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The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

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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.

  • 1
    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Al Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan


    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Feloni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan


    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsA Woman's Revenge

    Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Spinners is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Martha and the Vandellas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    Martha and the Vandellas

    Doo-wop, Pop music

    AlbumsDance Party, Heat Wave, The Ultimate Collection, The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Ridin' High

    Martha and the Vandellas were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    The Romantics

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsThe Romantics, In Heat, 61/49, National Breakout, Rhythm Romance

    The Romantics is a power pop and new wave band from Detroit, Michigan, United States, formed... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    Mary Wells

    Disco, Pop music

    AlbumsMary Wells, Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance, The Two Sides of Mary Wells

    Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan


    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    The Verve Pipe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    The Verve Pipe

    Grunge, Post-grunge

    AlbumsVillains, Pop Smear, I've Suffered a Head Injury, The Verve Pipe, Underneath

    The Verve Pipe is an American rock band from East Lansing, Michigan. It was formed in 1992 by... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Michigan

    Anthony Kiedis

    Rock music, Rap rock
    Anthony Kiedis ( KEE-dis; born November 1, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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