bands/musicians The Best Blues Artists of All Time  

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List Rules Best artists of the blues genre--a style that originated in African-American communities in the Deep South of the U.S.

Whether you like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, or that bluesy broad Etta James, there's now denying they're all some of the most famous blues musicians of all time. This list of blues singers, ranks the best blues music artists, singers, and musicians, and has been voted on and ranked by blues fans worldwide. Add your own list or vote on the top blues artist in history here. These best blues singers are known for their great voices and music that will stand the test of time.

Note that this ranking is for blues artists only - no best blues/blues rock bands here. Many of the greatest bluesmen, old blues singers, and female blues artists are sadly no longer with us, but their legacies live on, often in rock artists who sold millions more records with versions of classic blues songs written by these great blues legends.

Who are the greatest blues artists? These are best blues musicians the world has to offer, from the Mississippi Delta to the streets of Chicago, Detroit, and even London. Make sure to vote for the musicians you consider to be the top blues artists of all time.

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Muddy Waters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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B.B. King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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John Lee Hooker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Howlin' Wolf 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Robert Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Buddy Guy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Stevie Ray Vaughan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Albert King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Lightnin' Hopkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Ray Charles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Elmore James 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Son House 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Etta James 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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T-Bone Walker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Little Walter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Freddie King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Willie Dixon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Billie Holiday 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Sonny Boy Williamson II 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Jimi Hendrix 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Johnny Winter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Huddie William Ledbetter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Blind Lemon Jefferson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Mississippi John Hurt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Junior Wells 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Jimmy Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Charlie Patton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Blind Willie Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Eric Clapton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Bessie Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Albert Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time
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Robert Cray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Big Bill Broonzy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Big Mama Thornton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Skip James 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Lonnie Johnson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Sonny Boy Williamson I 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Otis Rush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Taj Mahal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Blind Willie McTell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Memphis Minnie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Joe Bonamassa 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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John Mayall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Bobby Bland 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Otis Spann 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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R. L. Burnside 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Big Joe Turner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Duane Allman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Blind Blake 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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John Mayall & the Bluesbreaker... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Blues Artists of All Time