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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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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons
2
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
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
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
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
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues
7
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood
8
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
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
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
Son House is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind
13
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
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
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric Ballroom
17
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
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
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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
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
Big Mama Thornton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Sassy Mama, Big Mama Swing, The Original Hound Dog
22
Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions
23
Blind Lemon Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Charley Patton, Founder of the Delta Blues, This Is the Blues
25
Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 25 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