There’s nothing like a little eye candy to perk you up in the middle of the day – and if that eye candy happens to be in the form of ten absurdly good-looking men who are poised to make 2014 their biggest year yet, so much the better! Whether they’re singing, rapping, acting, or strutting their stuff on the runway, these ten actors, musicians, and models all make the grade with their gorgeousness and their talent. So without further ado, we present to you the Top 10 Sexiest Men Alive of 2014! Counting down from 10 to 1:
10. Sebastian Stan
Chris Evans may have made a big splash in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, but 2014 is Sebastian Stan’s year to shine. In the next Captain America installment, The Winter Soldier, Sebastian returns as Bucky Barnes – although not in the way you remember him from the first movie. Our candidate for Dark Horse of 2014, he definitely deserves a spot on any list of the sexiest men alive.
9. Sean O’Pry
Don’t recognize Sean O’Pry’s name? You might want to get used to it – he was the highest-paid male model of 2013 according to Forbes. Naturally a guy whose job is to look stunning would win a prize for being one of the sexiest men alive! The 24-year-old Georgia native’s star is definitely on the rise in the fashion world; catch him in campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, and more.
Sensitive AND badass? Yes please! Drake is riding high this year on his Would You Like a Tour? world tour, with a whole bunch of European dates kicking off in February. His soulfulness sets him apart – just like his killer smile. Oh, all right; his killer abs set him apart, too. Raise your hand if you want a hug from Drake!
The front man of Korean boy band Big Bang, T.O.P. managed to beat out Justin Timberlake for the title of Fuse TV’s Sexiest Musician of 2013. Quite the feat, no, given that JT was the man who brought sexy back? Fresh off the success of his solo album Doom Dada, just think of where he’ll be able to go from there!
6. Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm never goes out of style – at least, not when Don Draper is around. At least we don’t need to say goodbye to Don and his irresistible bad boy ways just yet: The first seven episodes of Mad Men’s seventh and final season are set to start airing on AMC in April, but the second half of the season won’t be airing until 2015. Phew!
5. Michael Fassbender
Who knew Magneto could be so hot? Since his turn as Erik Lensherr in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, he’s been featured on countless Sexiest Men Alive lists—and, of course, that little movie called Shame helped, too. He’s set to return as his Marvel mutant counterpart in X-Men: Days of Future Past this spring, which will undoubtedly have the world swooning over him all over again. And with good reason!
4. Idris Elba
Between Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 2013 was a big year for Idris Elba (how about those two – count ‘em! – Golden Globe Award nominations?). He’s got two more projects coming up in 2014 – No Good Deed and The Gunman – and best of all? He’s confirmed that he’s signed on for a Luther movie based off of his hit television show. More Idris Elba is definitely a good thing.
3. Theo James
Theo James is probably most well-known to audiences as Mr. Pamuk, the ill-fated visitor to Downton Abbey who unfortunately expired in Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) bed in the show’s first season. He’s about to put that all behind him, though, as he takes on the role of the smoldering and mysterious Four in the upcoming film adaptation of Divergent. There’s nothing sexier than a man with the strength to rebel against a dystopian society!
2. Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is this generation’s Alan Rickman: Unconventionally attractive, ridiculously talented, and with a voice whose dulcet tones have the ability to stop entire armies in their tracks. 2013 was full of everything from Star Trek Into Darkness to August: Osage County, and with the third season of Sherlock in full swing (plus fourth and fifth seasons on the way!), there’s nowhere for him to go but up. Oh, and both his cheekbones and his intellect are sharp enough to cut glass, both of which are must-have qualities for Sexiest Men Alive.
1. Jamie Dornan
Love 50 Shades of Grey or hate it, it’s hard to deny Jamie Dornan’s appeal. Fans will have to wait until 2015 to see this Irish hottie as the BDSM-loving Christian Grey – but until then, at least we’ve got his modeling portfolio and reruns of Once Upon a Time and The Fall to tide us over.