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The Best Musical Artists From Georgia  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Wyoming or groups formed in Georgia.

Here are the best artists and bands from George. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music
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
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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country, Neotraditional country
Alan Eugene Jackson is an American singer, songwriter and musician, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 15 ...more
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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular ...more
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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a ...more
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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American recording artist, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author. A four-time Grammy Award-winner, she is best ...more
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Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country rock, Country
Jason Aldine Williams, known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has recorded for Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has ...more
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Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country singer-songwriter. Luke Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After ...more
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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai ...more
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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
André Lauren Benjamin, better known by his stage name André 3000, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, best known for being ...more
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Usher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard ...more
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TLC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop
TLC is an American girl group whose repertoire spans R&B, hip hop, pop, funk and new jack swing. TLC originally comprised singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, rapper Lisa "Left ...more
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the ...more
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Ray Stevens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Pop music, Novelty song, Country
Harold Ray Ragsdale, known professionally as Ray Stevens, is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian.
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Trisha Yearwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country pop, Country
Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood is an American singer, author, and actress. She is known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective that have been described ...more
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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, director, painter, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella ...more
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Zac Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Zac Brown is the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Zac Brown Band.
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Billy Joe Royal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Rock music, Rock and roll, Country
Billy Joe Royal is an American singer.
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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more
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Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Rock music, Country rock, Country
Brantley Keith Gilbert is an American country artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal ...more
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Rhett Akins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country
Thomas Rhett Akins, Sr. is an American country singer and songwriter. Signed to Decca Records between 1994 and 1997, he released two albums for the label, followed by 1998's What Livin's All ...more
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Billy Currington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country
William Matthew "Billy" Currington is an American country music artist. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he has released five studio albums for the label: 2003's Billy ...more
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Cole Swindell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country
Cole Swindell is a songwriter.
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Normani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
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Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more ...more