Zimbio.com, the fifth largest entertainment news site (comScore), is pleased to announce the 4th Annual list of 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples. Going beyond merely the most beautiful people, couples were ranked using an algorithm that measures and calculates popularity, attractiveness, success, and staying power. The data behind each metric is then used to determine their place on the list. 

Topping the list for the second year in a row, of course, is Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z.

“This is a list that’s born from and powered by massive sets of data” said Editor-in-Chief John Newlin, “which allows us to definitively say that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are exactly the 15th Hottest Celebrity Couple.

Country Music Couples that made the list are as follows:

  • Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
  • Josh Kelley & Katherine Heigl
  • Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
  • LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian

For a complete list of all of Zimbio’s 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples of 2012, including point breakdowns for each couple, please visit Zimbio.com.

Popularity was determined by overall search volume as well as internal Zimbio analytics.  The attractiveness quotient was crowd-sourced through a face-off style game that ran on Zimbio.com.  A couple’s success was measured by their notable deals signed (record, movie, modeling or otherwise) as well as awards received.  Finally, a couple’s staying power was evaluated based upon years together, children, engagements, and their place on the list last year.  Points were deducted based upon years together, children, engagements, and their place on the list last year.  Points were deducted based on the number of recent partners as well as the validity of break-up rumors.