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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
700 269
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
629 238
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

4
1,343 612
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

5
751 312
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
967 448
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

7
277 82
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

8
788 449
Cream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
375 182
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

10
809 493
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

11
220 94
George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Daniel Jenzer added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

12
564 358
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

13
310 171
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

14
370 216
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

15
184 79
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

16
381 225
Santana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

17
292 160
The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

18
307 172
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

19
235 123
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

20
318 190
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

21
128 47
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

22
184 96
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

23
269 165
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
139 61
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

25
194 106
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added