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Men’s Health magazine has compiled its list of what they consider to be the 100 hottest women . “All are smokin’ hot –and that was our only criteria. Behold: This year’s lust list,” the story says. And they’re right. Every single one is gorgeous, although there is a handful of standouts for us country fans. Like Taylor Swift at No. 12, for being a stunner. They promise her that they know 10 million guys who’d be willing to be her songwriting muse, which is so nice of them. They put Carrie Underwood at No. 24 on the list, saying that Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators might be the only professional hockey player who had enjoyed the NHL lockout because it meant more time at home with his wife. Then at No. 24 is the beloved actress Zooey Deschanel, who will be playing the beloved country legend Loretta Lynn in an upcoming Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter. Julianne Hough (No. 28), CMT Music Awards co-host Kristen Bell (No. 38) and Jana Kramer (No. 59) also made this year’s list. The list ends at No. 100 with Maggie Grace, one of my very favorite characters from Lost. Maybe if she made a country album, she’d move up higher on next year’s list.