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It is Election day so we thought we’d vote on the most “Detroit” Songs of all time…Here is a list to get you started…

Big Jim’s Top 5:

  1. Detroit Rock City
  2. Detroit Breakdown
  3. Detroit Made
  4. Don’t Stop Believin’
  5. Be My Lover

Thrillist came out with a list a few years a few ago and this is how they rank it…

  1. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
    Most Detroit line: “Picket lines and picket signs / Don’t punish me with brutality / Talk to me, so you can see / Oh, what’s going on
  2. “Detroit Breakdown” – J. Geils Band
    Most Detroit line: “I got something mean stickin’ in my pocket / Until you tried it you, better not knock it / Doin’ the Detroit breakdown, oh the Motor City shakedown”
  3. “Friends of Rock N’ Roll” – Easy Action
    Most Detroit line: “We walk the streets at night, the city looks in fear / Do what the fuck we want, wanna make it clear / There’s no turning back, there’s no guarantees / Friends of rock n’ roll, that’s who we wanna be”
  4. “8 Mile” by Eminem
    Most Detroit line: “Only way that I know how to escape from this 8 Mile Road”
  5. “Motor City Is Burning” by MC5
    Most Detroit line: “Ya know, the Motor City is burning people / There ain’t a thing that white society can do”
  6. “Detroit Rock City” by KISS
    Most Detroit line: “Everybody’s gonna leave their seat / You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City”
  7. “Be My Lover” by Alice Cooper
    Most Detroit line: “Told her that I came from Detroit City / And I played guitar in a long-haired rock and roll band / She asked me why the singer’s name was Alice / I said listen baby, you really wouldn’t understand”
  8. “Panic in Detroit” by David Bowie
    Most Detroit line: “A trickle of strangers were all that were left alive / Panic in Detroit, I asked for an autograph”
  9. “Highway Child” by The Bob Seger System
    Most Detroit line: “I seen ’em dumpin’ garbage, in my rivers and lakes / I seen ’em send up John Sinclair, you know / Two joints is all it takes”
  10. “25th Floor” by Patti Smith
    Most Detroit line: “Love in my heart, the night to exploit / Twenty-five stories over Detroit”

There is the top 10 from Thrillist…For the rest of the list check it out below:

The 25 Most 'Detroit' Songs Ever Recorded

The sound of Detroit is as much the heavy swish of a freighter gliding on the river, as it is a jackhammer on a Sunday morning. But thanks to the embarrassment of riches in sheer musical talent this town has created over the years (Motown, techno, and a lot more was born here, let's not forget), that isn't the soundtrack to the city.