Monday, September 10, 2018

Top 50 Blues Albums of All Time

This list started as a post on the DMDB Facebook page (Top 10 Blues and Blues/Rock Albums) on 2/23/2010. It has been expanded and refocused on just blues albums, although some albums still making the cut are arguably more in the blues/rock genre (Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan).

The list was created, as are most DMDB lists, by aggregating multiple best-of lists, both those focused specifically on the blues and those on all albums regardless of genre, alongside sales, chart data, and album ratings. Here are the results:

1. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
2. B.B. King: Live at the Regal (live, 1964)
3. John Mayall & the Blues Breakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
4. The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones (aka ‘England’s Newest Hitmakers’) (1964)
5. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Texas Flood (1983)
6. Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ in the Moonlight/Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilations: 1951-62, released in 1959 and 1962) *
7. Bessie Smith: The Essential (compilation: 1923-1933, released 1997)
8. Muddy Waters: At Newport (1960)
9. ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)
10. Bobby “Blue” Bland: Two Steps from the Blues (1956-60)

11. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (1994)
12. Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
13. Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
14. Eric Clapton & B.B. King: Riding with the King (2000)
15. Robert Cray: Strong Persuader (1986)
16. Muddy Waters: Best of/His Best 1947-55 (compilations: 1947-55, released 1958 and 1997)
17. Charlie Patton: Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34, released 1969)
18. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
19. Willie Dixon/various artists: The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-69, released 1988)
20. Magic Sam: West Side Soul (1967)

21. Albert Collins: Ice Pickin’ (1978)
22. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: In Step (1989)
23. Eric Clapton: Me and Mr. Johnson (covers: 2004)
24. Muddy Waters: Hard Again (1977)
25. Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying – The History of (compilation: 1951-63, released 1993)
26. Howlin’ Wolf: The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-73, released 1991)
27. Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour ’74 (live: 1974)
28. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)
29. Skip James: The Complete Early Recordings (compilation: 1930, released 1994)
30. B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail (live: 1970, released 1971)

31. Muddy Waters: Folksinger (1964)
32. Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East West (1966)
33. Big Joe Turner: Boss of the Blues (1956)
34. Muddy Waters: The Real Folk Blues (compilation: 1947-64, released 1966)
35. Blind Willie Johnson: Praise God I’m Satisfied (compilation: 1927-30, released 1977)
36. B.B. King: Singin’ the Blues (1956)
37. John Lee Hooker: The Ultimate Collection (compilation: 1948-90, released 1991)
38. Albert King: Live Wire/Blues Power (1968)
39. Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch (1974)
40. Little Walter: His Best – Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (compilation: 1952-60, released 1997)

41. Robert Cray: Bad Influence (1983)
42. Blind Lemon Jefferson: King of the Country Blues (compilation: 1926-29, released 1990)
43. Johnny Winter: The Progressive Blues Experiment (1968)
44. Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll (1969)
45. Sonny Boy Williamson II: Down and Out Blues (1959)
46. Gary Moore: Still Got the Blues (1990)
47. T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues (1959)
48. Henry Thomas: Texas Worried Blues – Complete Recorded Works (compilation: 1927-29, released 1975)
49. Otis Spann: Is the Blues (1960)
50. The Blues Brothers: The Blues Brothers (soundtrack, 1980)

* These were initially released as two separate albums, but are now typically packaged together.


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