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Combining bluesy improvs over traditional 12-bar blues, blues rock bands are some of the most important bands in music history. The best blues rock bands are oftentimes - and rightfully so - considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time. Blues rock became popular in the UK and U.S. in the 1960s at the onset of the rock explosion and these bands took elements from traditional blues music and amplified it through the use of electric guitars, explosive bass lines and heavy drum beats. Over time, blues rock evolved to include heavy riffs that came to include elements of hard rock as well. That said, blues rock bands are some of the most beloved and the best blues bands have a legacy that goes far beyond their best songs.

So, what are the best blues rock bands? When people think of blues rock, names of famous bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers Band and solo blues artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and B.B. King often come up. These top bands are widely known as some of the best blues rock artists of all time. Primarily known for being guitar rock driven, the best blues rock bands have awesome guitar solos that are often times more memorable than a song's lyrics, which is a testament to the brilliant musicianship in these songs. Even as modern blues rock bands hit the scene, these bands have secured their place in history, many of the strength of their guitarists alone. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best blues rock bands. If you think a good band is missing from this list, and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best blues-rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest blues-rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular blues-rock bands that you might've heard of.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

2
1,192 438
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
874 350
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

4
615 230
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

5
553 204
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

6
656 256
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
711 298
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
730 336
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

9
185 62
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

10
509 303
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

11
335 197
Santana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

12
283 160
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

13
336 199
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

14
159 70
George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Daniel Jenzer added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

15
282 162
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

16
268 161
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

17
201 110
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

18
137 61
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

19
261 158
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

20
246 147
The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

21
159 87
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

22
236 150
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
166 93
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

24
189 118
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

25
179 110
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

26
166 100
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

27
107 50
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
220 147
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

29
90 37
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

30
128 70
Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

31
155 96
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

32
164 104
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
151 93
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

34
138 84
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues

35
83 37
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

36
136 86
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

37
113 67
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

38
116 82
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

39
120 89
Taste is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

40
66 35
Steve Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Joop van Summeren added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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80 51
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
amy-hayes added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

42
58 30
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added

43
101 77
The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

44
97 76
Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

45
123 104
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
106 87
Faces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

47
98 80
Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

48
106 90
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

49
113 101
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

50
92 83
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music