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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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Cream 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
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
B.B. King 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
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Ten Years After Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bad Company Blues-rock, Hard rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Peter Green Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Jeff Beck Group Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Alvin Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

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George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
George Thorogood & The Destroyers Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

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Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Gary Clark, Jr. Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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J.J. Cale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
J.J. Cale Americana, Swamp pop, Tulsa Sound

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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Mountain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Albert Collins Blues-rock, Blues

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Savoy Brown Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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Taste is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Taste Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Robert Cray Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Canned Heat Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Robert Johnson Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Taj Mahal Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The J. Geils Band Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Marriott Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Faces is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Faces Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Boz Scaggs Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco