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100 Greatest Rock Music Producers

Criteria: Ranked by acclaim and reputation as producers, influence on rock and roll record production and rock and roll in general, and popularity of recordings produced.

Each producer or team is listed with a sampling of the artists whose recordings they are most known for producing.


Last Updated: 2013-06-03

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  1. Phil Spector (The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals)
  2. Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier (The Supremes, The Four Tops, Chairmen of the Board)
  3. Dr. Dre (N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Eminem)
  4. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (Elvis Presley, The Coasters, The Drifters)
  5. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys, American Spring)
  6. Smokey Robinson (The Miracles, The Temptations, Mary Wells)
  7. Sam Phillips (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins)
  8. Dave Bartholomew (Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Shirley & Lee)
  9. George Martin (The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Jeff Beck)
10. Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Soul Survivors)
11. Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
12. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic, Diana Ross, Madonna)
13. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, New Edition, SOS Band)
14. Norman Whitfield (The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Rose Royce)
15. Allen Toussaint (Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, The Meters)
16. Timbaland (himself, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott)
17. Kanye West (himself, Jay-Z, Common)
18. Leonard and Phil Chess (Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James)
19. Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan)
20. Thom Bell (Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics)
21. Babyface (Boyz II Men, TLC, Bobby Brown)
22. Giorgio Moroder (Donna Summer, The Three Degrees, Sparks)
23. The Bomb Squad (Public Enemy, Ice Cube, LL Cool J)
24. R. Kelly (himself, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah)
25. Brian Eno (David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads)
26. Marley Marl (Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Eric B. & Rakim)
27. Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams)
28. Johnny Otis (Johnny Otis Show, Johnny Ace, Big Mama Thorton)
29. Max Martin (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys)
30. Ahmet Ertegun (Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Ruth Brown)
31. Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison, Tom Petty)
32. DJ Premier (Gang Starr, Notorious BIG, Alicia Keys)
33. Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel)
34. Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Julian Lennon)
35. Lee "Scratch" Perry (Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Clash, The Upsetters)
36. Joe Meek (himself, The Tornados, The Honeycombs)
37. Isaac Hayes and David Porter (Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd)
38. Chips Moman (Elvis Presley, Booker T & The MGs, The Box Tops)
39. James Brown (himself, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins)
40. Trevor Horn (Yes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Seal)
41. Butch Vig (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Garbage)
42. Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Velvet Underground)
43. Henry Glover (Hank Ballard, Little Willie John, Joey Dee & The Starlighters)
44. Todd Rundgren (himself, Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad)
45. Nicolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (themselves, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
46. RZA (Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, Gravediggaz)
47. Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy)
48. Teddy Riley (Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat)
49. Ted Templeman (Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison)
50. Glyn Johns (The Who, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller Band)
51. Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane)
52. Willie Mitchell (Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay)
53. Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson, Lesley Gore, The Brothers Johnson)
54. Hugo & Luigi (Sam Cooke, The Isley Brothers, The Stylistics)
55. Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin)
56. Curtis Mayfield (The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Aretha Franklin)
57. Stevie Wonder (himself, Syreeta, Spinners)
58. Frank Zappa (himself, The Mothers of Invention, Shankar)
59. The Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck, Hanson)
60. will.i.am. (Black-Eyed Peas, Usher, John Legend)
61. Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, 10,000 Maniacs)
62. Milt Gabler (Bill Haley, Louis Jordan)
63. James William Guercio (Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Buckinghams)
64. Robert "Bumps" Blackwell (Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan)
65. Rick Hall (Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Etta James)
66. Sid Feller (Ray Charles, Lloyd Price, Glenn Yarbrough)
67. Mike Chapman (Sweet, Blondie, Pat Benatar)
68. Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Psychedelic Furs)
69. Arthur Baker (Afrika Bambaataa, New Order, Freeez)
70. Steve Albini (Big Black, Nirvana, The Pixies)
71. Jimmy Iovine (Tom Petty, Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks)
72. Jan Berry (Jan & Dean, The Gents, The Matadors)
73. Stock Aitken Waterman (Bananarama, Dead Or Alive, Kylie Minogue)
74. Sylvia Robinson (Grandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang, The Moments)
75. Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Free)
76. The Neptunes (themselves, Kelis, Justin Timberlake)
77. Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Cash)
78. Prince (himself, Sheila E., Appalonia 6)
79. Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick)
80. Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen)
81. Alan Parsons (The Alan Parsons Project, Pilot, Al Stewart)
82. Don Was (Was (Not Was), Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones)
83. Mickie Most (The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan)
84. Ralph Bass (James Brown, Billy Ward & His Dominoes, Hank Ballard)
85. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, The Firm, Screaming Lord Sutch)
86. Conny Plank (Moebius & Plank, Kraftwerk, Killing Joke)
87. Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks, The Easybeats)
88. John Cale (Patti Smith, The Stooges, Squeeze)
89. Luther Dixon (The Shirelles, Chuck Jackson, Jimmy Reed)
90. Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, David Bowie, XTC)
91. Steve Cropper (Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Jeff Beck)
92. Chris Blackwell (Bob Marley, Free, Toots & The Maytals)
93. Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Loverboy)
94. Norman Petty (Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, The Fireballs)
95. Lee Hazelwood (himself, Nancy Sinatra, Duane Eddy)
96. Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone, Beau Brummels, Bobby Freeman)
97. Frank Guida (Gary US Bonds, Jimmy Soul, Tommy Facenda)
98. Shadow Morton (The Shangri-Las, Vanilla Fudge, The New York Dolls)
99. Fred Foster (Roy Orbison, Ray Stevens, Kris Kristofferson)
100. Sly & Robbie (themselves, Black Uhuru, Chaka Demus & Pliers)

Phil Spector
Phil Spector
Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller


Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson
Sam Phillips
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