Best Record Labels

The Top Ten

1 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?

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?

New artist warner bros. Label
20 new artist
1 arnold shortman
2 lori loud
3 a shadow of sped
4 vic fuentes
5 cabpa toda
6 mhpc toda
7 bama toda
8 classic luna loud
9 mhpr toda
10 worst of japan devil
11 sug-saft toda
12 bfvg-sikap toda
13 oliver sykes
14 rob bourdon
15 unique salonga
16 iv of spdes
17 shatidope
18 marko c. Myta
19 myta w. Lucker
20 ppm toda

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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

Island Records and especially Chris Blackwell brought us some of the best music of all genres and popularized genres others wouldn't have.


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3 Aftermath

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

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.

50 cent, Eminem, and Dre are amazing they each have great qualities. Eminem is one if not the best of all time every album is different but are all amazing. Dre is one of the best producers of all time and he's been rapping for 30 years! Let's no forget that he discovered Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. 50s get rich or die trying was a major hit and he has more than 300 million dollars. Kendrick Lamar is also very promising

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

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4 Epic

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

Best selling album (Thriller) Of All Time

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5 Cash Money Billionaire Records

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

This record label is the best ever, because the rappers are so damn good.
they all are legends.
weezy is so talented
and I even talk about nicki, birdman, drake, tyga

The company is getting better and better.
It will make it some day, because it has artists Like; Drake; Tyga; Lil Wayne;. Who all take swag to a new level.

I like em

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6 Atlantic

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.)

Without a doubt, Atlantic has the best catalog in the world by delivering more great music from different areas than anyone else.

It's a good record

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7 Young Money Entertainment

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

I think there great but I don't want to brag I got a good voice and my name is sky and um 11

Young money billionaires BEST LABEL IN THE WORLD better than Birdman

Queen of Rap

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8 Motown

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


Motown is real they sing real life problems


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9 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!

This Label is flawless. Every single rapper is a true lyricist, just listen to their cypher. Not to mention they owned the Game from 99-06. Plus, they have 3 of the best selling Rappers ever.

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!

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10 Fueled By Ramen

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

Come on Panic! At the Disco


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The Contenders

11 RCA

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

Kesha, Britney Spears, adam lambert, all the hottest singers right now!

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.

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12 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

Roadrunner is a home for Metal Bands
Epitaph is a home for Punk/Alternative bands
aftermath is for hip hop artist
have you seen Roadrunner United Live? that's COOL (i watch it in youtube)

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13 Tenth Street Entertainment

Papa Roach, Motley Crue, 5FDP, Escape the Fate, HELLYEAH, Sixx: A.M. , Deuce, Drowning Pool, Nothing more My Secret Circus! Enough said!

14 Strange Music

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

Best independent label ever #GOAT

Lyrically insane people in here

Tech 9 is the king of Kansas City

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15 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.

I love Pvris

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16 Columbia

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

Yep! Totally the best! Always show us some amazing work.

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.

Great record Zhavia got in

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17 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.

Epitaph was founded by Bad Religion's vocalist Greg Graffin. So how can you compete with a record label founded by one of punk's most iconic band? They also have a large selection of rock, punk, and metal artists that are signed to their label (or just use it for distribution). Bands associated with the label include Bad Religion (duh), Green Day, Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Parkway Drive, Rancid, the Descendents, The Offspring, Every Time I Die, Architects, Touché Amoré, and New Found Glory. This label has actual punk bands, unlike stupid ones like Fueled by Ramen.

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18 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!

19 Interscope Records

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

I would like to get signed by interscope because of the success they've had with other artists

The records is beutiful. I and hope to work with them some day. DABMUS from Nigeria

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20 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

G.d.o.d till I die...RESPECT T.i.p he the best man yeah

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21 Capitol

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.

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

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


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22 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

23 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

24 A&M

How could you go wrong with a label that had The Police, Styx, and Bryan Adams?

25 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!

They control like 28-29% of the music industry. Should be at the top of the list if we're honest.

This company now has the richest female personality Taylor Swift

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

26 Gotee Records
27 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.

Underrated label..Sad

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28 Mercury

Shania TWain. This is really my only reason. Ha. Love her. And they signed her... When Canada wouldn't.

29 Word Records
30 ANTI-

Anti-records is the only TRUE independent label on this list. The other indie labels on this list have parent companies. Anti-records is also the only label on this list that gives their artist 100% creative control.

I learned about ANTI- from Tom Waits. He signed to this label for a reason. Creative control is a rarity these days, and ANTI- is one of the few record labels that will give it. - Gg2000

Creative control is the blood of an artist

31 Parodudes Records
32 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!


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33 Fearless Records

Also is the label that does punk goes... And signed the best rock bands around

Best for bands such as Of Mice and Men, Mayday Parade, Pierce the Veil and many more.

One of the best record labels, why is it no.28?

Three words Pierce. The. Veil

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34 Cash Money

Label suck

35 Milestone
36 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!

THE edm label

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37 GOOD Music

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.

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

Get out yo dreamz

kayne boy

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38 Sumerian Records

Born Of Osiris, Asking Alexandria, Slaughter To Prevail, Veil Of Maya, Periphery, Animals As Leaders, I See Stars, Palaye Royale, Betraying The Martyrs, The Faceless! How is this not number 1?!

Maybe, the best in their genre

39 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!

40 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

Best hip hop and r and b label

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41 SST Records


42 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

43 Death Row Records

The absolute greatest no question. Dr Dre, Snoop dogg, Tupac Shakur

One of the only universally recognizable record labels in the world. This label WAS 90s hip-hop. The death of Tupac ended the major success, but for the short time it was big, it was the best

Where Gods were born


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44 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

Excellent Work! Full support

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45 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

46 Sub Pop

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

Nirvana and Soundgarden. 'enough said.

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...

47 OVO Sound

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

Honestly I am in love with the sound of the music hmu on sound cloud if you want to make some hits together. Thank you.

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48 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

49 Century Media Records
50 MCA
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