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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Goodnight, Irene Lead Belly

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Baby Please Don’t Go Lightnin' Hopkins

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Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell

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Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor Mississippi John Hurt

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Down the Dirt Road Blues Charley Patton

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Fixin' to Die Blues Bukka White

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Kind Hearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson

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Careless Love Lonnie Johnson

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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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In the Jailhouse Now Pink Anderson

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Walkin' Blues Son House

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Burr Clover Blues Muddy Waters

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Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten

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Stealin’, Stealin’ Memphis Jug Band

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One Thing for Sure Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

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Louis Collins Mississippi John Hurt

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Mojo Hand Mississippi Fred McDowell

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Early Morning Blues Blind Blake

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Bad Company Brought Me Here Reverend Gary Davis

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Katie Mae Blues Lightnin' Hopkins

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New Jelly Roll Blues Peg Leg Howell

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Falling Down Blues Furry Lewis

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Almost Dead Blues Robert Pete Williams

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Lorenzo Blues Skip James

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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Special Agent Blues Sleepy John Estes

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Bye Bye Baby Yank Rachell

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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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Hey Little Girl Little Sonny

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Twelfth Street Rag Bob Brozman

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Lonesome Katy Joe Callicot

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Mint Julep Etta Baker

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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