It’s common knowledge to Detroiters that our town is home to some of the world’s best musicians. We’re at the top of every major music trend – from Motown to techno to garage rock. Detroit musicians have influenced and entertained millions, and that list will only continue to grow – we thought we’d pay tribute to some of those who set the bar high.
Check them out!
Eminem – “The Monster”
Eminem stepped onto the scene with an edgy, “I don’t care what you think” attitude back in 1999 and the world was shocked by his audacious personality and controversial lyrics. Fifteen years later, and Eminem has emerged as one of the top names in his genre – and Eminem is just as proud to call Detroit home as we are to say he’s from here. Check him out here!
Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Band”
Widely popular hard-rock/blues band, you cannot talk about American rock music from the 1970s and not hear the name Grand Funk Railroad. They were everywhere in their heyday. Grand Funk gets there name from a railroad that runs through Flint…the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. Check them out here!
The Romantics – “Talking In Your Sleep”
The Romantics were a new-wave pop-rock band formed in Detroit in the late ‘70s…they took on the name “The Romantics” because it was Valentine’s Day when they were formed. You can probably sing every word to their most-popular song “What I Like About You,” though they initially achieved their greatest commercial success with the hit “Talking In Your Sleep.” Hear it here!
Bob Seger – “Against The Wind”
Bob Seger’s album Against The Wind was so successful it knocked Pink Floyd’s massive-selling album The Wall out of the number one spot, and spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 charts. Bob Seger has had mighty accomplishments through his career, spanning over five decades, and is still touring today. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check him out here!
Kid Rock – “Cowboy”
It’s crazy to think that Kid Rock started his career as a rapper…and has now progressed into a country-rock. Did you know that he and Eminem once went head-to-head in a rap battle as they were both rising to fame here in Detroit? The single “Cowboy” is off of the album Live Trucker which pays homage to Bob Seger’s Live Bullet album’s artwork. Check Kid Rock out here!
The Von Bondies – “No Regrets”
The Von Bondies entered the scene on top of their game in the late ‘90s, just as the revamped Detroit-garage rock was gaining momentum. They received international acclaim and headlined many tours throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom – bringing on support acts like The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, and Kasabian. Check them out here!
Alice Cooper – “Snake Bite”
The Rolling Stone Album Guide called Alice Cooper the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer” for his witty and social offstage persona. He’s known for his outrageous onstage performances and “shock” rock songs. With over 25 studio album releases, there are no plans of retirement yet…check him out here!
The White Stripes – “Black Math”
The once-married duo, Jack and Meg White, cultivated and perfected the garage-rock scene that took over the early ‘00s. They meshed together garage-rock with blues, with a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance. Check them out here!
MC5 – “Kick Out The Jams”
MC5 – a rock band formed in 1964 – is often considered one of the early pioneers of the punk rock movement because of their far left political views and anti-establishment lyrics and music. They’re hard to pin to one specific sub-genre of rock, as they’ve dabbled in garage rock, hard rock, pop rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock. Hear them here!
Madonna – “Hung Up”
Madonna is constantly reinventing herself to stay within the mainstream success she reached many years ago – and we give her credit! It takes a lot of work to stay relevant in the ever-changing pop world, and Madonna seems to have mastered the algorithm! Check her out here!
Who did we miss? Tell us about your favorite Detroit artist in the comments!