We all know this is an opinion piece but it's often counted as the be-all-and-end-all of so-called "influence" around the world. These people may be influential, but are they as universal and relevant to the entire world as TIME would have us believe? Probably not: it counts only for the US and most other globalised, safely Westernised bastions of freedom and fast food.

Despite that, some music world people have made the list. Topping the "Titans" section – which also includes Kim Kardashian and "China's Steve Jobs", Lei Jun – is Kanye West. Why? Elon Musk writes:

"Kanye's belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose."

Elsewhere in the "Icons" section, which is also home to acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami, Diane von Furstenberg and Pope Francis (what?), Taylor Swift gets a mention – with Mariska Hargitay saying, "She seems tuned in to the greater good, and she embraces—thoughtfully and authentically—the chance to contribute to the world" – as does Björk, whom Marina Abramovic likens to "an Icelandic high priestess."

Read the full list over at TIME.