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.

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
    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  3. 3
    + 706
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

    ) open
  4. 4
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    - 147

    most listed
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 778
    - 139


    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

    ) open
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 849
    - 182


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  8. 8
    + 458
    - 94


    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  9. 9
    + 346
    - 73


    Electric blues, Country blues

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  10. 10
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  11. 11
    + 324
    - 87


    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  12. 12
    + 416
    - 109


    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  13. 13
    + 275
    - 92


    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  14. 14
    + 264
    - 72


    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

    ) open
  15. 15
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    - 91


    Folk music, Folk, Country

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  16. 16
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    - 99


    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  17. 17
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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  18. 18
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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

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  21. 21
    + 262
    - 63


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  22. 22
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ranker1995
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy
  23. 23
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    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Gospel music, Blues

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  25. 25
    + 148
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    Chicago blues, Blues

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  26. 26
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    - 47


    Country blues, Delta blues

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  27. 27
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    - 59

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  28. 28
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    - 49


    Jazz, Blues

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  29. 29
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    - 44
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  30. 30
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    - 43


    Folk music, Country, Blues

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  31. 31
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    - 66


    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  32. 32
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    - 51


    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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  33. 33
    + 175
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    Blues-rock, Blues

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    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  36. 36
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    Delta blues

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    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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  38. 38
    + 104
    - 46


    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    - 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues

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  40. 40
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    - 29

    added by Bluesboy
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  41. 41
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  42. 42
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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  43. 43
    + 99
    - 24


    Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

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  44. 44
    + 120
    - 38


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  45. 45
    + 78
    - 23


    Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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  46. 46
    + 85
    - 39


    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  47. 47
    + 175
    - 58

    ranked low on reranks & added by bigrockshow
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  48. 48
    + 63
    - 34


    Chicago blues, Blues

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  49. 49
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    - 40


    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock

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    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues

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