Summer hasn’t *officially* started yet, though with all of these beautiful weather weekends we’re being gifted with, we bet your summer festivities have already begun. Whether it’s going up north for camping and tubing, or just barbequing in your backyard – we’ve created the perfect playlist for you to get the party started.
…Because what good is a party without an excellently-designed playlist featuring some of the best of Detroit’s musicians? Check them out!
The White Stripes – “Sugar Never Tasted So Good”
The White Stripes are arguably the most successful indie, garage-rock band to come out of Detroit in recent years. They started their career playing at local bars and venues around town, alongside other notable Detroit bands, The Dirtbombs, The Paybacks, and Bantam Rooster. Check them out here!
Madonna – “Hung Up”
Madonna is not only an incredible and inspiring singer/songwriter and performer, she’s also a talented actress. Did you know…she garnered critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in the movie Evita? See what she’s up to here!
Eminem – “Without Me”
Eminem was once mocked off the stage, publicly criticized for his controversial lyrics, and even banned from some music networks and radio stations. All of that only made him work harder, and over the years, he’s proved that he has staying power and a dedicated fan base that makes him a world-known name – and plus, it would feel so empty without him. Check him out here!
Alice Cooper – “Halo Of Flies”
So, everyone should know that Alice Cooper’s real name is actually Vincent Damon Furnier…and if you didn’t, now you do. Isn’t it strange that one of the world’s heaviest rockers in heavy metal would choose, such a – how do we say it – not so “metal” name? Don’t let the name fool you though, he’s known for his raucous on-stage performances and shredding guitar. Check him out here!
Bob Seger – “Night Moves”
With his roots in heartland rock, country rock, and piano rock, Bob Seger has led a long career of hits spanning over five decades. His classic, raspy, and soulful voice has been a mark of recognition for him, and you can’t turn on a classic rock radio station in Metro Detroit without hearing one of his iconic songs. Check him out here!
Kid Rock – “All Summer Long”
A five time Grammy Award nominee, Robert James Ritchie – better known by his stage name of Kid Rock – has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. alone! Nielsen SoundScan (the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada) has named him the number one selling male solo musician of the 2000s. Not only that, he knows how Michiganders like to celebrate summer…listen to “All Summer Long” here!
Stevie Wonder – “My Girl”
In 1961, when Stevie was only 11 years old, he was signed to Motown’s Tamla label – though, because of his age, the label offered him a rolling five-year contract where his royalties would be held in trust until he was 21. What did that mean for Stevie? Until he turned 21, he and his mother would be paid a weekly salary to cover their expenses – with Stevie receiving just $2.50 a week! Learn other interesting facts about this child prodigy here!
Aaliyah – “Try Again”
Aaliyah had said that her music was highly influenced by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Nine Inch Nails, Prince, and Janet Jackson. She also claimed that Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was her favorite album ever, saying “nothing will ever top Thriller.” Her promising career was tragically cut short at the age of 22, when she was killed in a plane crash alongside various members of her record label. Check out her music here!
Mike Posner – “Cooler Than Me”
Relate. Love. Inspire. Those are the three words Mike Posner and his team live their lives and head their career by – and so far it’s brought only good things. Currently in the process of recording his follow-up album to his acclaimed debut album, Mike Posner says “I’m a Midwest boy trying to live out my dreams.” We couldn’t be more excited to see what he has in store! Check him out here!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “All Your Base”
One of the most recent local Detroit indie bands to make it to the big times is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.. They have been consistently touring the country after the success of their single “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” – and its subsequent LP The Speed of Things were released last year. Check to see if there are any dates near you here!
Who should we be listening to? Tell us in the comments!