The best Chicago blues songs capture one of the most prolific - and greatest - eras in the genre. The blues music that grew and evolved in Chicago had its own unique sound. Many Southern blues artists migrated north to Chicago, seeking fame, fortune, and recognition for their talents. They sure found it in the Windy City.
Good Chicago blues songs often focus on classic blues subjects – love, lost love, dancing, more lost love. But they also offer up a more electric sound. Many of the artists, including superstars like Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, brought the unique sound of electric instruments to their Chicago blues hits. You’ll find several tunes from Waters and Diddley, along with other favorite artists like Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, and John Lee Hooker, on this Chicago blues songs list.
What are the top Chicago blues songs of all time? That’s for you to decide. Take a look (and a listen) at the famous songs listed here, and vote on your personal favorites.