Greatest Music Producers of All Time

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1Yoshiki HayashiYoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success ...read more.

NO WAY! WHO IS THIS GUY? Jeff Lynne's the greatest music producer of all time! - Drtrekker

NO WAY! Who is this guy? Phil Spector's the greatest music producer!

he's a great musician, and he's a great producer too! - kurenai_tenshi

Some of the crazy fan boys need a slap in the face to wake up a little

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2Quincy JonesQuincy Delightt Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.

In the REAL actual world, he is the greatest producer of all time. Nobody else has done it at is level in MULTIPLE genres. Check his resume Sinatra, Michael Jackson...

Created the most successful album (s) in history, which really says it all, he's also proven to be a successful recording artist

79 Grammy Nominations, With 27 Wins. Are You Kidding Me? Worked With Legends Like- Michael Jackson, Frank Sintara, Aaliyah, Eddie Van Halen & Stevie Wonder. Great Achievement. - ankittayal1

Not my favorite, but I wouldn't argue with his being #1. Truly a master.

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3Dr. DreAndre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Dr. Dre is the greatest of all time, he has done so much for hip hop/rap music. In 1988 he made gangsta rap well known when he produced the NWA album "Straight outta Compton". Which made ice cube and eazy e famous. Then in 1992 in invented G-Funk on his classic album "The Chronic". At the same time he gives us snoop dogg! In 1995he leaves death row records to make his own record label "Aftermath records". In 1999 he gives us another classic album called "2001" and at the same time he gives us Eminem and produces his first album! In 2003 he gives us 50 Cent and produces his first album which made him famous like Eminem and snoop dogg. In 2005 he makes The Game famous by producing his first album as well. 2012 he gives us a new rapper called kendrick lamar who is very good! He will become as big as snoop dogg, Eminem, 50 cent and the game. He has also done a lot for Tupac and nas. It was his idea to make a Tupac hologram. Every track he produced becomes a hit! The creator of classic ...more

Dr. Dre is great he has brought so many rappers into fame. There are also a few that should be added on here like Just Blaze and a few others like him.

Dr dre Should be 1st in the list, He made tons of rappers Famous and he Saved Eminem's Life. He (Eminem) Was once poor that he could'nt Afford to Buy Diapers for her Baby Girl. But Dr. Dre made him Famous and he is now rich. And Dr. Dre's "Forgot About Dre" Was awesome SPLENDID AND I COULDENT DESCRIBE IT WITH WORDS

Dre Is The Ultra Music Producer

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4George Martin

Well the name says it, without him, I bet you the Beatles would be another group who failed to succeed.

Helped make the Beatles the most popular rock group in history. If not #1 producer, than certainly #1 promoter.

After Brian Epstein, the guy most responsible for the Beatles success (other than the Beatles themselves).

Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby, Strawberry Fields, A Day in The Life, and many more - who else but George Martin!

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5Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne is in the top 5 Producers for mine. I would have him number one as I know of no other producer that has achieved so much for so many musicians including some of the best ever. Yes some have achieved so much with one musician/group however to resurrect so many different careers with his influence speaks for itself. I suppose if research was completed on each person then Jeff would stand up there with a couple of others - the top 5.

Borderline top five as a producer. Vastly underrated because he never promotes himself. His impact goes far beyond just producing however, and his value to the music of the last half-century is gradually becoming more recognized. Influenced by the Beatles "I am a Walrus", he practically invented orchestral rock in the early 1970's. His sound is immediately recognizable not only in the music of ELO, but in those he produced afterwards. He was instrumental in the revival of George Harrison and Roy Orbison. A quality pick...

23 you kidding... Jeff Lynne in top 5 of all time.. Results speak for themselves and still going strong.. He has influenced so many elite artists as mentioned earlier not to mention, Aerosmith, Beach boys Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Ringo Starr,

For 30 years I've had the same 200 songs in my digital playlist. I just recently noticed that about 1/2 of the list is linked to Jeff Lynne. Either as a writer, composer, producer or contributing artist. Regarding Jeff's work... I can't get it out of my head. In my book, he is #1.

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6Phil Spector

Okay, the Wall Of Sound is about it. There's nothing else up his sleeve (apart from a gun maybe! ). But he produced some fantastic tracks and has a truly distinctive sound. His influence is huge.

Spector had / has a natural gift for hearing and combining sounds. His famous "Wall of Sound" is just one example of his innate musical ability.

Created the sound that allowed rock and roll to start and flourish. He created the bridge with some of the greatest music ever.

Phil's music stands the test of time.

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7Timbaland

He truly is a great producer! But where are all the producers such as darkchild or shaffer smith or rico love? - HenP

He is the man! My favorite music producer... Very talented person!

He should continue this awesome music journey...

I'm sure people would agree that Timbaland has produced great music.

He is the best

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8Rick Rubin

The Master of rap and rock. He started with punk then moved on to rap. Not to mention he produced Johnny Cash's later albums the American Recordings. Today he works with Eminem and continues to make platinum albums

The best sound in a Slipknot's album... Subliminal verses, credits to him!... Also he produced the best album of Metallica since the Black album, Death Magnetic... Also Slayer.. Red hot chilli peppers... This guy is awesome

He produces many of the bands that I like he's a genius. He should be number one because rolling stone called him the most important producer and he popularized hip hop.

He produced possibly the heaviest metal album ever. Reign in Blood by Slayer - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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9Brian Eno

Music influencer. God of synth. Listen and be schooled in quality, (might I suggest the work he did with Byrne of the Talking Heads? )

Brian ENO IS LEGEND! Inventor of Synth keyboard atmospheric music and guitars! U2s Joshua Tree and Unforgettble Fire! Coldplay Viva La Vida! David Bowies Berlin Trilogy! Low, Heroes, Lodger! His Albumms and and creativity is legendary! Yoshiki hayashi? Seriously? Get Out Of This Scam!

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10David FosterDavid Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.

David Foster have produced countless HIT records that got PLATINUM. Numerous awards and hits later, he is still actively signing and producing new artistes from many countries. Dirty Loops are 1 of them. He and Quincy Jones, in my book, the best music producers of ALL TIME!

Without a doubt, the best producer of all time. If you don't think so, then you don't know who he is.

David Foster guided Jackie Evancho thru her first (and arguably most important) year of professional work. What a gift to humanity! - BobG

Wheres "Mutt" Lange?

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The Contenders

11Ted Templeman
12Arif Mardin
13Hugh Padgham

Should be ranked much higher.

14Todd Rundgren

New York Dolls debut, Badfinger Straight Up, Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell, XTC Skylarking, The Tubes Remote Control Grand Funk's We're an American Band and Shinin' On, The Band Stage Fright plus albums by Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Psychedelic Furs, Rick Derringer and many others. He also produced all his own solo albums and those he did with Utopia and Nazz. Known for working really quickly and suggesting creative solutions.

Wouldn't wanna be like you is my all time favorite intro hook

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15Rod Temperton

His attention to detail was awesome, andthe way he fused diffrent genres was effortless.

16Eddie Kramer

Did a bunch of Zeppelin, that should put him #2 behind Jimmy Page.

17Tom Dowd

There are not too many he didn't work with! Pure Genius! - mdp1970

Rock music is what it is today because of Tom Dowd

18Norman Whitfield

He gave Motown the funk when he produced the The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Cloud Nine, Papa was a Rolling Stone, Marvin Gaye - Grapevine, Gladys Knight - Grapevine, The Nitty Gritty, Edwin Starr - War & Undisputed truth - Smiling Faces Tell Lies.

He told me "i got over 150 Hit Songs, not just Songs, Hit Songs, Son..." I would think this magazine would have known he is the Worlds Greatest All Time Producer...

19Robert John Mutt Lange

AC/DC... Def Leppard... Shania... Need I say more?!? Although he is rather an idiot for cheating on the most beautiful woman in the world.

Sold the second highest album of music of all time.

300 Million records sold enough said

20Daniel Lanois
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