Being considered one of the hottest men in country music is no easy title to earn, especially when there are so many good-looking fellas to choose from. To make the cut, you've got to be confident. You've got to be fit. You've got to have blue eyes (Well, okay, you don't have to have blue eyes, but it helps). Mix those qualities together with a little bit of Southern charm and a lot of talent ... boom goes the ladies' dynamite!
Several handsome newcomers join the ranks in our 10 Sexiest Male Country Stars of 2014 list, but our dapper veterans age so well, the competition was tough. Criteria included not just physical traits, but personality and talent, as well.
Though he is just beginning his time in the spotlight, Thomas Rhett is catching the eye of many young female country fans with his shaggy brown hair and a voice deeper than you'd expect from his mere 24 years of age. Rhett's Southern-boy-next-door look and sentimental songwriting are a match made in in heartthrob heaven. Unfortunately, Rhett is taken; he married wife Lauren, whom he’s known since the first grade (awww), in 2012. While the news was disappointing for many available young ladies, it is adorable making the star even more crush-worthy.
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum
Being a hot male country artist doesn’t mean you have to look like you just plowed a field. Charles Kelley, lead male vocalist of trio Lady Antebellum, boasts a more refined look, composed of tight thermals, hair product and v-neck T-shirts. Ladies love his perfectly messy blond hair and dreamy blue eyes, not to mention his emotionally-charged serenades of female audience members on stage. The romantic, passionate styles of Lady A songs like 'Need You Now' and 'Just a Kiss' give Kelley a platform to show off his sensitive side, and he does it with class. Kelley is the whole package -- what woman would turn that down? Not his wife, that's for sure.
When scouring the top country artists for the hottest men on the scene, making a beeline for the Australian is usually a solid game plan. Keith Urban’s status as resident Aussie (that accent, right?) and always-in-place tresses have kept him at the top of women's lists for years. The sentimental love songs and upbeat road trip soundtracks Urban turns out only add to his charm, and his expert guitar playing skills are an added bonus -- and oh so sexy. The years have been good to this singer, and female country fans still can't get enough. Mmm-hmm!
Jake Owen's dark flowing locks are a fresh look on our list of country hunks. His laid-back, deep voice draws the ladies, and the way sexy lines spill out of his luscious lips like honey prove that he can sweet talk a woman with the best of 'em. Did we mention that Owen can pull off a pair of aviator sunglasses and a five o’clock shadow with ease? His enthusiastic performances of summertime anthems like 'Days of Gold' are infectious, and it's clear you'll have fun when he’s around. All of the above, plus a chiseled chest he loves to show off? Sign us up.
Dierks Bentley is a little rough around the edges, but matched with his baby blues and country charm, the 10-year industry vet is a heat chart-topper for most female country fans. For the almost every party-boy anthem like 'Drunk on a Plane,' there’s a corresponding 'I Hold On' to make women melt. Deep down, Bentley is sensitive, and that’s what the girls want. Tough outside, soft inside -- like the best brownie in the pan. The star's scruffy beard and leather jackets give him just the right amount of edge, and his deep Southern drawl could win over any lady -- even one from up north. A list of the hottest men in country music wouldn’t be complete without Bentley.
Tall, blond and handsome -- Brett Eldredge has a clean-cut look you can bring home to mom, but is not at all lacking the sexiness required to make the cut on our list. This "newcomer" has a goofy smile and boyish charm that are swoon-worthy, but his unashamed dorky humor (displayed in tweets like this) makes him all the more attractive. Everyone loves the funny man, and we can't get enough of this one.
This country rockstar brings a little bit of bad boy edge to his style, which is always complete his signature trucker hat. Kip Moore burst onto the scene and into women’s hearts in 2011 with 'Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,' which paints a charming scenario in which any country girl would be happy to be the leading lady. His most recent release, 'Dirt Road,' is a bit of a departure, showing off a slightly more unkempt, rocker look and reflecting the song’s edgier sound. Now, Moore's female fans are not complaining -- the sleeveless black v-neck and gruff facial hair work on the singer-songwriter. Moore's passionate performances and slightly-disheveled good looks definitely qualify him as one of the sexiest male country stars of 2014.
New to the spotlight is Chase Rice, seen heating up the stage in tight T-shirts and backwards caps while belting out his hit single 'Ready Set Roll' and making the ladies beg for more. Co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s 'Cruise,' Rice is no stranger to success, but he's a new face to most country fans -- one that no one is complaining about. Rice first showed off his chiseled bod on 'Survivor: Nicaragua,' and it seems he's managed to keep those sculpted biceps in check as he climbs the country charts and charms new audiences with every performance. Combined with his mesmerizing crystal-blue eyes and ever-present scruff, Rice easily slips into the top of our list.
Well, duh. One of the biggest country stars in the biz right now, Luke Bryan is certainly a sight to be seen. His confident onstage persona and raw musical talent alone are enough to make any girl melt like butter in the Georgia sun. The six-foot-tall heartthrob not only flaunts an athletic bod, but makes sure to use it on stage ... much to the delight of his fans. His sexy booty-shakin' has become his signature move, to the point where his derriere has its own Twitter feed. Add to it his smooth voice and irresistible country boy charm, and you’ve got one of the hottest men in country music. Country boy, shake it for us!
Some things just get better with age, and one of those things is Tim McGraw. Not only is he a veteran musician, but a veteran chick magnet as well. His chiseled jaw line and signature black cowboy hat have stood the test of time, and the fact that he keeps fit doesn’t hurt either. Nope, not one bit. McGraw became one-half of country’s reigning monarchs when he married bombshell Faith Hill, much to the chagrin of his female fans. They couldn’t stay mad for long, though, because the star's family man status is just another checked box on his list of attributes. Yep, he's even more attractive now than he was 15 years ago, and that's why he's No. 1 on the 2014 Sexiest Male Country Stars list. Truck yeah!
Who Is the Sexiest Man in Country Music?
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