Country Music The Greatest Country Blues Songs  

Ranker Music
382 votes 116 voters 8.8k views 40 items

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

1
38 18
Ranker Video
Blind Lemon Jefferson

2
17 9
Ranker Video
Lead Belly

3
14 7
Ranker Video
Charley Patton

4
15 9
Ranker Video
Blind Willie McTell

5
9 5
Ranker Video
Mississippi John Hurt

6
8 4
Ranker Video
Cannon’s Jug Stompers

7
13 10
Ranker Video

8
11 8
Ranker Video
Lightnin' Hopkins

9
10 7
Ranker Video
Bukka White

10
7 4
Ranker Video
Elizabeth Cotten

11
6 3
Ranker Video
Memphis Jug Band

12
9 7
Ranker Video
Son House

13
8 6
Ranker Video
Robert Johnson

14
8 6
Ranker Video
Big Bill Broonzy

15
7 5
Ranker Video
Lonnie Johnson

16
5 3
Ranker Video
Pink Anderson

17
3 1
Ranker Video
Mississippi John Hurt

18
7 6
Ranker Video
Muddy Waters

19
3 2
Ranker Video
Willie Brown

20
3 2
Ranker Video
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

21
2 1
Ranker Video
Mississippi Fred McDowell

22
2 1
Ranker Video
Blind Blake

23
2 1
Ranker Video
Reverend Gary Davis

24
5 5
Ranker Video
Lightnin' Hopkins

25
3 3
Ranker Video
Peg Leg Howell