Top Ten Blues Vocalists

Blues singers with the best or most distinctive vocals.

The Top Ten

1 Howlin' Wolf

As I have truthfully said before; my cockatiel really does squawk and "dances" whenever I play Howlin' Wolf. The very first time I heard his voice, I was nearly knocked off my own perch! Incredible voice. Not the best, just the most distinctive. - Britgirl

Definitely. His voice was made for the blues - BrianScott01

2 Lead Belly
3 Muddy Waters 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".
4 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt

The best female Blues singer in my humble opinion. - Britgirl

5 Freddie King 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.
6 John Lee Hooker
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan 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.

I love him BUT, although his voice is distinctive, I don't think he has the best Blues voice I've ever heard. His guitar sings better than he does. Sorry... - Britgirl

Not a blues singer at all. But his voice was perfect for that East Texas style of rock and rock 'n' roll. "Cold Shot," "Pride and Joy," "Look At Little Sister," f'rinstance.

8 Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician, a self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica, among many other instruments.

Perhaps the richest, most emotive, most versatile male voice in blues. Ray Charles plus a sight more sumpin'-sumpin'.

9 Elmore James Elmore James
10 Janis Joplin 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.

Am I allowed to add this lady? Not strictly all-out Blues but her voice is amazing. - Britgirl

Seriously - 2storm

The Contenders

11 Buddy Guy Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
12 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
13 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian and author.

She and Etta didn't do blues very often, but when they did, y'all step on back.

14 Luther Allison

Check out "Cherry Red Wine" and "Living in the House of the Blues.":).

His baby boy Bernard is no slouch, either. "The Other Side," studio if you can find it. "Live at the Jazzhaus" almost as good. Kinda blues meets Sly Stone meets reggae. Good stuff:).

His baby boy Bernard is no slouch, either. "The Other Side," studio if you can find it. "Live at the Jazzhaus" almost as good. Kinda heavy blues-rock meets Sly Stone meets reggae. N-joy:).

Just heard his performance of "It Hurts Me Too"! Oh my goodness...more gravel than Southend beach! But gorgeous! :). - Britgirl

15 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. more.

Yeah, I know. He do wander. But that's one helluva cigarettes 'n' whiskey voice:).

16 Sonny Boy Williamson II

"Nine Below Zero." "Keep It to Yourself." "Checkin' Up On My Baby." "Don't Start Me to Talking'"... Yep. Uh-huh:).

17 Slim Harpo

He has a nasal tone to his voice; especially with I'm a King Bee; but it isn't a voice I dislike. - Britgirl

18 Junior Wells

The James Brown of Chicago blues, and every now 'n' agin, a damn good harp player.

19 Boo Boo Davis

His voice is like a mixture of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf. - BrianScott01

20 Doyle Bramhall II
21 Blind Willie Johnson
22 Papa Lightfoot
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Top Remixes

1. Howlin' Wolf
2. Lead Belly
3. Muddy Waters
1. Howlin' Wolf
2. Freddie King
3. Lead Belly


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