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Top 50 Teen Idols (20-11)

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM
Joshua Jackson20. Joshua Jackson
Show We Loved Him On: 'Dawson's Creek' (1998-2003)
Why He Made Us Swoon: That season that he went crazy with the blond frosted hair aside, it was Jackson's Pacey Witter who broke out as the true heartthrob on the 'Creek,' no matter whose name was in the title. The wisecracking, slacker Pacey was tougher on himself than anyone else, masking an obvious self-confidence problem that only served to make him more pinup-able than his sweet face already did.

Donny Osmond19. Donny Osmond
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Donny & Marie Show' (1976-79)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He was already an international pop star, thanks to hit songs like 'Puppy Love,' when he and sister Marie launched their ABC variety series. And despite claims that the handsome, toothy singer was "a little bit rock 'n' roll," it was Donny's squeaky-clean, anti-rocker image that made him a safe, snuggly brand of teen idol. His recent hoofing on 'Dancing With the Stars' has been a welcome blast from the past for many a baby boomer.

Jason Priestley18. Jason Priestley
Show We Loved Him On: 'Beverly Hills, 90210' (1990-2000)
Why He Made Us Swoon: To paraphrase the Beach Boys, we wish they all could be California boys. Though Priestley's Brandon was not originally a Cali kid -- his fam moved to BH from MN -- Brandon quickly adapted to his surroundings and became the good-guy version of the laidback, California cool dreamboat. No wonder all those teens chased Priestley and his co-stars through malls during '90210''s early promo appearances.

Chace Crawford17. Chace Crawford
Show We Loved Him On: 'Gossip Girl' (2007-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He's one of those rare guys who's both pretty and devastatingly handsome, which makes him perfect for playing 'Gossip Girl' rich kid Nate Archibald. The Texas native plays his troubled Upper East Sider with an understated angst that makes viewers root for the moody, privileged Mr. Archibald, a portrayal that led People mag to name Crawford its Summer's Hottest Bachelor in 2009.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas16. Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Show We Loved Him On: 'Home Improvement' (1991-99)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Thomas, or JTT as he was known to his many adoring tween and teen fans, played middle child Randy, the smartest and most thoughtful of the three sons on 'Home.' Further wooing the JTT devoted: the fact that his character apparently mirrored his real life, as the actor left the hit series to pursue his college education at Harvard, and later, Columbia University.

Tom Welling15. Tom Welling
Show We Loved Him On: 'Smallville' (2001-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: As much as George Reeves, Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh, Welling's dark good looks (did someone say "beefcake"?) make him the perfect personification of the Superman we know from the DC Comics books. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that Welling got to portray Clark Kent during his apple-cheeked, innocent, endearing farm-boy days, before he learned how much evildoing he'd soon have to battle.

Barry Williams14. Barry Williams
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-74)
Why He Made Us Swoon: The colorful duds, the attic bedroom, his gig as rockin' Johnny Bravo ... how could Williams, as the eldest sibling of the Brady bunch, not have been a teen idol? For while the Bradys were the family we all wanted to be a part of, Williams' groovy Greg was the ladies' man the fellas wanted to be and the girls (including his TV mom, according to Williams' autobio!) just wanted.

Chad Michael Murray13. Chad Michael Murray
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Dawson's Creek' (1998-2003), 'Gilmore Girls' (2000-07), 'One Tree Hill' (2003-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He's got the blond, all-American look down just fine, but Murray also has a penchant for playing those angst-y, sensitive, complicated types of characters, the ones that make teen girls (and, okay, their older sisters) drool, from 'GG''s unhappy rich kid Tristan to 'Dawson''s musical bad boy Charlie and 'OTH's wrong-side-of-the-tracks writer and hoops star Lucas.

Shaun Cassidy12. Shaun Cassidy
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries' (1977-79)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Is 'Da Doo Ron Ron' one of the most ridiculous songs of all time? Quite possibly. Which means it's really a tribute to Shaun -- half-brother of David Cassidy -- that he managed to make the song into a no. 1 record and become a teen idol doing it, while at the same time starring as sleuthing 'Hardy Boys' brother Joe. The younger Cassidy has gone on to an interesting career behind the scenes, as producer of such quirky shows as 'American Gothic,' 'Invasion' and his collaboration with David, 'Ruby & the Rockits.'

NBCU Photo Bank11. Davy Jones
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Monkees' (1966-68)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Jones was already a Tony-nominated performer when he signed on to star in 'The Monkees' TV show and front the Monkees band, a group that was totally manufactured to be "an American version of the Beatles." Cute Davy, then, was Paul, and became a regular Tiger Beat cover boy as the Monkees racked up no. 1 hits like 'Last Train to Clarksville' and 'Daydream Believer.'

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