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The Best Blues Artists of All Time

Updated October 27, 2020 101.3k votes 20.8k voters 1.3m views225 items

List RulesBest 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, and for spearheading legendary tracks with their good blues bands.

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 blues greats you consider to be the top blues artists of all time.

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan1

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Jazz fusion

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  • Albert King2

    Albert King

    I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session

    Genres (Music)Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  • B.B. King3

    B.B. King

    Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music, Memphis blues, Electric blues

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  • T-Bone Walker4

    T-Bone Walker

    Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks

    Genres (Music)Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues, Blues, West Coast blues

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  • Lightnin' Hopkins5

    Lightnin' Hopkins

    The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins, Mojo Hand

    Genres (Music)Electric blues, Country blues

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  • Robert Johnson6

    Robert Johnson

    King of the Delta Blues Singers, The Complete Recordings

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  • Muddy Waters7

    Muddy Waters

    Anthology, Super Blues

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  • Willie Dixon8

    Willie Dixon

    I Am the Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz

    Genres (Music)Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  • Elmore James9

    Elmore James

    King of the Slide Guitar: The Complete Trumpet, Chief & Fire Sessions

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  • Jimi Hendrix10

    Jimi Hendrix

    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal

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  • Sonny Boy Williamson II11

    Sonny Boy Williamson II

    One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers

    Genres (Music)Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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  • The goose dude12

    The goose dude

    I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready...

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues, Funk

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  • John Lee Hooker13

    John Lee Hooker

    I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre

    Genres (Music)Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues, Blues, Country blues

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  • Howlin' Wolf14

    Howlin' Wolf

    The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article

    Genres (Music)Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  • Mississippi John Hurt15

    Mississippi John Hurt

    Today!, I'm Satisfied

    Genres (Music)Folk music, Country, Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  • Little Walter16

    Little Walter

    Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues

    Genres (Music)Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Blues

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  • Son House17

    Son House

    Delta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence

    Genres (Music)Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  • Buddy Guy18

    Buddy Guy

    Damn Right, I've Got the Blues

    Genres (Music)Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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  • Albert Collins19

    Albert Collins

    Collins Mix: The Best Of, Showdown!

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Blues

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  • Blind Lemon Jefferson20

    Blind Lemon Jefferson

    Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1925–1926

    Genres (Music)Blues

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  • Ray Charles21

    Ray Charles

    The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

    Genres (Music)Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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  • Blind Willie Johnson22

    Blind Willie Johnson

    Sweeter as the Years Go By, The Soul of a Man

    Genres (Music)Gospel music, Blues

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  • Etta James23

    Etta James

    At Last!, Tell Mama

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Jazz, Soul music

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  • Billie Holiday24

    Billie Holiday

    Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport

    Genres (Music)Torch song, Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  • Otis Rush25

    Otis Rush

    Right Place, Wrong Time

    Genres (Music)Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, Blues

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