Top Ten Pure Blues Songs

Britgirl
When I say "Pure Blues" I mean just that: pure, stripped-back, classic, soulful, naked Blues. No fusions, no sub-genres, just... Blues. The ten I have included is by memory and some personal favourites. Feel free to add your own or vote for an existing favourite. No sub-genres or fusions please. Let's keep this list Pure Blues.

The Top Ten

1 Dust My Broom - Elmore James UListen to Sample
2 Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson

Probably one of the earliest songs consisting of twelve bar. - zxm

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3 Livin' with the Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

The harmonica on this is mesmerising. - Britgirl

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4 No More Woman Blues - Lonnie Johnson UListen to Sample
5 Beer Drinkin' Woman - Memphis Slim UListen to Sample
6 Baby Don't You Think I Know - Johnny Shines
7 Motherless Children - Blind Willie Johnson UListen to Sample
8 I'm Gonna Train My Baby - Robert Lockwood UListen to Sample
9 Mean Old Frisco - Lightnin' Hopkins UListen to Sample
10 Fort Worth and Dallas Blues - Leadbelly UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Hoogie Boogie - John Lee Hooker

Gotta get the Boogie Man on this list. - THC13

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12 Look on Yonder Wall - Elmore James UListen to Sample
13 She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride - Taj Mahal UListen to Sample
14 Poor Boy - Paul Butterfield's Better Days UListen to Sample
15 Help Me - Charlie Musselwhite UListen to Sample
16 Forty Days and Forty Nights - Muddy Waters & Paul Butterfield
17 Love Me Like a Man - Bonnie Raitt UListen to Sample
18 Baby Bottle Blues - Martin Mull
19 Last Night - Little Walter UListen to Sample
20 Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson II UListen to Sample
21 Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf UListen to Sample
22 Pitiful - Big Maybelle UListen to Sample
23 Dallas - Johnny Winter UListen to Sample
24 Rollin' and Tumblin' - Muddy Waters UListen to Sample
25 You Got to Walk - Mississippi John Hurt
26 My Mama Don't Allow - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
27 Gamblin' Man - Honeyboy Edwards
28 Train, train - Jessie Mae Hemphill
29 Hard Time Killin' Floor - Skip James UListen to Sample
30 Everyday I Have the Blues - Pinetop Perkins UListen to Sample
31 Little Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf UListen to Sample
32 That's All Right - Jimmy Rogers UListen to Sample
33 I'm So Broke (I Can't Even Pay Attention) - Doug Macleod UListen to Sample
34 Don't Owe You a Thang - Gary Clark Jr. UListen to Sample
35 That's No Way to Get Along - Robert Wilkins UListen to Sample
36 So Glad I'm Livin' - Sleepy John Estes UListen to Sample
37 Honey Bee - Muddy Waters UListen to Sample
38 I Feel So Good - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee UListen to Sample
39 Hammer Blues - Charlie Patton
40 Grinnin' in Your Face - Son House

Love Son House. Probably won't find a purer or more stripped-back Blues song than this; at least I haven't found one yet. - Britgirl

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Top Remixes

1. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
2. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
3. Livin' with the Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
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