Put a little “respek” on the names of these producers! When it comes to good music, an artist and a producer go hand in hand. Music is what can take any song to the next level! There’s always a conversation about who’s the biggest online, so it’s about time the staff at Billboard put together and released a list of their 50 Greatest Producers of the 21st Century, and it’s filled with some of the best. the best. The producers on this list have created some iconic sounds that cannot be duplicated. Plus, they’ve created timeless music that will smack forever!
Out of 50 notable producers, Timbaland, The Neptunes, Max Martin, The Dream, Tricky Stewart and Mike Will Made-It top the list. GRAMMY Award winner Timbaland has hits on hits! Some of his most notable songs have come from the late Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. Billboard staff described Timbaland’s sound “like fourth dimensional funk, with clicking drums, crushing bass, unrecognizable and disembodied vocal hooks.”
The Neptunes have secured their place by giving the world songs that have transcended generations. Like the 2002 hits “Hot in Herre” by Nelly and “Grindin ‘” by The Clipse. Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo still understand the mission!
The Dream and Tricky Stewart gave the world some of the best R&B songs of all time! Their clientele ranges from Rihanna and Justin Bieber to Beyoncé. In 2008, their hit “Umbrella” blackmailed everyone. Billboard breaks their sound down into conquering jams, merging the two genres on an atomic level with zoom keys and soft but insistent percussion.
Mike Will Made-It, who keeps it up for millennials, raised the tones of Future, Rae Sremmurd, and Miley Cyrus. Mike produced Rae Sremmurd’s hit Hot 100 hit, “Black Beatles”, which asked everyone to take on the “Mannecan challenge”.
Of all the great producers on the list, pop music producer Max Martin ranked number one for working with Taylor Swift on one of the biggest albums of the 2010s.