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The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists  

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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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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music
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John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues
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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues
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Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion
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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
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John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues
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Cream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
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Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
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Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues
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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock
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Santana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music
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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues
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Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music
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The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added