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The Best Musical Artists From Michigan 

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Updated May 4, 2020 15.7k votes 956 voters 20.3k views 136 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Michigan or bands formed in Michigan.

Here are the best artists and bands from Michigan. Some of the most famous singers and bands of all time got their start in Michigan. In particular, Detroit has been one of the most musically-innovative cities in all of United States history. There are three primary musical developments Michigan is known for: Motown, punk rock, and techno music. You will find immensely talented Michigan musical artists on this list. Are there any you are surprised to see who came from the Great Lakes State?

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the state produced a number of chart-topping artists. A small sampling of the artists that had a #1 Billboard hit over the years includes Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Madonna. More recently, bands like Greta van Fleet has risen to great acclaim, showing that Michigan still has what it takes to produce incredible talents, such as Jack White and Eminem. Other popular Michigan artists include Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Big Sean, and Al Green.

Vote up the best Michigan artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Michigan roots.

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, Music of My Mind, + more

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young, Gifted and Black, Respect, + more

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New ...more

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Doo-wop, Motown Sound & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: What's Going On, Here, My Dear, Let's Get It On, I Want You, + more

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an ...more

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: The Temptations Christmas Card, The Very Best of Christmas, The Temptations Sing Smokey, Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations, Meet The Temptations, + more

The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. The group's work with producer Norman ...more

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town, Greatest Hits, Beautiful Loser, + more

Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and ...more

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Call Me, The Christmas Album, White Christmas, Greatest Hits, I'm Still in Love With You, + more

Albert Leornes Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in ...more

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Klavel01 added Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Night Beat, Shake, Touch the Hem of His Garment: 23 Gospel Gems, Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, + more

Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer ...more

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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: Reach Out, Christmas Here With You, The Return of the Magnificent Seven, On Top, The Show Must Go On, + more

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, USA, who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult ...more

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Supremes, Diana Ross & the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats, Love Child, Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, Where Did Our Love Go, + more

The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Warm Thoughts, Where There's Smoke, Anthology (disc 3), The Solo Anthology, One Heartbeat, + more

William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and frontman of the ...more

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Bill Haley & His Com... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: Rock Around the Clock, Best of Bill Haley & His Comets, Bill Rocks, The Best of Bill Haley, Bill Haley (Master Series), + more

William John Clifton Haley (; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with ...more

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Disco, Pop music & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas in Vienna, Diana, Diana Ross, Love Child, Reflections, + more

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, ...more

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Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Jackie Wilson Story, The Titan of Soul, The Very Best of Jackie Wilson, The Ultimate Jackie Wilson, Reet Petite, + more

Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer and performer. A tenor with a four-octave range, Wilson was a prominent figure in the transition of rhythm and ...more

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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm & Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rapture, Christmas Fantasy, Giving You the Best That I Got, Compositions, A Night of Rapture: Live, + more

Anita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The ...more

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Jody Star added Genre: Hip hop music, Rap music & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Woman's Revenge

Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: White Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl, Icky Thump, Get Behind Me Satan, + more

The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and ...more

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The Spinners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: Spinners, Essential Collection, Mighty Love, 2nd Time Around, Pick of the Litter, + more

The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Ferndale, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly ...more

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Glam metal, Experimental rock & Shock rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet, Trash, Constrictor, + more

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Pop and Electronica; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music, Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor, + more

Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, ...more

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Punk blues, Garage rock & Protopunk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse, Brick by Brick, Avenue B, + more

James Newell Osterberg Jr. (born April 21, 1947), better known as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Designated the "Godfather of Punk", ...more

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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Psychedelic soul, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mothership Connection, Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, Live: P-Funk Earth Tour, T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership), The Cinderella Theory, + more

George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadelic collective (which primarily recorded under the distinct ...more

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Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
klavel added Genre: Rock music, Rap rock & Funk metal; Nationality: United States of America
Anthony Kiedis ( KEE-dis; born November 1, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and (despite a ...more

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The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Albums: The Romantics, In Heat, 61/49, National Breakout, Rhythm Romance, + more

The Romantics is a power pop and new wave band from Detroit, Michigan, United States, formed in 1977. The band adopted the name "The Romantics" because they formed on Valentine's Day. ...more

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Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Genre: Disco, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mary Wells, Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance, The Two Sides of Mary Wells, + more

Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the Supremes, the Miracles, the ...more

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