Bands/Musicians The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists  

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Chicago blues artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good chicago blues bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top chicago blues bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Chicago blues groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all chicago blues bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest chicago blues bands of all time, since the most famous chicago blues artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best chicago blues music.

You can click on the chicago blues band names to see more information about that particular notable chicago blues group. If they're near the top of the best chicago blues artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top chicago blues bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the chicago blues band names themselves.

List artists include Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and more. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top of the list. Be sure to thums up artists like Howlin' Wolf or Bo Diddley if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in chicago blues music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new chicago blues bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of chicago blues, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into chicago blues music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good chicago blues bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent chicago blues bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best chicago blues bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest chicago blues 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 chicago blues bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

2
83 14
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

3
91 25
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

4
59 10
Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

5
62 14
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

6
33 4
Hound Dog Taylor & The Housero... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

7
53 12
Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

8
55 14
Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

9
53 14
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

10
36 7
Magic Sam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

11
28 4
Otis Spann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

12
28 4
Pinetop Perkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Boogie-woogie, Piano blues

13
39 10
T-Bone Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Jump blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues

14
41 13
Lonnie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Louisiana blues

15
30 5
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

16
34 9
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

17
36 11
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

18
33 9
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

19
30 7
Hubert Sumlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

20
18 2
Big Bill Broonzy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

21
25 5
Mississippi Heat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

22
24 5
Jimmy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

23
47 24
Toronzo Cannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
BChamplin added

24
20 3
Robert Lockwood Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Country blues

25
25 10
John Primer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

26
16 4
Jimmy Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

27
17 5
J.B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

28
17 5
Eddy Clearwater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues

29
13 2
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
bill-skarbek added Rhythm and blues, Blues

30
16 5
Willie
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Delta blues

31
12 2
Tampa Red is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

32
13 3
Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

33
15 5
Tab Benoit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Swamp blues

34
15 5
Lurrie Bell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

35
17 7
Billy Branch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

36
18 8
Wayne Baker Brooks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Electric blues

37
18 8
Lil' Ed Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

38
15 6
A.C. Reed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues

39
15 7
Earl Hooker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues, Delta blues

40
10 3
Leroy Carr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Piedmont blues

41
12 5
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

42
11 6
Little Johnny Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

43
11 6
Snooky Pryor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues, Delta blues

44
11 6
Chico Banks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues

45
8 3
Sam Lay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Jazz

46
8 3
Eddie C. Campbell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

47
9 4
Ranker Video
Dimples2 added

48
9 4
John Brim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

49
11 7
Luther Tucker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Jazz

50
9 5
Eddie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues