Paul Ackerman (February 18, 1908 – December 31, 1977) was an influential music journalist.
Ackerman was born in New York, New York. From 1943 to 1973 he was the music editor of Billboard magazine. He wrote the liner notes to Harry Belafonte's 1958 album of folk ballads, Love is a Gentle Thing.
Ackerman worked as music editor for Billboard magazine from 1943-1973. He worked for Billboard magazine for a total of 47 years. He was among the first journalists to write on the newly created rock and roll genre. He was a scholar knowledgeable in European and American civilization. His work focused on popular music of all genres.