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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Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell

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Fixin' to Die Blues Bukka White

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Burr Clover Blues Muddy Waters

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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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Goodnight, Irene Lead Belly

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Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor Mississippi John Hurt

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Walkin' Blues Son House

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Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten

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Down the Dirt Road Blues Charley Patton

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Careless Love Lonnie Johnson

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Baby Please Don’t Go Lightnin' Hopkins

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Katie Mae Blues Lightnin' Hopkins

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Stealin’, Stealin’ Memphis Jug Band

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New Jelly Roll Blues Peg Leg Howell

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Falling Down Blues Furry Lewis

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Kind Hearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson

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One Thing for Sure Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

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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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Lorenzo Blues Skip James

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Mojo Hand Mississippi Fred McDowell

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In the Jailhouse Now Pink Anderson

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Special Agent Blues Sleepy John Estes

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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Almost Dead Blues Robert Pete Williams

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M & O Blues Willie Brown

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Whistling Blues Guitar Shorty

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Blues for Chris Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden

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Early Morning Blues Blind Blake

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Hey Little Girl Little Sonny

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Twelfth Street Rag Bob Brozman

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Mint Julep Etta Baker

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Lonesome Katy Joe Callicot

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Louis Collins Mississippi John Hurt

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Knothole Blues Frank Floyd

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State Street Rag Howard Armstrong

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Nola Rag Corey Harris