4:56 pm - 04/25/2012

100 Hottest Celebrity Couples of 2012

Full disclosure: Not a single Zimbio editor holds a mathology degree. However, we do have lots of money that can buy super-computers and employ engineers who know how to turn these machines on and off as well as make them do stuff, we're told. Anyway, it took a while, but four years ago an algorithm was born with one purpose: Measure a couple's hotness using four sets of criteria. Success, Attractiveness, Popularity and Staying Power. Here's how it breaks down:


To numerically quantify a couple's popularity, we measured search volume within the last 12 months using a variety of public web tools (Google AdWords is one example). We then combined that data with our own set of very granular internal site analytics (site search, picture page views, traffic to their topic pages, time on site, to name a few).

For success, let's face it, it's all about tha Benjamins (typed the white girl uncomfortably). So we naturally looked at things like paychecks, major signed deals (record, movie, spokesperson etc.), but also took into account things like awards and other distinctive recognition among their well-groomed peers.

This is a tricky one because taste varies so wildly from person to person. The only way to assign a numeric value to a couple's attractiveness was to crowd-source a massive sampling of the Internet in a straight-up face-off style game like this. Of the thousands of people who played the game, none knew they were powering this ranking criteria. It's a guys-vs-guys, girls-vs-girls "Who's Hotter?" battle and the results are sometimes not pretty. The problem with measuring a subjective thing like "attractiveness" is that people/couples are "graded" on a bell curve. So when you see couples with an Attractiveness rating of "1," it's not that no one thinks they're attractive, it's just that couples like Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady screw it up for the rest. Sorry Coco and Ice-T.

Staying Power
Here couples scored points for engagements, marriages, babies and length of their relationships. Points were also deducted based on the number of recent partners, break-ups or separations (looking at you JT and Jessica), as well as the validity and/or volume of infidelity rumors.

   Zimbio has listed their “100 Hottest Celebrity Couples of 2012″ and some of our favorite couples made the list.   

92. Christina Aguilera & Matt Rutler

No one took Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler's relationship seriously back when they started dating in November 2010, shortly after the singer's divorce. But here they are more than a year later. We're happy to report they've mellowed out since that wild, headline-making night when they first got together. The couple has largely traded clubbing for cute outings at the park with the singer's son, Max. Has the production assistant changed the singer for the best? Perhaps. With a new album in the works and the second season of The Voice in full swing, Aguilera is on her way to a great year. If the pair stays together and Rutler gets some sort of job in the public eye, we see a bright future for them. Last year's rank: N/A

72. Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

Hilary Duff and her hockey star hubby Mike Comrie surprised us all with her pregnancy announcement back in August, on their first wedding anniversary. The 24-year-old went on to make headlines through her very public pregnancy and showed off picture after picture of her baby boy, Luca, upon his arrival in March. This, of course, became convenient groundwork for the singer's jump back into music. In January, Duff announced she's back in the studio recording her first album in five years. Comrie, on the other hand, announced his retirement from hockey due to a recurring hip injury. Just call him Mr. Mom. Last year's rank: 57

55. Britney Spears & Jason Trawick

Britney Spears hasn't made many great choices in the dating world since her biggest mistake of all (letting Justin Timberlake go). But she seems to have turned her bad string of dudes around thanks to Jason Trawick. The two got engaged in December and it seems like he's an all right guy. He takes care of her and her career, can stand to be at the same baseball field as Kevin Federline, and genuinely cares for her sons. Plus, he was Spears' right-hand man on her third comeback tour to support her latest album, Femme Fatale. There's talk that she'll join the judges' panel on X Factor next season, but that has yet to be confirmed. If she lands that gig, he cuts his stringy hair, and they actually get married, expect to see these two closer to the top next year. Last year's rank: 21

40. Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler are inseparable these days. They've been dating since September 2011 and haven't let the cameras get in the way of their beachy makeout sessions. We can't really blame them, since time together is limited these days. Hudgens has had to be in Florida to film Spring Breakers while Butler has been running all over NYC for his role in the highly anticipated Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. Both stars are more popular than ever right now, we'll just have to wait and see if they'll still be together by the time their flicks hit theaters. Last year's rank: N/A

15. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

They're the hottest teen couple since Justin and Britney, and nothing can keep them from ruling the charts. The Biebs collaborated with some of music's biggest stars for a Christmas album, went on tour, won tons of awards, and is working on a new record. His little lady also toured, filmed a movie, and was most understanding when Bieber got tangled up in a gnarly, totally fake paternity scandal. They have yet to prove their love isn't the world's most genius publicity stunt, but after celebrating their one-year anniversary in March, we say they're on the right track. Last year's rank: 17

12. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus and her strapping boyfriend of three years, Liam Hemsworth, aren't headed down the aisle quite yet, but that doesn't mean they're not a serious power couple in the under-25 pool. Both are smokin' hot, have had wildly successful years (thanks Hunger Games), and are unbelievably popular online. The odds that they'll live happily ever after are pretty slim, but if they do last we're confident they'll top this list someday. Last year's rank: N/A

 Top 10

1. Beyonce & Jay-Z

2. Angelina & Brad

3. David & Victoria

4. William & Kate

5. Gisele & Tom 

6. Jessica & Justin

7. Irina shayk & Cristiano Ronaldo

8. Katie & tom Cruise 

9. Jessica Alba & cash Warren

10. Jennifer Garner & Ben
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davidbeckham 25th-Apr-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
get it miam! and omg david & victoria scared me tbh, i got this evil vibe off their photo
drfaith101 25th-Apr-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
britneyspears 25th-Apr-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
jay and bey deserve a higher attractiveness rating than jessica and cash or katie and tom lbr.
calcified 25th-Apr-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm loling at all the attractiveness ratings. What scientific scale determined those.
calcified 25th-Apr-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
DEAD @ Duff and husband's success ranking.
kknee13 25th-Apr-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
wasn't ben affleck supposedly cheating on jennifer with blake lively though
calcified 25th-Apr-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
But for the purposes of this, that's unsubstantiated and irrelevant since she's shacked up with Ryan Reynolds.
carolmp15 25th-Apr-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Jelena deserved better, but yay!

I love Jen Garner and Ben/ Yay for Gisele and Brady

Edited at 2012-04-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
hiddenfantasyx 25th-Apr-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
beyonce and her ape <3
yeezy 25th-Apr-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
davidbeckham 25th-Apr-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
davidbeckham we all know who this list is missing..25th-Apr-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
imahouseofcards 25th-Apr-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Get it miam
hiddenfantasyx 25th-Apr-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
watch_mex0x0 25th-Apr-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
tomxginny 26th-Apr-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
hahaha. Jelena are such attention whores
swifterland 25th-Apr-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
"They have yet to prove their love isn't the world's most genius publicity stunt." ....omg I thought people were over that already.

aw I'm glad to see Britney on there and looking happy, I had no idea she was dating someone who was somewhat normal

I really don't understand some of the atrractiveness scores on here lol

how did they rank these exactly? like why were some couples with better scores rank higher than people with lower scores?
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