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The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

Updated April 19, 2021 23.9k votes 1.4k voters 39.5k views140 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul

    AlbumsSongs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book, Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I, Music of My Mind

    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, he is...  more
  • 2

    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock

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

    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 Bob...  more
  • 3

    Marvin Gaye

    Doo-wop, Motown Sound

    AlbumsWhat's Going On, Here, My Dear, Let's Get It On, I Want You

    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
  • 4

    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsLady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young, Gifted and Black, Respect

    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 Bethel...  more
  • 5

    The Temptations

    Doo-wop, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Temptations Christmas Card, The Very Best of Christmas, The Temptations Sing Smokey, Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations, Meet The Temptations

    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 Whitfield,...  more
  • 6


    Hip hop

    AlbumsThe Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery

    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 producer,...  more
  • 7

    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop

    Albums20th 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

    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
  • 8

    Smokey Robinson

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsWarm Thoughts, Where There's Smoke, Anthology (disc 3), The Solo Anthology, One Heartbeat

    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 Motown vocal group...  more
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    Sam Cooke

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsNight Beat, Shake, Touch the Hem of His Garment: 23 Gospel Gems, Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963

    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 and...  more
  • 10

    Four Tops

    Doo-wop, Pop music

    AlbumsReach Out, Christmas Here With You, The Return of the Magnificent Seven, On Top, The Show Must Go On

    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
  • 11

    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock

    AlbumsWelcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet, Trash, Constrictor

    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
  • 12

    Al Green

    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsCall Me, The Christmas Album, White Christmas, Greatest Hits, I'm Still in Love With You

    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 the...  more
  • 13

    Diana Ross

    Disco, Pop music

    AlbumsChristmas in Vienna, Diana, Diana Ross, Love Child, Reflections

    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
  • 14

    Bill Haley & His Comets

    Rock music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsRock Around the Clock, Best of Bill Haley & His Comets, Bill Rocks, The Best of Bill Haley, Bill Haley (Master Series)

    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 his...  more
  • 15

    Jackie Wilson

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsThe Jackie Wilson Story, The Titan of Soul, The Very Best of Jackie Wilson, The Ultimate Jackie Wilson, Reet Petite

    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
  • 16

    The White Stripes

    Blues-rock, Punk blues

    AlbumsWhite Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl, Icky Thump, Get Behind Me Satan

    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 vocals)....  more
  • 17


    Pop, Electronica

    AlbumsLike a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music, Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor

    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, Madonna is...  more
  • 18
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    Psychedelic soul, P-Funk

    AlbumsHydraulic Funk, T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership), Dope Dogs, George Clinton Family Series, Part 1: Go Fer Yer Funk

    Parliament-Funkadelic (abbreviated as P-Funk) is an American funk music collective of rotating musicians headed by George Clinton, primarily consisting of the individual bands Parliament and...  more
  • 19
    Jody Star added


    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsA 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....  more
  • 20

    Anita Baker

    Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm

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

    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 Songstress,...  more
  • 21

    The Spinners

    Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul

    AlbumsSpinners, Essential Collection, Mighty Love, 2nd Time Around, Pick of the Litter

    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 with...  more
  • 22

    Grand Funk Railroad

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsCloser to Home, On Time, Survival, Good Singin', Good Playin'

    Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of...  more
  • 23

    Iggy Pop

    Punk blues, Garage rock

    AlbumsThe Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse, Brick by Brick, Avenue B

    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", he was the...  more
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    Anthony Kiedis

    Rock music, Rap rock
    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
  • 25


    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsAaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, Back & Forth

    Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she first gained recognition at...  more
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