The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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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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    Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons See The Best Albums Of Muddy Waters

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    Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. See The Best Albums Of B.B. King

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    I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection ... See The Best Albums Of John Lee Hooker

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    The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf

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    King of the Delta Blues Singers, The Complete Recordings, King of the ...

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    Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues See The Best Albums Of Buddy Guy

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    Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood See The Best Albums Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session, Thursday Night in San Francisco ... See The Best Albums Of Albert King

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    The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins, Mojo Hand, Texas Blues Giant See The Best Albums Of Lightnin' Hopkins

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    The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit ... See The Best Albums Of Ray Charles

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    King of the Slide Guitar: The Complete Trumpet, Chief & Fire Sessions, ... See The Best Albums Of Elmore James

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    Delta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, ... See The Best Albums Of Son House

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    At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind See The Best Albums Of Etta James

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    Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 14: T. Bone Shuffle See The Best Albums Of T-Bone Walker

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    Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues, Super Blues See The Best Albums Of Little Walter

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    I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric ... See The Best Albums Of Freddie King

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    I Am the Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, I Am the Blues: The ... See The Best Albums Of Willie Dixon

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    Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of ... See The Best Albums Of Billie Holiday

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    One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, His Best See The Best Albums Of Sonny Boy Williamson II

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    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ... See The Best Albums Of Jimi Hendrix

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    Nothing but the Blues: You Do Me Any Old Way, Where Did You Sleep Last ...

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    The Best of Johnny Winter, Anthology, Livin' in the Blues See The Best Albums Of Johnny Winter

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    Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1925–1926, ...

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    Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions

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    A Night of the Blues, The Real Blues, Messin' With the Kid: Junior Wells ... See The Best Albums Of Junior Wells

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    Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, ... See The Best Albums Of Jimmy Reed

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    The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Charley Patton, Founder of the Delta ... See The Best Albums Of Charlie Patton

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim See The Best Albums Of Eric Clapton

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    Sweeter as the Years Go By, The Soul of a Man, Praise God I'm Satisfied ...

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    Squeeze Me, The World's Greatest Blues Singer, 1923-1933 Empress of the ... See The Best Albums Of Bessie Smith

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    Collins Mix: The Best Of, Showdown!, Ice Pickin' See The Best Albums Of Albert Collins

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    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Sweet Potato Pie, The Blues Collection 25: ...

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    Rocking in Chicago 1949-53, Volume 2 The Post War Years, Nothing But the ...

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    Sassy Mama, Big Mama Swing, The Original Hound Dog

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    The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James, She Lyin', Today!

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    He's a Jelly Roll Baker, The Complete Folkways Recordings, Hot Fingers

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    Sugar Mama, Nothing but the Blues, The Blues: Chicago 1937-1945

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    Right Place, Wrong Time, Blues Masters

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    Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home, Kulanjan, The Real Thing

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    Mr. McTell Got the Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, ...

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    Driving Towards the Daylight, A New Day Yesterday, Seesaw

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    Empty Rooms, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Road Dogs

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    Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, ...

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    Complete Candid Recordings: Otis Spann/Lightnin' Hopkins Sessions (disc ...

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    Heritage of the Blues: No Monkeys on This Train, A Ass Pocket of Whiskey, ...

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    Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits ...

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    Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker, The Master of Ragtime Guitar, All ...

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    Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Road ...

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