Eavis is one of a handful of British entries in the 2009 TIME 100 list, with others including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and London mayor Boris Johnson.
“Michael is one of the people to whom I owe my life and career,” Martin wrote. “Every year he does a thank-you for the surrounding village where the festival takes place. He asked Coldplay to play this little fete and picked us up at the airport. It was like being met by a friendly uncle. We were sitting in the back of his farm vehicle that smelled of cheese and cattle when he said “Maybe you’d want to headline next year?” We spat out our drinks! It remains the biggest event in our band’s life. It changed everything,” he said.
“We’ve headlined other festivals, but Glastonbury is the only one that feels like – and is – a family event. It’s also the only one where we received some handmade cheese as a thank-you.”
MIA is one of the only contemporary musicians to appear in the list, with director Spike Jonze declaring: “There are no borders for her”.
Bono writes about George Clooney in the list, while Lou Reed praises South African artist William Kentridge.
Rick Astley, meanwhile, salutes moot – the man whose website, 4chan.org, spawned the Rickrolling sensation.