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1Robert Johnson

Sure there's more high tech blues artists out there who sound a little better. but he was 30 years ahead of his time! This guy is a 1 man orchestra.

a true guitar man that sold his soul to the devil and it shows how great he is - sUx2Bu

2B.B. King

B.B. king was the four S's... Soul, Skill, Style and he is Smooth!

Long live the King. - Sage_Naruto

The thrill is gone! Man the rawness!

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3Muddy Waters

He should be number one. Even though Blues rock artist have better blues songs like The Rolling Stone and Jimi Hendrix but There are not really blues artist. I would pick blues artist like Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughan but more people would vote for Muddy Waters over them. Muddy Waters have more of a chance of being number one and be high than Robert Johnson them the other 2.I don't have a favorite blues artist I like BB King, Muddy Waters Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughan all the same. If I have to pick what blues artist I like the best it would be JB and SRV Than Muddy Waters. I do like all 4 blues artist I said way more than 20s and 30 artist like Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Johnson more because there more and I like rock music the best and 60 to 90s all the best year for music and rock the hardest and coolest. Muddy Waters do have music that sound likes the 60s and 70s listen to Mannish Boy from Hard Again. The 4 blues artist I said I like just as much as the rock ...more

Obviously the greatest artist in the history of blues, his style is the most imitated in the whole genre

4Howlin' Wolf

Had a voice MADE for blues. Scratchy and deep and completely filled with personality. Also a big inspiration to other styles of music such as rock and roll.

5Stevie Ray Vaughan

What can I say? For me SRV is still No. 1! Just listen to this very gifted guitar player! I'm sure you'll agree and will enjoy Stevie's immense talent.

SRV had style, tone, passion, knew when to play and not, soul, a voice that matched his guitar skills and if you ever watched him I swear the man sweated quarter notes!

Stevie Ray Vaughan has a great voice, tone, and plays the guitar well. He rules! Too bad he died at the age of 35.R.I.P. We will miss you.

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6Skip James
7Eric Clapton

Come on people... He's one of the greatest blues player ever...

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8Buddy Guy

Eric Clapton himself said this guy was the best guitarist ever. He can play one note, and it would sound like the best note you've ever heard. I think he should be placed at 3 and Muddy Waters at 4.

9Johnny Lee Hooker

He is not the best but should be top 10 at least.

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10Freddie King

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11Blind Willie Johnson

Although I think Robert Johnson is the best, I'm going to put Willie up some more. This guy's got some REAL blues. He never had it easy, I tell ya. - higgsboson2142

12Albert Collins

The master of the telecaster. The iceman.

13Son House

6th place... What a shame, should be number one. Son house is one of the most influential artist to have ever been born, especially concerning the blues, what this man could do without a guitar, never mind with one is truly out of this world. Go listen to songs by him such as "Grinnin' in your Face" an "John the Revelator" where he simply sings and makes use of clapping. If you are not truly inspired in any sense of the word. The blues is not for you.

14Gary Moore

Still got the blues and The messiah will come again are the key tracks. They will blow your mind! (°_°)

15Albert King
16Gary Davis
17Lead Belly
18The Nighthawks
19Joe Bonamassa

Sloe Gin, Ballad of John Henry, Stop, Blue and Evil, and Dust Bowl if you want a few examples...

Joe is amazingly good, better than Gary Moore and even some higher people on this list. He is not as influential as Robert Johnson or BB King, but he is a technical genius and a great guitarist and singer

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