David Stubbs (born 13 September 1962, London) is a British journalist. He grew up in Leeds. As a student at Oxford University he was a close friend of Simon Reynolds. The two joined Melody Maker in 1986, where Stubbs remained for a dozen years. He combined his serious writing career with writing the humorous "Talk Talk Talk" section, which featured the character of "Mr Agreeable" who would insult virtually everything with barrages of swear words (asterisked out to fit within IPC Media regulations).
In 2009, his book on the 20th century music was published, titled Fear of Music: Why people get Rothko but don't get Stockhausen (O Books Winchester UK 2009. The title may have been taken from the third studio album by Talking Heads, Fear of Music.