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The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists  

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Delta blues artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good delta blues bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top delta blues bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Delta blues groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all delta blues bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest delta blues bands of all time, since the most famous delta blues artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best delta blues music.

You can click on the delta blues band names to see more information about that particular notable delta blues group. If they're near the top of the best delta blues artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top delta blues bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the delta blues band names themselves.

Artists here include everything from Muddy Waters to John Lee Hooker. What's your favorite item on this list? Upvote it and a few more you like to see your opinions impact the order. Not a fan of Robert Johnson or Taj Mahal? Then give them a thumbs down so that the list counts your vote.

All important, significant and iconic names in delta blues music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new delta blues bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of delta blues, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into delta blues music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good delta blues bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent delta blues bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best delta blues bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest delta blues musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular delta blues bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Rock music, Blues, Country blues
2
Son House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Blues, Country blues, Delta blues
3
Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
4
John Lee Hooker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues
5
Charlie Patton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Country blues, Delta blues
6
Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
ScottHarbison added Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
7
Skip James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Delta blues
8
Mississippi John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Folk music, Country, Blues
9
Mississippi Fred McDowell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
10
Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk, Country
11
Bukka White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Country blues, Delta blues
12
Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues
13
R. L. Burnside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Garage rock
14
Junior Kimbrough is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Juke joint blues, Country blues
15
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Blues, Delta blues
16
Pinetop Perkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Boogie-woogie, Piano blues
17
Robert Lockwood Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Country blues
18
Willie Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Country blues, Delta blues
19
Furry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Country blues, Delta blues
20
Earl Hooker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Blues, Delta blues
21
Robert Belfour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Country blues, Delta blues
22
Big Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Delta blues
23
Blind Blake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Ragtime, Piedmont blues
24
Robert Petway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Blues, Delta blues
25
T-Model Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Delta Blues Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Juke joint blues