Greatest Music Producers of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Jeff Lynne

I'm a huge fan of Jeff Lynne's work, his production style is unique and immediately recognizable.
Layers of sounds and instruments.
Exquisite arrangements of chords, voices and instruments.
From what he did with Idle Race, The Move, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, Tom Petty, to what he has recorded lately, it is undeniable the work of a genius who with great patience and creativity immerses you in his world of sounds.
A great influence on the history of modern rock & pop and a legacy that is sure to last forever.

What else could I say that hasn't already been said? The man is a genius, point blank. His production and songwriting on ELO records shows much innovation, brilliance, and a genuine love of music; you can hear the absolute passion put into every single record, even if a song or two here and there are spotty (the worst ELO song is still head and shoulders above most music from the time period). It is so refreshing to see he's recieved the accolades he deserves, and I think the delay in this is a result of his musical ideas and concepts being a bit too ahead of their time, and being too ambiguous to truly appease what could be considered the most opinionated and critical genres of music (classical and rock, respectively). We are now in a time where it has its place. Thank you Jeff Lynne, we will carry on your legacy.

The only people who don't vote for Jeff Lynne don't know Jeff Lynne. They know & love the songs, just might not know Jeff's involvement. Like Free Fallin' and several more Tom Petty hit songs. Slipping Away and several other Dave Edmunds songs. You Got it, and several other Roy Orbison songs. He resurrected George Harrisons career on Cloud 9, and almost made Bob Dylan sound human on the Wilburys. And when it came time to put the Beatles back together, it was George Martin who said to let Jeff Lynne work on Free As A Bird. He has made Del Shannon, The Everly Brothers, Joe Walsh and Bryan Adams sound great. And I haven't even mentioned how good he made himself sound in his wonderful Electric Light Orchestra. The real vote you should have is... who's in second behind Jeff Lynne.

What makes Jeff Lynne stand out amongst the select few whose names you associate with one or two artists, I.e. Martian (Beatles), Quincy (Michael) Spector (Wall of Sound), Mr Lynne was able to imprint his stamp on a variety of the very finest artists of our time, and take there already thriving careers to even higher levels. I mean, when your asked to produce the Beatles, on their only project after the break-up, that speaks volumes. Many very respectable people believe Jeff to be the finest all around musician, composer, producer, artist of our time.

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

He surely stands out as the best! His longevity, mastery of music arrangements, the scope of musical genres and artist, and not forgetting film scores, gosh the man is a giant, pure genius! I love ever piece of musical work he ever touched, not to mention albums released under his name, with contribution from "who is who" of music!

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...

With out doubt the greatest, he's stats and resume is a who's of who's. Variety of genre and artist, plus the success of the tracks. At the end of the day he may not be your favourite producer but through out your life you would have enjoyed a tune he produce. enough said.( Drop the mike)

Michael mcdonald, james ingram, m jackson, this guy has produced everyone! Also a great solo artist in his own right.

3 George Martin Sir George Henry Martin was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician

George Martin is, according to me as a musician, the greatest producer of all the times. He had an excellant ear for what to do with the Beatles material and he was a true genius. When Lennon had written "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! " he wanted to get the feeling of a circus. Many producers would have given up, since Lennon demanded a lot, but George didn't and he succeded with his misson. Legendary. Nobody could have treated the Beatles material better.

Martin is the greatest producer of all time. Just take a listen to the Beatles' "white album" and "the Beatles number ones" collection album... I bet ul agree the guy was just too good

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

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

4 Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. 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

Well, Dr. Dre gave to Rap Music 90% of its identity : Ice Cube, Eazy-E, D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Nas, Mary J. Blige and Gwen Stefani (as pop singers), Lady of Rage, Eve, Kurupt, Busta Rhymes... The list IS DEFINITELY NOT exhaustive. But the best artist he has ever produced is himself! Dr. Dre may not be writing his lyrics, but he always tell a ghostwriter how to write them for him and at least, it's like they write it together (ask Snoop Dogg, Eminem or King Mez) and his delivery on the record always sound in a perfect way! He works the same way with his co-producers, reuniting their talents in his one to make the best production work.

Dre produced many great songs. On top of that, he was eazy e's producer up until the feud. He produced boys-n-the-hood, and because of that song we are allowed to curse as much as we want in songs. So almost every single song that we enjoy today are because of dr. Dre's decision to produce boys-n-the-hood.

This list needs a New leader! Dr Dre, do you know why? Because he is the father of all producers! Ghetto music maker! Rich music maker! Best music maker! From 1980 to 2012 (the end) he was and he's still the king! Thank you to Re order this list

5 Phil Spector Phil Spector was American record producer known for his work with Leonard Cohen, Ramones, John Lennon and The Beatles. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson in 2007.

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.

He could do "anything" in the studio. The unquestionable boss of producing.

6 Nile Rodgers
7 Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki 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.

Media talk too much always western / america too overrated
This is Yoshiki, Asia legend!

Yoshiki is just awesome he is number 1 in so much things..

He is awesome I heard everyone loves him!

8 Trevor Horn

Come on, this is ridiculous. No.92? Trevor Horn has been producing and influencing other producers for coming up to 40 years now. There is even a compilation album consisting purely of his productions. The man is an innovator and a genius. Obviously a forgotten genius I fear.

Trevor is sooo amazing that He was the singer in The Buggles who was MTVs first video ever, "Video Kill the Radio Star". Yes, Seal, t.A.T.u, Pet Shop Boys, Tom Jones, Tori Amos, John Legend, all have benefit from Mr. Horn mastery, to me one of the great Music Producers of all time!

Surely way too low down at 74! Trevor horns company had so many hits and the first digital no1.

9 Rick Rubin Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records.

The producer to go to to make your band say honestly what it wants to say. the truth for each of his recordings is his trademark. That is how anything from Public Enemy to Neil Diamond, with a stop at MJ and Slayer, can all have their genius sound good.

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.

10 Robert John Mutt Lange

Mutt Lange is quite simply the best record producer EVER! Not only the Second highest selling album ever but top selling country album ever shows his ability to produce in all genres and do it better than anyone else.

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.

Add up the albums sold...
Back in Black still sounds amazing.

Sold the second highest album of music of all time.

The Contenders
11 Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

For the greatest producer of the 20th century to be a cellar dweller while Rick Rubin is in 6th place is a black mark against democracy itself. Also evidence that many people must be fortunate enough to have never heard Rubin/Metallica's Death Magnetic. Brian perfected the wall of sound with hits like "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice? ". Can you imagine if he just brick walled every track with a hard limiter and called it a day? Can you imagine if "I Get Around" had as much audible clipping as RHCP's "Parallel Universe"? And don't even get me started on Kanye West. The man's last LP was so bad he had to send out patch notes to fix it. Brian had produced four #1 hits (and written a fifth for Jan & Dean), and written a teenage symphony to god, including the consensus "greatest song of all time", "God Only Knows", all by the time he was 24. He doesn't have to refer to HIMSELF as a genius for people to believe it. For him not to make the top 10 is a true injustice, I presume ...more

Brian Wilson should definitely be placed in the top ten! A genius producer and songwriter, and he has influenced such a wide range of artists. Without Brian's studio virtuosity, The Beatles would have never released Sgt Pepper, and we would not have seen such an advancement in music throughout the 60s. His use of the studio as an instrument, and mixing of the complex vocal harmonies of The Beach Boys was unrivalled. A true musical genius.

Brian's production work was almost exclusively limited to The Beach Boys and his own solo career. His production techniques, vocal and instrumental arrangements were influenced by Spector, but he surpassed The Wall Of Sound. His innovations inspired more than just The Beatles, but all groups serious about vocal arrangement and beauty. Most importantly, Brian took sadness and woe and created beautiful art in music.

Brian is one of the top music producers of all time. When you listen to what he's accomplished, there's no debating it. A gifted composer, arranger and a bone fide musical genius. He did things in the studio that no one had done previously. Consider this: he both inspired and competed with The Beatles. He went head-to-head with Lennon, McCartney and George Martin. Wow. The Beatles and George Martin respected Brian and even imitated his work. Case made.

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

David is a pure musical talent who doesn't have to chase fads to be successful. His compositions are classical yet stylish and innovative. Other producers have chased sounds he has popularized, but he stands a cut above the rest. His versatility when it comes to working in different genres is a testimony to his strong sonic foundation.

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!

He should be closer to the number 1 position. Produced some of the best songs of all time. I completely agree with other comment. Most people don't realize how many all time hits he produced / composed

From my perspective, David Foster is by far the best producer of all time, I am his fan from Rwanda living in China, his music has made the entire world vibrate.

13 Brian Eno Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist.

The genius non-musician who understood that the studio is an instrument, and who used that understanding to encourage those bands and singers he's worked to open themselves to creating completely new soundscapes for themselves.

This man is a genius. His collaborations with David Bowie and Talking Heads puts him in the top 5, at least, and that's ignoring his pioneering solo work.

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

Come on. He is legendary.

14 Martin Birch

Probably the best overall bands someone ever worked with.

Why isn't this higher?

15 Timbaland Timothy Zachery "Tim" Mosley, known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.

The best producer ever! This man knows how to get inside your head with these beats, I love his work with justin timberlake, deserves to be in 1st place!

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

He should continue this awesome music journey...

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

What a great producer. He made literally every 2000's R&B or pop hit you could think of.

16 Bob Rock Robert Jens "Bob" Rock is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer best known for producing rock bands and music artists such as The Tragically Hip, Aerosmith, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, 311, Metallica, Our Lady Peace, Bryan Adams, The Offspring, Michael Bublé, Black Veil Brides ...read more.

Metallica, The Offspring, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, The Cult and more! Why is this dude so low?

17 Flemming Rasmussen
18 Berry Gordy
19 Ted Templeman
20 Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

How the hell is he so low? His production is nuts! Insanely influential, creative, and talented. Music wouldn't be where it is at today if it wasn't for Kanye whether you like him or not.

Why is he so low?! His creativity goes beyond most other producers. He is constantly changing musical trends, and sets the bar higher every time he releases a track. He is definitely underrated as a producer.

How is Kanye #22, he's easily top 5. Regardless of his personality and ego you can't take away his talent and creativity. He is a major influence in music in this generation.

Should be top 5. Shows versatility and pushes the boundaries for production in hip-hop. Changes his sound every time.

21 Tony Visconti

Brilliant. He is #1 in my books. The best of all time.

Love his productions!

22 Terry Date
23 Scott Burns

Scott Burns is probaly the best producer for Extreme Metal, especially Death Metal, he produced some of the best albums made in that genre. His production style is also very reconizeable.

24 Steve Albini

What a dreadful list.

25 Butch Vig
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