by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
Gay music followers have enjoyed crushes on their favorite pop and rock stars, from Buddy Holly, David Bowie and Shaun Cassidy to current heartthrobs Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine and Brandon Flowers. Anyone can put together a list of the sexiest guys, but after consulting with several friends and examining a series of photos (some in shirtless display), plus factoring in artistic skill and star potential, here is my list of the 25 very hottest men on the music scene right now (in order).
1) Jared Followill
(Kings of Leon)
Rock-star hair and green eyes are what you first notice about Kings of Leon bassist-keyboardist Jared Followill, son of a once-Pentecostal pastor. But look further down and you'll see that his skinny jeans barely leave breathing room, and we're not complaining. In 2009 already, KOL has won their first Grammy Award, headlined major festivals throughout Europe and North America, and has sold out many of the same arenas Coldplay has on their latest tour. Unbelievably sexy, this 22-year-old is tops in the hottie department.
2) Lenny Kravitz
Rock and roll god Lenny Kravitz has the chiseled body of an athlete and the looks of a supermodel, and behind a guitar - even in the nude - he's one of the most skilled musicians in the business. Kravitz has always shown off his edgy side, proved nicely by a wrap-around tattoo on his right pec and shoulders - is anyone thirsty?
3) Sam Sparro
Openly Gay dance artist Sam Sparro is known for saucy club hits, like "Pocket" and the Grammy-nominated "Black and Gold," but he's also recognized for his array of message-bearing T-shirts, such as the one reading "Worst President Ever." Here's hoping we see more, lots more, of this striking and talented Aussie.
4) Guy Berryman
Chris Martin might be the frontman of mega-successful rock band Coldplay, but it's bassist Guy Berryman who wins the beauty contest with his boyish looks, tempting brown eyes, and a smile that if seen in person - during a live concert - will simply make you fall to your knees and (you finish the sentence).
5) Jake Shimabukuro
Hawaiian-born Jake Shimabukuro plays a mean ukelele, fusing pop, rock, jazz and island folk into a unique dazzling sound. Asian-American musicians are regularly overlooked by their blue-eyed, blond-locked counterparts, but this tall, slim, attractive 20-something can no longer be ignored.
6) Billy Currington
Country crooner Billy Currington is smokin' hot, a cross between a fireman calendar pinup and a buff rock climber. Posing for the cover of Playgirl magazine and ripping off his wife-beater for a concert promo flyer, he's built in all the right places and dreamy everywhere else.
7) Mark Ronson
British wiz Mark Ronson won last year's Grammy for Producer of the Year, helming Amy Winehouse's bi-continental smash Back to Black. His choice of stylish attire, shiny suits and V-neck sweaters has made him a true fashionista. With or without designer threads, though, Ronson is undeniably gorgeous.
8) Asher Roth
Rap newbie Asher Roth is stirring lots of buzz for his quirky-yet-creative blend of hip-hop, though also for his preppy college kid looks that have men and women of all colors checking him out. Whether he's rapping about booze, late night parties, or wearing two condoms instead of one, this frat boy-like Pennsylvanian has everyone talking.
9) Gaspard Auge (Justice)
Underneath Gaspard Auge's bushy hair and scruffy face is a classic Frenchman that could pose on the cover of any men's style magazine, believe it or not. Yes, he appears to be more of a metalhead than an electronic DJ, but some of us are perfectly fine staring at him before the shave.
10) Flo Rida
If you haven't noticed, rap newcomer Flo Rida's chest can double as a buffet table - this muscular dude has us sweating in a lot of interesting places. If you love your men with meat and hard pecs, here's your guy.
11) Calvin Harris
Vertical dessert arrives in the form of dance wonder Calvin Harris, a Scottish export on the brink of an American breakthrough. Talk about an English treat, we'll have a double scoop of him - with a cherry on top, please.
12) Dierks Bentley
Country hunk Dierks Bentley wins the award for hottest daddy, after becoming a father in the past year to baby girl Evelyn. With guy-next-door looks and traditional western favorites, like "What Was I Thinkin'," this Arizona native really gets our motor running.
13) Gabe Saporta
Gabe Saporta was born in Uruguay, but moved with his parents to the United States at an early age. His party-boy attitude, dark and handsome image, plus a multitude of photos appearing shirtless (and in his undies) have earned him a Gay following.
14) Adam Levine (Maroon 5)
I doubt you'll find a Gay guy who'd kick Adam Levine out of bed, and while Maroon 5's songs are starting to sound stale, we can't help but keep this native Californian in our most intimate thoughts. Sexy as hell, we're still thinking about you Adam!
15) Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean has gradually climbed the honky tonk ladder of success with chart-topping albums and number-one singles, yet it's those linebacker shoulders, authentic Southern drawl, and what he packs into a tight pair of Wranglers that has us saying "yee-haw!"
16) Llandel Veguilla Malave
Salazar (Wisin y Yandel)
Gay men from Mexico to Brazil are salivating over this shorter half of Grammy-winning reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel. Sometimes dressed in hip-hop gear, other times in a snappy two-piece suit, and always with tinted shades, this Puerto Rican is one hot tamale.
17) Adam Lambert
American Idol bridesmaid Adam Lambert has an interesting goth-like image, but he can pretty much do anything with that striking face and giant frame. His star will skyrocket in the coming months, so we're giving him some room to rise up the ranks.
Rapper/badass T.I. spent time in the slammer recently, though it didn't damage his credentials as a worthy hip-hop artist or a sexy up-and-comer. Forget Kanye, we'd much rather steal long glances at this smooth ATL native.
19) Jared Leto
(30 Seconds to Mars)
TV/film actor-turned-rock heartthrob Jared Leto has dated every female celebrity out there, and we're jealous of each and every one of them. A definite hottie with credible singing chops, he's drool material and then some.
20) Chris Cain
(We Are Scientists)
Here's a memo: Keith Murray is no longer the hottest scientist in the world, the title now goes to fellow WAS member Chris Cain who represents the nerdy, eyeglass community in a sexy way. We love seeing him in cut suits, yes we do.
21) Britt Daniel (Spoon)
Redheaded vocalist Britt Daniel, of the critically-praised Spoon, towers over his bandmates at 6 foot 1. And with those light green eyes, pouty lips and semi-raspy voice, he's the unlikeliest sex symbol on the indie rock circuit.
22) Ian Watkins
No one wears a head of gel-whipped hair like Ian Watkins of punkish quintet lostprophets, but its his lower attributes tucked into very slim denims that gets our imagination streaming directly to the gutters.
23) Rob Thomas
Whether you dig his music or not, it'd be difficult to turn down Rob Thomas for anything - um, anything. We heart this guy even more for his pro stance on Gay marriage, and we promise to keep fantasizing over him as a return favor.
24) Michael Buble
Jazz sensation Michael Buble is the iPod generation's answer to Frank Sinatra. His suave pipes and polished image have earned him a big following on both sides of the Canadian border, and he's often allowed fans to pinch his bottom cheeks.
25) Alex Turner
When Arctic Monkeys splashed onto the scene in 2006, frontman Alex Turner looked like a pimply teenager with a part-time fast food job. Now he's a handsome devil, evidenced on the "Standing Next to Me" video from his side project, Last Shadow Puppets.
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