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

Unpopular opinion alert: I hate Mutt Lange's production style. I think that virtually every album he's produced has been polished to the point where there's little to no groove or looseness. All the instruments are tightly nipped to the point where the songs feel lifeless. This is just my opinion, though. - Gg2000

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

4 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

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

Interesting fact: Bob Rock's little son is featured in Metallica's song Enter Sandman - he's the kid who talks with James Hetfield.
"Now I lay me down to sleep
Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the lord my soul to keep
Pray the lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
If I die before I wake
Pray the lord my soul to take
Pray the lord my soul to take
My friends, put you hands like this man" - Metal_Treasure

I didn't know that. Thanks; I guess you learn something new every day. - Gg2000

7 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

8 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

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 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.
14 Nigel Godrich

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

15 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

16 Rob Cavallo

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

17 Butch Vig
18 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

19 Ric Ocasek Ric Ocasek Richard Theodore Otcasek known as Ric Ocasek, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer.

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

20 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
21 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
22 Roger Glover Roger Glover Roger David Glover is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Deep Purple and Rainbow bassist produced over 40 rock and metal albums. Of course he produced several Deep Purple and Rainbow albums but not all of them.
But he also produced Judas Priest, Nazareth, Elf (Dio's band), Michael Schenker Group, David Coverdale, Pretty Maids, and more. - Metal_Treasure

23 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.
24 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.

25 Andy Sneap

Produced Judas Priest’s “Firepower”, Saxons “thunderbolt”. Also he’s touring with Judas Priest because of Glenn Tipton and he sounds good.

26 Jerry Finn

Green Day and Blink-182, that is all I have to say.

27 Roy Khan Roy Khan Roy Sætre Khantatat, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Commonly known as Roy Khan or simply Khan, he was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 to his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during more.

He isn't a producer. - Metal_Treasure

28 Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden Mehrad Hidden is a Iranian singer, rapper, and producer. He grew up listening and composing rock songs. At age 18, He formed the group Zedbazi with Saman Wilson.
29 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.
30 Daniel Lanois
31 Berry Gordy
32 Nile Rodgers
33 Tony Visconti
34 Steve Albini
35 Alan Parsons
36 Tom Allom
37 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
38 Howard Benson
39 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.
40 Peter Tagtgren Peter Tagtgren Alf Peter Tägtgren is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the death metal band Hypocrisy as well as the industrial metal band PAIN in which he is the only member.
41 Dave Jerden
42 Jack Douglas

He produced most of Aerosmiths albums including Toys in the Attic and Rocks - christangrant

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1. Martin Birch
2. Flemming Rasmussen
3. Robert John 'Mutt' Lange


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