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Top 50 Teen Idols (10-1)

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM
NBC10. Taylor Kitsch
Show We Loved Him On: 'Friday Night Lights' (2006-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: A star football player with the rebellious long hair, the smoldering good looks and a commitment to partying and getting his ladies' man swerve on instead of facing his problems ... Kitsch's Tim Riggins is another classic teen idol character, the sexy bad boy every girl thinks she can save (and many, many have tried); former model (and aspiring pro hockey player) Kitsch wears it well.

Jared Leto9. Jared Leto
Show We Loved Him On: 'My So-Called Life' (1994-95)
Why He Made Us Swoon: What female isn't a sucker for those bad boys? Certainly not Claire Danes' Angela Chase, who was all up in the Kool-Aid of Leto's scruffy, grunting, but secretly sensitive rebel Jordan Catalano. The shaggy hair and grunge fashions sealed the look, but it was Leto's ability to say so much with his withering stare and ... well, he was a man of few words, but totally worth getting grounded for.

ABC Photo Archive8. Rick Springfield
Show We Loved Him On: 'General Hospital' (1963-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: If there was a daytime version of Dr. McDreamy, it was Rick Springfield, the Australian rocker who played 'GH' ladies' man Dr. Noah Drake from 1981 to '83. Adding to his appeal: His simultaneously thriving rock career, which, during his original 'GH' stint (he returned for a recurring guest gig in 2005), included a no. 1 record with 'Jessie's Girl,' a world tour and a Grammy Award.

Luke Perry7. Luke Perry
Show We Loved Him On: 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (1990-2000)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He was the quintessential TV bad boy in the '90s, part James Dean wannabe with his Dean-like hairdo and reckless driving, and part sensitive, lonely rich kid who'd been abandoned by his 'rents and lived in a swanky hotel by himself. Like his co-star Jason Priestley, Perry sparked waves of hysteria when the show debuted, as female fans would scream and chase the actors during public appearances.

John Travolta6. John Travolta
Show We Loved Him On: 'Welcome Back, Kotter' (1975-79)
Why He Made Us Swoon: For dudes in the 1970s, there was no better look than a head full of feathered hair, and Travolta's dark locks were the tops. Add in his dimwitted dreaminess and his ability to "rank" his fellow students ('Up your nose with a rubber hose') as Sweathogs leader Vinnie Barbarino, and his teen stardom transcended pinups: He was immortalized with an action figure, lunchbox and 'Kotter' playset.

Ricky Nelson5. Ricky Nelson
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet' (1952-66)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Nelson was the first TV star to use his weekly foray into viewers' homes as a launching pad for a pop-music career, making him a double threat as a performer and an all-American teen idol. The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer racked up an impressive 30 Top 40 hits during 'Ozzie & Harriet''s run, and continued to make teen girls swoon long after his TV days were over. Sadly, his 'Garden Party' ended when he died in a plane accident at the age of 45.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar4. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Show We Loved Him On: 'Saved by the Bell' (1989-93)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Take Gosselaar's classic California surfer-boy looks and add a healthy dose of swagger and we got 'Bell''s Zack Morris, the Bayside High ladies' man who was smart enough to get into Yale. Gosselaar deftly mixed the swagger with a dash of sensitivity (as much as a show with a character like Screech would allow, anyway), earning himself and Zack enduring teen idol love. When the first season of his TNT drama 'Raising the Bar' debuted, the biggest advance buzz was about ... his funky hairstyle. Teen idol-dom dies hard, doesn't it?

Johnny Depp3. Johnny Depp
Show We Loved Him On: '21 Jump Street' (1987-91)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Despite his reputation as one of the most fan-friendly celebs in Hollywood, Depp was famously unhappy with his "manufactured" teen-idol status while playing an undercover police officer on 'Jump Street.' But facts are facts, Johnny, and you were indeed one hot cop -- your commitment to selecting work that is artistically satisfying rather than just profitable only makes us love you more. Here's one former teen pinup who really deserves an Oscar.

Zac Efron2. Zac Efron
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Summerland' (2004-05), 'High School Musical' (2006), 'High School Musical 2' (2007)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Great hair, piercing eyes, athletic bod, sensitive character ... Efron epitomizes the Disney version of teen idol-dom. Though he first caught our attention as abused teen Cameron on 'Summerland,' it's his now iconic role as 'HSM''s singing, dancing basketballer Troy Bolton (even the name is perfect!) that ensured his face would be plastered over tween and teen walls for years to come.

David Cassidy1. David Cassidy
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Partridge Family' (1970-74)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Was he a pop star or a TV star first? Actually, producers who cast the pretty boy as Keith Partridge didn't even know Cassidy had any singing talent. Once he convinced them, an international pop star and teen sex symbol was born, and Cassidy went on to sell millions of albums, sell out concerts at Madison Square Garden and spark riots wherever he performed. Since his teen-idol heyday, Cassidy has worked sporadically, taking time to pen the obligatory tell-all memoir (natch).

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No Andy Gibb?? He was one of the hottest Teen Idols in the late 70's/80's.

May 21 2015 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

From what I read in other Top Teen Idols lists, Davy Jones was No.1, then Donny Osmond was No. 2, David Cassidy No. 3, and Bobby Sherman No. 4

December 07 2013 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seattle Slew

Per my previous comment, just noticed that you did include Jonathan Taylor Thomas. All is well.

August 20 2013 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seattle Slew

Agree with your no. 1 pick. Probably would have put Fonz as no. 2 and would also have found room somewhere for Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

August 20 2013 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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