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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
1,188 434
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
870 346
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
610 230
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

5
550 204
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
653 256
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
708 294
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
727 332
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

9
182 61
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
507 298
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
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

12
332 196
Santana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

13
158 69
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
281 160
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

15
281 161
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
200 109
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

17
266 160
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

18
136 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
260 158
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

20
244 147
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
166 92
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

22
234 150
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
157 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
179 109
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

25
107 49
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

26
188 118
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
165 100
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

28
88 36
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

29
217 147
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

30
126 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
164 103
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

32
149 92
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

33
152 96
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

34
137 83
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues

35
81 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
134 85
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

37
112 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 81
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 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
65 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

41
58 29
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added

42
79 51
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
amy-hayes added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

43
100 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
122 104
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
94 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
104 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
112 99
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

50
45 28
Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Electric blues, Country blues