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.

list ordered by

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32 16
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Blind Lemon Jefferson

2
13 8
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Lead Belly

3
10 7
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Lightnin' Hopkins

4
9 6
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Charley Patton

5
8 5
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Mississippi John Hurt

6
12 10
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11 9
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Blind Willie McTell

8
8 6
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Bukka White

9
7 5
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Robert Johnson

10
7 5
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Lonnie Johnson

11
7 5
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Big Bill Broonzy

12
6 4
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Cannon’s Jug Stompers

13
5 3
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Elizabeth Cotten

14
5 3
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Pink Anderson

15
4 2
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Memphis Jug Band

16
8 7
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Son House

17
7 6
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Muddy Waters

18
3 2
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

19
2 1
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Mississippi John Hurt

20
2 1
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Mississippi Fred McDowell

21
2 1
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Blind Blake

22
2 1
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Reverend Gary Davis

23
5 5
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Lightnin' Hopkins

24
3 3
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Peg Leg Howell

25
1 1
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Sleepy John Estes

26
1 1
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John Lee Hooker

27
1 1
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Robert Pete Williams

28
1 1
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Skip James

29
3 4
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Furry Lewis

30
2 3
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Yank Rachell

31
1 2
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Willie Brown

32
0 1
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Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden

33
0 1
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Guitar Shorty

34
0 1
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Little Sonny

35
0 1
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Bob Brozman

36
0 1
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Joe Callicot

37
0 1
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Etta Baker

38
0 1
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Frank Floyd

39
0 1
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Howard Armstrong

40
0 3
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Corey Harris