country music The Greatest Country Blues Songs  

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Country blues songs are some of the most melancholy – and memorable – songs ever written. Put simply, a country blues (or “folk blues”) song typically involves a singer, an acoustic guitar, and a whole lot of feelings. Put less simply, country blues is kind of a catch-all genre that draws upon musical elements from gospel to ragtime and beyond.

What types of music will you hear as you look over this list? Some of these top country blues songs are more along the lines of traditional blues, while others display influences that are open to interpretation. The artists included in this list of country blues songs don't just hail from the South, though certainly plenty of them were or are from spots like Texas and Mississippi. But chances are you'll recognize their names: famous country blues songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bukka White, Blind Willie McTell, and Mississippi John Hurt all appear here.

Take a listen to these good country blues songs, and vote the tracks you consider best up to the top of the list. You can also add any great songs that are missing.

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Matchbox Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson

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Burr Clover Blues Muddy Waters

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Goodnight, Irene Lead Belly

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Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell

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Baby Please Don’t Go Lightnin' Hopkins

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Key to the Highway Big Bill Broonzy

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Walk Right In Cannon’s Jug Stompers

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Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor Mississippi John Hurt

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Fixin' to Die Blues Bukka White

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Down the Dirt Road Blues Charley Patton

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Katie Mae Blues Lightnin' Hopkins

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Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten

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Careless Love Lonnie Johnson

Cute Babies Who Grew Up to Be Movie Stars

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Stealin’, Stealin’ Memphis Jug Band

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New Jelly Roll Blues Peg Leg Howell

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Walkin' Blues Son House

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Falling Down Blues Furry Lewis

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Kind Hearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson

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In the Jailhouse Now Pink Anderson

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One Thing for Sure Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Country Singers Who Died Young

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Bad Company Brought Me Here Reverend Gary Davis

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Bye Bye Baby Yank Rachell

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Mojo Hand Mississippi Fred McDowell

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Lorenzo Blues Skip James

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Special Agent Blues Sleepy John Estes

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Almost Dead Blues Robert Pete Williams

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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M & O Blues Willie Brown

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Blues for Chris Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden

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Whistling Blues Guitar Shorty

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Early Morning Blues Blind Blake

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Hey Little Girl Little Sonny

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Mint Julep Etta Baker

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Twelfth Street Rag Bob Brozman

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Knothole Blues Frank Floyd

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Louis Collins Mississippi John Hurt

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Lonesome Katy Joe Callicot

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State Street Rag Howard Armstrong

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Nola Rag Corey Harris