Best Blues Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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Best Blues Artists of All Time

List Criteria: Best artists of the blues genre--a style that originated in African-American communities in the Deep South of the U.S.

List of the best blues artists of all time, voted on and ranked by blues fans worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the top blues artist in history here. Note that this ranking is for blues artists only - we will do a separate list of the best blues/blues rock bands of all time. Many of the greatest bluesmen are sadly no longer with us, but their legacy lives on, often in rock artists who sold millions more records with versions of classic blues songs written by these great blues legends.

Who are the best blues artists of all time? These are best blues musicians the world has to offer, from the Mississippi Delta to the streets of Chicago, Detroit, and even London. Make sure to vote for the musicians you consider to be the top blues artists of all time.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  2. 2
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    most listed Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  3. 3
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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  4. 4
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  5. 5
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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  6. 6
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  7. 7
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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  8. 8
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    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  10. 10
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    Folk music, Folk, Country

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  11. 11
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    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  12. 12
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    Electric blues, Country blues

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  13. 13
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    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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  14. 14
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  15. 15
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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  16. 16
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  17. 17
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  19. 19
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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  20. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chicago blues, Blues

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  21. 21
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  22. 22
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ranker1995 Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  26. 26
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    Folk music, Country, Blues

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  27. 27
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    Blues-rock, Blues

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  28. 28
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    Gospel music, Blues

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  29. 29
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    Country blues, Delta blues

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  30. 30
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    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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  31. 31
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    Blues

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  32. 32
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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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  33. 33
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    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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  34. 34
    Up 39
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  35. 35
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  36. 36
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    Delta blues

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  37. 37
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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  38. 38
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    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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  39. 39
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    Jazz, Blues

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  40. 40
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  41. 41
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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock

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  42. 42
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    Blues

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  43. 43
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    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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  44. 44
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    Chicago blues, Blues

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  45. 45
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  46. 46
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    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues

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  47. 47
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jazz, Blues

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  48. 48
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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues

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  49. 49
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    Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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  50. 50
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    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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