Songs The Best Delta Blues Songs  

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The best delta blues songs celebrate the influential musical sounds that came out of the Mississippi Delta region of the country. Delta blues is a very early form of the blues, born in the late 1920s. It remained popular for about a decade, but today, it is as popular as ever with blues aficionados. If you’re looking to begin learning about the blues, start with this list of good delta blues songs.

Some of the most iconic blues artists in music history were delta blues musicians. Noteworthy artists on this list include the incomparable Robert Johnson (“Cross Road Blues,” “Kindhearted Woman Blues,” and “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day”), Charley Patton (“Mississippi Boweavil Blues”), Tommy Johnson (“Canned Heat Blues,” “Cool Drink of Water Blues”), and Mississippi Fred McDowell (“My Baby Don’t Treat Me Like Humankind”). You'll note that this list highlights individual artists - that's because solo performances were common in delta blues.

Take a listen to these famous delta blues songs and vote your favorites up to the top of the list.

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Son House

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15 2
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Robert Johnson

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11 1
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13 2
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Bukka White

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10 1
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Skip James

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10 1
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6 2
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5 2
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Bukka White

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4 1
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Robert Johnson

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3 0
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Muddy Waters

12
3 0
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8 6
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Big Joe Williams

14
3 1
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3 1
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Mississippi Fred McDowell

16
4 3
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Elmore James

17
4 3
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Johnny Shines

18
4 3
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Tommy Johnson

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1 0
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Blind Willie McTell

20
1 0
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Elmore James

21
1 0
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Willie Brown

22
2 2
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Willie Brown

23
1 1
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B.B. King

24
1 1
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1 1
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Big Joe Williams

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1 1
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Robert Petway

27
0 0
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Sleepy John Estes

28
0 0
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Mississippi John Hurt

29
0 0
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Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds

30
0 0
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Mississippi Fred McDowell

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0 0
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Joe Calicott

32
0 0
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0 0
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Arthur Crudup

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0 1
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Big Bill Broonzy

35
0 2
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Robert Lockwood