Motown is the term that refers to the style of music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1960's. The " Motown Sound " was a mixture of several popular musical styles and can be considered a form of soul music. Specifcally, Motown is a nickname for Detroit, Michigan. It is an abbreviation for "Motor City," a reference to Detroit being the long-time center of automobile manufacturing in the United States in the twentieth century.