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The Best Chicago Blues Songs 

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Updated January 31, 2020 411 votes 96 voters 3.4k views 36 items

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
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Howlin' Wolf
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Jimmy Reed
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Muddy Waters
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John Lee Hooker
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Koko Taylor
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Howlin' Wolf
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John Lee Hooker
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Elmore James
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Junior Wells
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Paul Butterfield Blues Band
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Elmore James
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Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers
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John Lee Hooker
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Eddie Boyd
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Lonnie Brooks
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Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II
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Jimmy Rogers
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Otis Rush
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Jimmy Rogers
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Otis Spann
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Little Walter