OCCUPATION: Singer, songwriter, author, musician, poet
NUMBER OF TIME COVERS: 0
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 1
PRO: Folk rocker and mainstay of American music for over 50 years, his 2006 studio album Modern Times entered the U.S. charts at number one, making him the oldest living person to top the charts. He is second only to the Beatles in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
CON: Dylan's tendency to "borrow" lyrics from other poets sparked an ethics controversy with his new album, portions of which bore striking similarity to the Civil War poet Henry Timrod, who died in 1867 and was uncredited in the liner notes.