Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Michigan  

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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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26 8
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music
Robyn Robbins is a keyboard player.
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17 4
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more
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14 9
The Knack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop
The Knack was an American rock quartet based in Los Angeles that rose to fame with their first single, "My Sharona", an international number-one hit in 1979.
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13 9
Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Greta Van Fleet is an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan, formed in 2012. It consists of vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner. ...more
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11 7
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more
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9 5
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop
Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he ...more
7
5 1
The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music
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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8 5
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock
Tommy James and the Shondells are an American rock and roll group whose greatest period was in the late 1960s. They had two No. 1 singles in the U.S., "Hanky Panky" and "Crimson ...more
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7 4
George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer. He was the principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s ...more
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7 4
Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal ...more
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6 3
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Mary Esther Wells was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, Wells ...more
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15 13
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal
Robert James Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 ...more
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4 1
Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. was an African American soul singer-songwriter and performer. Known as a tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr. ...more
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10 8
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the ...more
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10 8
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, ...more
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10 8
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo consisting of rappers Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1997 thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. It was formed after ...more
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10 8
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal
Bill Haley & His Comets was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 until 1981. The band, also known by the names Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets, was the ...more
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9 7
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more
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9 7
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the ...more
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9 7
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more
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8 6
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
Grand Funk Railroad is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine ...more
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8 6
Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop, R&B, Trap
Deja Trimble (born April 8, 1991), better known by her stage name Dej Loaf (stylized as DeJ Loaf), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. She began her music career ...more
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7 5
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
? and the Mysterians are an American rock and roll band formed in Bay City, Michigan, in 1962. The group took its name from the 1957 Japanese science fiction film The Mysterians, in which aliens ...more
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7 5
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop
Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his ...more
25
6 4
Kon Artis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music
Denaun Porter, also known by the stage names Mr. Porter and Kon Artis, is an American rapper and record producer. He was best known as a member of Detroit rap group D12, until his departure in ...more