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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
1,120 393
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
839 310
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
624 235
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

5
681 262
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
528 190
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

7
582 220
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

8
707 294
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

9
492 269
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

10
163 59
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

11
318 182
Santana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

12
321 191
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

13
264 151
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

14
266 154
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
143 65
George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Daniel Jenzer added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock

16
255 153
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

17
127 55
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

18
256 156
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

19
189 105
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

20
234 143
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
155 84
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

22
175 104
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

23
224 147
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
160 94
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
147 86
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

26
180 115
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
97 45
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
tina c added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
209 143
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

29
159 100
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
133 79
Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blues

31
118 66
Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

32
142 90
Savoy Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

33
146 94
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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106 59
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

35
75 34
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

36
73 34
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

37
126 84
Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

38
106 74
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

39
116 84
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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75 48
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

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105 81
Faces is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

42
119 99
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

43
57 34
Steve Miller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Joop van Summeren added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

44
93 73
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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49 27
The Paul Butterfield Blues Ban... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
John Parrish added

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95 78
Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues

47
91 74
Boz Scaggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

48
110 96
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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83 69
Steve Marriott is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

50
91 79
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music