Best Blues Rock Artists

The Top Ten Best Blues Rock Artists

1 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

For blues I prefer Eric Clapton over Led Zeppelin. - zxm

Come on, ZZ Top is very close, second, maybe, but Clapton is just the master of the blues. Listen to any of his works with the Bluesbreakers or some of his solo works like Slowhand. This guy is so versatile and could own any genre, be it reggae, blues, or psychedelia. But he will always be known as one of the blues greats of all time.

P.S. Skynyrd is great, but they're more suited to southern rock.

2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Nobody else comes close- should be #1 hands down

Best band ever

3 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

Stupid this isn't at # 1

Yet another band led by Eric Clapton.

4 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.
5 BB. King

"Blues rock? " Uh, no.

BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Guns N Roses shouldn't really be here. BB King is Blues, Lynyrd Skynyrd is Southern Rock and Guns N Roses is Bog-Rock (a substandard subgenre of Rock I just invented). - Britgirl

6 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.

There is no way Zeppelin was a better blues artist than SRV

What a player. He and hendrix topping the league to me.

Come on! Stevie is the best! I don't understand that AC/DC are in the list when they're playing hard rock

Stevie is simply too good. I have been listening to JethroTull, Pink Floyd, deep purple, AC-DC, Doors, Iron Maiden, BJ Harvest, America, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton, Santana, Frank Zappa, Dire Striats and some more music for many years. Just started exploring the internet to find good music, I came across this Stevie without even know who he is. Stevie is simple amazing. Stevie and Jeff Beck's Fire meets the Fury and Stevie and Albert King with Stevie are some of the best albums on blues. No doubt, Stevie is my favourite now. Two other band impressed me too, that was Canned Heat and ZZ Tops.

7 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
8 ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

ZZ Top should be #1. Sure, Led Zeppelin came first, but ZZ Top has better vocals, drums, guitar, bass, lyrics, and guitar solos. They're possibly my favorite band of all time. No, not possibly. Definitely. AC/DC is garbage. All of their singers they've ever had have sucked, they have had too many lineup changes, the guitar work sucks, the lyrics are incredibly bad, they don't put any effort in, they never experiment and try new things or sounds with their music (unlike ZZ Top), the vocals are some of the worst I've heard in my life, they have no variety and are incredibly repetitive. ZZ Top does everything the exact opposite of what I just listed, and are great as a result.

Shri Mataji is Great.

9 Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

"Still got the blues" is the greatest blues rock power ballad anthem ever.

Best thing he ever did was going on the blues tour. Great player with really raw and noisy sound.

Greatest guitarist in my lifetime - the emotion comes through in his music like no other. - KidsHaveNoRock

He didn't play the blues, he shred them. I still got the blues for him

10 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.


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11 Foghat Foghat are an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for its prominent use of electric slide guitar in its music.
12 George Thorogood
13 Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

Should be in the top 10 by a mile

14 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

Technically they are southern rock

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16 John Lee Hooker

He’s a great guy but his surname has alway cracked me up

17 Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
18 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.


19 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

Sorry, but recording one bluesy album before changing your style doesn't make you a blues band. - Gg2000

Also, the word "Blues" in their name makes people think they are blues rock - Metal_Treasure

20 Jet
21 The Cult The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult.
22 Cinderella

Long Cold winter blues...

23 Van Morrison Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.
24 Kenny Wayne Shepherd
25 The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson more.
26 The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they more.
27 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
28 Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.
29 The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). more.
30 Joe Cocker John Robert "Joe" Cocker was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs.
31 Ten Years After

The best band that specifically focused on blues rock in my opinion!

How are these guys not top 3?

32 Clutch Clutch is an American rock band from Frederick, Maryland, originating in Germantown, Maryland. Its four members met while in high school in Germantown and consider themselves a Frederick-based band where they write/rehearse for every album/tour.
33 The Black Crowes The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes eight studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles.
34 Airbourne Airbourne is an Australian hard rock band formed in Warrnambool in 2003. Mainstay members are Joel O'Keeffe on lead vocals and lead guitar, and his brother Ryan O'Keeffe on drums. They were later joined by Justin Street on bass guitar and backing vocals.
35 John Mayall John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years.

This is the man who put Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor on the map. Plus, he's talented as a singer, organist, and harmonica player in his own right. - Gg2000

36 Robin Trower

Totally Under Rated! Just review Time And Emotion!

37 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
38 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

Best player ever lived. Was maintaining bluesrock, funk and psychedelica so he has to top this list. No doubt. Take here my train a comin (electric) for example.

39 Joanne Shaw Taylor Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
40 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

THE best!

41 Gary Clark Jr. Gary Lee Clark Jr. is an American musician from Austin, Texas. He is best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop.
42 JT Coldfire
43 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

What? Blues rock my ass. They're a hard rock band and a bad one. - BrianScott01

They are certainly underrated -. -'

I wouldn't put these in the Blues-Rock category. - Britgirl

44 Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King.
45 Graveyard
46 Jamie N Commons
47 Jonny Lang Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.
48 Jo Harman

Underneath The River... - Britgirl

49 Elles Bailey
50 Jimmie Vaughan
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