Top 5 Songs from Macon Artists

By Guest Gatekeeper Ben Sandifer, read about Ben>>

There is a lot of Buzz these days about things that are Macon Made and attention on those that consider themselves Macon Makers. Well here is our TOP 5 List for the Best Songs ever made by Maconites. Macon Made Music consist of some of the best musical talent in the country so this was no easy TOP 5 list to compile. A shout out to our Guest Gatekeeper, Ben Sandifer from Solid Gold Sock Hop for putting together this list of the best Macon Made songs.

1.      (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding 

This classic hit the charts just two months after Otis Redding’s untimely death in 1967. It reached #1 on March 16, 1968, and stayed there for four weeks.  This was not only Redding’s biggest all-time hit, but also the biggest posthumous hit by any artist on any charts. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay earned two Grammy awards and continues to be one of the most-played songs on classic hits and oldies stations today. Listen>>


2.      Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band

Though no members of the band was originally from Macon, they launched their career here and lived in Macon during the southern rock days. Ramblin’ Man, written by Dickey Betts at The Big House reached #2 in 1973. The song was from the band’s only #1 album, Brothers And Sisters. This was also the biggest hit single for Macon-based Capricorn Records. Listen>>

3.      Losing My Religion – R.E.M.

Neither Bill Berry nor Mike Mills was born in Macon. But both members of this Athens-based band lived here, and both graduated from Northeast High School.  Losing My Religion from Out Of Time, one of the group’s most commercially-successful albums, reached #4 in 1991. Listen>>


4.      Long Tall Sally – Little Richard

Born in Macon on December 5, 1932, “the architect of rock ‘n roll” developed his style here in the early 1950’s.  He had three hits to reach #1 on the rhythm and blues charts, but Long Tall Sally was the biggest – a #6 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 in 1956.  The Beatles covered this song on their second album released in the U.S. Listen>>


5.      Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

When you release 6 albums and 21 singles (to date) how do you pick only one, especially since 12 of those singles have been #1 on the country charts?  For Jason Aldean, Dirt Road Anthem was his biggest crossover hit, reaching #7 on the Hot 100 chart in addition to being a #1 country hit.  Jason is one of two famous graduates of Macon’s Windsor Academy. The other is Nancy Grace. Listen>>

If you like this list about Macon Made Music then check out the TOP 5 Songs that mention Macon, Ga. by name


Ben Sandifer is a former top 40 radio DJ, with a passion for the music and related information presented on Solid Gold Sock Hop each week. Ben is the managing partner of GMS Advertising & Productions, a full-service advertising agency and production company located in Macon, Georgia. GMS has earned 6 Gabby awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and was named 2012 Small Business of the Year for Specialized Services by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce/Macon Economic Development Corporation. Ben is also a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (Radio Advertising Bureau) and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.