Greatest Music Producers of All Time

The Top Ten

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.

The man's a Genius, in song writing, melody, with counter melodies entwined and producing, especially guitar sounds. Compressing sounds a bit too much nowadays though.

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.

Not only were ELO's albums fantastically produced, but Jeff's worked with tons of other artists and brought his magic to their recordings as well! Jeff and ELO are also a huge influence on many of today's artists. I'm all the time hearing or reading articles with newer bands and artists who mention Jeff and/or ELO as a big inspiration to themselves.

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!

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)

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...

Quincy Jones is the greatest of all time & the history of music in the world would not be the same without him.

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

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.

George was an orchestrator before the Beatles came in. he understood composition and harmony and how to record it. He had never worked with a rock n roll band, and yet he pioneered the art of producing rock n roll in a studio setting. He nurtured their musical talent and they blossomed after the first record.

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.

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.

Umm... who? #1 producer in of all time? HAHA. More proof you should never let the unwashed masses vote for stuff like this.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Robert 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.

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

Sold the second highest album of music of all time.

300 Million records sold enough said

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!

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.

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

Martin Birch

Probably the best overall bands someone ever worked with.

Why isn't this higher?

85th? Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Black Sabbath... do I have to say more?

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.

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.

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.

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

What how is this guy not in the top 3 for his work with talking heads

The Newcomers

? Carl Stephenson
? Jack Antonoff

The Contenders

Phil Spector Phil Spector is 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.

Never heard of that Asian guy. The greatest producer is probably Phil or George Martin

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?

He is genius.. Work whit justin timberlake. Nelly furtado. Missy.. Amazing

Flemming Rasmussen
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?

If it weren't for this guy, all of load reload and black album would sound bassless like AJFA

Ted Templeman

C’mon, Dave, give me a break.

Terry Date
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.

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.

He should be number 1, Literally changes the industry with every album he produces.

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.

Steve Albini

I'm a fan of the style of music he's known for producing

Great music that is laud and weird. He is different

What a dreadful list.

Pixies surfer rosa, breeders pod, nirvana in utero, stooges weirdness. come on.

Bruce Fairbairn
Butch Vig

Another great producer strangly placed.

Today he is with the smashing pumpkins and you can't forgot about his collaboration to the the most famous album nevermind by nirvana which made them my fqvorite rock band and many others

Nevermind. Smashing Pumpkins. Foo Fighters. Enough said.

Arif Mardin

Helped the bee gees during the pre-Disco era to launch them into fame, also discovered Barry's falsetto, without him maybe barry would've had no falsetto?

Hugh Padgham

The inventor of the legendary big sound of 80s. Worked with Genesis, Sting, Peter Gabriel. He is genius.

Knows how to make music that sells.

Should be ranked much higher.

Ross Robinson
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