Sunday, May 31, 2020

Top 100 Blues Songs of All Time

First posted 8/19/2015; updated 5/31/2020.

Blues:

Top 100 Songs

This list was compiled by aggregating 38 lists focused on blues songs. In most cases, only one version of a song is listed below. Exceptions include Robert Johnson’s “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and its even more iconic cover by Elmore James as well as Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” and its classic-rock cover by Cream.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” (1955)
2. B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone” (1969)
3. John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom” (1962)
4. Albert King “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
5. Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
6. Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin’” (1956)
7. John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen” (1948)
8. Robert Johnson “Hellhound on My Trail” (1937)
9. Elmore James “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (1952)
10. T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday” (1948)

11. Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago” (1936)
12. Elmore James “The Sky Is Crying” (1960)
13. Robert Johnson “Crossroads (aka ‘Cross Road Blues’)” (1936)
14. Little Walter “Juke” (1952)
15. Big Joe Williams “Baby Please Don’t Go” (1941)
16. Otis Rush “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (1956)
17. Sonny Boy Williamson #1 “Good Morning Little School” (1937)
18. Howlin’ Wolf “How Many More Years” (1951)
19. Muddy Waters “Got My Mojo Working” (1956)
20. Bessie Smith “Nobody Knows You When’ You’re Down and Out” (1929)

21. Big Bill Broonzy “Key to the Highway” (1941)
22. Elmore James “Shake Your Moneymaker” (1961)
23. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Red House” (1967)
24. Magic Same “All Your Love” (1957)
25. Guitar Slim “The Things That I Used to Do” (1954)
26. Little Walter “My Babe” (1955)
27. Slim Harpo “I’m a King Bee” (1957)
28. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy “Messin’ with the Kid” (1970)
29. Robert Petway “Catfish Blues” (1941)
30. Robert Johnson “Love in Vain” (1937)

31. Son House “Death Letter Blues” (1930)
32. Roosevelt Sykes “Forty Four Blues” (1929)
33. Robert Johnson “Come on in My Kitchen” (1937)
34. Lowell Fulson “Reconsider Baby” (1954)
35. Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues” (1927)
36. Muddy Waters “I Can’t Be Satisfied” (1948)
37. Freddie King “I’m Tore Down” (1961)
38. Buddy Guy “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues” (1991)
39. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” (1929)
40. Muddy Waters “Rollin’ Stone” (1950)

41. Big Mama Thornton “Ball and Chain” (1968)
42. Canned Heat “On the Road Again” (1968)
43. Blind Lemon Jefferson “Black Snake Moan” (1927)
44. B.B. King “Every Day I Have the Blues” (1955)
45. Robert Johnson “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (1936)
46. Howlin’ Wolf “Spoonful” (1960)
47. Freddie King “Hideaway” (1961)
48. Gary Moore “Still Got the Blues” (1990)
49. Howlin’ Wolf “The Killing Floor” (1964)
50. Koko Taylor “Wang Dang Doodle” (1965)

51. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Pride and Joy” (1983)
52. Robert Johnson “Me and the Devil Blues” (1937)
53. Bo Diddley “I’m a Man” (1955)
54. Leroy Carr with Scrapper Blackwell “How Long, How Long Blues” (1928)
55. Howlin’ Wolf “The Little Red Rooster” (1961)
56. Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues” (1920)
57. John Lee Hooker “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (1966)
58. Muddy Waters “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (1954)
59. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
60. Louis Jordan “Let the Good Times Roll” (1946)

61. Charley Patton “Pony Blues” (1929)
62. Bobby “Blue” Bland “Further on Up the Road” (1957)
63. Big Joe Williams “Highway 49” (1935)
64. B.B. King “Three O’Clock Blues” (1951)
65. Robert Johnson “Stop Breakin’ Down” (1937)
66. Cream “Crossroads” (live, 1969)
67. W.C. Handy “Memphis Blues” (1912)
68. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Texas Flood” (1983)
69. Albert Collins “If Trouble Was Money” (live, 1984)
70. Willie Dixon “I Ain’t Superstitious” (1970)

71. Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953)
72. Eddie Boyd “Five Long Years” (1952)
73. Skip James “Devil Got My Woman” (1931)
74. Jimmy Reed “Big Boss Man” (1960)
75. The Mississippi Sheiks “Sitting on Top of the World” (1930)
76. Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1968)
77. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band “Born in Chicago” (1965)
78. Clarence Carter “Slip Away” (1968)
79. Louis Jordan “I Know What You’re Putting Down” (1946)
80. John Lee Hooker “I’m in the Mood” (1951)

81. Sonny Boy Williamson II “Help Me” (1963)
82. T-Bone Walker “Mean Old World” (1942)
83. Fleetwood Mac “Black Magic Woman” (1968)
84. Ma Rainey “See See Rider Blues” (1925)
85. Sonny Boy Williamson II “Eyesight to the Blind” (1951)
86. Willie Dixon “Back Door Man” (1970)
87. Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” (1927)
88. Robert Johnson “Travelling Riverside Blues” (1937)
89. Hound Dog Taylor “Give Me Back My Wig” (1971)
90. Canned Heat “Goin’ Up the Country” (1968)

91. Elmore James “It Hurts Me Too” (1965)
92. Blind Lemon Jefferson “Matchbox Blues” (1927)
93. Son House “Preachin’ Blues” (1930)
94. Tampa Red with Georgia Tom “It’s Tight Like That” (1928)
95. B.B. King “How Blue Can You Get?” (1963)
96. Elmore James “One Way Out” (1961)
97. Roy Brown “Hard Luck Blues” (1950)
98. Muddy Waters “You Shooke Me” (1962)
99. Wilson Pickett “Mustang Sally” (1966)
100. Memphis Slim “Messin’ Around” (1948)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Dave! I am glad you have added another top 50 to your music genre collection.

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    1. You're welcome, sir! Glad you are enjoying the lists. - Dave

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