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The 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.

The Best Blues Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons

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    Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr.

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    I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection ...

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  4. 4
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    - 250


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

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  5. 5
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    - 215


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

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  6. 6
    + 1040
    - 221


    Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues

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    Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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    I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session, Thursday Night in San Francisco ...

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    The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit ...

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  10. 10
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    - 160


    At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind

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    + 527
    - 131


    King of the Slide Guitar: The Complete Trumpet, Chief & Fire Sessions, ...

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  12. 12
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    - 119


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

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    + 423
    - 143

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Delta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, ...

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    - 153

    ranked low on reranks
    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ...

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    + 413
    - 94


    Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 14: T. Bone Shuffle

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    - 142


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

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    + 381
    - 119


    Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues, Super Blues

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    I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric ...

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    One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, His Best

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ranker1995
    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    + 377
    - 109


    I Am the Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, I Am the Blues: The ...

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    + 357
    - 125


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

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    + 325
    - 93


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

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    + 281
    - 71


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

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    + 234
    - 68


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

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    + 263
    - 103


    Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, ...

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    + 283
    - 66


    Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions

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    + 226
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    Squeeze Me, The World's Greatest Blues Singer, 1923-1933 Empress of the ...

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    + 219
    - 91


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

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    + 200
    - 81


    The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Charley Patton, Founder of the Delta ...

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    ranked low on reranks
    Collins Mix: The Best Of, Showdown!, Ice Pickin'

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    + 190
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    Rocking in Chicago 1949-53, Volume 2 The Post War Years, Nothing But the ...

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    + 294
    - 103


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

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    + 175
    - 62


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

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    - 74


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

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    + 212
    - 83


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

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    - 68


    Right Place, Wrong Time, Blues Masters

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    + 248
    - 102


    Empty Rooms, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Road Dogs

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    - 45


    Sassy Mama, Big Mama Swing, The Original Hound Dog

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

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    - 105

    added by bigrockshow
    Driving Towards the Daylight, A New Day Yesterday, Seesaw

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    + 211
    - 64


    Duane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, ...

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    + 115
    - 51


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

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    - 48


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

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    + 159
    - 64


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

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    - 7

    ranked low on reranks & added by tamás-vandlik
    Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Dock of the Bay, The Immortal Otis ...

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    + 112
    - 72

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 in Chronological Order, Volume 5: 27 ...

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    + 161
    - 58


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

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    - 27

    added by RobDurrant
    Deuce, Jinx, Tattoo

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    - 43


    About Them Shoes, I Know You, Kings of Chicago Blues

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