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. In honor of all who have rocked our most rockin’ of all hometowns, we present you with the most Detroit songs ever:
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”
The song was written about violence in the world, and the suffering within the United States at its own hands. Recorded in Detroit at Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A., it may as well have been about the city itself.
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”
We all know it starts with a pocket rocket, and soon enough you’ve got a civil infraction on your hands. Detroit LOVES it some J. Geils Band. Or at least the Detroit suburbs do. At any rate, the band decided to honor its loyal fans with a jam in their honor.
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”
It’s a lot like the city itself: it’s a gritty song, but there’s a certain camaraderie to it. If there weren’t, we’d all be gone by now.