Songs The Best Electric Blues Songs  

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The best electric blues songs add an extra dimension to this classic genre. Simply put, electric blues is any blues performed on an electric or amplified instrument, including electric guitar. All types of blues, including Chicago blues, Delta blues, and Piedmont blues can be electric. It all depends on the instrument used to play the music.

Some of the top electric blues songs date back decades. T-Bone Burnett is considered by many to be the first electric blues star. Muddy Waters, a name synonymous with the blues, plugged in his guitar after leaving for Chicago. The result? Songs like "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Mannish Boy," and countless other iconic electric blues songs were born. Other notable artists included on this good electric blues songs list include B.B. King, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Elmore James, and Otis Rush.

Electric blues has remained popular, with many modern-era blues artists plugging in and offering up their versions of famous electric blues songs, as well as originals. From the 1960s sounds of Paul Butterfield to the unforgettable sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan, these are songs built to withstand the passage of time.

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Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan

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26 8
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B.B. King

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23 6
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Muddy Waters

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21 9
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Muddy Waters

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24 14
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Stevie Ray Vaughan

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11 3
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Howlin' Wolf

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14 6
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John Lee Hooker

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15 7
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15 7
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Elmore James

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12 5
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Howlin' Wolf

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9 3
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Sonny Boy Williamson

12
11 5
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Elmore James

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13 7
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Koko Taylor

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18 13
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Buddy Guy

15
10 6
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Robert Cray, The Robert Cray Band

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9 5
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Magic Sam

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8 4
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7 5
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Little Walter

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6 4
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T-Bone Walker

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6 4
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Lightnin' Hopkins

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5 3
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Little Milton

22
8 7
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Robert Cray, The Robert Cray Band

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6 5
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4 3
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Sonny Boy Williamson

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8 8
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan