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.

Whether you like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, or that bluesy broad Etta James, there's now denying they're all some of the most famous blues musicians of all time. This list of blues singers, ranks the best blues music artists, singers, and musicians, and has been voted on and ranked by blues fans worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the top blues artist in history here. These best blues singers are known for their great voices and music that will stand the test of time.

Note that this ranking is for blues artists only - no best blues/blues rock bands here. Many of the greatest bluesmen, old blues singers, and female blues artists are sadly no longer with us, but their legacies live 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 greatest blues artists? 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.

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    the people's #1 Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  2. 2
    + 1059
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  3. 3
    + 612
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    most listed Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  4. 4
    + 692
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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  5. 5
    + 612
    - 140

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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  6. 6
    + 625
    - 140

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  7. 7
    + 821
    - 178

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  8. 8
    + 403
    - 87

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    + 278
    - 80

    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  10. 10
    + 301
    - 66

    Electric blues, Country blues

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  11. 11
    + 360
    - 101

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  12. 12
    + 453
    - 121

    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 244
    - 87

    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  14. 14
    + 246
    - 74

    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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  15. 15
    + 255
    - 92

    Folk music, Folk, Country

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  16. 16
    + 255
    - 83

    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  17. 17
    + 245
    - 61

    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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  18. 18
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  19. 19
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  20. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  21. 21
    + 234
    - 58

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  22. 22
    + 481
    - 108

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

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  23. 23
    + 384
    - 71

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

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  24. 24
    + 139
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chicago blues, Blues

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  25. 25
    + 158
    - 39

    Folk music, Country, Blues

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  26. 26
    + 169
    - 45

    Gospel music, Blues

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  27. 27
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    - 55

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  28. 28
    + 122
    - 42

    Country blues, Delta blues

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  29. 29
    + 153
    - 46
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  30. 30
    + 132
    - 50

    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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  31. 31
    + 129
    - 50

    Jazz, Blues

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    + 177
    - 47

    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Blues

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  33. 33
    + 148
    - 55

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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

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  35. 35
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    Delta blues

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  36. 36
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    - 42

    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    + 106
    - 32

    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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  38. 38
    + 103
    - 28

    added by Bluesboy Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  39. 39
    + 128
    - 48

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  40. 40
    + 135
    - 57

    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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  41. 41
    + 83
    - 46
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  42. 42
    + 66
    - 25

    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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  43. 43
    + 88
    - 21

    ranked low on reranks Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

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  44. 44
    + 75
    - 41

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jazz, Blues

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  45. 45
    + 79
    - 37

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  46. 46
    + 95
    - 27

    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  47. 47
    + 68
    - 32

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chicago blues, Blues

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  48. 48
    + 135
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    ranked low on reranks & added by bigrockshow Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  49. 49
    + 93
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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock

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  50. 50
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    Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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