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

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689 228
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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682 229
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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530 173
Cream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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577 213
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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496 179
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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461 173
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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402 154
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
B.B. King Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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207 90
The Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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395 220
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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92 25
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added John Lee Hooker Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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273 154
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Peter Green Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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219 123
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Ten Years After Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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118 53
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added The Jeff Healey Band

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155 80
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Alvin Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

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187 103
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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86 31
George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Daniel Jenzer added George Thorogood & The Destroyers Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

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245 146
Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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216 128
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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110 51
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Albert Collins Blues-rock, Blues

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136 72
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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209 127
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bad Company Blues-rock, Hard rock

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94 41
Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Gary Clark, Jr. Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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65 20
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
selfloathingbutttoucher added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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65 20
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Canned Heat Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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198 122
The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Jeff Beck Group Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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141 79
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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120 63
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bo Diddley Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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190 118
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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181 112
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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121 66
J.J. Cale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
alleghenytrace added J.J. Cale Americana, Swamp pop, Tulsa Sound

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75 31
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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81 36
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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56 17
Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Robert Johnson Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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118 68
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Savoy Brown Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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121 71
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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47 12
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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118 71
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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101 57
Taste is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Taste Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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86 46
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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102 60
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Robert Cray Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

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143 95
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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44 16
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Howlin' Wolf Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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43 17
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Albert King Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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93 67
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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85 62
Faces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Faces Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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73 51
The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
The J. Geils Band Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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77 57
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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93 73
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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69 52
Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Marriott Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music