The Best Musical Artists From Georgia

Over 1.0K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Voting Rules
Only artists born or raised in Georgia or groups formed in Georgia.

Here are the best artists and bands from Georgia. The Peach State is also the birthplace of some of the world's greatest musicians. From country and rap to pop and R&B, this list explores the most famous musical artists from Georgia. 

While Kanye West is widely recongized as an artist from Chicago, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer was actually born in Atlanta, Georgia. Other popular Atlanta rappers include Migos, OutKast, Future, T.I., and 21 Savage. Many country music stars, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, were also born in Georgia. 

Vote up the best Georgia muscial artists, and any other singers, rappers, musicians, or bands who deserve to be on this list.  

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  • Ray Charles
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music
    320 votes
    • Albums: The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas, Ray Charles at Newport, Genius Loves Company
    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians ...more
  • The Allman Brothers Band
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
    271 votes
    • Albums: At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters, Hittin’ the Note
    The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Macon, Georgia, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (founder, slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, ...more
  • Otis Redding
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music
    250 votes
    • Albums: Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Dock of the Bay, The Immortal Otis Redding, Love Man, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
    Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the ...more
  • James Brown
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music
    259 votes
    • Albums: Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You
    James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more
  • R.E.M.
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
    266 votes
    • Albums: Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People, Out of Time, Reckoning
    R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the ...more
  • Little Richard
    Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    206 votes
    • Albums: Here's Little Richard, Tutti Frutti, Brilliant Collection, The Explosive Little Richard, Greatest Hits Collection
    Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical ...more