#1 Jessica Simpson - Our long national nightmare is over—Jessica Simpson is her own woman again. America's newest redhead gives you a primer on pickup lines, what she wants in a man, and how to kiss her. #2 Beyonce - Beyonce Knowles, a.k.a. Mrs. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Sasha Fierce, or just simply Beyonce, first grabbed our attention as frontwoman of Destiny's Child, only to later go on to win five Grammys as a solo artist. She starred in films Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records, and more. #3 Christina Aguilera - This gorgeous pop superstar burst onto the scene as a teenager with the hit song "Genie In A Bottle," and, several years (and chart-toppers) later, made a splash as a coach on NBC's The Voice. #4 Anna Kournikova - Before simply being superhot, Anna was a superhot tennis player. In fact, Anna ranked as high as No. 8 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. Now she watches Heroes while listening to Elton John and drinking diet soda... We can only assume. #5 Jennifer Lopez - With a body that could heat the entire world, this feisty Latina makes us feel no shame in singing "Let's Get Loud" in the shower or enjoying an American Idol marathon. Well, until our dad catches us and gives us that "I've made a terrible mistake" look. #6 Mischa Barton - ou might have wept like a baby when she was killed off The O.C., but our January 2008 cover girl couldn't have been more enthusiastic. "I was on the set yelling, 'More blood!'" she told us. Starring roles in three upcoming movies confirm that Mischa has successfully made the leap to the big screen. #7 Rebecca Romijn - Whether it’s her blue skin in the X-Men movies or her gender confusion on Ugly Betty, Rebecca keeps looking for ways to make us forget about her swimsuit-model body—and keeps failing. #8 Paris Hilton - You've seen her on TV, heard her on the radio, and read about her in the tabloids. This heiress is a successful business woman and total hottie. #9 Jessica Alba - She played a stripper in Sin City, had an unforgettable shower scene in Machete, and then the ever-hot knockout did the universe a favor by reprising her roles in the sequels for both. #10 Halle Berry - She caught our attention playing good girl to Robin Givens’ bad girl in Boomerang. She sizzled in The Rich Man’s Wife, conquered Warren Beatty in Bullworth, and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV movie, for playing screen legend Dorothy Dandridge on HBO. She shows off her beautiful curves all over TV as a Revlon model and blows us away as Storm in the X-Men. #12 Carmen Electra - In your living room on the TV shows Singled Out, Baywatch, 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave, and Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. She also starred on the big screen in Scary Movie, Get Over It, Rent Control, Uptown Girls, My Boss's Daughter, Starsky & Hutch, and alongside MTV gal pal Jenny McCarthy in Dirty Love. #13 Scarlett Johansson - Perched high atop the A-list, this dangerously curvy bombshell (and possessor of Hollywood’s most luscious lips) has the acting chops to back up her mind-melting hotness. We’ve watched her in indie films (Lost in Translation, Match Point). We’ve watched her in chick flicks (The Nanny Diaries, The Other Boleyn Girl). Truth is, we’d rapturously watch her sort her recycling. But first we’ll be in line for her most guy-friendly project yet, the noirish, Frank Miller–directed The Spirit. #14 Brittany Murphy - Britt caught her break playing the brainless Tai in the teen "comedy" Clueless and has since been unable to snap out her character's glassy-eyed blundering. In 8 Mile, she was the fuel that ignited Eminem's battle rhymes and has since starred in sugary true-love flicks like Uptown Girls. #17 Angelina Jolie - She's starred in a wide array of movies, from Gone in Sixty Seconds to Kung Fu Panda, Girl Interrupted to Beowulf . Leave it to Jolie to turn a heinous mommy monster from an Old English epic poem into a MILF. #18 Keira Knightley - It’s easy to dismiss her as just a pretty face—unless you see her act. The talented Brit can handle the highbrow (she received a Best Actress nod for Pride & Prejudice) and movies inspired by a theme park ride (the Pirates of the Caribbean series). Jolly good show! #19 Kirsten Dunst #98 Amanda Swisten #21 Elisha Cuthbert - This Canadian bombshell made a noteworthy appearance in Old School, fulfilled the adolescent fantasies of every man in America in The Girl Next Door, and continued to make us laugh in the ABC show Happy Endings. But no matter how big she gets, to us she'll always be Kim Bauer from 24. #22 Cameron Diaz - The super-smiley, super-leggy model turned actress had her breakout role in 1994's The Mask, and ever since she's left us laughing in movies like There's Something About Mary, The Sweetest Thing, Bad Teacher, and Sex Tape.
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#26 Kate Hudson - Gone are the days when this former Tommy Hilfiger model was seen as just Goldie Hawn’s spawn. With an Oscar nod for Almost Famous and upcoming A-list flicks including Fool’s Gold, this sexy free spirit has proved she has more than just great genes. #28 Shannon Elizabeth - Since wowing the world in American Pie, Shannon has beens showing up everywhere from That '70s Show to Dancing With the Stars, even the cover of our June issue! #29 Ashanti - After splattering the undead in last year’s Resident Evil: Extinction, this feisty, Grammy-winning beauty is back to her day job: splattering hearts on her fourth album of lovelorn R & B, The Declaration. You can also see her in our June issue. #30 Sara Foster - We last saw this Malibu-born minx in D.E.B.S., where she played a girl-kissing secret agent in a schoolgirl outfit. We can only hope she's a victim of typecasting in her next movie, Dark Queen. #31 Jessica Biel - Best known for her role as Mary Camden on 7th Heaven, this gorgeous actress has also starred in films like Total Recall, The Truth About Emanuel, and Hitchcock. #32 Mariah Carey - One hit record made the world forget about her Glitter-fueled meltdown, but the best thing about The Emancipation of Mimi is that it freed Mariah from having to wear so many pesky clothes at award shows. #34 Uma Thurman - As Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, she made OD'ing sexy. As Black Mamba in Kill Bill, she made revenge terrifying. As a jilted woman with superpowers in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Uma's gonna make you think twice about dumping anyone ever again. #36 Britney Spears - Britney Spears was an icon before the age of 18. We've watched her crush it year after year after year at the MTV VMAs, can recall her belly button like the back of our hands, and will probably never, ever get her songs out of our heads. #37 Krista Allen #40 Shania Twain #41 Gisele Bundchen #42 Brooke Burke - After playing a starchy carbohydrate in Burger King's Super Bowl commercial, Brooke will host CBS's reality show Rock Star: INXS this summer. #43 Charlize Theron - When a woman is this mind-bogglingly beautiful, we're more than willing to overlook the fact that she's eerily good at playing a serial killer, an assassin, and now an evil queen in this month's Snow White and the Huntsman.
#44 Kate Bosworth - She’s only 25, but this generation’s Lois Lane is already established as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. As for being one of the sexiest, we’ll let this photo do the talking. We can’t wait to see Kate in the upcoming Laundry Warrior, the tale of an Asian assassin. #50 Amber Brkich #52 Mya - Since releasing her debut album in 1998, Mya has morphed from sweet to supersexy. She slipped into a corset for "Lady Marmalade" and even less in the movie musical Chicago. She also had roles in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Shall We Dance, and Cursed. #53 Naomi Watts - She captured our imagination in 2001's Mulholland Drive by participating in the best lesbian scene in cinematic history. Four years later she fell for an ape in King Kong, giving false hope to hairy, inarticulate men.
#54 Shakira - This Colombian pop singer has been rocking the charts since the '90s and has since catapulted her career to the small screen with her guest judging spot on the hit reality show The Voice. #55 Catherine Bell #56 Kelly Hu - On the small screen in Sunset Beach, Nash Bridges, and Martial Law, and heating up the big screen in the movies Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, The Doors, Surf Ninjas, No Way Back, The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave, X2: X-Men United, and Underclassman. Keep an eye out for her in The Shanghai Kid. #57 Anna Faris - Whoever said girls can’t be funny never met Anna Faris. And whoever said funny girls can’t be hot definitely never met Anna Faris. #58 Rachel Bilson - The girl who turns The O.C.'s white beaches into glass will smelt the silver screen when she stars with Zach Braff and Rachel McAdams in this fall's The Last Kiss, a remake of the Italian romantic comedy L'Ultimo Bacio. Belissima! #59 Eva Mendes - In addition to steaming up the big screen in Training Day with Denzel Washington, this gorgeous Miami native has starred in Hitch, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Other Guys, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
#62 Tricia Helfer - Along with The Sopranos, Seinfeld, and Mr. Belvedere, Battlestar Galactica is one of the best shows ever made. While the series ended in March, Tricia Helfer’s sexy Cylon number six will pop up once again in the upcoming movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. #64 Fergie - Whether she’s fronting the Black Eyed Peas or singing solo, this "Fergalicious" babe always gets the job done. #66 Brooke Burns - The two years Brooke spent jogging in the red one-piece on the Baywatch beaches saw a rise in injuries in young males—and probably some mullet-skulled ladies—requiring mouth-to-mouth. #67 Christina Applegate - You grew up knowing Christina as Kelly Bundy, the slutty daughter of high-school football star Al "Did-he-ever-tell-you-he-threw-four-touchdowns-in-one-game?" Bundy on Married...With Children. She's graduated to larger roles, first as sexy anchor Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman, and more recently returning to TV with a starring role on ABC's Samantha Who? Watch her prove that lending only her voice to Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (in theaters now), makes it worth seeing. #69 Milla Jovovich - This supermodel turned actress turned singer-songwriter has been around since the '80s, and she still looks good. #72 Cameron Richardson - Best known for her stint on the CBS drama Harper's Island, Richardson can also be found in Entourage, Murder in the First, and The Lottery. #73 Mandy Moore - Mandy released her first album at age 15, but has since gone from pop tart to movie star, with roles in Walk to Remember and American Dreamz. You can catch her over the holiday in License to Wed as she and The Office's John Krasinski take on Robin Williams as a wedding pre-crashing priest. Guess this holy turn is penance for Patch Adams. And Toys. Oh, and RV. OK, pretty much anything that might make a Robin Williams box set. #74 Bianca Kajlich - Anybody who can handle David Spade’s grating comments on a daily basis is good people, and that’s just one reason we adore this 30-year-old Rules of Engagement star. Another reason? She’s a self-proclaimed “sports-playing freak.” Game on! #75 Eva Green - After going medieval in last year's Kingdom of Heaven, this sexy French import is the newest Bond girl. What more can you ask for in a woman? No, we don't know if she knows how to cook. #78 Vanessa Marcil - Most casino hosts look like Bill Belichick in drag, which is how we know that Vanessa's role on Las Vegas involves a whole lot of acting talent. #79 Zooey Deschanel - Before Zooey starred in the surprise indie hit (500) Days of Summer; she had already placed No. 95 on our 2008 Hot 100 list, and was known for her parts in movies like Yes Man and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But even though she's gained notoriety with her hit sitcom New Girl, to us she will always be Santa's hottest helper in Elf. Browse sexy photos and hot pics of Zooey Deschanel. #80 Rachel Nichols - The New York City native got her start modeling then quickly transitioned into acting, snagging roles in TV shows like Criminal Minds, Continuum, and Rush. #85 Maria Menounos - She may be the one asking the questions, but the truth is it’s pretty hard to take our eyes off this sexy Access Hollywood correspondent. Come to think of it, didn’t she score the first Obama family interview…? #89 Rosario Dawson #90 Eva Longoria - In addition to memorable roles on The Young and the Restless and Desperate Housewives, this brunette babe has also starred in films including Harsh Times and Over Her Dead Body, and was the winner of our Hot 100 for two consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006, as well as the title of 2014 Woman of the Year. #92 Nadine Velazquez - Nadine will hit the big screen next year in the comedy All’s Fair in Love, but in the meantime she continues dirtying up our thoughts as a motel maid on My Name Is Earl. #99 Tamala Jones
You voted, we counted, and the rest is super sexy history. From mind-bogglingly seductive supermodels to Hollywood,s most awe-inspiring actresses (with a bevy of beauties in between), the women of 2004 make up a roster so undeniably breathtaking you may get light-headed just reading it.
Jessica Simpson Beyonce Christina Aguilera Anna Kournikova Jennifer Lopez Mischa Barton Rebecca Romijn Paris Hilton Jessica Alba Halle Berry Eve Carmen Electra Scarlett Johansson Brittany Murphy Janet Jackson Kim Smith Angelina Jolie Keira Knightley Kirsten Dunst Michelle Branch Elisha Cuthbert Cameron Diaz Josie Maran Portia de Rossi Maggie Gyllenhaal Kate Hudson Nicole Richie Shannon Elizabeth Ashanti Sara Foster Jessica Biel Mariah Carey Gwen Stefani Uma Thurman Pamela Anderson Britney Spears Krista Allen Liv Tyler Amber Arbucci Shania Twain Gisele Bundchen Brooke Burke Charlize Theron Kate Bosworth Liz Phair Paige Butcher Ana Hickmann Kelis Kylie Minogue Amber Brkich Gina Gershon Mya Naomi Watts Shakira Catherine Bell Kelly Hu Anna Faris Rachel Bilson Eva Mendes Monet Mazur Rachel Perry Tricia Helfer Shannyn Sossamon Fergie Larissa Meek Brooke Burns Christina Applegate Rachel Hunter Milla Jovovich Monika Kramlik Victoria Beckham Cameron Richardson Mandy Moore Bianca Kajlich Eva Green Elena Lyons Paulina Rubio Vanessa Marcil Zooey Deschanel Rachel Nichols Daisy Fuentes Thalia Blu Cantrell Dido Maria Menounos Victoria Pratt Christina DaRe Lindsay Price Rosario Dawson Eva Longoria Melissa Howard Nadine Velazquez Giuliana DePandi Brody Dalle Tamie Sheffield K.D. Aubert Missi Pyle Amanda Swisten Tamala Jones