Written by Michael Oshust

A record producer or music producer manages the audio recording and production of a band or the performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy album. 

These music producers shaped music. Each producer listed here helped launch careers with albums that defined the artists. 

Def Leppard, Michael Jackson, U2, Madonna, The Power Station, AC/DC and more are some of the artists that were produced by the producers here.


Mark Ronson is a musician, DJ, songwriter and record producer. did production work with Christina Aguilera and Lily Allen.


But his biggest production move came with Amy Winehouse’s 2006 classic ‘Back To Black’ where Ronson’s natural old skool instincts provided the perfect bed for Winehouse’s retro-soul obsessions and set a template for the adult pop of the next decade.


Ronson collaborated with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Adele, Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and Queens of the Stone Age.


Quincy Jones has been in the business for 55 years, has 79 Grammy nominations, and has over 110 million record sales (and that’s just for ‘Thriller’).

Jones was a jazz arranger and conductor in the '50s, before moving on to work in pop music and film scores. 

Jones worked with Frank Sinatra in 1958 at the request of Princess Grace of Monaco.


Robert John’ Mutt’ Lange is one of the very architects of arena rock. He produced AC/DC’s ‘Back To Black’, Foreigner's ‘4’ and was solely responsible for creating Def Leppard’s sound on their most significant album ‘Hysteria’ which has sold more than 12.6 million copies.

Lange co-wrote Bryan Adam’s  ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You’), and wrote Heart’s ‘All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.’ Lange helped Bryan Adams get his career back on track with 

‘Waking Up The Neighbors’. 

Lange produced and co-wrote several Shania Twain songs and is partly responsible for catapulting her career.


Never has rock been more melodramatic and piano-drenched than when it comes from the hand of Jim Steinman.


Quite fitting for a man with a background in musical theatre (Whistle Down The Wind), and he brought those qualities to the table in wheelbarrows to Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ and its sequel.


But never one to let bombast overshadow the emotional core, he was also the brains (as well as the brawn) behind Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’.


Rolling Stone once called Lanois the most important producer of the 80s, and they’ve kind of got a point.


While Brian Eno gets most of the credit, the chair next to him was occupied by Lanois on numerous occasions, including during the making of U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’.


He worked his magic on several albums for Bono, as well as for Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Willie Nelson, coaxing a unique widescreen sonic template from the studio.


When you search for a Nile Rodgers produced album from the ‘80s, it reads like a who’s who of the decade.


Having resuscitated disco with Chic’s raft of hi-NRG hits (‘Le Freak’, the astonishingly good ‘I Want Your Love’ and ‘Good Times’, which also went on to pretty much define hip hop via the Sugahill samples) he went on to produce David Bowie, Duran Duran, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the B52's, Diana Ross, INXS, Madonna, Mick Jagger and many more.


Rock’n’roll might have happened anyway without Sam Phillips, but it would have probably not been the same. Starting out in the blues world, he set up Sun Records and have hands in the early careers of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.


Sam Phillips considered Howlin’ Wolf to be his greatest discovery. The second was Elvis Presley, who he famously discouraged from releasing a ballad, and so changed the course of history.

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