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The Best Musical Artists From Georgia

Updated February 19, 2021 10.6k votes 751 voters 37.4k views115 items

List RulesOnly 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

    AlbumsThe 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
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    Otis Redding

    Southern soul, Soul blues

    AlbumsOtis 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
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    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsAt 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
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    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop

    AlbumsLive 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
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    Little Richard

    Jump blues, Rock music

    AlbumsHere'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
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    R.E.M.

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsMurmur, 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
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    Alan Jackson

    Country, Neotraditional country

    AlbumsLet It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West, What I Do, Drive

    Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country singer and songwriter. He is known for honoring a “traditional country” musical style, and for penning many of his own songs....  more
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    Gladys Knight

    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

    AlbumsGladys Knight and the Pips, Before Me, Many Different Roads, At Last, Good Woman

    Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944), known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is known for...  more
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    The B-52's

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsThe B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation, Love Shack

    The B-52s (styled as The B-52's prior to 2008) is an American new wave band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals,...  more
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    Zac Brown (born July 31, 1978) is the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Zac Brown Band....  more
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    AlbumsA Travis Tritt Christmas: A Loving Time of Year, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Country Club, The Restless Kind, No More Looking Over My Shoulder

    James Travis Tritt (born February 9, 1963) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1989, releasing seven studio albums and a greatest hits...  more
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    André 3000

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsRoyal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing, The Sleazy Remix

    André Lauren Benjamin (born May 27, 1975), better known by his stage name André 3000 (formerly Dre), is an American musician and actor best known for being part of hip hop duo Outkast alongside...  more
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    Usher

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsConfessions, Rhythm City, Volume 1: Caught Up (bonus disc), My Way, Usher

    Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age...  more
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    TLC

    Hip hop music, Girl group

    AlbumsCrazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D, FanMail, Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC

    TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was very...  more
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    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsCollective Soul, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, Dosage, Collective Soul, Blender

    Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia. Now based in Atlanta, the group consists of lead vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin,...  more
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    Ludacris

    Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

    AlbumsTheater of the Mind, Word of Mouf, Back For the First Time, The Red Light District, Rest of My Life

    Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), known professionally as Ludacris (), is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris is the founder of Disturbing tha Peace. Ludacris has won Screen...  more
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    Brenda Lee

    Pop music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsRockin' Around The Christmas Tree, A Brenda Lee Christmas, Anthology, Volume 1: 1956-1961, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee

    Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley; December 11, 1944) is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US...  more
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    Trisha Yearwood

    Country pop, Country

    AlbumsThe Sweetest Gift, Hearts in Armor, Inside Out, Trisha Yearwood, Jasper County

    Patricia Lynn Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is an American country music artist, actress, author, television personality and celebrity chef. She rose to fame with her 1991 debut single "She's in...  more
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    Jason Aldean

    Country rock

    AlbumsRelentless, My Kinda Party, She's Country, Jason Aldean, Wide Open

    Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record...  more
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    Ray Stevens

    Pop music, Novelty song

    AlbumsHis All-Time Greatest Comic Hits, He Thinks He's Ray Stevens, Gitarzan, Ear Candy, Collector's Series

    Harold Ray Ragsdale (born January 24, 1939), known professionally as Ray Stevens, is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian, known for his Grammy-winning recordings "Everything Is...  more
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    Sugarland

    Country pop, Pop music

    AlbumsLove on the Inside, Gold and Green, Stuck Like Glue, Sugarland, Enjoy the Ride

    Sugarland is an American country music duo consisting of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) and Kristian Bush (vocals, guitar, mandolin). Sugarland was founded in 2002 by Kristen Hall...  more
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    AlbumsDoin' Somethin' Right, We Are Tonight, Enjoy Yourself, Little Bit of Everything, Billy Currington

    William Matthew Currington (born November 19, 1973) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2003, he has released six studio albums for the label:...  more
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    Migos

    Hip hop, Trap

    AlbumsYoung Rich N*ggas, Versace, No Label 2, Fight Night, The Green Album

    Migos is an American hip hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia. The group consists of Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset. Members Quavo and Takeoff are uncle and nephew; Offset is Quavo's cousin and also...  more
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    Ma Rainey

    Jazz, Blues

    AlbumsMother of the Blues, Madam Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 1923-1928, Ma Rainey, Countin' the Blues, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Georgia Cakewalk

    "Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett, September 1882 or April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues...  more
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    Luke Bryan

    Country

    AlbumsI’ll Stay Me, Tailgates & Tanlines, Doin' My Thing, Crash My Party, Spring Break… Here to Party

    Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with...  more