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.
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  1. 1
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

    open
  2. 2
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    Down 101

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

    open
  3. 3
    Up 292
    Down 75

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    open
  4. 4
    Up 302
    Down 78

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    open
  5. 5
    Up 246
    Down 57

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    open
  6. 6
    Up 302
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    open
  7. 7
    Up 170
    Down 47

    most listed Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    open
  8. 8
    Up 308
    Down 83

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    open
  9. 9
    Up 130
    Down 40

    Rhythm and blues, Blues

    open
  10. 10
    Up 143
    Down 32

    Electric blues, Country blues

    open
  11. 11
    Up 127
    Down 48

    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

    open
  12. 12
    Up 141
    Down 43

    Folk music, Folk, Country

    open
  13. 13
    Up 108
    Down 36

    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

    open
  14. 14
    Up 117
    Down 33

    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

    open
  15. 15
    Up 132
    Down 47

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    open
  16. 16
    Up 107
    Down 38

    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    open
  17. 17
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    Down 59

    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  18. 18
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

    open
  19. 19
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    Down 34

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

    open
  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ranker1995 Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    open
  21. 21
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    Down 42

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

    open
  22. 22
    Up 98
    Down 31

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

    open
  23. 23
    Up 65
    Down 36

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chicago blues, Blues

    open
  24. 24
    Up 142
    Down 27

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

    open
  25. 25
    Up 88
    Down 41

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

    open
  26. 26
    Up 76
    Down 22

    Folk music, Country, Blues

    open
  27. 27
    Up 51
    Down 17

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

    open
  28. 28
    Up 82
    Down 28

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

    open
  29. 29
    Up 79
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    Blues-rock, Blues

    open
  30. 30
    Up 72
    Down 23

    Gospel music, Blues

    open
  31. 31
    Up 55
    Down 25

    Country blues, Delta blues

    open
  32. 32
    Up 56
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    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

    open
  33. 33
    Up 67
    Down 23

    Blues

    open
  34. 34
    Up 31
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks & added by Bluesboy Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    open
  35. 35
    Up 48
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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

    open
  36. 36
    Up 72
    Down 39

    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

    open
  37. 37
    Up 54
    Down 24

    Delta blues

    open
  38. 38
    Up 18
    Down 1

    ranked low on reranks Blues

    open
  39. 39
    Up 51
    Down 24

    Jazz, Blues

    open
  40. 40
    Up 40
    Down 18

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

    open
  41. 41
    Up 39
    Down 19

    Blues

    open
  42. 42
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    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

    open
  43. 43
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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock

    open
  44. 44
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

    open
  45. 45
    Up 34
    Down 4

    ranked low on reranks Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

    open
  46. 46
    Up 26
    Down 11

    Chicago blues, Blues

    open
  47. 47
    Up 30
    Down 13

    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

    open
  48. 48
    Up 34
    Down 11

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    open
  49. 49
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    Down 11

    added by bigrockshow Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

    open
  50. 50
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    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues

    open
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