Sri Lankan-British rapper M.I.A.
Noble-prize winning Energy secretary Steven Chu.
Sudhir Venkatesh, the Columbia University sociologist who rolled with the Chicago's Black Kings gang for seven years of research.
Check out the complete list at RollingStone.com.
Personally, I think they could have booted Taylor Swift, Andy Samberg, and Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz to make room for others. I'm glad they gave a nod to director Paul Thomas Anderson, but what about Ang Lee who's probably the most eclectic director in the US? And was no-nonsense DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee too polarizing to make the cut?
Any other glaring omissions from Rolling Stone's list?