Top 10 Rock and Metal Producers


The Top Ten

1 Martin Birch Martin Birch

He was first an engineer and became renowned for engineering Deep Purple's first 11 albums. Deep Purple dedicated to him the song "Hard Lovin' Man" from their 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock:
"For Martin Birch - catalyst". - Metal_Treasure

Some of the albums:
1) Iron Maiden - Powerslave, The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Live After Death, Killers, and more.
2) Rainbow - Rising, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, On Stage
3) Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules
4) Whitesnake - Saints & Sinners, Slide It In, Ready An' Willing - Metal_Treasure

2 Flemming Rasmussen Flemming Rasmussen

Without him, Metallica would've never made it as far as they got. - cjWriter1997

There are interesting details about him on the list Top 10 Facts About Metallica's Album Ride the Lightning - Metal_Treasure

He's not only a great producer and engineer, he is a great person as well (he allowed Metallica to live in his studio while recording because Metallica had no money to stay in a hotel. Things like that.)
Some of the albums:
1) Metallica - Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets,...And Justice for All (besides, he mixed Garage Inc.)
2) Rainbow - Bent Out of Shape, Difficult to Cure
3) Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth, Imaginations From The Other Side
4) Artillery - By Inheritance
5) Morbid Angel - Covenant - Metal_Treasure

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

System Of A Down - Everything - Disturbedpotato

He was in berzerk which was cool so... good enough - EliHbk

He's also one of the best HipHop/Rap Producers - christangrant

He worked with many bands but I would mention these:
Slayer - Reign In Blood, Seasons in the Abyss, South of Heaven
Metallica - Death Magnetic - Metal_Treasure

4 Robert John 'Mutt' Lange Robert John 'Mutt' Lange

AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, The Cars, Muse, Outlaws - Metal_Treasure

5 Scott Burns

Extreme metal: Death, Obituary, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Exhorder - Metal_Treasure

6 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 more.

Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Bryan Adams, The Cult, The Offspring, The Tragically Hip, and more. - Metal_Treasure

7 Terry Date

Pantera, Soundgarden, Overkill, Deftones, Metal Church, Slipknot, Soulfly, Korn (but also Limp Bizkit, so I can't put him very high on this list) - Metal_Treasure

8 George Martin George Martin

He produced many The Beatles albums - Metal_Treasure

I'd say it was debatable whether they count as rock. For some albums yes - _Jack_

9 Bob Ezrin

He is mainly a Co Producer but he produced albums for Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd(which includes The Wall) Deep Purple, Deftones - christangrant

10 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

He produced all of his albums for his band Dio - christangrant

The Contenders

11 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.

Let's not stay in the past - 445956

He worked with The Beatles, Ramones, John Lennon, Ike and Tina Turner, Leonard Cohen, and more.
He was an influential producer but he's got a bad reputation because he murdered Lana Clarkson and was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Before that he had pulled a gun on many people (mostly women) but there are rumors of him pointing weapons at everyone from John Lennon to the Ramones. - Metal_Treasure

12 Fredrik Nordström

Opeth, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, Soilwork,In Flames - Metal_Treasure

13 Nigel Godrich

Worked with Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Beck, Paul McCartney, U2, R.E.M., and Roger Waters among others. - Sop

14 Brendan O'Brien

Didn't a guy with that name voice every Crash Bandicoot character - 445956

AC/DC, Stone Temple Pilots, Jackyl, Korn, Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Rage Against the Machine, Killswitch Engage - christangrant

15 Rob Cavallo

I produced the best album of the 00s the black parade

16 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.
17 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.

On his genres section of Wikipedia, rock and roll is included. - 445956

18 Ric Ocasek

Bad Brains, Bad Religion, Poison Idea, Weezer, etc. - THC13

19 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
20 Flood

Worked with New Order, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Ministry, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Erasure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, Foals, A-Ha, Orbital, Sigur Rós, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, and Warpaint.

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