Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Top 50 Producers of All Time

First posted 3/14/2012, updated 5/19/2017.

Here’s the top 50 producers (with some of the best-known artists they’ve produced in parentheses) as determined by aggregating the resources listed at the bottom of the page.

1. George Martin (America, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney)
2. Phil Spector (The Beatles, John Lennon, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The Shirelles)
3. Dr. Dre (Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg)
4. Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run-D.M.C.)
5. Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth)
6. Sam Phillips (Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley)
7. Brian Eno (David Bowie, Coldplay, Talking Heads, U2)
8. Quincy Jones (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra)
9. Robert “Mutt” Lange (AC/DC, Bryan Adams, The Cars, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Shania Twain)
10. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)

11. Berry Gordy Jr. (Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder)
12. Chris Thomas (INXS, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Sex Pistols)
13. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland (Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Martha & the Vandellas)
14. T-Bone Burnett (John Mellencamp, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Wallflowers)
15. Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, U2)
16. Timbaland (Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake)
17. Todd Rundgren (Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, New York Dolls, XTC)
18. Jerry Wexler (Ray Charles, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave)
19. Brendan O’Brien (Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots)
20. Lee “Scratch” Perry (The Clash, Bob Marley & The Wailers)

21. Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Rod Stewart)
22. Joe Meek (Ritchie Blackmore, Tom Jones (singer), Screaming Lord Sutch)
23. Jimmy Page (The Firm, Led Zeppelin, John Mayall)
24. Trevor Horn (The Buggles, Paul McCartney, Simple Minds, Yes)
25. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo as The Neptunes (Kelis, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake)
26. Glyn Johns (Eagles, Steve Miller Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who)
27. Jimmy Iovine (Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Simple Minds, U2)
28. Steve Albini (Breeders, Nirvana, Pixies)
29. Tony Visconti (Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Sparks, Talking Heads)
30. John H. Hammond (Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Bob Dylan, Bilie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan)

31. Nigel Godrich (Beck, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, R.E.M., U2)
32. Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Metallica)
33. Alan Parsons (Ambrosia, The Hollies, Pink Floyd, Al Stewart)
34. David Foster (Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Chicago, Celine Dion, Josh Groban)
35. Norman Whitfield (Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rose Royce, Edwin Starr, The Temptations)
36. Ted Macero (Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald)
37. John Cale (The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Squeeze, The Stooges)
38. Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift)
39. Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd)
40. Roy Thomas Baker (The Cars, Journey, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins)

41. Eddie Kramer (Peter Frampton, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Led Zeppelin)
42. Jimmy Miller (Spencer Davis Group, The Rolling Stones, Traffic)
43. Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon, Traveling Wilburys)
44. DJ Premier (Gang Starr, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West)
45. Smokey Robinson (Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, The Temptations)
46. Shel Talmy (David Bowie, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Who)
47. Arif Mardin (The Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Queen)
48. Phil Ramone (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, James Taylor)
49. Dave Edmunds (Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stray Cats)
50. Ted Templeman (The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Van Halen)

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  1. This list SUCKS!!! Brian Wilson is number ONE!! What the hell

    1. Ah, yes. The always open-minded "this list sucks" attitude if it doesn't match one's personal preferences. The whole point of this list is to showcase an AGGREGATE - meaning a list which shows what the consensus is. Of course you can have your personal tastes. Everyone does. But an objectively-based list is assembled only by what the numbers say and not subjective opinions.

  2. Ok well maybe that was too blunt, but first of all anyone and everyone who knows their history isnt gonna put george martin bove brian wilson, yeah he was the single reason the beatles reached stardom but to put him over brian is odd, phil spector Id put right after brian, sam phillips was brilliant....but dr dre rick rubin and the others in the top ten I mean cmon/// if its supposed to be a gag list its not that funny, itd just irk those who know better who can sum up significance in a respectable order.