Best Record Labels

The Top Ten

1 Warner Bros. Warner Bros.

Green Day, Never Shout Never, Disturbed, My Chemical Romance, Blake Shelton, Taking Back Sunday, The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Maine, Mastodon, Metallica, Muse, Linkin Park, IYAZ, Faith Hill, HIM, Paris Hilton, Adam Sandler, Goo Goo Dolls, and so many more. How can you compete?

Their really good in this record label

WarnerBros is the best. Sorry everyone else who thinks otherwise, but you can't really have too much of an argument. Just look: Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The White Stripes, Metallica, Muse, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and IYAZ. They have like every big name in music

Linkin Park, Metallica, RHCP, my chemical romancE, how can you compete?

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2 Island/Def Jam

great staff helps you create an image for yurself

Has the best of the best artists ever really good record label


Michael Dapaah, KSI. That's all you need for a successful Record Label. Job done.

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3 Aftermath

Names like 50 Cent & Eminem, I don't need to say more

Aftermath is one label I would certainly advocate my 14 year young "clean" lyric daughter to one day sign with. We need more young female artists that loves and appreciates the old school hip hop.
Tara's Hicks 1 love

I am a MC I'm 18 and I think could bring something new to the game hit me up we can have a chat (to Shady and Dre)

They are tight. Not only do they have new game artists like G-Unit, and Slim the Mobster, Shady till the dying day. It's run by ONE OF THE GREATEST PRODUCERS OF ALL TIME! DR. DRE. Keep it real.

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4 Young Money Entertainment

This record is so amazing and they have nothing but the greats in it.

Young Money has Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, and etc. they are the label. They have the queen of rap which should put them higher on this list.

Queen of Rap

I would love to sign with them... I can rap and sing and I love MONEY... So YOUNG MONEY must be the best

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5 Epic

Best selling album (Thriller) Of All Time

Rihanna, Chris rene, Kanye west, Jay-z etc.

They had some great artists: Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, etc.

Natasha Bedingfield sure looked cute as a Epic Records artist. If you haven't listened to her songs, it could be a good idea. Also from the Epic Records catalog is the soundtrack to Aquamarine (the 2006 children's film). - playstationfan66

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6 Cash Money Billionaire Records

This a best record label

I like em

Wayne's lyrics top...

Cash money is one of the most productive record label at present, and yet comprises of artists that are the most selling artists in the hip hop industry. And is yet one of the record label with numerous members. Brian Williams aka Birdman is doing a really good job with this record label

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7 Atlantic

It's a good record

Atlantic is known as the house that Ahmet built they have made a name for them self as the best in the industry!

It has Artists like My Chemical Romance, The Clovers, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, and several others (one of which I am addicted to, but won't name because she is MINE.)

This has my favorite band

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8 Shady Records

Slim shady himself
50 cent
Probably the most powerful record label out there these artists remind us what PAC and biggie died for and lived for REAL RAP unlike young money with lil wayne and drake and nicki minaj

Yo ain't nobody compare with Eminem in the Rap game. He is Legend and will remain as the king of rap forever! And I know he is doing good in his record label too. He is finding real talents and brought them out to the main stream. Every artist in shady records label know what they actually Rap about, they ain't spit like other artists do in other labels. Salute LEGEND!

Eminem is choosing only the best to join his label, that's why they consists only of the best lyricsts and that's why it makes them unique and the best!

Shady Records is the best

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9 Motown

No label has had the impact on the music industry that Motown has had. Legends came from Motown


Mj started out here as well as marvin gaye, stevie wonder, diana ross, smokey robinson and a whole lot more.


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10 Strange Music

Tech 9 is the king of Kansas City

This label consists real raw lyrical and flow ability. The artists on the label, hands down, put every other rapper out there to shame.

I like how you guys produce the songs that trippie redd makes

Lyrically insane people in here

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The Newcomers

? Decca Records

Published the highest selling single in history - Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’
Famously turned down the Beatles but signed the The Rolling Stones soon after. Had some other great 60s artists such as Tom Jones, The Who, Marrianne Faithful & The Zombies. They created a sub-label for more progressive music in the late 60s called Deram which published many the Moody Blues albums and both Genesis & Bowie’s debuts.
They also had Camel, Bryan Adams, Nat King Cole, Them, Buddy Holly, Ten Years After, Thin Lizzy, Cat Stevens, John Mayall & Morrissey - FredTheGooner

The Contenders

11 Grand Hustle

It's one of the most growing record labels out there right now, many young rappers and legendary rappers like, young dro and B.O. B and killer mike and dj drama and of course the king himself T. I known as (TIP)

T.I. one of the best rappers in the game hand down, he is in the top five

With the unity and diversity they bring to our ears in the music industry, they must be big

Man Tip all day

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12 Walt Disney Records

They often did soundtracks to Princess Diaries, Ice Princess, Narnia, High School Musical, Cheetah Girls, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, Brave and Wreck-It Ralph. - playstationfan66

The way to go they have produced lots of artists and helped them get thir start the definite way to go

13 Fueled By Ramen


It's a music lebal

Panic! At the disco, Paramore, fun., Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heros, twenty one pilots, the academy is..., a rocket to the moon and many more

Twenty one pilots... Lyrically the best any record label could get nowadays

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14 Columbia

This label signed the next big star that all the others will be regretting very soon! Zhavia is going to be the next big pop idol! No doubt

Columbia are responsible for signing the two greatest songwriters of all time: Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. No other label can compete with that.

Great record Zhavia got in

Columbia has a great sound stage that I like. Number eleven that's absurd. Get real, Hip Hop ain't music. Get rid of that sorry label.

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15 Interscope Records

Do a great job promoting their large, as well as smaller artists.

They signed LADY GAGA. Legendary

A lot of good artists came out of this label such as Eminem, Mindless Behavior and 50 CenT

These guys really take time with new artist to fine area. Also I feel very comfortable sending them fresh new faces

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16 Universal Music Group

Universal has one of the biggest Artists in the game right now, they include Ariana, Drake, Nicki, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Demi Lovato & they signed with Taylor Swift. Their Artists are always on the top of the charts and doing so well. Plus, they bring Artists to work together & collaborate, Ariana & The Weeknd on "Love Me Harder", Ariana & Nicki on " Side to Side", "Bang Bang" & more, Nicki & Drake, & more!

This company now has the richest female personality Taylor Swift

This is the biggest label, its gains are always superior.

Am Pecival I need a recording deal ma Music is here

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17 Gotee Records
18 Roadrunner Records

In this label you can find every kind of metal
And also there are post-grunge artists in this label
It got awesome bands like :-
Opeth, Korn, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Gojira, Stone Sour, Nightwish, Mastodon, Dream Theater, Motley Crue, Murderdolls, QueenSyrche
And in past it got awesome bands like
Fear Factory, Death, Bihazard, Rob Zombie, Soulfly, Ill Nino, Cardle Of Filth, Megadeth, Hatebreed
It got best metal bands and also Warner deserve 2nd spot after roadrunner it got artists like
Disturbed, Linkin Park, A7X
And others but no label will ever defeat Roadrunner and that is it! - nooreldeen

Dream Theater, Megadeth, Machine Head, Opeth, Obituary, Annihilator, Fear Factory... A lot of great bands and excellent musicians.

over 25 years these guys have been rocking it out GET THEM ON HERE

These guys know how to do this job

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19 Word Records
20 Capitol

The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Iron Maiden, Beastie Boys, Queen, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Megadeth and the list just goes on and on

This record label has been around longer than many of the others in the top 10 and has a wider variety of artists than any other label on here.

They are affiliated with 5SOS and Hi or Hey Records which is some of the most amazing things I've seen.

The Beatles are better than all these new artists you name. So is Pink Floyd. Only Bob Dylan and the Doors are close. Katy Perry, Hip hop, you've got to be kidding me.

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21 XL Recordings

The White Stripes
The Prodigy
Vampire Weekend
The Avalanches
Dizzee Rascal
Basement Jaxx
Tyler The Creator

All of them are/were on this wonderful label. - djpenquin999

22 RCA

Little mix...

Chris Brown and its not at top 3?! You guys gotta be kidding me. RCA is dominating Pop and RnB music out there. It has the best artists, definitely a top 3.

Amazing label. The likes of Miley, elvis, bing, Justin timberlake, chris brown.

One day I would like to be signed here.
Quite frankly this should be in the top 10

Home of Disney legends Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and etc. Definitely top ten worthy

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23 Parodudes Records
24 Elektra

They steal less from the artists

The Doors. enough said

En Vogue was one of those Elektra artists whom they fall under the Eastwest Records America sublabel. - playstationfan66

Beoncè signed with them!

25 Cash Money

Label suck

26 Geffen

Geffen, is an amazing Rock label! Nirvana, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Blink-182, Weezer, Papa Roach. There's so much more, I honestly believe it's the best record company ever created! Oh and there's Elton John, John Lennon, Eagles... No big deal, right?

Honestly, I only know three bands that I like signed in this label: Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith and Nirvana... - rock2metal

Good Bands and Artists were signed; Nirvana, both Rob Zombie and his original band White Zombie, and many others.

They also signed Guns N' Roses. - waterboy51

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27 Se7enth Fury Grammaton Records

This has got to be one of the most exciting labels around! They're not afraid to support the newcomer, and that gets a 10 from me!

Great releases on this label!

Awesome label. good luck on getting to the top ten!

La creme de la creme

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28 GOOD Music

It has the best producer in the world (Pablo) and one of the best lyricists (Pusha)

This is one of the most musically diverse record. How many tracks do you hear today with create beats and tracks. They never follow the standard order of a song and know how to stimulate their listeners experience by introducing new and diverse songs.

Get out yo dreamz

You guys are ill spwcially kanye

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29 Bad Boy Records

Bad Boy Records is also the official home of Dream (a fairly popular artist made up of 4 cute girls). - playstationfan66

Biggie smalls is enough to prove it's a good label, despite its recent decline

Biggie, puffy, lil cease, lil Kim. They all came from where the best came from and that's NYC

the best

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30 Nuclear Blast

I love nuclear blast, they have a lot of the metal bands that are not giants, such as Metallica and slayer, but still pretty well known. Some examples are enslaved and sonata arctica.

I'm just curious to how a label can be #36 on a list with the following bands: Slayer, Hammerfall, Nightwish, Sabaton, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Kreator, Epica, Sonata Arctica, Soulfly, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Sepultura, Black Sabbath, Immortal, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, Motörhead, ACDC, Meshugga AND Metallica, to name a few. How is this not number one?

How this is not in top 5 at least? It got one of the best bands of all time! - nooreldeen

31 Spinnin' Records

Best label for electronic music

Uber-commercialised, engineered and lifeless sludge made for low budget soft porn music video's. A real disgrace to music.

I love house music, keep up the good work!

It all starts with good music.

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32 Rise Records

Just got such brilliant and dedicated talent. Crown the Empire is one of the most dedicated bands out there.

Hands like Houses, Crown the Empire, Of Mice & Men, Memphis May Fire, Chelsea Grin. The list goes on and on you guys.

Rise puts out the best bands, Memphis May Fire, Knuckle Puck, and Sleeping with Sirens make real music.

Thank you for voting

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33 Roc-A-Fella Records

Jay Z la familia
Responsible for kanye west and many artists involved with other labels on the list
Home to the best pure rapper alive shawn carter

34 T-Series T-Series



35 Death Row Records

Three of the greatest rappers in history, should be a top ten label for sure

In my eyes it was the best black owned record label of all time.

Nobody messed with this record label. Literally the most dangerous and badass record label of all time. They had best rapper of all time (2Pac) and the best producer of all time (Dr. Dre). Also had not only another top 10 rapper of all time but one of the most popular rappers of this day (Snoop Dogg). And let’s not forget they had the best featured artist of all time (Nate Dogg).


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36 G-Unit Records

Top 10 record label in the industry

50, Banks, Buck, Game, Yayo, Mobb Deep.. Epic

50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Game, Mobb Deep, Ma$e, M.O.P., Olivia... - erikvandermeer

37 Epitaph

Epitaph has got to be the best record label out there, there may be record labels with bands and artists that are widely more popular than some of the bands Epitaph have, but Epitaph are mainly based around rock and punk bands and if you look at the Epitaph artist list, it's just full of rock and punk based bands.

So many other record labels say they are based around a certain genre of music, yet they have so many bands that are completely opposite to what they say they look for.

Epitaph is also one of the best record labels purely because they don't just sign bands that are around the genre they look for, but some of the best and biggest bands around the genre. These bands can consist of Green Day, BMTH (Bring Me The Horizon), Bad Religion (OBVIOUSLY), Sleeping With Sirens, Escape The Fate, Architects AND GOD DAMN FALLING IN REVERSE. You can't get any better. Along with these bands, Epitaph also signs some artists that go solo that are also in Epitaph Signed bands, E.G. ...more

REFUSED! They are an amazing band that was signed by Epitaph, and I just love them! Refused is a great hard core band, so if you like that sort of thing, CHECK THEM OUT NOW! New Noise is my all time favorite Refused song, so I highly recommend that one! The Shape of Punk to Come was my favorite album by them, and it all came true because of Epitaph!

Great bands with great diversity from weezer to the metal band bring me the horizon. And they cover everything in between.

Legendary punk bands like Bad Religion. pennywise and many more

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38 Dominion Worldwide Entertainment

The newest and best label out with artist like Locust, Her Majesty, Real $ Money, Ben G, Big Rich and K.O.G.W.

They are taking the game to a whole new level! Soon Dominion Worldwide Entertainment will be a household name.

They have the Hottest artist and best production and promotion

Urban Indie Radio-Los Angeles

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39 Hell, etc.
40 Sub Pop

Nirvana and Soundgarden. 'enough said.

Nirvana, soundgarden, the postal service, the album leaf, the shins, fleet foxes...

Best independent label out there.

Beach house, the notwist, modest mouse, built to spill, sleater-kinney, the white stripes, dinosaur jr, sonic youth, death cab, afghan whigs...

41 Majik Ninja Entertainment

Twiztid's independent label. Artists include Alla Xul Elu, Axe Murder Boyz, Bizarre (of D12), Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, G-Mo Skee, Gorilla Voltage, House Of Krayzie's, L.A.R.S. (Last American Rock Stars) with King Gordy, Lex The Hex Master, Bonez Bubb, The R.O.C., The Underground Avenger's, Triple Threat, Young Wicked, and Zodiac Mprint.

42 Filthy Hands
43 Ipecac Recordings
44 Tips Industries Limited
45 HR Musik
46 ETC
47 OVO Sound

OVO baby come on

It's Drake, do I really have to say more?

This is the best label ever period. I wanna sign to this label

Ovo crew night thought I told you

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48 Apple

This record label is the prettiest label I've ever seen. I am infatuated with it. By far the most beautiful record label on Earth by the greatest band of all time.

The Beatles made this record label. There was even a small part of Apple records that lasted for 3 months called Zapple Records, which had only 2 albums, The 2nd John and Yoko avant Garde album, and George Harrison's Electronic Sound

Apple is awesome

1. Motown
2. Apple
Come on! It's the Beatles!

49 Big Machine Records


They are bright and kind and do all they can to help you! I want to be signed here one day!

I love Big Machine Records. Scott Borchetta is the best businessman of record labels in the world. I heard it is such a positive environment and there are really nice people there too. I really want to be signed there someday.

Taylor Swift says en

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50 SM Entertainment

Girls' Generation! EXO-K! EXO-M! SHINee! Super Junior! TVXQ! BoA!

One of the "big three" in south korea, together with YG and JYP

PEOPLE READING THIS WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT SM ENTERTAINMENT, they are an amazing labeling company for K-pop, You should listen to their groups like : Red Velvet, Exo, SHINee, NCT U, NCT Dream, NCT 127, Girls Generation, etc.

I love every artist from SM 😍
SM please take care of your babies!

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