15. Gwen Stefani
Hers is the face that launched ska's third wave, compelled Claire's to mass-produce bejeweled bindis, and brought Harajuku makeup from the streets of Tokyo to TV sets around the world. The beguiling beauty of Gwen Stefani is how she pulls it off again and again. She transitions from Dickies and Vans to cardigans and platinum pin curls as easily as she transitions from a girlish coo to a warbly, womanly belt. Every time she remakes herself, she makes us fall in love with her again. We'll eat up whatever the girl is slinging, cause everything she does is bananas -- B-A-N-A-N-A-S. -Tessa Stuart
14. Stevie Nicks
From her boho look before it was chic to her angelic features, Stevie Nicks redefined what it meant to be a rock star in the late '70s. Her classic California beauty made her the girl you could take home to your parents, but her wild streak made her the perfect companion for a night on the Sunset Strip. With a husky yet tender voice that could rock you one minute and make you cry the next, no one could put a spell on men quite like Nicks. -Dan Kohn
Nico is sexy in the way that a crying woman is sexy. Everything about her seemingly longs for comfort -- from you -- and her voice makes you desperately want to give it. You want to grab her and tell her everything is going to be okay, even though you know that's a lie. Nico made the dating rounds among the royalty of proto-punk, including Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, but none of them ever made her happy. Her sorrow is part of what makes her sexy. -Nicholas Pell
Watching the way she rolls her body to the sound of gunshots, singing "Some, some, some I murder; some, some I let go," it's easy to believe Sri Lankan-bred rapper M.I.A. has the power to create and destroy. In fact, Matangi "Maya" Arulpragasam is named for a tantric Hindu goddess with the ability to do just that. We don't care if she's a terrorist (as the government of Sri Lanka has alleged), or if she eats truffle-flavored French fries while answering accusations that she is a terrorist. We'll leave questions about her bona fides to the critics because we can't pretend to be unbiased -- we die for her pouty mouth, almond eyes, and "Fuck you, Superbowl audience" attitude. -Tessa Stuart
11. Taylor Swift
Taylor is the queen, or princess rather, of awshucks preacher's daughter cuteness. Never mind that in reality she's actually a calculated businesswoman running an empire, this fantasy is too perfectly down-home to give up. It's that chuckle that gets you; you can hear it in her new hit "Ours." In the brash world of country radio it's endearing and just plain adorable. You sort of just want to take her out to dinner and not try anything. Weird. -Kai Flanders
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