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.
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  1. 1
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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
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  4. 4
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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  5. 5
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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  6. 6
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    most listed Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  7. 7
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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  9. 9
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    Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  10. 10
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    Electric blues, Country blues

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  11. 11
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    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  12. 12
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    Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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  13. 13
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    Folk music, Folk, Country

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  14. 14
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  15. 15
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    Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  16. 16
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  17. 17
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
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    Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

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  19. 19
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  20. 20
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  23. 23
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    ranked low on reranks & added by ranker1995 Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  24. 24
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chicago blues, Blues

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  25. 25
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    Folk music, Country, Blues

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  26. 26
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    Country blues, Delta blues

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  27. 27
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    Gospel music, Blues

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  28. 28
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  29. 29
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    Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

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  30. 30
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    Blues

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  31. 31
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  32. 32
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  33. 33
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    Delta blues

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  34. 34
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    Blues-rock, Blues

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  35. 35
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    Jazz, Blues

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  36. 36
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    Blues

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  37. 37
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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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  38. 38
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    Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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  39. 39
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    Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks Rhythm and blues, Texas blues

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  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Bluesboy Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and 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
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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  44. 44
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    Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock

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  45. 45
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    Blues

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  46. 46
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    added by bigrockshow Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  47. 47
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    Chicago blues, Blues

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  48. 48
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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  49. 49
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    New Orleans blues, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues

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  50. 50
    Up 38
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

    open
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