5. Avril Lavigne
Combining supermodel good looks and a punk rock attitude was sheer genius. It may not have been Avril herself who came up with the concept, but she certainly brought it home. You never got the sense that she was accessible and she never promised to give you anything; quite the opposite, in fact. But you had a suspicion that your profound sense of sarcasm would win her over, and you knew deep down she realized her badassness was a front, just as it was for you and everyone else. -Ben Westhoff
Let's just get this out of the way: Beyonce's body, whether movie-star slim or pregnant, is bangin'. With its roller coaster curves and waist-to-hip ratio, it's the prototype that Kim Kardashian showed to her plastic surgeon. But you have to be born with what makes Queen B so sexy. Skin gleaming like it's made of gold, eyes sparkling, she gives off such electricity you can't help but be riveted, even when she's not doing the “Uh-oh” dance. We always felt sorry for those other two girls in Destiny's Child — what were their names again? -Rebecca Haithcoat
3. Debbie Harry
Forget the so-called punk goddesses of today. Debbie Harry was able to get herself into the hearts of punk boys and girls despite entering the world of rock at a relatively advanced age, her early 30s. She's aged rather gracefully, but her peak was clearly during her days with Blondie. More than just a pretty face and a great body, Harry set you on fire with her voice and demeanor; it's tempting to think of her as a sex kitten, but she was actually a Playboy bunny, and, you know, they're both pretty hot as far as animals go. -Nicholas Pell
See also: An Interview With Debbie Freaking Harry!
2. Britney Spears
Only the gay men loved Britney for Britney; all the rest of us just wanted to get with her. I don't care how old you were or from what corner of the globe you came, there wasn't a heterosexual man alive who didn't lose his shit over the “…Baby One More Time” video in 1999. The boa constrictor thing and the skintight red “Oops” outfit were pretty good too, but the Catholic schoolgirl thing worked especially well because she looked like classmates you'd once sat behind. Like Britney, they too were always just barely out of your reach, but when the sun shone into the classroom and the breeze brushed their golden hair just right, there was maybe, just possibly, a chance.
Seeing the “She Wolf” music video, or “Loba,” the even more libidinous Spanish version, for the first time is a sexual milestone in any man's life. It's the moment when you realize, no matter what, you'll never have a woman with as much pure animal sexuality as Shakira. (Unless your name is Antonio de la Rúa and your dad was the president of Argentina.) There is a fierce independence in that video — even though she's dancing in a cage you get the sense that she chooses to stay confined, which is more erotic than actually being locked up. There is a wonderfully mature, unabashed quality to her sexuality: while teeny-bopping pop-stars struggle to straddle that all important commercial line between girl and woman, Shakira owns her womanhood. Indeed, anyone with two albums titled Oral Fixation has gone pretty far past mere suggestiveness. (Here's some more evidence.) -Kai Flanders