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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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    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Santana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Americana, Swamp pop, Tulsa Sound

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    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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    Mountain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Blues

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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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, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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    Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Coverdale/Page is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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