Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 9/27/14

In 1964, some Sports Illustrated editor Andre Laguerre came up with an idea to fill the normally slow winter months. Little did he know that 48 years later, his idea would annually be the most talked about issue of his magazine.

The 2012 swimsuit edition was released this week with model Kate Upton gracefully gracing the cover. And my goodness does it rank up there with the hottest SI swimsuit edition covers of all time. We start with Upton and go backwards. We'll let you choose which years were better than the rest...

2012 Kate Upton

2011 Irina Shayk
2010 Brooklyn Decker
2009 Bar Rafaeli
2008 Marissa Miller
2007 Beyonce
2006 Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy, Yamila Diaz
2005 Carolyn Murphy
2004 Veronica Varekova
2003 Petra Nemcova
2002 Yamila Diaz
2001 Elsa Benitez
2000 Daniela Pestova
1999 Rebecca Romijn
1998 Heidi Klum
1997 Tyra Banks
1996 Valeria Mazza & Tyra Banks
1995 Daniela Pestova
1994 Kathy Ireland, ElleMcPherson, Rachel Hunter
1993 Vendela Kirsebom
1992 Kathy Ireland
1991 Ashley Richardson (Montana)
1990 Judit Masco
1989 Kathy Ireland
1988 Elle McPherson
1987 Elle McPherson
1986 Elle McPherson
1985 Paulina Porizkova
1984 Paulina Porizkova
1983 Cheryl Tiegs
1982 Carol Alt
1981 Christie Brinkley
1980 Christie Brinkley
1979 Christie Brinkley
1978 Maria Joao
1977 Lena Kansbod
1976 Yvette & Yvonne Sylvester
1975 Cheryl Tiegs
1974 Ann Simonton
1973 Dayle Haddon
1972 Sheila Roscoe
1971 Tannia Rubiano
1970 Cheryl Tiegs
1969 Jamee Becker
1968 Turia Mau
1967 Marliyn Tindall
1966 Sunny Bippus
1965 Sue Peterson
1964 Babette March


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