Bands/Musicians The Best Blues Artists of All Time  

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

Whether you like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, or that bluesy broad Etta James, there's now denying they're all some of the most famous blues musicians of all time. This list of blues singers, ranks the best blues music artists, singers, and musicians, and has been voted on and ranked by blues fans worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the top blues artist in history here. These best blues singers are known for their great voices and music that will stand the test of time.

Note that this ranking is for blues artists only - no best blues/blues rock bands here. Many of the greatest bluesmen, old blues singers, and female blues artists are sadly no longer with us, but their legacies live 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 greatest blues artists? 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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4,885 1,306
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King
2
4,301 1,240
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons
3
2,858 825
Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
King of the Delta Blues Singers, The Complete Recordings, King of the Delta Blues
4
2,672 790
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection
5
2,578 832
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf
6
3,284 749
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood
7
2,220 762
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues
8
1,667 406
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session, Thursday Night in San Francisco
9
1,192 328
Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins, Mojo Hand, Texas Blues Giant
10
1,094 297
Elmore James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
King of the Slide Guitar: The Complete Trumpet, Chief & Fire Sessions, The Classic Early Recordings
11
1,402 419
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind
12
920 328
Son House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Delta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Son House
13
1,708 566
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas
14
833 235
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, His Best
15
938 221
Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric Ballroom
16
1,002 335
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of Billie Holiday
17
1,778 415
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
18
869 216
T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 14: T. Bone Shuffle
19
797 258
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues, Super Blues
20
848 211
Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I Am the Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story
21
2,051 520
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
ranker1995 added 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim
22
659 246
Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Nothing but the Blues: You Do Me Any Old Way, Where Did You Sleep Last Night: Lead Belly Legacy, Volume 1
23
779 270
Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The Best of Johnny Winter, Anthology, Livin' in the Blues
24
643 159
Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions
25
551 157
Blind Lemon Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1925–1926, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order