Give the names of these producers a little respite! When it comes to good music, artist and producer go hand in hand. The music is what can take any song to the next level! There’s always talk of who’s the greatest online, so it was right on time for Billboard’s staff to create and publish a list of their 50 greatest 21st century producers, filled with some of the best of the best. The producers on this list have created iconic sounds that cannot be duplicated. In addition, they created timeless music that will beat forever!
Timbaland, The Neptunes, Max Martin, The Dream, Tricky Stewart and Mike Will Made-It topped the list out of 50 well-known producers. GRAMMY award winner Timbaland has hits on hits! Some of his most notable songs are by the late Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Justin Timberlake. The Billboard staff described Timbaland’s sound as “fourth-dimensional funk, with rattling drums, squealing bass, unrecognizable and disembodied vocal hooks.”
The Neptunes secured their place by giving the world songs that have been transcended for generations. Like the hits from 2002 “Hot in Herre” by Nelly and “Grindin ‘” by The Clipse. Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo always understand the mission!
The Dream and Tricky Stewart brought the world some of the best R&B songs ever! Her clientele ranges from Rihanna to Justin Bieber to Beyoncé. In 2008 their hit “Umbrella” got everyone singing along. Billboard breaks down their sound into chart-conquering jams and merges the two genres on an atomic level with zooming keys and gentle but haunting percussion.
Believing it to be the Millennials, Mike Will Made-It has raised the sounds of Future, Rae Sremmurd, and Miley Cyrus. Mike produced Rae Sremmurd’s Hot 100 smash hit “Black Beatles”, in which everyone competed in the Mannecan Challenge.
Of all the great producers on the list, pop music producer Max Martin came in at number one for working with Taylor Swift on one of the biggest albums of the 2010s.