Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in South Carolina or bands formed in South Carolina.

Here are the best artists and bands from South Carolina. Particularly known for its influences in the bluegrass, country, R&B, rock, and jazz genres, the Palmetto State has produced a number of memorable acts over the decades. It is also the birthplace of beach music, so if you have ever boogied while hanging out with your friends on the shoreline, then you can thank South Carolina. The best musical artists from South Carolina come from all over the state, but they have all entertained audiences with their talent. 

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, was born in Barnwell but later moved to Georgia when he was still a child. South Carolina is also the state where Hootie & the Blowfish. Singer Darius Rucker and lead guitarist Mark Bryan met when they attended the University of South Carolina. Many bands have similar stories, and some other big bands that got their start in the state include Band of Horses, Crossfade, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Other popular South Carolina artists include Eartha Kitt, Jeezy, Carolina Liar, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.

Have you ever thought about who the most famous musical artists from South Carolina are? You will definitely see some big names on this list that come from a range of decades. After you read through them, vote for the singers and bands you like best. 

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Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld. As of July 2010, the band ...more
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21 4
Darius Rucker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Country
Darius Carlos Rucker is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in ...more
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Angie Stone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B
Angie Stone is an American soul/neo soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Stone has been most successful on the R&B charts, ...more
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Jump, Little Children is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Indie rock, Baroque pop
Jump, Little Children was a band formed in 1991 in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Known for their unique sound, energetic live performances, and willingness to interact with fans, ...more
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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz, Bebop
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz ...more
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7 0
Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
The Sparkletones were an American rock and roll/rockabilly group from Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
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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14 3
Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Torch song, Cabaret, Vocal jazz
Eartha Mae Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of ...more
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11 2
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock
Band of Horses, originally known briefly as Horses, is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band has released four studio albums, the most successful of which is ...more
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8 1
Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Rock music, Rock and roll
Chubby Checker is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In ...more
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7 1
The Explorers Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
The Explorers Club Pop rock, Rock and roll, Surf music
The Explorers Club are a Pop rock band from the coast of South Carolina. They are a 6 man band whose debut album was released by Dead Oceans. The music of their first album is heavily influenced ...more
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8 2
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll
The Marshall Tucker Band is an American Southern rock/country rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel helped ...more
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8 2
Carolina Liar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
Carolina Liar is an American alternative rock band. Lead vocalist Chad Wolf is originally from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, but other members originate from Stockholm, Sweden.
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10 4
Crossfade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
Crossfade is an American rock band from Columbia, South Carolina. Their current members are Ed Sloan on lead vocals and guitar, Les Hall on lead guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, and Mitch ...more
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Gus Aiken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Gus Aiken
Augustus "Gus" Aiken was an early jazz trumpeter who also did blues. He started with the Jenkins Orphanage band. He was first recorded professionally in 1919. In the 1920s he worked ...more
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The Independents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Horror punk, Ska punk, Ska
The Independents are a horror-punk/ska band from Florence, South Carolina, USA.
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8 4
Aaron Tippin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Country
Aaron Dupree Tippin is an American country music artist and record producer. Initially a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music, he gained a recording contract with RCA Nashville in 1990. His debut ...more
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8 4
Guyana Punch Line is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Thrashcore, Hardcore punk
Guyana Punch Line was an American hardcore punk band from South Carolina that existed from 1998 until 2003.
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8 4
Young Jeezy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Pop rap
Jay Wayne Jenkins, better known by his stage name Young Jeezy or simply Jeezy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the de facto leader of Southern hip hop group ...more
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8 4
Rob Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music
Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas is an American singer and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo ...more
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7 3
Hundredth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Hundredth Christian music, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore
Hundredth is an American melodic hardcore band from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that formed in 2008. Hundredth formed in 2008 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their debut record When Will We Surrender was ...more
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7 3
Nile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Technical death metal, Brutal death metal, Death metal
Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, ...more
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6 2
The Movement is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
The Movement Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae
The Movement is an American band originally formed in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2004. The two founding members, Josh Swain and Jordan Miller, then relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more
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I Nine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
I Nine Pop rock
I Nine were a pop rock band formed c. 2004. Their hit song, "Seven Days of Lonely," was released through iTunes in September 2007 and has since become popular. Their debut studio ...more
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David Ball is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From South Carolina
Country
David Ball is an American country music artist. Active since 1988, he has recorded a total of seven studio albums on several different labels, including his platinum certified debut Thinkin' ...more