The production expertise he has lent to other bands has seen him push mainstream music into some interesting places. His work with artists as big as David Bowie, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, U2 and Coldplay have not just had an enormous impact on those artists' careers, but on the sound of popular music in general.
That's not to mention his fiercely inventive solo work and key early contributions to Roxy Music. Nor the iconic Windows start up sound that was a part of millions of people's everyday lives through the 1990s. His is among the most impressive CVs in modern music.
Brian Eno is everywhere. There's no way to fully sum up the impact this boundary-pushing, endlessly fascinating artist has had on the world of music and popular culture. So we've pulled together five artists who he helped attain musical greatness over the past 45 years.