country, on newsstands now, or download the enhanced digital issue on the PEOPLE app in the Apple iTunes store.

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