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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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  • 1
    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Eminem

    Hip hop
    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Stevie Wonder

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

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  • 3
    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Aretha Franklin

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

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  • 4
    The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    The White Stripes

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

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  • 5
    Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Aaliyah

    Hip hop music, Pop music
    Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Smokey Robinson

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 7
    Jack White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Jack White

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

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  • 8
    The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    The Temptations

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

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  • 9
    The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
    The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Bob Seger

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

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  • 11
    MC5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    MC5

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Anita Baker

    Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm
    Anita Denise Baker (born January 26, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Big Sean

    Hip hop,
    Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Jackie Wilson

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

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  • 15
    Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Four Tops

    Doo-wop, Pop music
    The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, USA, who helped to define the city's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Royce da 5'9"

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    Ryan Daniel Montgomery (born July 5, 1977), better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Bill Haley & His Comets

    Rock music, Rockabilly
    William John Clifton Haley (; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was an American rock and roll... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Spinners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    The Spinners

    Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul
    The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Ferndale, Michigan,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    Wilson Pickett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Wilson Pickett

    Southern soul, Rock music
    Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Sufjan Stevens

    Indie folk, Baroque pop
    Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    J Dilla

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 22
    D12 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    D12

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    D12, an initialism for the Dirty Dozen, was an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Martha and the Vandellas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Martha and the Vandellas

    Doo-wop, Pop music
    Martha and the Vandellas were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    Suzi Quatro

    Bubblegum pop, Pop music
    Susan Kay Quatro (born June 3, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    The Black Dahlia Murder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit

    The Black Dahlia Murder

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal
    The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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