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List of Famous Bands from Detroit

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List of Detroit bands, listed by their level of fame. This Detroit musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Detroit bands, singers, and rappers are included, as well as many Detroit musicians of underground status. This list of Detroit musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more. Detroit has had a massive influence on popular music. Motown Records, based in Detroit, produced some of the greatest songs of all time. Bob Seger and The White Stripes are rock legends. Eminem brought Detroit's hip hop scene into the mainstream. 

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America
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 ...more

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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Blues-rock, Punk blues & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
John Anthony White (born July 9, 1975), known professionally as Jack White, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known as the lead singer and ...more

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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Best Supremes Albums of All Time #27 of 2,043 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #117 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm & Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam ...more

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Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
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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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Midwest hip hop; Nationality: United States of America
Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as ...more

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Bill Haley & His Com... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Spinners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Wilson Pickett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Southern soul, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter. A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the ...more

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Indie folk, Baroque pop & Electronica; Nationality: United States of America
Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 1999 on the Asthmatic Kitty label, which he ...more

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America
James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s ...more

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D12 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
D12, an initialism for the Dirty Dozen, was an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. D12 has had chart-topping albums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. D12 was formed ...more

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Martha and the Vandellas... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Martha and the Vandellas were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label. Founded in 1960 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford ...more

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#141 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #1,550 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #242 of 333 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Genre: Bubblegum pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
Susan Kay Quatro (born June 3, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star.In the 1970s, ...more

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The Black Dahlia Murder ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred ...more

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