Songs About Georgia
One day I was thinking…there sure are a lot of songs about Georgia. Just off the top of my head I could immediately recall several. I began to wonder why so many songs are either about Georgia or mention Georgia. I decided it’s because it’s such a wonderful place!
Georgia is extremely diverse – both physically and culturally. You name it, we got it! We have mountains, rivers, waterfalls, beaches, islands, huge lakes, thriving cities, little towns, farms, industries, marshes, estuaries, a huge swamp, and acres and acres of forests. We also have Tallulah Gorge, which I believe is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi.
The state has several interstate highways, including 75, 85, 20, 95, and 16. In addition, we have the best secondary road system in the U.S. At the other end of the spectrum, we still have plenty of remote dirt roads that are perfect for a nice stroll or for horseback riding.
What else we got? Lots of history – Civil War battle fields, antebellum plantations, Native American sites, old lighthouses, and historic cities like Savannah, which was spared by Sherman on his march to the sea.
We also have great colleges like the University of Georgia, Mercer, Emory, Georgia State University, and many others, along with college and professional sports teams.
Georgia has the world’s largest aquarium, theme parks, art galleries, museums, state and regional parks, a national seashore with wild horses, and one of the top U.S. zoos. We Georgians love life and will use any excuse to hold a festival. Take, for instance the Watermelon Festival, the Grits Festival, the Possum Festival, The Gnat Festival, Mule Day, the Swamp Fest, the Big Pig Jig, the Vidalia Onion Festival, the Arts in Black Festival, Wildlife Week, the Peanut Festival, the Pecan Festival, the Sweet Potato Festival, the Cotton Pickin’ Festival, and the Rattlesnake Festival.
Want recreation? We have horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, great golf courses (including the Master’s), tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, panning for gold, mining for gemstones, white water rafting, tubing, jet skiing, and water skiing. In the winter, the mountains often provide sledding.
The people of Georgia, for the most part, are warm and wonderful. We believe in Southern hospitality and show it even to our Yankee visitors (lol!). Sure we have a few rednecks, but we also have our share of urban professionals. I’d venture to say that most of us are somewhere in between!
Dang – it’s no wonder there are so many songs about Georgia! Then again, it could be because it’s one of the few states’ names with just two syllables.
Enjoy these great songs about “The Empire State of the South”! And please, if you know any other songs about my state, let me know so I can add it to the list!
1. “Augusta” by Pinmonkey
You'll have to go here to listen to this song:
2. "Rambling Man" by the Allman Brothers
3. "Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton
4. "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" by Lobo
5. "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips
6. "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles
7. "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels
8. "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
9. "Ole Tennessee" by Dan Fogelberg
Yep, it's about Georgia, too! This is an awesome song - one of my all time faves! If you don't listen to any other song on this hub, PLEASE listen to this one. Rest in peace, Dan.
10. "Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee" by Alan Jackson
11. "Good Directions" by Billy Currington
This is a cute song.
12. "Meet in the Middle" by Diamond Rio
13. "The South's Gonna Do It Again" by Charlie Daniels
14. "Tim McGraw" by Taylor Swift
15. "Georgia Rain" by Trisha Yearwood
Ms. Yearwood owns a home in my hometown. This is another beautiful song.
16. "Watermelon Crawl" by Tracy Byrd
17. "Doraville" by Atlanta Rhythm Section
Doraville is a town in metro Atlanta.
18. "Blood Red and Goin' Down" by Tanya Tucker
19. "Everywhere" by Tim McGraw
20. "The Old Red Hills of Home" by Parade
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21. "Lonesome Boy from Dixie" by Charlie Daniels
22. "Red Georgia Hills"
I don't know who sang this, but it's a great old Bluegrass tune.
23. "Walkin' Back to Georgia" by Jim Croce
I love Jim Croce! The original version wasn't available, but this guy does a good job. "Hard lovin' Georgia girl" - that's me!
24. "Pine Box" by Doug Stone
If you've never heard this song, get out the kleenex!
25. "Christmas in Dixie" by Alabama
26. "Can't You See" by Marshall Tucker Band
Another one of my all time favorites!
27. "Sweet Southern Comfort" by Buddy Jewell
28. "American Dream" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
29. "Why Georgia" by John Mayer
I wasn't sure this song was about the state of Georgia - then I read that it is. Mayer moved to Atlanta in 1997.
30. A commenter tipped me off about this song by Shenandoah - "Moon over Georgia."
31. And how could I have forgotten this classic - "The Night the Lights went out in Georgia"? It was first sung by Vickie Lawrence, and later by Reba McEntire. The original version is below.
32. Here's another recommended by a reader - "Georgia on a Fast Train," by Billy Joe Shaver.
33. "Highway 20 Ride," by Zac Brown Band. Ralwus suggested this one, and it's a great song!
34. "Ole Red," by Blake Shelton. This ballad tells the story of a dog, a GA prison, and a smart inmate.
35. "Georgia," by Elton John. Utopiarun introduced me to this song.
36. "Oh, Atlanta," by Allsion Kraus. Fellow hubber G.M. Cruz tipped me off to this song. Thanks!
37. "Georgia Clay," by Josh Kelley.
38. "Country Girl" (Shake it for Me), by Luke Bryan.
39. "Georgia Women," by Hill Country Revue.
40. "Head's in Georgia," by Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale.
41. Fellow hubber Alastar Packer reminded me about this one: "Copper Line," by the great James Taylor.
42. Alastar Packer introduced me to this song about the Civil War: "Catoosa County," by Shawn Mullins.
43. "Chicken Fried," by Zac Brown Band.
44. "Toes," by Zac Brown Band. This is a really cute, catchy song.