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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Muddy Waters

2
25 3
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Jimmy Reed

3
29 5
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Howlin' Wolf

4
22 3
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Muddy Waters

5
17 2
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Koko Taylor

6
17 2
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John Lee Hooker

7
11 1
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12 2
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John Lee Hooker

9
13 3
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Howlin' Wolf

10
10 1
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Elmore James

11
9 2
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Junior Wells

12
7 1
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Elmore James

13
13 8
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14
10 5
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Paul Butterfield Blues Band

15
6 1
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Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers

16
5 0
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John Lee Hooker

17
9 5
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5 2
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Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II

19
5 2
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Big Bill Broonzy

20
3 0
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Eddie Boyd

21
6 4
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Jimmy Rogers

22
5 3
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Little Walter

23
5 3
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Junior Wells

24
4 2
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3 1
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Jimmy Rogers