updated 06/11/2010 AT 12:35 PM ET
•originally published 06/11/2010 AT 11:40 AM ET
At 43, Tim McGraw is a toned 178 lbs. (trimmer than he’s been in years), he’s got the swagger of a guy who knows himself (he’s not afraid of facials!) and manages to balance self-depreciation with sex appeal (his sleepwear of choice? All natural).
For those reasons and more, McGraw is hands down PEOPLE Country’s hottest guy – but, he jokes, he might not rank in the Top Two as far as his wife, Faith Hill, is concerned.
“My wife would pick George Strait,” he says. “She thinks he’s gorgeous! Or Kris Kristofferson. When we’re around him, she can barely speak.”
With a new no-alcohol policy and a tough workout routine, McGraw has managed to lose 37 lbs. and, he says, feels better than ever. “I don’t feel whatever 43 is supposed to feel like – I still feel pretty young,” he says. “I’m more confident than I’ve ever been about who I am and what I do and I feel like I’ve got a lot more ahead of me than I do behind me.”
For the full interview with McGraw and photos of all 25 hot country guys, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE Country, on newsstands beginning June 18