Greatest Music Producers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 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

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

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

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

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2 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. 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

The best of all

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3 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!

He produced Thriller… nothing else to say.

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4 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,

The best producer..music and singer. Great Jeff!

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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!

The best ever

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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

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

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.

Aka "The Hit Man" for a reason. - Metal_Treasure

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9 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?

10 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.

Pretty much invented pop music as we know it.

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The Contenders

11 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.

He is the best

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12 Flemming Rasmussen
13 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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14 Scott Burns
15 Terry Date
16 Ted Templeman
17 Arif Mardin
18 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

19 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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20 Hugh Padgham

Should be ranked much higher.

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