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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
Hip hop
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
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music
Stevland Hardaway Morris (né Judkins; born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure ...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 (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
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 (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
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
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
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
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
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
John Anthony White (né Gillis; 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 ...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 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
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
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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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music
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
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 (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
Hip hop music
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, (stylized as BIG SEAN), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD ...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 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
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
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
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop
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 Comets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Detroit
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal
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
Smooth soul, Philadelphia soul, Pop music
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
Southern soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
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
Indie folk, Baroque pop, Electronica
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
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore
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
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 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
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