The Best Blues Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    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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    The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf

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

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    Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


    Stevie Ray Vaughan 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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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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

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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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    Etta James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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

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    T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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

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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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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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    Jimi Hendrix 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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    Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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

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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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    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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    Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions

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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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    Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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

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    Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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

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

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

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    John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


    John Mayall Empty Rooms, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Road Dogs

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

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    Sassy Mama, Big Mama Swing, The Original Hound Dog

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

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    Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


    Otis Rush Right Place, Wrong Time, Blues Masters

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    Memphis Minnie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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    Memphis Minnie Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 in Chronological Order, Volume 5: 27 ...

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    Driving Towards the Daylight, A New Day Yesterday, Seesaw

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

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

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

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    Mother of the Blues, Madam Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 1923-1928, Ma ...

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

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    The End of the Game, In the Skies, White Sky

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    R. L. Burnside is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time


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

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