Behind The RS 100 List: Selecting the Agents of Change

March 27, 2009 6:03 PM ET

Radiohead, Tina Fey, Sacha Baron Cohen, LeBron James, J.J. Abrams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Banksy and Barack Obama all have something in common: they're forward-thinking individuals on Rolling Stone's RS 100 list of agents of change. Perhaps you've perused the list and wondered how the RS editors selected these folks — if so, don't miss deputy managing editor Nathan Brackett breaking down our methodology in a behind-the-scenes video, above.

Then count down the Top 20 Agents of Change and check out Change on the Cover of Rolling Stone, a look back at members of the RS 100 club's past features in the magazine.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

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