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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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    Hip hop
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    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul
    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is...  more

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    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music
    Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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    The White Stripes

    Blues-rock, Punk blues
    The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group...  more

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    Hip hop music, Pop music
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    Smokey Robinson

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
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    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues
    John Anthony White (born July 9, 1975), known professionally as Jack White, is an American...  more

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    The Temptations

    Doo-wop, Rock music
    The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and...  more

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    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
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    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock
    Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a...  more

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    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Anita Baker

    Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm
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    Big Sean

    Hip hop,
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    Jackie Wilson

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues
    Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer and...  more

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    Four Tops

    Doo-wop, Pop music
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    Royce da 5'9"

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
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    Bill Haley & His Comets

    Rock music, Rockabilly
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    The Spinners

    Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul
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    Wilson Pickett

    Southern soul, Rock music
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    Sufjan Stevens

    Indie folk, Baroque pop
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    J Dilla

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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    Martha and the Vandellas

    Doo-wop, Pop music
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    Suzi Quatro

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music
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    The Black Dahlia Murder

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal
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