Sexiest Man Alive 2013: The History of Sexy
The History of Sexy

From ancient Greek adonis Akrotatos to 2013 Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine, check out the most sizzling men of all time and the moments that defined masculinity

2013

Adam Levine Is 2013's Sexiest Man Alive | Adam Levine
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2013

Adam Levine Is 2013's Sexiest Man Alive

The falsetto … the eyes … the abs. Those are just a few of the attributes that make the musician the Sexiest Man Alive. "I always knew your look would come around," fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton told Levine in an open letter to PEOPLE. "I mean, that combination Pee-Wee Herman-Meets-Eddie Munster vibe drives the women crazy!"
This Year's Must-Have Mancessory: A Tattoo ... or a Few
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2013

This Year's Must-Have Mancessory: A Tattoo ... or a Few

The Maroon 5 front man and The Voice judge – who's also 2013's Sexiest Man Alive – has moves like Jagger and tattoos like nobody's business. His too-cool tats clue us in on what makes him tick: yoga, SoCal and his No. 1 woman (his mom!). It makes us wonder: Are there any hidden tattoos we haven't seen?
Sexy Word of the Year: Selfie | Chris Pratt, Nick Jonas

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2013

Sexy Word of the Year: Selfie

All the fun isn't left just to the Kardashians: Men take to social media over the "summer of sexy selfies" to flaunt their physiques, beginning with Chris Pratt and – a surprise we'll take – Nick Jonas.
Johnny Depp Turns 50
11/11/2013 12:00PM

2013

Johnny Depp Turns 50

And he's still got it. Proof? These 26 fun and fascinating facts about the two-time Sexiest Man Alive, who marked his milestone on June 9
A Sexy Man Convention Takes Over the Oscars | Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman

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10/14/2013 07:00PM

2013

A Sexy Man Convention Takes Over the Oscars

Black-tie never looked so good. The 2013 Academy Awards recognize previous page-turners Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper with Best Actor nods, while Ben Affleck and George Clooney bring home the gold as producers for Best Picture winner Argo.
The Return of the Debonair | Leonardo DiCaprio

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2013

The Return of the Debonair

The Great Gatsby has always been sexy, but Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's version as the social-climbing Jay, in all of his party-throwing, tuxedo-wearing, shirt-flinging glory, has viewers doing the Charleston and gunning for West Egg – like there's nothing to it, old sport
Channing Tatum Is 2012's Sexiest Man Alive | Channing Tatum
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2012

Channing Tatum Is 2012's Sexiest Man Alive

Channing Tatum is a known triple-threat as an actor, dancer and doting family man, but his secret skill should have you reaching for the smelling salts. "In the past three years, I've found I have a pretty good knack for it," he tells PEOPLE of his ability to sculpt. "The first thing I ever made was a woman's torso."
What Happens in Vegas ...
10/28/2013 01:30PM

2012

What Happens in Vegas ...

No pants? Big problem! Prince Harry finds himself royally in trouble when a trip to Las Vegas leads to the leak of nude photos, but the incident only serves to amplify his appeal. "That's why I think that he's actually such a strong figure, because he's real," says One Direction member Louis Tomlinson.
We're Not at Chippendales Anymore | Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer

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10/28/2013 01:30PM

2012

We're Not at Chippendales Anymore

There's no movie Magic involved when Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey bare nearly all playing beefcake strippers in Magic Mike. "I have so much respect for all women who choose to wear them. It's not easy," Manganiello says of donning a thong. As for Tatum? His stage time can be summed up in one word: "Pony."
Boy Crazy on 'Girls'

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2012

Boy Crazy on 'Girls'

Hipsters need love, too! When HBO's Girls premieres in April, it's actually the boys – namely Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells and Adam Driver – who bring a new breed of slightly awkward, struggling sexy to Brooklyn.
Look Who's All Grown Up! | Zac Efron

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2012

Look Who's All Grown Up!

Zac Efron leaves High School Musical behind and graduates to steamier fare with roles in The Paperboy and The Lucky One, which marks his first love scene. "She said, 'That's my boy!' I think she was proud of me at the end of it, even if it was weird for her to watch," he jokes to PEOPLE of screening the film with mom Starla.
Bradley Cooper Is 2011's Sexiest Man Alive | Bradley Cooper

10/28/2013 01:00PM

2011

Bradley Cooper Is 2011's Sexiest Man Alive

Bradley Cooper's hot bod and bright blue eyes make him an obvious choice for Sexiest Man Alive, but his most endearing quality may be his favorite evening activity. "That's my guilty pleasure at night – I'll go home and kill some cereal," he tells PEOPLE of his love for cinnamon Cheerios.
Members Only (Ahem!) | Michael Fassbender
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2011

Members Only (Ahem!)

Blink, and you still won't miss it! Michael Fassbender cements his status as Hollywood's latest heartthrob with his full-frontal performance in the critically acclaimed indie Shame. "Your penis was a revelation," praises Prometheus costar Charlize Theron. "I'm available to work with it any time."
Heavenly Kingdom | Kit Harington

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2011

Heavenly Kingdom

Medieval fantasy Game of Thrones brings sex and dragons to HBO, but it's the men of the Stark family, including Sean Bean, Kit Harington and Richard Madden, who develop the biggest cult following thanks to their rugged good looks and skills with their swords.
Idris Tackles a Touchy Subject | Idris Elba
10/28/2013 01:25PM

2011

Idris Tackles a Touchy Subject

What makes Idris Elba so irresistible? In Essence, it's his smoking-hot smolder on the November cover, and his love of the other sex. "I'm tactile, very tactile," he tells the magazine. "A woman who has really nice, looked-after skin is such a turn-on for me."
Ladies Go 'Grey'
10/28/2013 01:25PM

2011

Ladies Go 'Grey'

Fifty Shades of Grey hits bookstores, and women flock to their bedrooms to read the naughty novel, which replaces Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the fastest-selling book in history. "Think how many books I could have sold if Harry had been more creative with his wand," quips J.K. Rowling
The Teen Idols: One Direction
10/21/2013 02:00PM

2011

The Teen Idols: One Direction

The beloved British imports are making girls feel beautiful thanks to their catchy songs and aww-shucks smiles – and keeping us interested with their Hollywood headlines.
Ryan Reynolds Is 2010's Sexiest Man Alive | Bradley Cooper

10/28/2013 01:00PM

2010

Ryan Reynolds Is 2010's Sexiest Man Alive

He may be easy on the eyes, but Ryan Reynolds is no pretty boy. "I've only had one manicure my entire life," he tells PEOPLE, describing his day-to-day routine as, "I'll spackle on moisturizer, and that's kind of it."
Who Would You Sleep With? | Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2010

Who Would You Sleep With?

It takes a very special man to steal the limelight from Leonardo DiCaprio, and the dreamy flick Inception features two guys who could do it in a blink. After a winning turn in (500) Days of Summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt endears himself to audiences with the sci-fi heist flick, while Brit Tom Hardy makes his pouty-lipped Hollywood breakthrough.
Guys Play the Dating Game
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2010

Guys Play the Dating Game

You can't judge a book by its cover – unless it's the crop of how-to-seduce-women page-turners like The Pickup Artist and Rules of the Game. With tips including "select a target" and "make a physical connection," the tomes read like The Rules for men.

2010

Silver Is the New Sexy | Anderson Cooper, John Slattery, Ted Danson

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2010

Silver Is the New Sexy

If blondes have more fun, silver foxes have more sexiness! Ted Danson, Mad Men's John Slattery and Anderson Cooper add a new hue to the ranks of hot, even if Cooper doesn't quite agree. "This is not good," he says of being included in PEOPLE's 50 Shades of Grey list.

2000

Johnny Depp Is 2009's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2009

Johnny Depp Is 2009's Sexiest Man Alive

Johnny Depp manages to pull off a very impressive feat when he's named Sexiest Man Alive for the second time in a decade. Yet it's his devotion to his family that really makes the actor so endearing. "I could sit there all day and do nothing but watch them grow," he says of children Lily-Rose and Jack. "I'm totally inspired by them."
Double the Hemsworths, Double the Fun | Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2009

Double the Hemsworths, Double the Fun

Australian Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) and kid brother Liam hit the scene, standing out with their height and handsomeness (and for Liam, a relationship with Miley Cyrus).
Love Bites ... No, Really! | Ian Somerhalder

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10/28/2013 01:20PM

2009

Love Bites ... No, Really!

Bloodsuckers aren't going anywhere: The CW's Vampire Diaries premieres, introducing viewers to another hot cast that includes the undead Salvatore brothers, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
'Hey Girl' Power
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2009

'Hey Girl' Power

Ryan Gosling fandom meets the Internet's quirky side when photos of the Canadian star are made into memes that tell ladies about all the awesome things he'll do for them.
Hugh Jackman Is 2008's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2008

Hugh Jackman Is 2008's Sexiest Man Alive

It's a g'day for Hugh Jackman as he becomes the second Australian to be named Sexiest Man Alive. If the kids on the playground could see him now: "When I was younger, I had chicken legs. My nickname was Sticks," Jackman says. His wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, calls his perfect form "the Body of Doom – but I like what's inside."
Samantha's Hot Flash | Gilles Marini

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2008

Samantha's Hot Flash

The Sex and the City movie gives its female fans a treat in the form of Gilles Marini, who bares everything in a particularly steamy shower scene that even oversexed Samantha can't resist.
A Fang-tastic Phenomenon | Alexander Skarsgard

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2008

A Fang-tastic Phenomenon

Building on vampire mania, HBO's True Blood premieres, launching toothsome hotties Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard into the spotlight.
RPattz Causes a Riot | Robert Pattinson

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2008

RPattz Causes a Riot

Team Edward! A then-unkown Robert Pattinson releases everyone's inner tween when promotions for the first Twilight Saga movie – in which he plays sensitive, smoldering vampire Edward Cullen – begin. Sign us up for immortality.
The Talk of the Town | Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2007

The Talk of the Town

Attention, Upper East Siders: Grown women are ready to go back to high school if it means a Kiss on the Lips party with Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley. This is one show where the boys are just as pretty as the girls.
Matt Damon Is 2007's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2007

Matt Damon Is 2007's Sexiest Man Alive

After years of campaigning from pals George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Matt Damon is finally named the Sexiest Man Alive. "You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime," Damon – named America's most bankable star by Forbes at the time – tells PEOPLE in a letter.
'Mad' About the Boy | Jon Hamm

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10/28/2013 01:15PM

2007

'Mad' About the Boy

He's a liar and a cheater, but when you're that handsome who cares? AMC's Mad Men introduces viewers to the sexy, cocktail-fueled world of 1960s advertising – and one very dashing exec, Mr. Don Draper (Jon Hamm). You'd hate him if he weren't so darn charming.
They've Got Game | Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

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10/28/2013 01:15PM

2007

They've Got Game

Athletics go global, with star sportsmen like tennis aces Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, soccer's Cristiano Ronaldo and polo's Nacho Figueras scoring points – and female fans.
George Clooney Is 2006's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2006

George Clooney Is 2006's Sexiest Man Alive

Love is lovelier the second time around. George Clooney earns his second Sexiest Man Alive cover for being, well, just that sexy (he first held the title in 1997). As for what he finds attractive? "Everybody says this, but sense of humor is No. 1 for me," Clooney tells PEOPLE. "It's not the first thing you notice at 21, but it's the first thing you notice now."
Is There a Cure for Lovesickness?

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2006

Is There a Cure for Lovesickness?

Medic! Hearts are aflutter at Seattle Grace Hospital when Eric Dane joins the cast as Dr. Mark Sloan, a.k.a. Dr. McSteamy, giving resident hunk Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) a run for his money.
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2006: JT Brings 'SexyBack'

So that's where it went! A post-'NSYNC Justin Timberlake suits up and debuts a more manly look with his smoldering new song.

Matthew McConaughey Is 2005's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 01:00PM

2005

Matthew McConaughey Is 2005's Sexiest Man Alive

Alright alright alright: Southern charmer Matthew McConaughey becomes the latest Sexiest Man Alive. As for his kissing style? "I'm not much for [PDA]," McConaughey tells PEOPLE. "I'll hold my girl. If I feel like giving her a kiss, I'll give her a kiss. But I don't care to tongue-down in public for the masses. I'll pass."
Better Not Dribble | LeBron James

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2005

Better Not Dribble

At the start of the basketball season, NBA commissioner David Stern announces a dress code that requires players to wear jackets and ties to and from their games, giving fans a glimpse at the sartorial skills of stars like Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire and LeBron James.
Our 'Office' Crush | John Krasinski

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10/28/2013 01:00PM

2005

Our 'Office' Crush

Girls everywhere find themselves wishing they lived in Scranton, Pa., if only to run into adorable boy next door Jim, played by John Krasinski, of The Office.
Jude Law Is 2004's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 12:55PM

2004

Jude Law Is 2004's Sexiest Man Alive

Another Brit bests the Americans, as Alife's Jude Law is named the Sexiest Man Alive – and stars in six films the same year. "His warmth is what makes him sexy, and it radiates through his eyes," says his Cold Mountain costar Nicole Kidman.
Gilligan, He Ain't | Matthew Fox

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2004

Gilligan, He Ain't

Getting stranded on a desert island isn't so bad when you're Lost with the new ABC series' sometimes-shirtless cast members Matthew Fox, Ian Somerhalder, Josh Holloway and Naveen Andrews.
Let's Hug It Out | Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2004

Let's Hug It Out

It's all about the bromance. The boys of HBO's Entourage give men on the prowl everywhere something to aspire to: luxury, ladies and life in Los Angeles.
Behold: The Man of Our Dreams | Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2004

Behold: The Man of Our Dreams

Call it the kiss that launched a million tears: The modern-day Romeo Ryan Gosling's soulful smooch with then-girlfriend Rachel McAdams in the tug-at-your-heartstrings romance The Notebook.
Johnny Depp Is 2003's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2003

Johnny Depp Is 2003's Sexiest Man Alive

Bad-boy-turned-family-man Johnny Depp takes the title of Sexiest Man Alive the same year his first blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film is released. The rocket-force magnetism of Hollywood's quirky charmer inspires someone to approach Columbia Pictures exec Amy Pascal and confess, "All I want to be is Johnny Depp's pants."
Luck of the Irish | Colin Farrell

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2003

Luck of the Irish

Ireland native Colin Farrell releases a staggering five movies, and potentially ups his star power by making out with one Britney Spears.
Ben Affleck Is 2002's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 12:50PM

2002

Ben Affleck Is 2002's Sexiest Man Alive

His film Daredevil flops at the box office, but his serious stunt work earns Ben Affleck the title of Sexiest Man Alive. Some foreshadowing of things to come, from his costar, future wife Jennifer Garner: "We all swooned," she says of working with Affleck. "He's your basic tall, dark and handsome. He's it. You want him to save you. I can't imagine anyone the world would rather see swoop in and save the day than Ben."
Zhuzh It Real Good
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2002

Zhuzh It Real Good

Now that's nice grooming! Poster boy David Beckham heralds the rise of the metrosexual – the typically urban heterosexual male who's more than a little into his appearance.
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2002: Packing Heat

The summer's anthem comes in the form of a hot – literally! – track by Nelly, "Hot in Herre," which boasts one big striptease of a video.

A Rose Is a Rose – and a Commitment

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2002

A Rose Is a Rose – and a Commitment

In March, the first episode of The Bachelor premieres, introducing 25 women to suave management consultant Alex Michel – several dozen rose ceremonies later, women are still trying to win the heart of each season's chosen guy.
Pierce Brosnan Is 2001's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2001

Pierce Brosnan Is 2001's Sexiest Man Alive

The newest James Bond, Ireland's Pierce Brosnan, spices things up as the year's Sexiest Man Alive – one of only six SMA title holders to come from outside the U.S. And he's all natural: "I have not had any plastic surgery in any shape or form. No implants. And my hair is not dyed," Brosnan says.
Brady Plays the Field | Tom Brady

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2001

Brady Plays the Field

Football fans delight when the New England Patriots designate Tom Brady as their starting quarterback, not just because he's good but because he's good-looking, too.
Sin City Sizzles | Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon
10/28/2013 12:45PM

2001

Sin City Sizzles

It's so. Much. Sexy. Ocean's Eleven hits the jackpot as it brings together suave former SMAs George Clooney and Brad Pitt, future winner Matt Damon and fellow hotties Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle and Scott Caan.
Brad Pitt Is 2000's Sexiest Man Alive
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2000

Brad Pitt Is 2000's Sexiest Man Alive

So nice, we named him twice! Brad Pitt scores his second Sexiest Man Alive cover after first winning the honor in 1995, in part because he took himself off the market that summer by marrying Jennifer Aniston. "Sexiness isn't just about the single bachelor and good looks," says his Meet Joe Black costar Marcia Gay Harden. "There's something gorgeous about his commitment."
Batty for Jeter | Derek Jeter

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2000

Batty for Jeter

The New York Yankees' hunky bachelor Derek Jeter earns the World Series MVP award in November – and later goes to first base and beyond with Hollywood hotties like Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Minka Kelly.
If Looks Could Kill | Christian Bale

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10/28/2013 12:00PM

2000

If Looks Could Kill

The plot of April's American Psycho is quite terrifying, but Christian Bale's killer character Patrick Bateman – whom he later admitted was based on Tom Cruise – is still hard not to swoon over.
A Peeking Interest | D'Angelo
10/28/2013 12:00PM

2000

A Peeking Interest

MTV steams up television screens with D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video, which features the half-naked singer crooning some very sexy lyrics. Women are on the edge of their seats – literally – hoping to see beyond what's in the frame.

1990

The Teen Idols: Backstreet Boys & 'NSYNC
10/25/2013 07:00PM

1999

The Teen Idols: Backstreet Boys & 'NSYNC

The comparisons between boy bands the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC transpire like an age-old political debate – though fans are more concerned about who's cuter: Nick Carter or Justin Timberlake. We'll never say bye, bye, bye to these guys ... and we want it that way.
Richard Gere Is 1999's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 07:00PM

1999

Richard Gere Is 1999's Sexiest Man Alive

While arguably no one understands how the Runaway Bride could leave Richard Gere at the altar, the actor runs away with the year's Sexiest Man Alive title, validating his decades-spanning career.
10/25/2013 06:00PM

1999: Shake Your Bon Bon

The craziest thing about Ricky Martin's choreography-driven music video for "Livin' la Vida Loca" isn't the girl he's singing about – it's the montage of the Latin chart-topper getting wet and wild (swoon!) courtesy of an exploding fire hydrant.

Harrison Ford Is 1998's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 06:00PM

1998

Harrison Ford Is 1998's Sexiest Man Alive

Age ain't nothin' but a number for Harrison Ford, whose green-gray eyes catch ours when he snags the Sexiest Man Alive title at age 56. "I never feel sexy," the endearingly humble star of June's Six Days Seven Nights quips to PEOPLE.
Into the 'Groove' | Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs

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10/25/2013 06:00PM

1998

Into the 'Groove'

Leave it to Taye Diggs to bring even more heat to Montego Bay, the setting of his August film breakthrough, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. You'll need a cold shower after this one … especially after that shower scene.
'Sex' Is a Big Deal

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10/25/2013 06:00PM

1998

'Sex' Is a Big Deal

The only things hotter than the clothes on Sex and the City are the men, including smooth-talking Mr. Big. The show's June pilot introduces Chris Noth's financier alter ego, whose up, down and dizzying relationship with leading lady Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) spans six seasons.
King of the World | Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio

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10/25/2013 06:00PM

1997

King of the World

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet steam up the screen – and, quite famously, the inside of a town car – in the December blockbuster based on the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Leo's matinee idol looks outshine even the Heart of the Ocean diamond in what becomes one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
George Clooney Is 1997's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 06:00PM

1997

George Clooney Is 1997's Sexiest Man Alive

It isn't just his looks that land George Clooney his first Sexiest Man Alive victory. "It's that little head tilt he does when his chin dips down and his eyes drop to the floor," PEOPLE notes. "Then, wham! Those eyes are back, full of mischief and magic, atop a sly half grin that all but announces, 'Yep, I'm trouble, but you love me anyways.'"
Denzel Washington Is 1996's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 06:00PM

1996

Denzel Washington Is 1996's Sexiest Man Alive

Denzel Washington is more about the tease than the strip, so the old-fashioned Courage Under Fire hunk keeps his clothes on to secure the year's Sexiest Man Alive honor. His secret weapons: those warm brown eyes.
Brad Pitt Is 1995's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 06:40PM

1995

Brad Pitt Is 1995's Sexiest Man Alive

After Brad Pitt quickens pulses playing drop-dead undead Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with the Vampire, and again in romantic Western Legends of the Fall, he becomes a true PEOPLE legend, securing the first of two Sexiest Man Alive titles.
Hey Fella, Need a Cinderella? | Prince William

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10/28/2013 04:00PM

1995

Hey Fella, Need a Cinderella?

Ladies in waiting swoon when 13-year-old Prince William starts school at Eton College, and the royal family strikes a deal to give occasional updates on the red-hot blue blood in exchange for his privacy. "Prince William is not an institution; nor a soap star; nor a football hero," Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, tells the press.
Hip-Hop Heartthrob | LL Cool J

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10/28/2013 04:00PM

1995

Hip-Hop Heartthrob

He's "Doin' It": LL Cool J's sixth album "Mr Smith," filled with blush-inducing ballads like "Hey Lover" and "Loungin'," sells more than 2 million copies. And just like the man himself, ladies love it.
Perfect English | Colin Firth, Hugh Grant

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10/25/2013 06:00PM

1994

Perfect English

Across-the-pond imports Hugh Grant and Colin Firth become instant Hollywood royalty. Grant breaks out as a rom-com heartthrob in March's Four Weddings and a Funeral, and, soon after, Firth transforms into Jane Austen's fantasy man, Mr. Darcy, in the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Country Strong | Tim McGraw

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10/25/2013 06:00PM

1994

Country Strong

Everyone's singing along to Tim McGraw's Not a Moment Too Soon when it drops in March, but there's much cowboy hat-tipping to the mustached man – well, howdy! – behind the Billboard smash.
What a Poser! | Tyson Beckford

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10/25/2013 04:00PM

1993

What a Poser!

Tyson Beckford becomes the face – and, well, the body – of Ralph Lauren's Polo Sport, and, along with hunky peers like Marcus Schenkenberg and Alex Lundqvist, ushers in the era of the male supermodel.
Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford Are 1993's Sexiest Couple
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1993

Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford Are 1993's Sexiest Couple

Talk about picture perfect! The unbearable hotness of husband and wife Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford leads PEOPLE to break tradition and name them the first ever Sexiest Couple Alive.
Hubba-Hubba Bubba | Bill Clinton

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10/25/2013 04:00PM

1993

Hubba-Hubba Bubba

Charismatic and handsome, Bill Clinton earns the ultimate popular vote, party lines blurred, when he takes the White House in January as the U.S.'s 42nd president.
Nick Nolte Is 1992's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1992

Nick Nolte Is 1992's Sexiest Man Alive

Nick Nolte tops his dramatic turn in The Prince of Tides by being crowned Sexiest Man Alive. "I'd pay $7 just to watch him walk down the street," fellow hottie Luke Perry says of the ruggedly handsome actor.
Rapper's Delight
10/31/2013 06:00PM

1992

Rapper's Delight

His body is healthy, his rhymes made him wealthy – and his abs are to die for! But it takes more than a few good vibrations to get Mark Wahlberg's sweet six-pack.
Patrick Swayze Is 1991's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1991

Patrick Swayze Is 1991's Sexiest Man Alive

After making waves in a wetsuit in Point Break – well, duh! – Patrick Swayze nabs Sexiest Man Alive honors. But tears are still flowing for his romantic, unearthly yuppie in the previous year's blockbuster Ghost. "It is Swayze's sexy-but-sensitive, tough-but-tender duality that allures his costars as well as his fans," PEOPLE notes.
Grunge Goes Chic | Kurt Cobain

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10/25/2013 04:00PM

1991

Grunge Goes Chic

Smells like teen spirit, indeed! The surprise success of Nirvana's Nevermind tears the status quo to shreds and replaces it with ripped jeans, Doc Martens and layered Henleys that bring grunge into the sexy mainstream.
Tom Cruise Is 1990's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:50PM

1990

Tom Cruise Is 1990's Sexiest Man Alive

Tom Cruise gets engines revving as a hotshot stock car driver in the action-packed Days of Thunder, so it's no shocker when he speeds away with the year's Sexiest Man Alive title.
California Dreamy | Jason Priestley, Luke Perry

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10/25/2013 04:00PM

1990

California Dreamy

Teens everywhere long to flock to Beverly Hills, 90210, where Jason Priestley and Luke Perry rule the halls of West Beverly Hills High as Brandon Walsh and Dylan McKay. The costars' mailboxes soon fill up with 1,500 fan letters a week, and men across America grow out their sideburns.

1980

Sean Connery Is 1989's Sexiest Man Alive
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1989

Sean Connery Is 1989's Sexiest Man Alive

Some things get better with age – like Sean Connery. "Toy boys may come and go with the seasons; Connery endures," PEOPLE said of its Sexiest Man Alive. The original Bond takes home the Oscar for The Untouchables that year, proving that the sexagenerian (pun intended!) is still on top of his game. "He was sexy at 26, and at 60 even more so," Shelley Winters said.
The Teen Idols: New Kids on the Block
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1989

The Teen Idols: New Kids on the Block

They've got the right stuff! New Kids on the Block's breakthrough album features five hits that hang tough in the top 10, making them the first teen act to accomplish such chart success. With dolls, pillowcases, and posters bearing the likenesses of Donny, Danny, Joey, Jordan and Jonathan, we'll be loving them forever.
JFK Jr. Is 1998's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:45PM

1988

JFK Jr. Is 1998's Sexiest Man Alive

The pecs, the pedigree, the charm – JFK Jr. is the only non-actor to date chosen as Sexiest Man Alive. "He has something that no film star, no athlete, can duplicate – the aura, the excitement that charges a room when he enters it, simply by virtue of being Kennedy," PEOPLE proclaimed of the young law student.
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1987: Keeping the Faith

George Michael shakes his derriere in the video for "Faith" and gains a legion of believers who aren't afraid to admit they want his sex.

Harry Hamlin Is 1987's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1987

Harry Hamlin Is 1987's Sexiest Man Alive

The verdict is in: L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive. Costar Susan Dey seconds the vote, stating, "Harry has the charm, vulnerability and diplomacy of Cary Grant and the explorer, survivalist instinct of Robinson Crusoe. Harry is vulnerable, but with an edge."
'Dirty' Movie Scores Big | Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze

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1987

'Dirty' Movie Scores Big

The pachanga gets steamy thanks to Patrick Swayze's gyrating hips in August's Dirty Dancing. His take-charge attitude in the ballroom and the bedroom establishes the dancer-turned-actor as a romantic leading man ... and viewers have the time of their lives.
You've Got the Cutest Little Baby Face | Johnny Depp

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1987

You've Got the Cutest Little Baby Face

Johnny Depp plays an undercover cop sent back to high school in 21 Jump Street, and following the show's April debut, receives 10,000 fan letters a month. At 50, he still has the same arresting looks.
Mark Harmon Is 1986's Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1986

Mark Harmon Is 1986's Sexiest Man Alive

Mark Harmon, a former UCLA quarterback who plays a charming doctor on TV's St. Elsewhere, lands PEOPLE's second Sexiest Man Alive cover, which comes as a shock to the actor. "When I look in the mirror, all I see is a bunch of fake teeth and football scars," he says.
Kim's Got Good Taste
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1986

Kim's Got Good Taste

Before Fifty Shades of Grey, 9 1/2 Weeks's Mickey Rourke was blindfolding costar Kim Basinger and teasing her with a surprisingly erotic buffet that awakens more than just her taste buds. We'll never look at Whole Foods the same way again.
Dude Looks Like a Lady

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10/25/2013 04:00PM

1985

Dude Looks Like a Lady

Groupies and video vixens chase after hot hair bands like Poison, Cinderella and Whitesnake, who prove that eye shadow, lipstick, big hair and a pierced ear can be pretty badass.
Mel Gibson Is PEOPLE's First Sexiest Man Alive
10/25/2013 04:00PM

1985

Mel Gibson Is PEOPLE's First Sexiest Man Alive

With Australian charm, handsome looks and hits like Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Mel Gibson, 29, is named PEOPLE's first-ever Sexiest Man Alive in February. The title reportedly came about when an editor saw a photo of the actor and exclaimed, yep, "He's the sexiest man alive!"
The Pack Mentality | Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe

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1985

The Pack Mentality

New York magazine's June cover story christens a group of Hollywood up-and-comers, including Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson, the Brat Pack, both for their star turns in movies like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire, and their offscreen antics of bar-hopping and bed-hopping.
Purple Reigns

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1984

Purple Reigns

America gets royal fever when a flamboyant Prince dances with his mirror image and soaks in a steamy bathtub in the video for "When Doves Cry," the year's top-selling single.
The Incredible Bulk | Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

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1984

The Incredible Bulk

Arnold Schwarzenegger muscles his way to the top with The Terminator and joins Sylvester Stallone on the action hero A-list. Where's the beef? At the local cinema, natch!
South Beach Just Got Sexier | Don Johnson

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1984

South Beach Just Got Sexier

Sherbet, anyone? The pastel duds worn by undercover cops Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas on TV's Miami Vice trend men's fashion toward Crockett and Tubbs's signature pink jackets with rolled-up sleeves and sockless loafers.
10/25/2013 02:00PM

1983: The Electric Slide

Nice underwear! Little-known actor Tom Cruise shows he has all the right moves while jamming in his Jockeys to "Old Time Rock and Roll" in Risky Business. The movie's success gives him the leverage to command over $1 million in future films.

Selleck. 'Stache. Say No More | Tom Selleck

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1980

Selleck. 'Stache. Say No More

When hunky Tom Selleck bursts onto the scene in Magnum, P.I. sporting a flowery Hawaiian shirt and too-short shorts, female fans do a happy hula. His macho man status is further solidified by a big, bushy mustache, one of the most famous in TV history.
He's Just a Gigolo | Richard Gere

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1980

He's Just a Gigolo

Richard Gere uses his good looks and slick Armani suits to seduce lonely housewives in American Gigolo. But it's his full-frontal nudity, controversial at the time, that causes heads to turn – and stay fixated there.

1970

'Sexy' Time | Rod Stewart

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10/25/2013 02:00PM

1978

'Sexy' Time

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" coos Rod Stewart in his signature husky drawl, and womankind replies "yes." The song is intended to mock the lounge lizards of the era, but instead cements Stewart's self-proclaimed status as "God's gift to women."
Travolta Gets to the Point
10/25/2013 02:00PM

1977

Travolta Gets to the Point

How deep is your love? The deafening sound of screaming fans temporarily halts the filming of Saturday Night Fever in New York City when John Travolta shows up on set. His dance floor magic and iconic white suit epitomize disco chic.
Keeping Up with Bruce | Bruce Jenner

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10/25/2013 02:15PM

1976

Keeping Up with Bruce

Kris who? Buff, all-American track star Bruce Jenner smashes records when he wins gold in the decathlon at the Summer Olympics, earning the official title of World's Greatest Athlete, a Wheaties box cover and the unofficial title of sexiest sports star.
Gimme a Head with Hair

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10/25/2013 02:00PM

1975

Gimme a Head with Hair

By the mid-'70s, hair – and lots of it – is firmly established as the ultimate alpha-male style statement. Unbuttoned shirts revealing luxurious chest rugs paired with major 'staches and shaggy feathered lion's manes make stars like the Bee Gees and tennis ace Björn Borg the kings of the urban jungle.
French Connection | Marlon Brando
10/25/2013 02:00PM

1972

French Connection

December's Last Tango in Paris puts the X in "sex" as the movie earns the racy rating for its explicit content. It's a turning point for acting legend Marlon Brando, who dares to bare all – and then some.
Ladies Sing His Praises | Billy Dee Williams, Diana Ross

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10/25/2013 02:00PM

1972

Ladies Sing His Praises

A smooth, deep voice and broad smile turn Lady Sings the Blues star Billy Dee Williams into an international sex symbol, and love-struck fans dub him "the black Clark Gable." Need proof? Just ask The Jeffersons's Florence.
Burt Goes Bear | Burt Reynolds
10/25/2013 02:00PM

1972

Burt Goes Bear

Burt Reynolds catapults himself from movie star to sex icon by wearing nothing but his signature mustache – on a bearskin rug, no less – as Cosmopolitan's first nude male centerfold. Mario Lopez recreates the provocative pose for PEOPLE's 2008 Hottest Bachelor issue.
Fight Club

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10/25/2013 01:00PM

1971

Fight Club

Bruce Lee brings a new brand of sexy to Hollywood with his lightning-fast kung fu skills and equally impressive physique. Men want to be karate masters, while women want to be with a man who can really kick butt.
He's a Bad Mother––!

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10/25/2013 01:25PM

1971

He's a Bad Mother––!

Shaft's smooth-talking private detective attracts the ladies along with the bad guys, defining 1970s swagger.
Born to Be Bad | Evel Knievel

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10/25/2013 01:00PM

1971

Born to Be Bad

Daredevil Evel Knievel gets pulses racing with his death-defying motorcycle stunts and a signature tight white suit that makes him the leader of the pack for thousands of adoring female fans.
The Teen Idol: David Cassidy
10/25/2013 01:00PM

1970

The Teen Idol: David Cassidy

C'mon, get happy! David Cassidy's boyish good looks secure him the largest official fan club in the world after his Partridge Family debut. Not content with being the highest-paid live entertainer in showbiz, he sexes up his image two years later by posing in the buff for Rolling Stone.

1960

The Eyes Have It | Paul Newman
10/25/2013 01:00PM

1967

The Eyes Have It

No one can out-twinkle the classically handsome Paul Newman. After a string of successful '50s and '60s films, the actor's steely resolve in Cool Hand Luke earns praise as one his best performances and solidifies him as a sex symbol for decades to come. His salad dressing ain't bad, either.
Torch Singer | Jim Morrison
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1967

Torch Singer

The Doors's "Light My Fire" peaks at No. 1 in the charts, and women are ignited by the moody, mysterious stage presence of the band's front man, Jim Morrison.
Join the Mile-High Club | Leonardo DiCaprio

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1966

Join the Mile-High Club

Ready for takeoff? Pan Am introduces the Boeing 747, and with the $525 million fleet comes a generation of debonair pilots. Men want to be them; ladies hope to land them.
10/18/2013 07:10PM

1965: The Jagger Edge

The Rolling Stones rock the music scene with a grittier look and sound that is more bad boy than the Beatles'. Girls everywhere hold their breath as the press poses the question, "Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?"

10/18/2013 07:00PM

1964: He's a Total Knockout

Boxer Muhammad Ali charms legions of female fans with his witty one-liners and self-assured bravado. "I'm young, I'm handsome, I'm fast, I'm pretty and can't possibly be beat," he proclaims.

The Teen Idols: The Beatles
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1964

The Teen Idols: The Beatles

John! Paul! Ringo! George! From their boyish charm to their infectious songs, Beatlemania ensues as fans hysterically fawn over the Fab Four when they land Stateside after hitting it big in Britain.
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1964: Motown Mojo

The music charts never sounded sexier: From soulful solo stars Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke to smooth groups like The Temptations and The Four Tops, the catchy melodies and romantic lyrics of the Motown Sound helped men make a move. How sweet it is!

We Spy Quite a Guy | Sean Connery

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10/18/2013 07:00PM

1962

We Spy Quite a Guy

Martini, anyone? Sean Connery shakes – not stirs – things up at the box office, starring as sexy spy James Bond in the first Bond film, Dr. No. To date, 23 Bond movies have followed suit, with leading men from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig adding their own spin to the original 007.
Camelot's Shining Knight
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1961

Camelot's Shining Knight

Presidential politics get a fresh new face in John F. Kennedy, who brings youthful energy, suave good looks and polished confidence to the White House when he takes office as the 35th president on Jan. 20.
The Ultimate Boyfriend

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10/18/2013 07:05PM

1961

The Ultimate Boyfriend

Come on Barbie, let's go party! There's no toying around for this perky blonde, who finds her perfect man in Ken – the plastic dreamboat who can be every little girl’s ideal companion for just $3.50.

1950

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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1957

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Nice wheels! The cool '57 Chevy is not only the It car of the year but also the decade's ultimate makeout machine. Which feature got guys and their dates more revved up: the car's sleek chrome headlights or its potential at the drive-in?
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1956: Calypso King

Handsome Harry Belafonte heats up the charts with his Calypso album, featuring the breakout hit "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)."

The Teen Idol: Elvis Presley
10/18/2013 07:00PM

1956

The Teen Idol: Elvis Presley

Hits including "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog" – not to mention those too-racy-for-TV swiveling hips – make Elvis Presley the Justin Bieber of his day. Some of the shy Southern singer's appearances have to be cut short when overwhelmed female fans storm the stage.
Made in the Shades
10/18/2013 06:00PM

1956

Made in the Shades

With their modern plastic frames and sensual shape, Ray-Ban Wayfarers become the go-to sunglasses for men with smoldering style. Since their debut, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Robert Pattinson have kept the iconic shades at the cutting edge of Hollywood style.
The Birth of Cool

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1955

The Birth of Cool

Brooding bad boy James Dean plays a troubled teen in Rebel Without a Cause. Though the 24-year-old heartthrob dies in a car crash the same year, he's immortalized as a pop culture icon, with everyone from Warren Beatty to Brad Pitt being touted as "the next James Dean."
Elegance Epitomized

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1955

Elegance Epitomized

Cary Grant rules the box office with his debonair persona and easy charm in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief. When told by an interviewer that everyone wanted to be Cary Grant, the suave actor replied, "So would I!"
He's Smokin' Hot!

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1954

He's Smokin' Hot!

The Marlboro Man makes his debut in an ad for filtered cigarettes, which were previously marketed as a dainty smoke. Once the ruggedly handsome cowboy becomes the face of the brand, Marlboro sales skyrocket.
A Real Page Turner

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1953

A Real Page Turner

Sex sells! In December, Hugh Hefner launches a lad mag called Playboy, featuring current events, tastemaker interviews and compelling fiction – among other things – for the well-read man. The first issue, featuring a nude centerfold of a young Marilyn Monroe, quickly sells 50,000 copies. But of course, guys mainly read it "for the articles."
Stella Performance

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1951

Stella Performance

Marlon Brando and his tight white T-shirt become superstars, thanks to his portrayal of alpha-male Stanley Kowalski in the film A Streetcar Named Desire. The actor earns his first Oscar nomination for the role – not to mention thousands of female admirers.

1940

10/18/2013 01:00PM

1949: Hello, Twinkle Toes!

Who said real men don't dance? Light-as-air Gene Kelly, in a formfitting sailor suit, makes ballet moves look macho in the MGM musical On the Town.

The Teen Idol: Frank Sinatra
10/18/2013 01:00PM

1946

The Teen Idol: Frank Sinatra

Bobby soxers swoon for velvet-voiced Frank Sinatra and his piercing baby blues, turning the 27-year-old singer into America's first teen idol. His debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, stays at No. 1 for seven weeks on the Billboard chart.
P.D.A. Is A-Okay

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10/18/2013 01:50PM

1945

P.D.A. Is A-Okay

A jubilant sailor celebrates the end of World War II by embracing an unsuspecting nurse for a celebratory kiss in Times Square, illustrating exactly how to sweep a woman off her feet.
Tropic Thunder
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1945

Tropic Thunder

Men begin to have fun with fashion, with colorful Hawaiian shirts becoming popular among young servicemen returning from the Pacific, and hand-painted ties featuring landscapes, pinup girls and rodeos adding playful flourishes to boring business suits.
We'll Always Have Paris
10/18/2013 01:00PM

1942

We'll Always Have Paris

Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca tough guy tenderly murmurs, "Here's looking at you, kid," and becomes an instant sex symbol. The line still makes movie fans melt: In 2005, it ranked No. 5 on the American Film Institute's top 100 movie quotes of all time.

1930

It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's a Super Hunk!
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1938

It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's a Super Hunk!

The Man of Steel arrives on the scene in Action Comics #1 and immediately becomes the ultimate American hero. For decades to come, he's embodied by a host of sexy actors who are every woman's kryptonite.
A Brief Encounter
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1935

A Brief Encounter

Long before Calvins were cool, men were sporting Jockey, the underwear brand's innovative new Y-front briefs. The iconic tighty-whities were so popular that 30,000 pairs flew off the shelves within the first three months of their launch.
The Great Tee Off

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1934

The Great Tee Off

Is it hot in here? Clark Gable steams up the screen sans undershirt in It Happened One Night and hurts T-shirt sales after men decide the undergarment is no match for a bare torso.
The Wheel Deal

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1932

The Wheel Deal

Engines are revved with the debut of the Ford Hot Rod Model B, offering drivers both a swank ride and a brand new status symbol to attract the opposite sex. The chick magnet comes with a price tag of $490.
Hats Off to Headwear

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1930s

Hats Off to Headwear

You're never fully dressed without a fedora. Men tip their hats to the sleek felt topper that's de rigueur for any gent through the 1950s.

1900-1920

10/18/2013 01:00PM

1929: Cowboys Make Us Giddy(-Up)

Howdy! American heroes are redefined when Gary Cooper and a host of other hunky actors popularize the rugged, courageous cowboy in movies like The Virginian.

A Hair-Raising Discovery

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1928

A Hair-Raising Discovery

A little dab'll do ya! The men’s grooming industry gets a major upgrade thanks to Brylcreem, a hair pomade made of water, mineral oil and beeswax that leaves guys looking slick – literally.
The Strong, Silent Type

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1921

The Strong, Silent Type

Pass the smelling salts! Latin Lover Rudolph Valentino has fans fainting in the aisles without even uttering a word thanks to starring roles in silent films including The Sheik and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Guys & Dolls Go Underground
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1920s

Guys & Dolls Go Underground

In light of prohibition, cool cats and their decked-out dates turn to seductive speakeasies for a clandestine cocktail fix. The sidecar is the classic drink that emerges from the period. A heady mix of cognac, lemon juice and orange liqueur, it's still the bee's knees!
Beau and Arrow

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1905

Beau and Arrow

"Dear Handsome ... " The Arrow Collar Man, a dashing fictional character who appears in ads for shirts and detachable shirt collars, shoots straight to the hearts of women. Portrayed by a host of male models, he reportedly receives more than 17,000 love letters a week – more than any male film star of the era!

1600-1800

The Vampire Diary

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1897

The Vampire Diary

Before Edward Cullen, Bram Stoker's Dracula was the sexiest vampire on the block. The Victorian novel is chock-full of sexual undertones that would be deemed far too racy for Forks.
March of the Penguins
10/18/2013 01:00PM

1886

March of the Penguins

At a gala at the exclusive Tuxedo Park resort in Orange County, N.Y., several men show up in trendsetting tailless dress coats and scarlet satin vests, and the tux is born. With only a few minor design tweaks, the stylish three-piece suit remains the epitome of debonair style – just look at today's red carpet!
'Stached Away
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1860s

'Stached Away

Every month is Movember in the mid-19th century, when men grow mustaches and beards in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. A humorous 1864 song called "If You've Only Got a Mustache" marks the rise of the hip handlebar.
That's Amore ... or Maybe Just a Fling

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1760

That's Amore ... or Maybe Just a Fling

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova takes his place in history as the world's greatest lover, thanks to his steamy diaries detailing his elaborate affairs and serial seductions. The legendary lothario even tangled with royalty, fleeing Paris after seducing the wives and daughters of subjects in King Louis XV's court.
Scents & Sensibility
10/18/2013 01:00PM

1709

Scents & Sensibility

Before Drakkar Noir, there was Eau de Cologne, a scent created by an Italian perfumer in honor of his new German home. Smelling like "an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain," it becomes the first celebrity fragrance when French Emperor Napoleon starts dousing himself with at least one whole bottle a day.

1300-1500

Raising the Bard
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1597

Raising the Bard

Ah, young love. Romeo's star-crossed crush in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet inspires centuries of boys to shimmy up to their girlfriend's bedroom window as the ultimate romantic gesture.
David Is Abs Fab

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10/18/2013 01:00PM

1504

David Is Abs Fab

Hello, six-pack! The chiseled good looks of Michelangelo's marble masterpiece, David, becomes the definition of the heroic male nude in Renaissance Italy. Standing a statuesque 17 feet tall, his saucy full-frontal splendor still pulls in over 1 million visitors a year.
Clothes Maketh the Man

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1400s

Clothes Maketh the Man

Fashion takes center stage during the Renaissance and the art of power dressing is born. Rich, heavy satin and velvet duds, billowy shirtsleeves, breeches and brimmed hats are the hot look for any self-respecting icon of the era.
Relax & Say 'Spaaa'

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A.D.

Relax & Say 'Spaaa'

Metrosexuals dip their manicured toes in the water for the first time in the Roman era with a soak and steam at the public baths. A clean-shaven face moisturized with olive oil and trimmed with a barber's bronze razor distinguishes the eligible gentlemen from the barbarians.

B.C.

The King of Swagger

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B.C.

The King of Swagger

Blond and handsome, Alexander the Great conquered countries as well as hearts. Historians concur that the powerful king was quite the looker, thanks to his athletic build and intense gaze – attributes that certainly don't hurt when you're empire building.
The Invention of Guyliner

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B.C.

The Invention of Guyliner

In ancient Egypt, men realize the beauty of eye makeup and start dipping into their queens' kohl pots. Sure, it's functional (the heavy black eyeliner reduced the sun's glare), but it also enhances a steely, sexy stare, as Adam Lambert fans are well aware.
In the Beginning ... There Was Sexy

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10/15/2013 04:00PM

B.C.

In the Beginning ... There Was Sexy

The original Sexiest Man Alive? A hot young Greek called Akrotatos, according to graffiti found at the site of the earliest Olympics. The super fan who wrote "Akrotatos kalos" ("Akrotatos is beautiful") probably didn’t realize the love note would survive for over 2000 years. Now that's commitment.