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
    Up 255
    Down 70

    the people's #1
    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 190
    Down 49

    most listed
    Howlin' Wolf

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 206
    Down 57
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    98
  4. 4
    Up 211
    Down 43
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    97
  5. 5
    Up 250
    Down 64
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    97
  6. 6
    Up 171
    Down 42
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    94
  7. 7
    Up 114
    Down 37
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 88
    Down 28
    Rhythm and blues, Blues More
    86
  9. 9
    Up 188
    Down 61
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    84
  10. 10
    Up 108
    Down 30
    Folk music, Folk, Country More
    84
  11. 11
    Up 87
    Down 36
    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues More
    82
  12. 12
    Up 92
    Down 23
    Electric blues, Country blues More
    82
  13. 13
    Up 78
    Down 25
    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 90
    Down 25
    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    77
  15. 15
    Up 75
    Down 30
    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    74
  16. 16
    Up 84
    Down 34
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    74
  17. 17
    Up 116
    Down 45
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
  18. 18
    Up 51
    Down 24
    Rhythm and blues, Blues More
    72
  19. 19
    Up 68
    Down 25
    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues More
    69
  20. 20
    Up 47
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Junior Wells

    Chicago blues, Blues More
    66
  21. 21
    Up 62
    Down 33
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    65
  22. 22
    Up 150
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    64
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  23. 23
    Up 66
    Down 24
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    62
  24. 24
    Up 59
    Down 30
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues More
    61
  25. 25
    Up 53
    Down 18
    Folk music, Country, Blues More
    59
  26. 26
    Up 79
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    59
  27. 27
    Up 53
    Down 17
    Gospel music, Blues More
    58
  28. 28
    Up 57
    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Blues More
    58
  29. 29
    Up 40
    Down 17
    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual More
    58
  30. 30
    Up 48
    Down 18
    Blues More
    57
  31. 31
    Up 34
    Down 19
    Country blues, Delta blues More
    56
  32. 32
    Up 33
    Down 14
    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 51
    Down 29
    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 33
    Down 12
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    55
  35. 35
    Up 53
    Down 20
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    54
  36. 36
    Up 36
    Down 16
    Delta blues More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 39
    Down 15
    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 33
    Down 18
    Jazz, Blues More
    51
  39. 39
    Up 26
    Down 13
    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 31
    Down 13
    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock More
    50
  41. 41
    Up 24
    Down 17
    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues More
    50
  42. 42
    Up 20
    Down 10
    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues More
    49
  43. 43
    Up 16
    Down 8
    Chicago blues, Blues More
    49
  44. 44
    Up 23
    Down 16
    Blues More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 25
    Down 13
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues More
    49
  46. 46
    Up 22
    Down 18
    Jazz, Blues More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 26
    Down 16
    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues More
    48
  48. 48
    Up 18
    Down 8
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    48
  49. 49
    Up 21
    Down 6
    Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues More
    47
  50. 50
    Up 19
    Down 14
    47
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