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Beyoncé's videography — from her Destiny's Child days right up to her latest solo CD — plays like a case study in bootylicious fantasy fulfillment. Whether slithering through the jungle as a scantily clad castaway in ''Survivor,'' strutting through a concrete landscape in high heels and Daisy Dukes during ''Crazy in Love,'' or cutting a now legendary black-and-white image in her ''Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)'' leotard, B's heat has been so relentless over the past decade, you almost wonder if she's at least partially responsible for global climate change. And then when you factor in her sexy turns in films like Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls, and Obsessed, it makes a strong case for keeping Miss Knowles away from the polar ice caps.
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Holloway's been a pervasive feature on Lost and magazine covers for more than half of the decade, and his near-constant shirtlessness (better when wet?) has been so powerful on the Island that it could feasibly be the force responsible for the castaways' mysterious time-traveling. Suffice it to say that whenever Sawyer calls Kate ''Freckles,'' we pretend we have more of them and that he's really talking to us.
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Early in the decade, the (usually) blonde bombshell broke out in 2000's Ghost World, then heated up meaty roles in Lost in Translation, A Love Song for Bobby Long, and stuff you didn?t expect to be so damn sexy (Girl with a Pearl Earring). With a timeless beauty that harkens back to Hollywood starlets of yore, Johansson needed merely to smile serenely at Woody Allen for him to build a movie around her. We very much respect that she's one of few Hollywood starlets with more curves than a mahhhble cahhhlumn.
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Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, and proved in the process that boy band breakouts could be pop A-listers. He created a wardrobe malfunction, cried us a river, and he, uh, cut a hole in that box — and looked damn good doing it.
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Longoria may play a desperate housewife on ABC's Sunday night soap, but there are plenty of other adjectives you could use to describe the actress and her spoiled, sassy alter ego, Gaby Solis — sexy, smokin', and smoldering, to name just a few. Of course, it's not just Longoria's flawless physique that makes her ridiculously appealing, but also her unflinching commitment to making us laugh. Cat-fighting with a nun, wrestling with her hellion grade-school daughter, pitching a tantrum over a parking space...those don't exactly sound like rules for the modern-day sex symbol, but in Longoria's lovely and talented hands, that's exactly what they become.
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In the age of tabloid journalism, Depp somehow manages to be a sex symbol who's more revered for his work than his body. He gets headlines for how he keeps us guessing on screen, not off. And we'd still gladly listen to him talk about his take on Pirates of the Caribbean's Captain Jack Sparrow, which garnered him one of his three Oscar nominations this decade.
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Classy, beautiful, and astonishingly talented, you'd hate her if she didn't also seem so damned cool. Really, is there a braver actor in Hollywood? American accent, sex in the laundry room, German accent, sex in a bathtub — and yet it was we, as viewers, who felt exposed watching those candid scenes. No surprise, she earned four Oscar nods in the aughts and a win for The Reader, which probably just barely trumps this distinction as one of our Hotties of the Decade.
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A guest spot on Will & Grace reminding us just how handsome a man could look in a turtleneck sweater put Dempsey back on our radar in 2001. Following 2002's Sweet Home Alabama, the 2003 ABC Family original Lucky 7, and guest arcs on Once and Again and The Practice, he took up residency as Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Derek Shepherd in 2005, and the nickname McDreamy was born. Today, he's that rare actor who makes women believe that Prince Charming could actually be good in bed, and makes men think that nice guys don't always have to finish last.
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At the start of the decade, Pitt was half of an entertainment power duo, along with then-wife Mr. Jennifer Aniston; he's ending it as one of the most photographed people alive — and half of a different power duo, this time adding megawatt celebrity, philanthropy, and family on top of just entertainment.
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That spectacular orange bikini she wore as a Bond Girl in Die Another Day and her Oscar-winning performance in Monster's Ball, which left us panting and squirming at the same time, were enough to cancel out a certain feline cinematic transgression, which shall remain nameless...