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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
1,155 425
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
858 335
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
601 227
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

5
544 202
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
641 251
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
697 285
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
719 322
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

9
178 60
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
502 289
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

11
330 194
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

12
328 193
Santana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

13
154 67
George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Daniel Jenzer added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

14
274 159
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

15
271 160
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

16
262 160
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
132 59
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

18
258 157
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

19
195 109
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

20
242 147
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
162 89
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

22
231 148
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
155 87
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

24
164 97
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

25
178 109
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

26
185 118
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
216 147
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

28
102 49
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

29
163 102
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
121 69
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
147 92
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

32
151 96
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

33
83 36
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

34
136 83
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues

35
80 36
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
110 64
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

37
132 85
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

38
113 78
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

39
118 88
Taste is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

40
79 51
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
amy-hayes added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

41
62 35
Steve Miller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Joop van Summeren added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

42
55 29
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added

43
98 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
106 86
Faces is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

45
121 103
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
98 79
Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

47
93 76
Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

48
112 98
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

49
103 89
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
RobinGallego added Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

50
84 73
Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music