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The Greatest Country Blues Songs 

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Updated January 31, 2020 498 votes 170 voters 12.8k views 41 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.

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Blind Lemon Jefferson
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Lead Belly
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Charley Patton
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Blind Willie McTell
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Big Bill Broonzy
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Son House
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Lightnin' Hopkins
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Bukka White
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Muddy Waters
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Mississippi John Hurt
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Cannon’s Jug Stompers
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Lonnie Johnson
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Elizabeth Cotten
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Memphis Jug Band
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Robert Johnson
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John Lee Hooker
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Blind Blake
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Mississippi Fred McDowell
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Pink Anderson
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Skip James
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Robert Pete Williams
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Sleepy John Estes
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Waiting for You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Country Blues Songs
Richard Miller added Mississippi John Hurt
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