[[caption-width-right:320:''Rock 'n' roll never forgets.'']]

Robert Clark "Bob" Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock singer and musician who began his career in the 1960s playing in the UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} area. Although Seger has achieved plenty of success nationally, he is far more famous and well known in his home state of Michigan and surrounding states, where he enjoys a near-[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Springsteenian]] iconic status.

He remained strictly a local favorite until 1976, with the release of ''Live Bullet'', a concert album recorded over two nights at Detroit's Cobo Arena. ''Live Bullet'' went on to be a perennial favorite of rock and oldies radio stations throughout Michigan and is regarded by many as one of the greatest live albums of all time. ''Night Moves'', a studio album released later the same year, was an even bigger hit and gave Seger his first national Top 10 single with its title track. Subsequent albums, including ''Stranger in Town'' and ''Against the Wind'', spawned more hits, and Seger has continued to enjoy considerable success over the subsequent 30+ years.

Seger's SignatureSong is "Old Time Rock and Roll," which is perhaps best known as the song that played during the famous scene of Creator/TomCruise [[RiskyBusinessDance dancing in his underwear]] in the movie ''Film/RiskyBusiness''. Another of his songs, "Like a Rock", was employed for several years as a jingle for Chevrolet's truck commercials.

!!Album discography:
* ''Ramblin' Gamblin' Man'' (1969)^
* ''Noah'' (1969)^
* ''Mongrel'' (1970)^
* ''Brand New Morning'' (1971)
* ''Smokin' O.P.'s'' (1972)
* ''Back in '72'' (1973)
* ''Seven'' (1974)
* ''Beautiful Loser'' (1975)
* ''Live Bullet'' (1976)^^
* ''Night Moves'' (1976)^^
* ''Stranger in Town'' (1978)^^
* ''Against the Wind'' (1980)^^
* ''Nine Tonight'' (1981)^^
* ''The Distance'' (1982)^^
* ''Like a Rock'' (1986)^^
* ''The Fire Inside'' (1991)^^
* ''It's a Mystery'' (1995)^^
* ''Face the Promise'' (2006)
* ''Ride Out'' (2014)
* ''I Knew You When'' (2017)

-->^=with the Bob Seger System\\
^^=with the Silver Bullet Band

!!Tropes present:
* AutoErotica / SexAsRiteOfPassage: "Night Moves"
-->''Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy\\
Out in the back seat of my '60 Chevy\\
Workin' on mysteries without any clues\\
Workin' on our night moves...''
* TheBandMinusTheFace: On much of the 1969 album ''Noah,'' Seger himself is nowhere to be found. Instead we get several songs written and sung by a ReplacementScrappy named Tom Neme.
* CanonDiscontinuity: His early albums have been out of print for years due to CreatorBacklash (see the Trivia page).
* ChristmasSongs: One of his '60s singles was "Sock It to Me, Santa," and in 1987 he did a cover of "The Little Drummer Boy" for the first ''Music/AVerySpecialChristmas'' charity compilation which still gets a lot of radio play.
* CoverAlbum: ''Smokin' O.P.'s''
* CoverVersion: Quite a few over the years. Besides ''Smokin' O.P.'s'', he's done covers of such songs as "Midnight Rider" (Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand), "Nutbush City Limits" (Ike & Music/TinaTurner), "Shame on the Moon" (Rodney Crowell), "Fortunate Son" (Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival), "New Coat of Paint" (Music/TomWaits), "The Devil's Right Hand" (Music/SteveEarle), and "Democracy" (Music/LeonardCohen).
* DeadMansHand: "Fire Lake"
-->''Who's gonna play those eights and aces?''
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Mentioned in "Turn the Page" as one of the things that bum rockers out:
--> ''Most times you can't hear 'em talk\\
Other times you can\\
All the same old clichés:\\
"Is it a woman or a man?"\\
And you always seem outnumbered\\
You don't dare make a stand''
* EpicRocking: ''Nine Tonight'' includes a live cover of Music/ChuckBerry's "Let It Rock" that runs 10+ minutes (although it's edited down considerably for the CD version).
* FunWithAcronyms: "U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)"
* GarageRock: His late '60s/early '70s output mainly falls into this category.
* GrandFinale: When ''Ride Out'' was released, Seger stated that it would most likely be his final album (which seemed like a pretty good bet, given his age and the fact that his voice had decayed). He changed his mind three years later with ''I Knew You When''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: It took him a long time to release one, but when he finally did (1994), it became the biggest seller of his career. He's put out a couple more since then.
* HeavyMeta: "Old Time Rock and Roll", "Rock and Roll Never Forgets", "Heavy Music" from The Last Heard.
* HotForTeacher: "School Teacher"
* ImportantHaircut: Cut his trademark long hair in the early '80s.
* InTheStyleOf:
** His rarely-heard 1967 single "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVG7hWLj-cg Persecution Smith]]" is a ProtestSong that owes more than a little to [[Music/BobDylan another Bob]].
** "Lucifer" sounds a bit like a Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival tune.
** "Get Out of Denver" sounds for all the world like a Music/ChuckBerry song, but Seger composed it himself.
** "Roll Me Away" and "The Fire Inside" are anthemic rockers reminiscent of Music/BruceSpringsteen, and fittingly enough both feature piano work from the E Street Band's own Roy Bittan.
** Seger's vocals on "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" sound similar to Music/JamesBrown on "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".
* ListingCities: "Katmandu"
* LiveAlbum: ''Live Bullet'', ''Nine Tonight''
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: "The Fire Inside"
* {{Mondegreen}}: His earliest singles were released under the name "Bob Seger and the Last Heard". He decided to drop the band name due to its sounding uncomfortably similar to "the Last Turd".
* NewSoundAlbum: 2006's ''Face the Promise'': Seger's voice has deepened a bit (see VocalEvolution below), he's no longer backed by the Silver Bullet Band, and the tracks are based on grunge, glam metal and alternative rock, which sounded very different than his classic '70s and '80s rock.
* NostalgicNarrator: "Railroad Days", "Night Moves", "Mainstreet", "Against the Wind", "Like a Rock"...
* OutDamnedSpot: "Hands in the Air"
-->''If you're selling these lies, these impossible dreams\\
You can keep on washing, but you'll never get clean''
* ProtestSong: He had several early in his career: "Persecution Smith", "2+2=?", "Lookin' Back", "Highway Child", "Leanin' on My Dream"...
* RepurposedPopSong: "Like a Rock".
* RockstarSong: "Turn the Page", in a bittersweet way.
* SexyWalk: "Her Strut"
* ShoutOut: "Rosalie", a song included on the ''Back in '72'' album and later CoveredUp by Music/ThinLizzy, is a tribute to Rosalie Trombley, a music programmer for CKLW-AM in Windsor, Ontario. (The station was a Top 40 powerhouse for metro Detroit in the '60s and '70s, and played a big role in establishing Seger's Michigan following prior to his national breakout.)
* SiameseTwinSongs: Many radio stations used the ''Live Bullet'' recording of "Travelin' Man" and "Beautiful Loser", which pairs the songs this way.
* SmallTownBoredom: "Face the Promise"
* VocalEvolution: By the 1990s, his voice got gradually deeper than it had been before. This change is likely a combination of old age, smoking and shouting onstage for 40 years.