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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

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1,245 499
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
649 244
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

4
588 216
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

5
698 285
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
911 395
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
746 350
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
767 389
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

9
223 72
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
306 173
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

11
179 80
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
530 341
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

13
352 209
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

14
355 212
Santana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

15
290 167
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

16
268 153
The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

17
220 118
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

18
294 175
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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283 169
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

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116 41
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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151 71
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

22
172 91
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

23
252 159
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
180 101
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

25
102 39
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

26
121 55
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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192 117
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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155 86
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues

29
234 154
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

30
197 125
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

31
140 76
Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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178 109
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

33
171 112
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
156 99
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

35
160 104
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

36
145 92
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

37
118 73
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
71 32
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added

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132 95
Taste is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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74 41
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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90 58
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
120 89
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

43
111 83
Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

44
110 83
The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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116 91
Faces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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107 83
Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

47
130 113
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
55 31
Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Electric blues, Country blues

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112 96
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
54 32
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music