Top 10 Greatest Music Producers of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Jeff Lynne Jeff Lynne is an English rock musician who founded the Electric Light Orchestra and has performed with and produced other artists, including George Harrison.

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 show 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 that time period).

It is so refreshing to see he's received 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.

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 artists, and not forgetting film scores, gosh the man is a giant, pure genius! I love every piece of musical work he has ever touched, not to mention albums released under his name, with contributions from the "who's who" of music!

In the real actual world, he is the greatest producer of all time. Nobody else has done it at his level in MULTIPLE genres. Check his resume: Sinatra, Michael Jackson...

Without a doubt, the greatest. His stats and resume read like a who's who. He's worked across a variety of genres and artists, plus the success of the tracks speaks for itself. At the end of the day, he may not be your favorite producer, but throughout your life, you would have enjoyed a tune he produced. Enough said. (Drop the mic)

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 time. He had an excellent 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 succeeded with his mission. 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 you'll agree the guy was just too good.

4 Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and previously co-founded, co-owned, and was the president of Death Row Records. Dr. Dre... read more

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, he invented G-Funk on his classic album "The Chronic." At the same time, he introduced us to Snoop Dogg!

In 1995, he left Death Row Records to create his own label, "Aftermath Records." In 1999, he released another classic album called "2001" and at the same time introduced us to Eminem, producing his first album. In 2003, he introduced us to 50 Cent and produced his first album, which made him as famous as Eminem and Snoop Dogg. In 2005, he made The Game famous by producing his first album as well.

In 2012, he introduced us to a new rapper called Kendrick Lamar, who is very good. I believe 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 create a Tupac hologram. Every track he produces becomes a hit! He truly is the creator of classic albums. I am looking forward to his next album, "Detox."

5 Phil Spector Harvey Phillip Spector (born Harvey Philip Spector; December 26, 1939 – January 16, 2021) was an American record producer and songwriter, best known for his innovative recording practices and entrepreneurship in the 1960s, followed decades later by his two trials and conviction for murder in the 2000s... read more

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 or 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.

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 saying the West and America are overrated. This is Yoshiki, an Asian legend!

Yoshiki is just awesome. He is number one in so many 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 nearly 40 years now. There's 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 so amazing that he was the singer in The Buggles, who had MTV's first video ever, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Yes, Seal, t.A.T.u, Pet Shop Boys, Tom Jones, Tori Amos, and John Legend have all benefitted from Mr. Horn's mastery. To me, he's one of the greatest music producers of all time!

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

The producer to go 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 album... Subliminal Verses, credits to him! Also, he produced the best album of Metallica since the Black album, Death Magnetic. Also, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers... This guy is awesome.

10 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 informed by general ignorance and short memory.

The Contenders
11 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 has produced countless hit records that have gone platinum. Numerous awards and hits later, he is still actively signing and producing new artists from many countries. Dirty Loops is one of them. He and Quincy Jones are, in my book, the best music producers of all time!

12 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 with to open themselves to creating completely new soundscapes for themselves.

This man is a genius. His collaborations with David Bowie and Talking Heads put 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?

13 Robert John "Mutt" Lange

Mutt Lange is quite simply the best record producer ever! Not only the second highest selling album ever, but also the 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.

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

Timbaland is the GOAT! He's redefined the sound of hip hop and R&B on more than one occasion. He's the people's producer and can cross over to other genres with success. What he has contributed to the music industry is incredible! His work with Aaliyah, Missy, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake is unique and outstanding, to say the least.

So many producers today emulate his style, and you can actually hear elements of his creations in other productions today. He's an innovator. He's still making number one albums for Jay Z and Beyoncé, and Justin after more than 20 years deep in the game. Dr. Dre has even stated that only Timbaland can sit next to his name. They respect each other's work.

For me, Timbaland is number one. He's worked with so many artists and changed the sound of radio. His ability to use his own style but to incorporate it around the artist he is working with is astonishing. Timbaland, king.

15 Kanye West Ye (born Kanye Omari West; June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. He is regarded as one of the most influential, as well as controversial, artists of the 21st century... 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 the hell is he so low? His production is nuts! Insanely influential, creative, and talented. Music wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for Kanye, whether you like him or not.

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.

16 Berry Gordy
17 Martin Birch

Probably the best overall bands someone has ever worked with.

18 Ted Templeman
19 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 ranked so low?

20 RedOne

The best producer in the world, if he isn't the best of all time, is because he started from the bottom. Going from Africa to LA isn't easy. It's a long way to the top.

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

21 Max Martin

The best producer ever for me. He's behind the successful career 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, then Max Martin is for sure in the top 15!

22 Tony Visconti

Brilliant. He is number one in my books. The best of all time.

23 Illenium
24 Steve Albini
25 Flemming Rasmussen
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