|Left to right: Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, Mark Ronson.|
With a sensational thirteen years of mainstream and commercial success worldwide selling nearly 28 million albums and 49 million singles on an international level and having won several Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Achievement Awards, World Music Awards, among others, Los Angeles pop group Maroon 5 have made their mark on pop and rock music alike since their milestone debut Songs About Jane dropped back in 2002. It was the infectious pop-funk hit "This Love" and the soft rock ballad "She Will Be Loved" that introduced Maroon 5 to the world and has since been dominating the music game. But, we all are aware that nowadays, as a band, it is seemingly hard to become (or stay) successful in the music industry. With rock music being the prominent go-to for newer bands, it seems as though the pop realm is where it's at. And Maroon 5 would not be here if it wasn't for experimenting with different options, sounds, and instruments of the modern music world. Working with the likes of Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who made Maroon 5's third studio effort Hands All Over an funky masterpiece, and Max Martin, who opened the door for the band to pursue electronic and pop music as its purist form, has made the band even more open to working with outside producers and writers and exploring every crevice of music.
Today, I had put together a list of five producers who are very popular in the music industry who Maroon 5 should consider working with. From the rap metal god Rick Rubin to the alternative duo The Neptunes, I have ranked the top five producers Maroon 5 should work with going into the follow-up to 2014's V.
So here we go!
5. Rick Rubin
Fredrick Jay Rubin, better known as Rick Rubin, is one of the most popular music producers in the rock and metal scheme of music. Rubin's resumé is quite masterful dating all the way back to the 1980's. He has produced several anthemic arena albums for AC/DC (Ballbreaker), and Slayer (Christ Illusion). Eminem's The Marshal Matters LP II, Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary, and even Slipknot's Vol. III (The Subliminal Versus) are also huge records produced by Rubin, but his most popular records he has produced are Johnny Cash's final albums American III: Solitary Man, American IV: The Man Comes Around, Unearthed, American V: A Hundred Highways, and American VI: Ain't No Grave. Rubin has also experimented with hip hop with artists such as Run D.M.C., LL Cool J, Jay Z, and the world famous Beastie Boys.
4. Mark Ronson
Mark Daniel Ronson is one of the most popular DJs and producers overseas in the United Kingdom, but he recently made his print in the United States with his breakout funk-pop hit single "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars. Ronson is otherwise super famous for his work with the late jazz singer Amy Winehouse, who was one of the most prominent women in music before her passing in 2011. Aside from those 2 biggies, Ronson has produced albums for artists such as Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics), Adele (21), Lily Allen (Alright, Still), Bruno Mars (Unorthodox Jukebox), Paul McCartney (New), among several others. His infectious jazz-fusion, soul, and classical footprint has left an impression on pop music since the 1990's and would bring out Maroon 5's "Ragdoll" or "Sweetest Goodbye" side.
3. Neal Avron
Neal Avron is someone who leans towards producing more rock or punk records. Avron is mostly popular for working with artists such as Linkin Park (A Thousand Suns, Minutes to Midnight), Everclear (So Much for the Afterglow, Songs From An American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile), Switchfoot (Vice Versus, Fading West), Sara Bareilles (Kaleidoscope Heart), Yellowcard (Ocean Avenue, Light and Sound, Paper Walls), Fall Out Boy (From Under the Cork Tree, Infinity On High, Folie a Deux), and Walk the Moon (Talking Is Hard), among numerous others. Avron could help possibly make Maroon 5 another Songs About Jane or Hands All Over.
2. Greg Kurstin
Also straight out of Los Angeles, Greg Kurstin is a genreless producer and has worked with artists ranging from The Shins and Foster the People to Adele and Beck. Kurstin is most fluent in the pop music realm and has produced chart-topping records such as Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)", Katy Perry's PRISM, Sia's "Chandelier", and Adele's "Hello."
1. The Neptunes
Arguably the most popular music producing groups of the 21st century, The Neptunes are huge and weigh heavily in R&B, hip hop, and urban music. Composed of Grammy Award winning recording artist Pharrell Williams and multi-instrumentalist Chad Hugo, the two have produced some of this century's hottest records with artists including Dr. Dre and Beyonce. The Neptunes have been named the number-one production group of the 2000's by Billboard Magazine and the 3rd greatest hip hop production group by Vibe magazine. Also, they have heavily inspired Maroon 5 in their early career.
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