Photos: People's Sexiest Men Alive Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 16 Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, actor-director Idris Elba was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. 2 / 16 Erika Goldring 2017 - Blake Shelton performs during a free Opry style concert on Main Street outside of new restaurant and bar, Ole Red, opened by Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Partners on September 30, 2017 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Shelton was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2017. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc) 3 / 16 Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney 2016 - Dwayne Johnson was a power of the wrestling ring and is now a powerhouse on the big screen. He was named People’s sexiest in 2016. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney) 4 / 16 Uri Schanker / WireImage David Beckham was named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2015. 5 / 16 Scott Barbour Actor Chris Hemsworth was named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. 6 / 16 Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File 2013 Adam Levine is named Sexiest Man Alive 2013 by People magazine announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. He is a coach on the NBC's hit series, "The Voice." (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File) 7 / 16 2012 - Channing Tatum - He was selected as 2012's Sexiest Man Alive for People Magazine. Who else does the Magic Mike star join in the annals of sexy history. 8 / 16 Stuart Wilson 2011 - Bradley Cooper - He speaks French fluently and has beautiful, piercing blue eyes, girls, what's not to like when Cooper was named Sexiest Man in 2011. 9 / 16 Jason Merritt 2010 - Ryan Reynolds - With his 2010 win, Reynolds was the first Canadian to win the Sexiest title. 10 / 16 Jason Merritt 2009 - Johnny Depp - He's a two time winner, with his first award in 2003, but age has only made the artistic actor only sexier, no matter if he's sporting a pirate costume or lending his talents in one of his many Tim Burton projects. 11 / 16 Lisa Maree Williams 2008 - Hugh Jackman - He sings, he dances, he sports huge, metal claws. Jackman has it all as well as the hot Australian accent to garner People's title. 12 / 16 Jason Merritt 2007-Matt Damon - He had years of being runner up, but in 2007, The Bourne Ultimatum gave Damon the ultimate title. 13 / 16 Alberto E. Rodriguez 2006 - George Clooney - He started out on the Facts of Life in the waining years of the popular series, then he sported the scrubs to make the jump from little known to superstar of ER. He also was named Sexiest Man more than once, winning all the way back in 1997. 14 / 16 Andreas Rentz 2005 - Matthew McConaughey - His reaction to winning the title in 2005 - "Wait until you see the roles I could take after this," he joked to PEOPLE. "You're going to see my gut hanging over, plus 22 [lbs.] It'll be a whole new kind of sexy!" 15 / 16 Francois Durand 2004 - Jude Law - "He's the most beautiful man who ever walked the earth – an absolutely perfect oil painting," said Naomi Watts at the time of Law's win. 16 / 16 Carlos Alvarez 2002 - Ben Affleck - He's been a part of one of the first name combo romances - Bennifer when he dated Jennifer Lopez. Now he's a dad with Jennifer Garner, all the while sharing double duties directing and acting in the same move - Argo. Related Idris Elba named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2018 Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? Sign up for free e-newsletters to get more of AJC delivered to your inbox.