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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Matchbox Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson

2
12 5
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Goodnight, Irene Lead Belly

3
9 4
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Baby Please Don’t Go Lightnin' Hopkins

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7 3
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Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor Mississippi John Hurt

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10 7
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10 7
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Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell

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7 4
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Burr Clover Blues Muddy Waters

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6 3
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Careless Love Lonnie Johnson

9
6 3
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Kind Hearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson

10
5 2
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Walk Right In Cannon’s Jug Stompers

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4 1
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In the Jailhouse Now Pink Anderson

12
7 5
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Fixin' to Die Blues Bukka White

13
7 5
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Down the Dirt Road Blues Charley Patton

14
6 4
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Key to the Highway Big Bill Broonzy

The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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7 6
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Walkin' Blues Son House

16
5 4
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Katie Mae Blues Lightnin' Hopkins

17
4 3
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Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten

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3 2
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New Jelly Roll Blues Peg Leg Howell

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3 2
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Stealin’, Stealin’ Memphis Jug Band

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3 2
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Falling Down Blues Furry Lewis

21
3 2
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One Thing for Sure Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

The Best Rock Vocalists

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2 1
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Mojo Hand Mississippi Fred McDowell

23
2 1
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Bad Company Brought Me Here Reverend Gary Davis

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1 1
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Lorenzo Blues Skip James

25
1 1
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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

26
1 1
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Early Morning Blues Blind Blake

27
1 1
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Almost Dead Blues Robert Pete Williams

28
1 1
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Louis Collins Mississippi John Hurt

Country Singers Who Have Had Cancer

29
1 1
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Special Agent Blues Sleepy John Estes

30
2 3
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Bye Bye Baby Yank Rachell

31
1 2
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M & O Blues Willie Brown

32
0 1
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Whistling Blues Guitar Shorty

33
0 1
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Hey Little Girl Little Sonny

34
0 1
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Blues for Chris Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden

35
0 1
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Twelfth Street Rag Bob Brozman

36
0 1
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Knothole Blues Frank Floyd

37
0 1
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Lonesome Katy Joe Callicot

38
0 1
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Mint Julep Etta Baker

39
0 1
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State Street Rag Howard Armstrong

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Nola Rag Corey Harris