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.

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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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4,675 1,154
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

See: The Best Albums Of B.B. King

2
4,086 1,139
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons

See: The Best Albums Of Muddy Waters

3
2,637 734
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
2,436 743
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf

5
2,536 707
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection

See: The Best John Lee Hooker Albums

6
3,060 702
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

See: The Best Albums Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

7
2,099 693
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

See: The Best Albums Of Buddy Guy

8
1,589 389
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

See: The Best Albums Of Albert King

9
1,127 316
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

See: The Best Albums Of Lightnin' Hopkins

10
1,031 289
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

See: The Best Albums Of Elmore James

11
860 318
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

See: The Best Albums Of Son House

12
1,634 537
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 12 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

See: The Best Albums Of Ray Charles

13
1,333 396
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind

See: The Best Albums Of Etta James

14
833 209
T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 14: T. Bone Shuffle

See: The Best Albums Of T-Bone Walker

15
899 215
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

See: The Best Albums Of Freddie King

16
780 230
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, His Best

See: The Best Albums Of Sonny Boy Williamson II

17
954 321
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 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

See: The Best Albums Of Billie Holiday

18
792 207
Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 18 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

See: The Best Albums Of Willie Dixon

19
1,686 390
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 19 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

See: The Best Albums Of Jimi Hendrix

20
760 255
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues, Super Blues

See: The Best Albums Of Little Walter

21
623 240
Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
745 255
Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
The Best of Johnny Winter, Anthology, Livin' in the Blues

See: The Best Albums Of Johnny Winter

23
607 152
Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions

24
1,950 498
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
ranker1995 added 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

See: The Best Albums Of Eric Clapton

25
513 150
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