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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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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25 5
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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17 10
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 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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22 16
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 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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21 16
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
The White Stripes were an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White and Meg White. After releasing several singles and three albums within the ...more
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18 13
Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 6 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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15 10
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 7 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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15 10
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 8 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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8 3
Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
Glenn Lewis Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and ...more
10
23 19
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
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13 9
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 11 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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12 8
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 12 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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11 7
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 13 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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10 6
Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 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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9 5
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 15 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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9 5
Al Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Albert "Al" Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being ...more
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7 3
Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 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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16 13
The Knack is listed (or ranked) 18 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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8 5
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the 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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14 12
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
Jack White is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The White Stripes, although he has had success in other bands ...more
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12 10
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 21 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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12 10
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 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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11 9
Mike Posner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Synthpop
Michael "Mike" Robert Henrion Posner is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the ...more
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10 8
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more
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7 5
Ray Parker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan
Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the movie Ghostbusters, for his solo ...more