It’s not all about looks; this guy’s soul has to be in check for him to win the crown, too. Donating to charity, campaigning for social causes, and starring in movies we didn’t hate are big pluses. Most times, we can all agree that the weekly’s inspired decisions represent the screen legends with whom we wouldn’t mind running off into the sunset ourselves. 2017’s pick, however, is raising eyebrows and questions alike.
In early November, People announced that country singer Blake Shelton would grace their covers as this year’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’ Sure, he might give off those old-fashioned cowboy crooner vibes, but many citizens of the Internet don’t consider Shelton’s supposed support for Trump and subsequently-revealed racist and homophobic tweets to be all that ‘sexy’ – and, well, we can’t really blame them for that. “I’ve been ugly my whole life. If I can be sexy for a year, I’m taking it,” he told People Country about the unlikely honor.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with the most recent recipient of the accolade, or any of them for that matter, scroll down to see all the men People Magazine has dubbed the pinnacle of desire from 1990 onward, and let us know how many of your top choices made the front page.
1990, Tom Cruise
1991, Patrick Swayze
1992, Nick Nolte
1995, Brad Pitt