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100 Greatest Blues Guitarists

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Criteria: - This list is intended for those guitarists who exhibited a clear 'Blues' thread throughout their careers. It reflects their impact, influence within their genre, and musical expression in addition to technical ability on the instrument.

Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: Rick Varner
Last Updated: 06-25-2012

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100 Greatest Blues Guitarists
T-Bone Walker B.B. King Stevie Ray Vaughan Robert Johnson Albert King
T-Bone Walker
B.B. King
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Robert Johnson
Albert King
  1. T-Bone Walker
  2. B.B. King
  3. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  4. Robert Johnson
  5. Albert King
  6. Eric Clapton
  7. Buddy Guy
  8. Mike Bloomfield
  9. Peter Green
10. Johnny Winter
11. Otis Rush
12. Muddy Waters
13. Ronnie Earl
14. Freddie King
15. Earl Hooker
16. Elmore James
17. Albert Collins
18. Hubert Sumlin
19. Duane Allman
20. John Lee Hooker
21. Son House
22. Robert Cray
23. Jimmie Vaughan
24. Billy Gibbons
25. Lonnie Johnson
26. Roy Buchanan
27. Duke Robillard
28. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
29. Blind Lemon Jefferson
30. Charley Patton
31. Ry Cooder
32. Mississippi John Hurt
33. Robben Ford
34. Son Seals
35. Robert Nighthawk
36. Magic Sam
37. Luther Allison
38. Mississippi Fred McDowell
39. Jimmy Thackery
40. Derek Trucks
41. Warren Haynes
42. Lonnie Brooks
43. Jeff Healey
44. Mick Taylor
45. Lightnin' Hopkins
46. Joe Bonamassa
47. Earl King
48. Lonnie Mack
49. Blind Willie Johnson
50. Johnny Copeland
51. Alvin Lee
52. Gary Moore
53. Big Bill Broonzy
54. Kim Simmonds
55. Elvin Bishop
56. Walter Trout
57. Roy Rogers
58. Guitar Slim
59. Sonny Landreth
60. Robert Jr. Lockwood
61. Steve Cropper
62. Shuggie Otis
63. Fenton Robinson
64. Amos Garrett
65. Coco Montoya
66. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
67. Kelly Joe Phelps
68. John Hammond
69. Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart
70. Lowell Fulson
71. Keb Mo
72. Smokin' Joe Kubek
73. Rod Price
74. Rory Gallagher
75. Little Charley Baty
76. Wayne Bennett
77. Robin Trower
78. Blind Blake
79. Tinsley Ellis
80. Hollywood Fats
81. Taj Mahal
82. Guitar Shorty
83. Hound Dog Taylor
84. Kid Ramos
85. Dave Hole
86. Danny Kirwan
87. Matt 'Guitar' Murphey
88. Pee Wee Crayton
89. Harvey Mandel
90. Joe Louis Walker
91. Eddie Taylor
92. Snowy White
93. J.B. Lenoir
94. Skip James
95. Scrapper Blackwell
96. Chris Vachon
97. Little Milton
98. Blind Willie McTell
99. Luther Tucker
100. Stan Webb

Best Blues Slide Guitarists
1. Blind Willie Johnson
    (Dark Was The Night)
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2. Elmore James
    (King of the Slide Guitar)
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3. Earl Hooker
    (Blues Guitar)
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4. Ry Cooder
    (The Dark End of The Street)
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5. Son House
    (Roll and Tumble Blues)
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6. Fred McDowell
    (You Gotta Move)
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7. Roy Rogers
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8. Rory Gallagher
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9. Hound Dog Taylor
    (Natural Boogie)
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10. Johnny Little John
    (Slidin' Home)
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11. Kelly Joe Phelps
    (Lead Me On)
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Best Blues Harp Players
1. Little Walter
    (Confessin' The Blues)
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2. Sonny Boy Williamson II
    (Keep It To Ourselves)
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3. James Cotton
    (High Compression)
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4. Charlie Musselwhite
    (Stone Blues)
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5. Junior Wells
    (Hoodoo Man Blues)
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6. Sonny Boy Williamson I
    (Sugar Mama)
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7. Paul Butterfield
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8. Sonny Terry
    (Sonny and Brownie)
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9. Howlin Wolf
    (Moanin In The Moonlight)
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10. Big Walter Horton
    (Mouth Harp Maestro)
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More Blues Guitar Greats:

Tab Benoit
Michael Burks
J.J. Cale
J. Geils
Slim Harpo
David Hidaglo
Joe Guitar Hughes
Big Jack Johnson
Junior Kimbrough
Jonny Lang
John Mayall
Kenny Neal
Lightning Red
Jimmy Reed
Cesar Rosas
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Magic Slim
George Thorogood
James "Blood" Ulmer
Henry Vestine
Johnny Guitar Watson
Bukka White
Snowy White
Robert "Pete" Williams
Keith Wyatt

Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.


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