Soul The Best Chicago Blues Songs  

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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.

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Jimmy Reed

2
25 2
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Muddy Waters

3
26 5
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Howlin' Wolf

4
17 2
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Koko Taylor

5
20 3
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Muddy Waters

6
11 1
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7
13 2
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John Lee Hooker

8
9 1
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Elmore James

9
11 3
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Howlin' Wolf

10
9 2
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John Lee Hooker

11
9 2
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Junior Wells

12
5 0
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John Lee Hooker

13
6 1
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Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers

14
13 8
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15
6 1
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Elmore James

16
9 5
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17
9 5
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Paul Butterfield Blues Band

18
5 2
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Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II

19
3 0
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Eddie Boyd

20
6 4
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Jimmy Rogers

21
5 3
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Little Walter

22
5 3
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Junior Wells

23
4 2
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24
4 2
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Big Bill Broonzy

25
3 1
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Lonnie Brooks

26
3 1
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Jimmy Rogers

27
2 0
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Otis Rush

28
3 2
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Otis Rush

29
3 2
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30
3 2
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Bo Diddley

31
3 2
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Jimmy Rogers

32
5 5
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Bo Diddley

33
2 2
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34
1 1
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Otis Spann

35
0 3
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