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Top 50 Teen Idols

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM


You tacked their photos to your wall, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and you might have even written some of them a mash note or two ('fess up!). These are the AOL TV picks for the top 50 teen idols of all time; the 50 young gents who made us swoon, pledge our undying devotion and join more than one sappy fan club.

Our list includes a pair of real-life brothers, several fellas who played brothers on TV and more than a few double-threat actor/singers (what can we say -- they're double the pleasure). But did your favorite Teen Beat cover boy make the cut? Only one way to find out ...

You tacked their photos to your wall, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and you might have even written some of them a mash note or two ('fess up!). These are the AOL TV picks for the top 50 teen idols of all time; the 50 young gents who made us swoon, pledge our undying devotion and join more than one sappy fan club.

Our list includes a pair of real-life brothers, several fellas who played brothers on TV and more than a few double-threat actor/singers (what can we say -- they're double the pleasure). But did your favorite Teen Beat cover boy make the cut? Only one way to find out ...

Ashton Kutcher50. Ashton Kutcher

Shows We Loved Him On: 'That '70s Show' (1998-2006), 'Punk'd' (2003-07)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Whether he was playing 'That '70s Show' himbo Kelso or talkin' trash to his fellow celebs while hosting 'Punk'd,' Kutcher was actually a pretty smart pretty boy model-turned-actor-turned producer (and now social media zealot) who won sensitive-guy points and sealed his stud status by marrying Hollywood's reigning cougar, Demi Moore, and playing stepdaddy to her daughters.

Jesse McCartney49. Jesse McCartney
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Summerland' (2004-05), 'Greek' (2007-present)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He earned Daytime Emmy nods as Adam Jr. on 'All My Children' and his dreaminess was right in the title when he was a member of the boy band Dream Street in the late '90s. But as his teen years progressed, so did his stardom and pinup worthiness, whether he was a crooning solo pop star, a rebellious orphan on 'Summerland,' or frat boy jock Andy (nicknamed "Andylicious") on 'Greek.'

Willie Aames48. Willie Aames
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Eight Is Enough' (1977-81), 'Charles in Charge' (1984-90)
Why He Made Us Swoon: A child star on series like 'The Odd Couple' and 'The Waltons,' Aames achieved teen-idol status as 'Eight Is Enough''s girl crazy Tommy Bradford. He parlayed that into a music career with his band Willie Aames & Paradise, and managed to keep fans' hearts atwitter when his curly locks got shorter and his character a lot doofier as Scott Baio's 'Charles' sidekick Buddy Lembeck. Real life has been less kind to Aames, who's endured addiction and other troubles -- his VH1 special says it all: 'Broke and Famous.'

Tony Dow47. Tony Dow
Show We Loved Him On: 'Leave It to Beaver' (1957-63)
Why He Made Us Swoon: As Beaver Cleaver's cool, smart, athletic big brother Wally, Dow was the quintessential '50s teen, and teenage viewers, especially those of the female variety, took notice. Unlike the bad boy James Dean type, Wally was a good guy all the way, from helping his parents and getting good grades to hanging with the Beav and not letting Eddie Haskell hassle his baby bro too much.

Michael J. Fox46. Michael J. Fox
Show We Loved Him On: 'Family Ties' (1982-89)
Why He Made Us Swoon: All the proof you need of the star power and charm oozing from the child star-turned-teen idol: He managed to make a tie-wearing, Milton Friedman-worshipping high schooler named Alex P. Keaton one of the most beloved teens in TV history. Fox's boyish good looks were the key, as was his endearing cockiness and gift for comedic timing, which carried him into big-screen stardom. In recent years, Fox has publicly battled Parkinson's Disease, making fans adore him for entirely different virtues.

Malcoml-Jamal Warner45. Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Show We Loved Him On: 'The Cosby Show' (1984-92)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Warner earned an Emmy nomination and even managed to steal a scene or two from his legendary TV dad as 'The Cosby Show''s sole male child Theo Huxtable, whose sweet smile got him out of many a scrape and won the hearts of the many girls he chased. As slacker Theo grew into a more serious student, Warner grew from cute teen to handsome adult, which only increased his swooniness.

Matthew Laborteaux44. Matthew Laborteaux
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Little House on the Prairie' (1974-83)
Why He Made Us Swoon: When he joined the 'Little House' cast, he was playing the cherubic-faced Albert, an orphan who was adopted by the Ingalls family. But as his mop of dark hair grew longer, his facial features became more chiseled and Albert's storylines became more serious -- he was a drug addict and was diagnosed with leukemia -- Laborteaux made the successful transition from kid star to hunky teen.

Barry Watson43. Barry Watson
Shows We Loved Him On: '7th Heaven' (1996-2006)
Why He Made Us Swoon: Matt Camden's mom and his preacher papa were always nagging him to cut his long locks, but the oldest Camden kid's lengthy 'do was a huge part of what made him a ladies' man and gave Watson his teen pinup appeal. The actor also endeared himself to fans during his public battle with Hodgkins' disease, after which he returned to '7th Heaven' as a writer and actor. No wonder we all rooted for Samantha to get back with him, as Todd, on the short-lived sitcom 'Samantha Who?'

Jason Bateman42. Jason Bateman
Shows We Loved Him On: 'Little House on the Prairie' (1974-83), 'Silver Spoons' (1982-87), 'It's Your Move' (1984-85), 'Valerie' (1986-91)
Why He Made Us Swoon: He literally grew up before our eyes, from his stint as a shy Ingalls adoptee on 'Little House' and Ricky Schroder's frenemy on 'Spoons' to the plotting Derek on 'Move' and full-on teen dream as David on 'Valerie.' Bateman went from cute to hot with no awkward phase in between, but his biggest appeal has always been his charming blend of cockiness and self-effacing humor, as he's ably demonstrated, on the cult fave sitcom 'Arrested Development' and strategic small parts in countless recent flicks.

Henry Winkler41. Henry Winkler
Show We Loved Him On: 'Happy Days' (1974-84)
Why He Made Us Swoon: There's no doubt that Winkler -- as hood-turned-entrepreneur and teacher Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli -- was attractive, but it was his coolness factor that really made him a teen idol. The leather jacket, his loyalty to Richie, his ability to turn on the jukebox with his fist ... that is some serious coolness, and if you don't agree, you should probably just sit on it. Ayyyyyyyyy!


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