We here at PopCrunch love all the top 100 lists that come out this time of year. FHM, Maxim, AskMen, we read them all. But while we enjoy these lists, we still have always thought they were flawed. They still include dinosaurs like Cindy Crawford, Pam Anderson, Jenny McCarthy on the list, year after year, way past any point where they were still relevant, and they don’t spend enough time unearthing hotties nobody’s ever heard of. To them Tila Tequila qualifies as an edgy, internet friendly choice.
So with that in mind, we figured we’d give it a shot ourselves. Our goal with making this list was to avoid the cliche as much as possible, while still picking out the hottest women in the world. While you’ll still see lots of familiar names (that’s inevitable with a list this size) you’ll also hopefully find a few dozen women you’ve never heard of who might become favorites. Onto the list, enjoy!
100. Eva Mendes
Who Is She? Actress best known for roles in movies such as Hitch, Training Day, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.
Why She Made The List: Mendes has staked a claim as one of the hottest actresses in the world ever since her half naked role in Training Day. She’ll be looking to have a big 2009 by starring in Warner Herzog’s next film, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
99. Alice, The Snorg Tees Girl
Who Is She? The famous spokeswoman for Snorg Tees.
Why She Made The List: She’s so hot she forces you to look at banner ads. How many women are worth turning off Adblock Plus?
98. Christina Ricci
Who Is She? A former child actress and current actress, possibly still best known for her role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family movies.
Why She Made The List: Ricci grew up ridiculously hot, and she’s coming off a big year where she starred in Speed Racer. She’s slated for two movies in 2009, a thriller with Liam Neeson called After.Life and an ensemble comedy set at a Renaissance fair.
97. Julianne Hough
Who Is She? Hough is a professional dancer and singer. She’s won two seprate seasons of Dancing with the Stars, and recently released a successful country album.
Why She Made The List: Hough is one of the (few) things that makes Dancing with the Stars watchable. Unfortunately she’s sitting out next season to focus on her ascending music career, but she should be back in the fall of ’09.
96. Alicia Keys
Who Is She? Keys is a massively successful singer-songwriter who’s starting to branch out into acting.
Why She Made The List: She’s only gotten hotter over the years, and she’s having more and more sucess to boot. She recently signed a deal with Disney to develop live action and animated projects and has formed her own television production company called Big Pita.
95. Olivia Munn
Who Is She? Olivia Munn is a geek goddess. She’s the face of the gaming network G4 and co-hosts Attack of the Show! with Kevin Pereira.
Why She Made The List: You have to love a girl that knows her way around the tech and gaming worlds while still managing to look like Olivia Munn. She’s a rare breed.
94. Michelle Trachtenberg
Who Is She? Michelle Trachtenberg is an actress currently best known for starring in Gossip Girl, but she also was a fixture in the later seasons of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer
Why She Made The List: Trachtenberg has a unique fresh look, and her star is on the rise.
93. Jennifer Connelly
Who Is She? An intelligent actress known for playing dark and serious roles in smart movies.
Why She Made The List: Connelly has seemingly lost some of her ridiculous figure in recent years, but she’s still one of the hottest actresses working in Hollywood today.
92. Kim Kardashian
Who Is She? A Paris Hilton clone, best known for a sex tape, and famous mostly for being famous.
Why She Made The List: She proves that the descriptive term “thick” doesn’t have to mean fat girl.
91. Keira Knightley
Who Is She? An English actress probably best known for her work in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.
Why She Made The List: Sure, she looks like she could use seconds at meals, but Knightley has a very classical beauty that can’t be denied.
90. Kat Von D
Who Is She? Kat Von D is best known for her work as a tattoo artist featured on the TLC reality show Miami Ink.
Why She Made The List: She has a modified Metallica logo tattoo’d on her body that reads “Slutallica”. That’s really all I needed to know to put her on the list.
89. Katherine Heigl
Who Is She? Heigl is an actress best known for her work on Gray’s Anatomy as well as movies like Knocked Up.
Why She Made The List: We’ve thought Heigl was gorgeous since her days on the WB/UPN show Roswell and she’s only gotten hotter over time.
88. Sienna Miller
Who Is She? Miller is an English actress probably just as well known for her highly public relationship with ex Jude Law, who incredibly cheated on Miller with the nanny. What the hell was he thinking?
Why She Made The List: Sienna is about to really move into the mainstream in ’09, with a role as The Baroness in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie.
87. Gemma Arterton
Who Is She? An English actress really just recently hitting the big time, she was the newest Bond girl in Quantum of Solace.
Why She Made The List: We here at Pop Crunch really, really love Bond girls. Interesting weird fact: Arterton was born with twelve fingers.
86. Ali Larter
Who Is She? Ali Larter is a successful actress, currently best known for her role as Niki Sanders on Heroes.
Why She Made The List: Ok, so it’s been ten years now, but the whipped cream bikini in Varsity Blues still gets us everytime.
85. Emma Roberts
Who Is She? The niece of Julia Roberts and an actress and singer. Possibly best known for playing Nancy Drew in the two recent Nancy Drew movies.
Why She Made The List: Roberts is a strong up and comer, someone who we will be seeing a lot of in the coming years.
84. Lindsay Lohan
Who Is She? A cracked out celebrity trainwreck, who is nevertheless still extremely hot.
Why She Made The List: She just had her best year ever. Well in our opinion anyway, which might be slightly weighted by the fact that Lohan finally stripped down in 2008. I’d put the chances of full frontal in 2009 at 80/20 for.
Who Is She? A singer songwriter / actress with four albums under her belt and roles in movies such as Coach Carter and Resident Evil: Extinction.
Why She Made The List: She slowed down a bit from 2005-2008, but we think more big things are still ahead for Ashanti.
82. Leona Lewis
Who Is She? Lewis is an English pop/R&B singer and songwriter who was discovered on the English reality show The X-Factor when she won the third season in 2006.
Why She Made The List: Lewis has a very unique and interesting look, brought about from her diverse parents (her father is from Guyana, her mother is of Welsh, Italian and Irish descent). Great blend apparently.
81. Kate Winslet
Who Is She? Probably one of the greatest actresses in the world at the moment.
Why She Made The List: Winslet is one of the rare actresses who only gets better looking with age. She had an incredible 2008, ending up with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in Revolutionary Road.