Bands/Musicians 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
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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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music Robyn Robbins is a keyboard player.

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz Anita Denise Baker is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late-1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. ...more

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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, ...more

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Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, ...more

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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

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Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal Bill Haley & His Comets was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band, also known by the names Bill Haley and the Comets and ...more

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The Spinners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul, Pop music The Spinners are an American soul music vocal group, active for over 50 years, who enjoyed a string a major hit singles and albums during the 1970s. The group, originating from Detroit, still ...more

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Wilson Pickett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Southern soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues Wilson Pickett was an American R&B, soul and rock and roll singer and songwriter. A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which hit the US ...more

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, ...more

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D12 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore D12, an initialism for The Dirty Dozen, is 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
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues 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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Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is a British-based American singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star breaking a ...more

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The Black Dahlia Murder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Deathcore, Melodic death metal, Metalcore 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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The Miracles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Doo-wop, Disco, Rhythm and blues The Miracles were an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was the first successful recording act for Berry Gordy's Motown Records, and one of the most important and influential groups in ...more

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George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Garage rock Meg White is an American drummer from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. She and White decided to form a band two ...more

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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk The Suicide Machines is an American punk rock band formed in March 1991 in Detroit, Michigan and disbanded in May 2006. Since 2009, the band has occasionally played reunion shows. During the ...more

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Earl Klugh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Crossover jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion Earl Klugh is an American smooth jazz/crossover jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer. In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh "is considered by many to be one of the finest ...more

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James Carter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Avant-garde jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion James Carter is an American jazz musician.

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Klayton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Nu metal, Industrial rock, Electronic music Scott Albert, known as Klayton, is a multi-instrumentalist musician formerly of New York City and currently of Detroit, Michigan who has led several cult status underground bands and has ...more

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Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
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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Mark Tremonti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also ...more

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Edwin Starr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rhythm and blues Edwin Starr was an American soul music singer. Starr is famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit "War". Starr was born in ...more

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BeBe & CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel BeBe & CeCe Winans are an American gospel music brother and sister duo. BeBe and CeCe Winans are the seventh and eighth of "Mom" and "Pop" Winans' ten children, most of ...more

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Boss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop Boss is an American Midwest female gangsta rapper who enjoyed brief popularity in 1993 with her debut album Born Gangstaz. Her name is sometimes stylized as Bo$$. Laws relocated to Los Angeles ...more

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Jeff Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Techno Jeff Mills is an American techno DJ and producer.

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Dwele is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Neo soul, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues Andwele Gardner, better known by his stage name Dwele is an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Detroit, Michigan.

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Juan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Electro, Techno Juan Atkins is an American musician. He is widely credited as the originator of techno music, specifically Detroit techno along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. The three, sometimes called ...more

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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music Priscilla "CeCe" Marie Winans Love is an American gospel singer, who has won numerous awards, including ten Grammy Awards and seven Stellar Awards. She has sold twelve million records ...more

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Pepper Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hard bop, Big band, Jazz Park Frederick "Pepper" Adams III was an American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. He composed 43 pieces, was the leader on eighteen albums spanning 28 years, and participated ...more

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop DeShaun Dupree Holton, better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups Goon Sqwad, 5 Elementz, ...more

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Teairra Marí is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B Teairra Marí is an American singer-songwriter, actress, model, and dancer. At the age of 17, Jay Z signed her to Def Jam and she released her first album, Teairra Marí. After ...more

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Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll Martha Rose Reeves is an American R&B and pop singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. They scored over a dozen hit singles, ...more

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Kem is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Neo soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz Kim Owens, professionally known as KEM, is a R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan.

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Sponge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock Sponge is an alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan formed in 1991 by Vinnie Dombroski, Mike Cross, Tim Cross, and Joey Mazzola. All were formerly of the hard rock band Loudhouse. Sponge ...more

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Electric Six is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk Electric Six is a six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan. Their style has been described as a brand of rock music infused with elements of "Garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and ...more