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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
682 259
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
615 231
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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1,302 597
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

5
729 305
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
945 438
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
269 79
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
slaft added Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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772 438
Cream is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
360 179
Ten Years After is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

10
791 481
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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206 87
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
553 352
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

13
373 221
Santana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

14
363 214
Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

15
303 170
John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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173 75
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

17
281 159
The Jeff Beck Group is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

18
295 171
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Hard rock

19
227 122
Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Swing music

20
306 185
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
mkhrrs89 added Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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123 45
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
roy-stewart added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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181 95
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

23
190 103
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
annmarieq777 added

24
264 164
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
133 58
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