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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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Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed

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Messin’ With the Kid Junior Wells

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Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters

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Smokestack Lightnin' Howlin' Wolf

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Wang Dang Doodle Koko Taylor

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Mannish Boy Muddy Waters

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Boom Boom John Lee Hooker

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Born in Chicago Paul Butterfield Blues Band

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Little Red Rooster Howlin' Wolf

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Boogie Chillen John Lee Hooker

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Walking By Myself Jimmy Rogers

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Shake Your Moneymaker Elmore James

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Give Me Back My Wig Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers

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Dimples John Lee Hooker

18
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Hey Bo Diddley Bo Diddley

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Juke Little Walter

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That’s All Right Jimmy Rogers

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All Your Love Otis Rush

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The Sun is Shining Elmore James

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Voodoo Daddy Lonnie Brooks

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Key to the Highway Big Bill Broonzy

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Don't Start Me to Talkin' Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II

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So Many Roads Otis Rush

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Five Long Years Eddie Boyd

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Little By Little Junior Wells

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Goin’ Away Baby Jimmy Rogers

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I’m a Man Bo Diddley

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Looks Like Twins Otis Spann

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