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The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

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Combining bluesy improvs over traditional 12-bar blues, blues rock bands are some of the most important bands in music history. The best blues rock bands are oftentimes - and rightfully so - considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time. Blues rock became popular in the UK and U.S. in the 1960s at the onset of the rock explosion and these bands took elements from traditional blues music and amplified it through the use of electric guitars, explosive bass lines and heavy drum beats. Over time, blues rock evolved to include heavy riffs that came to include elements of hard rock as well. That said, blues rock bands are some of the most beloved and the best blues bands have a legacy that goes far beyond their best songs.

So, what are the best blues rock bands? When people think of blues rock, names of famous bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers Band and solo blues artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and B.B. King often come up. These top bands are widely known as some of the best blues rock artists of all time. Primarily known for being guitar rock driven, the best blues rock bands have awesome guitar solos that are often times more memorable than a song's lyrics, which is a testament to the brilliant musicianship in these songs. Even as modern blues rock bands hit the scene, these bands have secured their place in history, many of the strength of their guitarists alone. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best blues rock bands. If you think a good band is missing from this list, and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best blues-rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest blues-rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular blues-rock bands that you might've heard of.

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    Americana, Swamp pop, Tulsa Sound

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by annmarieq777

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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