Trevor Horn, who masterminded the chart-topping 'banned' single Relax and rebooted Robbie Williams's career, said he was "amazed" by his CBE.
Horn, a prolific songwriter, is also noted for his own number one hit Video Killed The Radio Star with then group The Buggles, which has the distinction of being the first promo to be aired by MTV.
Horn said: "It's not something you ever think about in my line of work because it so enjoyable anyway - you don't look for any other rewards."
He went on: "It's so amazing to have a load of people listen to a record you've made."
The 61-year-old producer assumed the official-looking letter informing him of his honour was from the Inland Revenue.
"I wondered what it was and thought it was tax," he said.
Another recipient of the CBE is composer Howard Goodall, 52, who created the theme tunes for TV shows including Blackadder and Mr Bean.
There are OBEs for songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson, 61, a former member of folk-rock group Fairport Convention, and Herbert Kretzmer, 85, the South African-born former Daily Express and Daily Mail journalist who wrote the lyrics for hit musical Les Miserables.
In broadcasting, CBEs are awarded to John Lloyd, 59, producer of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI, and former BBC Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer, 55.
Former ITN foreign correspondent Sandy Gall, 83, is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Diplomatic and Overseas List for his decades of charity work supporting disabled Afghans.