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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87 14
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

2
106 22
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

3
64 10
Willie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Jump blues, Chicago blues, Rock music

4
94 27
Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

5
65 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
55 13
Otis Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

7
56 14
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

8
56 15
Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

9
34 5
Hound Dog Taylor & The Housero... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

10
30 4
Pinetop Perkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Boogie-woogie, Piano blues

11
30 4
Otis Spann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

12
21 2
Big Bill Broonzy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Folk music, Spiritual

13
42 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
31 5
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

15
36 9
Magic Sam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Blues

16
38 11
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

17
35 9
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

18
32 7
Hubert Sumlin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

19
36 10
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

20
42 15
Lonnie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Louisiana blues

21
26 5
Jimmy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

22
25 7
Mississippi Heat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

23
47 26
Toronzo Cannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
BChamplin added

24
20 5
Robert Lockwood Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Country blues

25
15 2
Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
bill-skarbek added Rhythm and blues, Blues

26
15 3
Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

27
25 12
John Primer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

28
18 6
J.B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

29
17 6
Willie
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Delta blues

30
17 6
A.C. Reed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues

31
13 3
Tampa Red is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

32
16 6
Jimmy Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

33
17 7
Eddy Clearwater is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues

34
17 7
Earl Hooker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues, Delta blues

35
18 8
Billy Branch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

36
19 9
Lil' Ed Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

37
12 3
Leroy Carr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Piedmont blues

38
14 5
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

39
15 6
Lurrie Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues

40
15 7
Tab Benoit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Swamp blues

41
18 10
Wayne Baker Brooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Electric blues

42
10 3
Sam Lay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Jazz

43
13 6
Snooky Pryor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues, Delta blues

44
13 7
Luther Tucker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Rock music, Jazz

45
12 7
Chico Banks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues

46
9 5
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Dimples2 added

47
7 3
Scrapper Blackwell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Piedmont blues

48
11 8
Little Johnny Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues

49
10 7
Johnnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Jazz

50
9 6
John Brim is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues