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Best Blues Artists of All Time

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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 Criteria: Best artists of the blues genre--a style that originated in African-American communities in the Deep South of the U.S.

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    the people's #1
    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 42
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 132
    Down 37

    most listed
    Howlin' Wolf

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    97
  4. 4
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    96
  5. 5
    Up 144
    Down 34
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    95
  6. 6
    Up 122
    Down 32
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    93
  7. 7
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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 131
    Down 45
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    85
  9. 9
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    Down 25
    Rhythm and blues, Blues More
    84
  10. 10
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    Folk music, Folk, Country More
    82
  11. 11
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    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues More
    81
  12. 12
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    Electric blues, Country blues More
    80
  13. 13
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    80
  14. 14
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    77
  15. 15
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    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues More
    76
  16. 16
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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    76
  17. 17
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    73
  18. 18
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    73
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  19. 19
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues More
    72
  20. 20
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    69
  21. 21
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    Down 20
    Rhythm and blues, Blues More
    69
  22. 22
    Up 37
    Down 20
    Chicago blues, Blues More
    67
  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    65
  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues More
    63
  25. 25
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    Down 16
    Folk music, Country, Blues More
    62
  26. 26
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    Blues-rock, Blues More
    62
  27. 27
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    Gospel music, Blues More
    61
  28. 28
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    Blues More
    60
  29. 29
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    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual More
    60
  30. 30
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    Down 8
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    59
  31. 31
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    59
  32. 32
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    Down 15
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    59
  33. 33
    Up 25
    Down 9
    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music More
    58
  34. 34
    Up 23
    Down 18
    Country blues, Delta blues More
    58
  35. 35
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    Down 15
    Delta blues More
    57
  36. 36
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    Down 13
    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues More
    56
  37. 37
    Up 25
    Down 11
    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock More
    56
  38. 38
    Up 21
    Down 10
    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    56
  39. 39
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    Down 23
    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues More
    56
  40. 40
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    Down 15
    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues More
    56
  41. 41
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    Jazz, Blues More
    55
  42. 42
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    Down 15
    Jazz, Blues More
    54
  43. 43
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    Down 16
    Blues More
    54
  44. 44
    Up 13
    Down 7
    Chicago blues, Blues More
    53
  45. 45
    Up 14
    Down 6
    Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues More
    53
  46. 46
    Up 19
    Down 15
    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues More
    53
  47. 47
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    Down 13
    Country blues, Delta blues More
    53
  48. 48
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    Jazz, Blues More
    52
  49. 49
    Up 17
    Down 10
    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues More
    52
  50. 50
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    Down 7
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    52
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