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The Best Musical Artists From Georgia

Updated June 20, 2020 8.2k votes 477 voters 18.9k views114 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.  

  • 1
    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    James Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Zac Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
    Zac Brown (born July 31, 1978) is the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Zac Brown Band.
  • 11
    Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    TLC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Trisha Yearwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Usher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Billy Currington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Ray Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Collective Soul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Sugarland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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    Big Boi

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsSir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Gangsta Grillz X

    Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Migos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
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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,... more on Wikipedia
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