The 27 Sexiest (and Most Scandalous!) Rolling Stone Covers Of All Time

The 27 Sexiest (and Most Scandalous!) Rolling Stone Covers Of All Time

Britney Spears, Rolling Stone Magazine

1
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
Rolling Stone Magazine
The current self-proclaimed Queen of Rap graced the first Rolling Stone cover of 2015 in a way that made us stop thinking about big butts and start thinking about big breasts instead. Perhaps Nicki is trying to leave 2014 as the Year of the Booty and make this year all about the front. Whatever she's trying to do, it's working. With Vogue-shunned Terry Richardson behind the lens, the controversy surrounding is probably more buzzworthy than the entirety of The Pinkprint.
2
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Rolling Stone Magazine
The Princess of Pop: Not a Girl, Finally a Woman? That seems to be what she's saying in this very sexy photo here. She may have been promoting her album In The Zone at the time, and this cover had most male audiences wanting to be right there in her zone with her.
3
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Rolling Stone Magazine
This was JT's first shoot without his NSYNC friends, promoting his Justified album. Although Timberlake was already somewhat of a heartthrob with young girls, it was this cover that really solidified him as the sex symbol he is today. Well, this photo, his abs, his moves, his falsetto, maybe there are a multitude of reasons...
article continues below ad
4
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
Rolling Stone Magazine
Though scandalously clad here, this photo of Xtina from her appropriately-titled Stripped days rightfully has her seeming "Dirrty." As much as we enjoyed watching her writhe around in assless chaps, we're happier with the current version of the mother of two (even if we liked her music better back then).
5
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford
Rolling Stone Magazine
Crawford was married to Richard Gere at the time of this cover, making every man on earth even more jealous of Gere than they already were. For some reason, the words "Special Double Issue" have even more resonance on this specific cover, don't you think?
6
'True Blood' Cast
'True Blood' Cast
Rolling Stone Magazine
For fans of HBO's vampire drama, the reaction to this cover (featuring the show's stars, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Alexander Skarsgard) was a bit of a head-scratcher. The show that gave us graveyard humping and head-turning sex had seen sexier and more controversial scenarios before. Okay, so, maybe being naked and covered in blood was new for Rolling Stone, but for True Blood fans, it was just another day in Bon Temps.
article continues below ad
7
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Rolling Stone Magazine
Fans of Janet Jackson's may have recognized her face in this photo (if they were, you know, looking at her face) as the cover of her 1993 album, Janet. On the album cover, the photo had been cropped of just her face and her arms. On Rolling Stone's cover, the full version revealed the Patrick Demarchelier-photographed picture featured Jackson's ex-husband lending a helping hand to the pop icon, cementing her image as a sex symbol.
8
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Rolling Stone Magazine
Though we may have gotten used to the Friends star baring it all for movies like The Break-Up, Horrible Bosses, and We're The Millers, it was this, her first cover without her costars, that made everyone's dreams come true. Aniston is touted on the cover as being "The Girl Friend," and don'tcha wish your Girl Friend was hot like her?
9
The X-Files
The X-Files
Rolling Stone Magazine
David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, arguably two of the hottest celebs of the 90s (and still today), became famous for their dynamic on The X-Files. Their characters, Mulder and Scully, were so obviously meant for each other, yet fans didn't want them together (just to preserve that sacred relationship). In 1996, Files fans were rewarded with this magazine cover that shows the stars out of their trademark trenches and into something a little more comfortable: each other's arms.
article continues below ad
10
Taylor Lautner
Taylor Lautner
Rolling Stone Magazine
If ever there were a reason to be "Team Jacob," this was it. Except for the fact that, at the time of this cover, the Twilight star was only 17. Granted, he was a hunky, beautiful 17-year-old, but still, shouldn't there be a line somewhere? And not just between Lautner's perfect abs?
11
Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Rolling Stone Magazine
The "Dark Horse" singer may have become famous for her cupcake bras, but on this cover we finally realized just how slammin' her body is beneath the baked goods. It's not even our birthday, but we'd want to lick the icing off.
12
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Rolling Stone Magazine
Though this image may seem tame compared to what we've come to expect of the "If U Seek Amy" singer, at the time, she was still underage. Shortly after her schoolgirl video for "...Baby One More Time," this photo, taken by David LaChapelle, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. The story behind the snap is even more titillating: the photographer alleged Spears' manager entered the room (filled with dolls and stuffed animals), furious with the direction the shoot was taking. After saying "Yeah, I'm not comfortable," Britney then waited for her manager to depart before unbuttoning her shirt completely. Scandalous!
article continues below ad
13
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Rolling Stone Magazine
While this may not be the sexiest situation for the almost-suited-up How I Met Your Mother star to find himself in (nor the most naked, thanks to Gone Girl), we will gladly stare endlessly at NPH in any form: a Halloween costume, an Armani suit, or a birthday suit. The longer we stare at this picture, the more we wonder just how that hat is staying up...
14
Megan Fox
Megan Fox
Rolling Stone Magazine
Megan Fox is the sort of person who can't not be sexy. She could literally be dressed on this cover like a cast member of Little House on the Prairie and men all over the world would only see her come-hither eyes and luscious lips. She straight up oozes sex appeal.
15
'Gossip Girls'
'Gossip Girls'
Rolling Stone Magazine
Everyone knows that B & S shared a bunch of things on the hit show Gossip Girl, from secrets to boyfriends, but this cover brought their sharing friendship to sexy new levels. Leighton Meester and Blake Lively turned the heat up so much for this Rolling Stone shoot that they needed some ice cream to cool them down. Come to think of it, we'd like a lick, too!
article continues below ad
16
Zac Efron
Zac Efron
Rolling Stone Magazine
The 20-year-old High School Musical star may have been a big hit with the Disney crowd, but this 2007 cover gave us a sneak peak at the hunkiness we would come to expect from Zac Efron. There is a strange juxtaposition here of his Bieber-esque hair, boyish smile, and his body (which is all man). No wonder Dave Franco couldn't help stare at his Neighbors costar's package!
17
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Rolling Stone Magazine
Everyone in the world (and probably most living creatures on other planets) understand that Angelina Jolie is one of the sexiest women to ever exist. This cover did nothing but confirm that fact. The lips, the cleavage, the eyes. The fact that the 2003 headline flaunts her new single status only makes her all the more appealing. Plus, at the time, most of us felt that if she'd wear a vile of Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck, we may stand more of a chance that we would have ever guessed. This is before Brad Pitt came around and squashed our hopes and dreams.
18
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
Rolling Stone Magazine
One can almost respect Rolling Stone for waiting with this steamy cover until JB was 18. Almost. They boast of their patience by splaying the James Dean-esque cover with "HOT READY LEGAL." That only added to the appeal (for us, at least), but made us feel kind of salty about it. As if we'd been waiting for him to become legal all along...okay, maybe we had.
article continues below ad
19
Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr
Rolling Stone Magazine
What would a list of "Sexiest" anything be without a Victoria's Secret Angel? Not a very sexy list, that's for sure. Our favorite VS Angel is channeling her inner Eve in the Garden of Eden here as an eco warrior, chained to a tree. She's ethereal and innocent (while quite literally seducing the pants off of us). Where do we sign up for this tree-saving naked party? We're in.
20
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Rolling Stone Magazine
There are a ton of reasons supporting the sex appeal of this cover. The then 53-year-old Veep star (and Emmy champion) was of legal age (which shouldn't really be something we applaud, but this is Rolling Stone, so...), she's topless, tatted, and more patriotic than most of the country. Okay, so the tat is a perplexing mix of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but wouldn't you forget what you were writing if you were doing it on a naked JL-D? We thought so.
21
John Mayer
John Mayer
Rolling Stone Magazine
We remember having this cover posted on the wall of our dorm room with one thought always in our head whenever we would look (read: stare) at it: "ugh, what we wouldn't give to be that guitar!"
article continues below ad
22
Fergie
Fergie
Rolling Stone Magazine
No matter how you feel about the Black Eyed Peas singer, one thing is certainly undeniable: her humps. Her lovely lady lumps are positively sensational, and this cover did nothing to refute that.
23
Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields
Rolling Stone Magazine
We've always thought Brooke Shields could do no wrong. We loved her in Blue Lagoon and her Calvin Klein campaign, were obsessed with her hair (and of course her brows). And we love this sensationally sexy, yet somehow sophisticated cover. Bow down.
24
Gavin Rossdale
Gavin Rossdale
Rolling Stone Magazine
To be perfectly honest, we've never really listened to Bush, and have only ever considered Rossdale as "Gwen Stefani's husband." Don't hate us for that, but this cover makes us rethink that entirely. He's so seductive! We have yet another reason to be jealous of Stefani now.
article continues below ad
25
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson
Rolling Stone Magazine
The newlywed may not have been the greatest housewife and she may not have understood the difference between chicken and fish, but she was incredibly sexy. We would let her clean our house any day, even if we had to really clean after she left.
26
Richard Gere
Richard Gere
Rolling Stone Magazine
Though he's probably more clothed here than everyone on the list (combined), the magazine's tagline is that he's "stripped down and sexy." If there's one thing American Gigolo taught us that Gere looks great naked, it also let us know he looks dreamily perfect in clothes too, as the film and its star helped establish Giorgio Armani in Hollywood. If anyone can make a fully clothed look irresistible, it's Richard Gere.
27
Spice Girls
Spice Girls
Rolling Stone Magazine
The most amazing thing about this cover is not how incredible the girls look, nor is it that Posh is front and center (where she deserves to be), but that the Spice Girls really did conquer the world. And they did it in outfits and shoes just. like. these.

SIMILAR ARTICLES