100 Greatest Blues Songs

The range of emotions expressed through the blues stirs the soul. Since the genre came into being, blues songs have impacted audiences globally with their simple and meaningful lyrical prowess. Dwell in a showcase of the best blues songs.

The blues came into prominence towards the end of the 19th century. The genre took shape slowly as African-Americans started singing simple songs and narratives encompassing lyrics of everyday life. Informal singing, spiritual worship, chanting, rhymed narratives and work songs helped shape the blues genre. Blues incorporates varied influences that stem from diverse perspectives of life. The lyrics in blues songs are often about the realities of life. Blues singers and songwriters express life experiences and incidents that have taken place in their lives through songs. Traditional blues in the early years had singers speaking narratives in songs. Blues expressions

showcase varied emotions that tell a story of harsh realities. Over the years humor and dark sarcasm has become an integral part of blues songs.

The Blues Story

The 12 bar blues progression is exceedingly popular in all forms of music. During the early blues scene, lines from a song would be repeated at least 4 times in the duration of the song. As musicians experimented, traditional blues verses went through a transition. While experimentation unlocked new sounds, the blues expression to this day remains rooted in traditional blues. Various styles and techniques differentiate the blues scene. Piedmont blues, Delta blues, Country blues, Chicago blues and West Coast Blues have had a profound influence on the evolving blues scene. Blues songs have changed dramatically since the early days; however, the intensity and passion encompassed with the gravelly voices in blues contexts have remained intact.

What’s the Blues all about…

Blues singers have been known for their distinctive vocal styles. Blues songs convey a range of emotions that take listeners on a soul-stirring voyage. There is a general misconception among people that blues songs make you feel blue or rather set the tone for a depressive state of mind. It’s time to clear the cobwebs in regard with such belief. The truth is… blues is all about self-expression, and expressing all that’s within brings joy and happiness. Early blues songs talked about personal woes… lost love, parting ways and heartache in particular. Over the years humorous elements and sarcasm that pokes fun at harsh realities have become exceedingly popular in the blues scene. Even though blues has not become a commercial genre, few blues songs have gone onto become commercial anthems the world over. One thing’s for certain…the blues tradition will only get bigger.  

The lines below showcase a list of the best blues songs

100 Greatest Blues Songs

  1. Hoochie Coochie Man- Muddy Waters
  2. Boom Boom- John Lee Hooker
  3. Sweet Home Chicago- Robert Johnson
  4. Dust My Broom- Elmore James
  5. The Thrill Is Gone- B.B. King
  6. Born Under A Bad Sign- Albert King
  7. How Many More Years- Howlin’ Wolf
  8. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)- T-Bone Walker
  9. 3 O’Clock Blues- Lowell Fulson
  10. Standing At The Crossroad- Elmore James
  11. My Babe- Little Walter
  12. Messin’ With The Kid- Junior Wells
  13. Mannish Boy- Muddy Waters
  14. I Can’t Quit You Baby- Otis Rush
  15. Red House- Jimi Hendrix
  16. Good Morning Little School Girl- Muddy Waters
  17. Crazy Blues- Mamie Smith
  18. I’m Ready- Muddy Waters
  19. At Last- Etta James
  20. Rollin’ and Tumblin’- Hambone Willie Newbern
  21. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out- Bessie Smith
  22. Every Day I Have The Blues- B.B. King
  23. I’m Tore Down- Freddie King
  24. Pride and Joy- Stevie Ray Vaughn
  25. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)- Otis Rush
  26. I’m a Man- Bo Diddley
  27. Memphis Blues- W.C. Handy
  28. Me and the Devil Blues- Robert Johnson
  29. Ain’t That Lovin’ You, Baby- Jimmy Reed
  30. Stop Breaking Down- Robert Johnson
  31. Reconsider Baby- Lowell Fulson
  32. Boogie Chillen’- John Lee Hooker
  33. Little Wing- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  34. Jesus Makes Up My Dying Bed- Blind Willie Johnson
  35. Spoonful- Willie Dixon
  36. Black Angel Blues- Lucille Bogan
  37. I Ain’t Superstitious- Willie Dixon
  38. The Sky Is Crying- Elmore James
  39. Ball ‘n Chain- Big Mama Thorton
  40. The Things That I Used To Do- Guitar Slim
  41. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home- Bessie Smith
  42. Catfish Blues- Robert Petway
  43. Farther Up The Road- Bobby “Blue” Bland
  44. Statesboro Blues- Allman Brothers Band
  45. Hound Dog (Take 1)- Big Mama Thornton
  46. Smokestack Lightnin’- Howlin’ Wolf
  47. Back Door Man- Willie Dixon
  48. If Trouble Was Money- Albert Collins
  49. How Blue Can you Get- B.B. King
  50. Shake Your Moneymaker- Elmore James
  51. Pony Blues- Charley Patton
  52. Got The

    Blues For Murder Only- Lonnie Johnson
  53. My Starter Won’t Start This Morning- Lightnin Hopkins
  54. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer- Amos Milburn
  55. Let The Good Times Roll- Louis Jordan
  56. I’d Rather Go Blind- Etta James
  57. Love In Vain- Robert Johnson
  58. Wang Dang Doodle- Koko Taylor
  59. Sweet Home Chicago- Robert Johnson
  60. Texas Flood- Stevie Ray Vaughn
  61. What Kinda’ Woman Is This- Buddy Guy
  62. Pine Top Boogie- Pine Top Smith
  63. Mean Old World- T-Bone Walker
  64. Black Snake Moan- Blind Lemon Jefferson
  65. Worried Life Blues- Big Maceo Merriweather
  66. It Hurts Me Too- Elmore James
  67. Sitting On Top of The World- The Mississippi Sheiks
  68. Highway 49- Howlin’ Wolf
  69. Five Long Years- Eddie Boyd
  70. God Moves On The Water- Blind Willie Johnson
  71. Cross Road Blues- Robert Johnson
  72. Walkin’ Blues- Son House
  73. Little Red Rooster- Howlin’ Wolf
  74. Detroit Moan- Victoria Spivey
  75. I Can’t Be Satisfied- Muddy Waters
  76. Graveyard Dream Blues- Bessie Smith
  77. You Upset Me Baby- B.B. King
  78. Come On In My Kitchen- Robert Johnson
  79. Downhearted Blues- Bessie Smith
  80. See That My Grave Is kept Clean- Blind Melon Jefferson
  81. Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues- Buddy Guy
  82. It’s My Own Fault- B.B. King
  83. Floodwater Blues- Casey Bill Weldon
  84. Hellbound On My Trail- Robert Johnson
  85. Key To The Highway- Big Bill Broonzy
  86. I’m The King Bee- Slim Harpo
  87. Baby Please Don’t Go- Big Joe Williams
  88. Kissing In The Dark- Memphis Minnie
  89. Forty Four- Roosevelt Sykes
  90. Give Me Back My Wig- Hound Dog Taylor
  91. Canned Heat Blues- Tommy Johnson
  92. Where Is The Next One Coming From- Buddy Guy
  93. Kind Hearted Woman Blues- Robert Johnson
  94. How Long, How Long Blues- Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell
  95. Matchbox Blues- Blind Lemon Jefferson
  96. Stone Crazy- Buddy Guy
  97. Alabama Blues- J.B. Lenoir
  98. Got To Be Some Changes Made- Otis Rush
  99. Stop Breaking Down- Robert Johnson
  100. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss- B.B. King


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