According to an AskMen countdown of the year’s most influential men, Gotye has slightly less influence than James Cameron but slightly more than either of Tom Hardy, Harvey Weinstein or Alec Baldwin. The ARIA-winning Aussie ranked 45th on a list which also included human K-Pop meme Psy, belated Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, and DONDA President Kanye West.
Top spot went to James Bond who became the first (albeit fictional) man this year to shade Usain Bolt, with the fastest man in the world placing second, followed by beloved ex-POTUS Bill Clinton, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, and child star no longer Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Out and proud R&B crooner Frank Ocean was the highest placed musician at 8th just ahead of the biggest influence on female dream boards everywhere, Ryan Gosling, current POTUS Barack Obama and the winningest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps.
Check out the top 20 below, for the full list head to AskMen.com
1. James Bond – Action film legend, currently played by Daniel Craig.
2. Usain Bolt – World’s fastest man.
3. Bill Clinton – The most beloved ex-president.
4. Seth MacFarlane – Creator of Family Guy, Oscars host.
5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Hollywood’s newest action hero with roles in TDKR and Looper.
6. Jimmy Kimmel – This surly funny man turned his show into a ratings winner.
7. Elon Musk – Billionaire PayPal cofounder and CEO of Tesla is banking on his electric car company to change the way we travel.
8. Frank Ocean – Debuted his much-lauded album, Channel Orange this year.
9. Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger – Founders of Instagram.
10. Ryan Gosling – Makes being a movie star effortless.
11. Barack Obama – The Democratic Incumbent will be pulling out all stops to maintain the Presidency.
12. Michael Phelps – US Swimmer with the record for the most Olympic medals of all time.
13. Christian Grey – This character from Fifty Shades of Grey suddenly gave husbands a lot to live up to.
14. The replacement refs – They are destroying this year’s NFL season. Still better than the NRL refs…
15. Christopher Nolan – Director of the epic Dark Knight trilogy.
16. Liam Neeson – Hollywood’s most unlikely action star gets better with age, as shown by his roles in The Grey and Taken 2.
17. Riad al-Asaad – The Free Syrian Army leader continues to wage war against oppressive government.
18. Joss Whedon – Wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel’s The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film of all time.
19. Peter Higgs – Nobel Prize winning Physicist.
20. Prince William – Heir to the British throne.