Greatest Music Producers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Jeff 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,

Without a doubt.

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2 Quincy Jones 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.

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 has always struck me as being content to stay in the background, but his incredible talent has made that quite impossible. Another comment here mentions his work with Michael Jackson, great example, that alone would qualify him amongst the best ever. It's as powerful an endorsement as George Martin with the Beatles, at least. This is a thought provoking list to be sure. - Ned964

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!

The GOAT! Period.

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3 Dr. Dre 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

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

I agree with ya my man. Dre is also the best selling rapper and the richest ine - AlphaQ

DR DRE IS THE OG - THICCBOI

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4 Yoshiki Hayashi 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.

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

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!

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

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5 George 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.

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

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.

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6 Rick Rubin 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

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.

Its funny how at one point he produced a Run DMC album a Beastie Boys album and a Slayer album at the same time this man is legendary - christangrant

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7 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.

Sold the second highest album of music of all time.

300 Million records sold enough said

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

8 Phil Spector 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.

Amazing producer not so much as a person though :( but I love his music - scoopoo

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9 David Foster 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!

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

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.

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

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.

His classics are as close to perfection as you can get.

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The Contenders

11 Martin Birch

Probably the best overall bands someone ever worked with.

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

Why isn't this higher?

12 Brian Eno 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.

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

Come on. He is legendary.

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.

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13 Flemming Rasmussen
14 Bob Rock 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? - Mumbizz01

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

15 Ted Templeman
16 Terry Date
17 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. - christangrant

18 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

Pathetically dreadful

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

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19 Butch Vig

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.

Another great producer strangly placed.

Butch!

20 Bruce Fairbairn
21 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?

22 Kanye West 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.

He's a musical genius and my dark twisted fantasy definitely pushed the boundaries of hip hop showing what versatility is all about

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.

One of the most creative people. He's so underrated and sets trends.

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23 Todd Rundgren Todd 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

A Wizard, A True Star!

He does it all.

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24 Hugh Padgham

Should be ranked much higher.

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

25 Ross Robinson
26 Fredrik Nordström
27 Rod Temperton

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

28 Brendan O'Brien
29 Mike Stone
30 Tom 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

How is this man not way up the list?

31 Eddie Kramer

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

32 Roy Thomas Baker

Queen, hello? What about the Cars? Foreigner, Journey, Free, David Bowie...

33 Norman 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...

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35 Peer Van Mladen Peer Van Mladen

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36 RedOne

One touch from this guy is enough to transform any song to a successful hit...

The best producer in the world

Best producer I have seen

Number 1

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37 Daniel Lanois
38 Brian Wilson 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.

How is Brian so Low? He's in league with Spector! His innovations and sheer creativity and imagination in the studio is enough for a place in the top ten. I mean, have you ever really listened to the arrangements from Pet Sounds, Smile, Today!, Summer days & hell, even Smiley Smile! The guy's insane with the music he creates. He's also deaf in one ear.

Brian Wilson is arguably the most influential composer/producer of the second half of the 20th century. His fingerprint can be seen in the works of myriad American artists as well as influencing the Beatles (study the bass lines on Sgt Pepper). Whilst maybe not everyone's choice it's just wrong if he's not at least in the top 10

He is a musical genius, if I have not discovered the pet sounds and SMiLE album I would have never been interested at music. The way he creates these wonderful arrangement of vocal harmonies and instruments is grandeur and unique, creating a profound music that is revolutionary in his time. I'm surprised he wasn't high enough in this list, he could've gone higher.

Kanye west is higher than the musical equivalent of Stanley Kubrick. Disrespectful to say the least

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39 Max Martin

The best producer ever for me. He's behind the successful carrier of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Katy perry, Justin Bieber, Pink, etc... He deserves to be number 1!

Probably the man with the largest number of hits! From stockholm, Sweden. The man behind producers like: RedOne, Dr' Luke, shellback, among many.

If being fundamentally influential for an era counts, Max Martin is for sure top 15!

He's gone from Britney to Backstreet, to Katy!

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40 Andy Wallace

Mixed NIrvana's Nevermind album and almost every rock record of that time

41 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Possibly the best producer of all time. If it weren't for him, music would still sound thin and tinny.

The rain song an Stairway. Plus the stupid Sea of love remake.

More than a producer a virtuoso

He brokighet Led Zeppelin together

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42 DJ Premier

He made some of the best mixes and beats ever, and should definitely be in the top ten. just listen to "the 6th sense", "The World is Yours", or "10 Crack Commandments" and you'll understand what I'm talking about. - Atliens

The man who introduced how beats in hip hop would be after the hip hop rennesance. - TheJudge

I voted this loser by accident.

amazing

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43 Hajime Okano

he also a producer of DEAD END (one of the influential rock bands of japan) and other bands - ronluna

almost all famous bands in japan knows his name and be their producer - ronluna

Very famous in Japanese music, surely should be on this list.

44 Giorgio Moroder

Just check the list of international top hits written and produced by him und you will see that this man should be found in a top ranking. About 50 years his produtions are in the charts. This is so remarkable, because in this long period the instruments and the studio technik had been improved and changed a lot. Remember the song I feel love with donna summer from 1977, listening today it has still an unbelieveable sound. Giorgio was ahead of his time for many years.

45 Jimmy Iovine

He should be in the top 10... 100%.

Genius!

46 The Neptunes

They need to be higher on this list way higher top 10 in my eyes

Many of best producers there is...

Pharrell... Musical genius... ,

Come on guys you camt put kanye in front of the neptunes. They created the best list of hits in hiphop pop and r&b. So disrespectful. Kanye west makes a bigger show but lets be honest here the real machine behind hip hop isn't kanye or timberland it's the neptunes. Smh.

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47 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

The most creative producer out there!
He's not only a producer, but a synthesizer, guitarist, rapper and singer too!

He's super underrated among awesome producers like dr dre and Kanye but everything he produces turns out great

48 Scott Storch

from DRE to 50Cent to Byonce to Nos to well just about everyone... no one better and he has money taller than shaq... p. s. timberland gets eatten by scott storch he makes him look like a baby. - erickn55

Scott Storch is the most accomplished music producer the the best piano and keyboards player created mind blowing melodies that are not of this world.

Everybody...

The best.

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49 Teddy Riley

Teddy Riley was responsible for the whole New Jack Swing sound. He also co-wrote the Dangerous album for Michael Jackson which sold like 35 million albums. He should be higher!

50 Deadmau5 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.

Best progressive house producer ever! How the heck is he not higher on this list?

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