Songs inspired by Charleston + South Carolina

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Living in the Lowcountry is definitely unique. From the many beautiful beaches, to the fine food and culture, it’s not hard to believe that Charleston could inspire a song (or two or three). We’ve rounded up some tunes that are either from Lowcountry artists or songs that are simply inspired by the coastal city + Palmetto State

Dive in and jam out to these songs that are sure to put Carolina on your mind

🎵 “You Can Have Charleston” | Darius Rucker | It’s no secret – Darius Rucker, who was once a member of the popular group, Hootie and the Blowfish, is a Charleston gem + living legend (there’s even a street named after him). Listen up to him paint the picture of a Charleston scene that includes The Battery, cobblestone streets, oak trees + more. 

🎵 “Sink ‘Em Low” | Ranky Tanky | This Gullah music group from the Lowcountry seamlessly incorporates the Gullah culture + history in this song with the sound of jazz, rhythm and blues + more. The song is full of Charleston soul. 

🎵”Coast of Carolina” | Jimmy Buffet | The coastal city that we live in might have just inspired Jimmy Buffet to to sing this song + some people might have spotted him surfing on Folly Beach in years past

🎵 “Under the Boardwalk” | The Drifters | Did you know that there is a state dance called “the shag”? This song about having fun + admiring the boardwalk is known to go with the state’s dance. The song’s mention of admiring the boardwalk makes it a timeless beach tune. 

🎵 “Carolina in the Morning” | Judy Garland | “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning…” This song speaks of the appreciation of being in the Carolinas.

🎵 “Waltz for a Girl in South Carolina” | Brett Shady | This singer talks about the “sweet summer wind” in South Carolina + a girl from the Palmetto State he can’t stop thinking about. 

🎵 “South Carolina Blues” | Junior League Band | This tune about the “South Carolina Blues” is upbeat and fun to hear + includes various instruments throughout the song. 

🎵 “Carolina County Ball” | Elf | Imagine a “Carolina County Ball” on a “boogie woogie Friday night”. This song is just as the title describes, a party with friends in the good ol’ Carolina. 

🎵 “Rising Water” | The High Divers | Ever just wanted to make a song about all the flooding that takes place in the Holy City? This local rock band did just that. 

🎵 “The Twist” | Chubby Checker | How can you have a song list inspired by the Lowcountry without South Carolina native Chubby Checker? This song from the 1960s became a massive hit (and still is a classic dance song today). Come on, do The Twist.