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100 Greatest Influential Blues Artists

Criteria: - These Blues artists where chosen for their influence,
impact, & innovations in the world of Blues.

Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: Chris F.
List Begun: 10-24-04

100 Greatest Influential Blues Artists
  1. W.C. Handy
  2. Son House
  3. Bessie Smith
  4. Robert Johnson
  5. B.B. King
  6. T-Bone Walker
  7. Muddy Waters
  8. Little Walter
  9. Lonnie Johnson
10. John Lee Hooker
11. Blind Lemon Jefferson
12. Elmore James
13. Willie Dixon
14. Freddie King
15. Billie Holiday
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan
17. Charlie Patton
18. Ma Rainey
19. Leadbelly
20. Howlin' Wolf
21. Louis Jordan
22. Big Bill Broonzy
23. Skip James
24. Sonny Boy Williamson I
25. Professor Longhair
26. Mamie Smith
27. Blind Blake
28. Robert Nighthawk
29. Memphis Minnie
30. Leroy Carr
31. Arthur Big Boy Crudup
32. Ida Cox
33. Tampa Red
34. Sonny Boy Williamson II
35. Lightnin' Hopkins
36. Charles Brown
37. Albert King
38. Brownie McGhee
39. Junior Wells
40. Missippi John Hurt
41. Jimmy Reed
42. Ray Charles
43. Blind Willie Johnson
44. Big Mama Thornton
45. Big Joe Turner
46. Albert Collins
47. Sleepy John Estes
48. Rosco Gordon
49. Otis Spann
50. Walter "Furry" Lewis
51. Reverend Gary Davis
52. Big Maceo
53. Blind Boy Fuller
54. Pinetop Smith
55. Hound Dog Taylor
56. Roosevelt Sykes
57. Buddy Guy
58. Johnny Winter
59. Big Joe Williams
60. Missippi Fred McDowell
61. Slim Harpo
62. Etta James
63. Tommy Johnson
64. Big Walter Horton
65. Sippie Wallace
66. Amos Milburn
67. Bobby Blue Bland
68. Victoria Spivey
69. Otis Rush
70. Gus Cannon
71. Sunnyland Sims
72. Magic Sam
73. Memphis Slim
74. Willie Brown
75. John Mayall
76. Big Maybelle
77. Champion Jack Dupree
78. Johnny Shines
79. Julia Lee
80. Josh White
81. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
82. J B Hutto
83. Jesse Fuller
84. Eric Clapton
85. Blind Willie McTell
86. Eddie Taylor
87. Peatie Wheatstraw
88. Wynonie Harris
89. Meade Lux Lewis
90. Jimmy Rushing
91. Taj Mahal
92. KoKo Taylor
93. Charles Musselwhite
94. Luther Allison
95. Frank "Son" Seals
96. Honeyboy Edwards
97. Ruth Brown
98. Barbecue Bob
99. Johnny Ace
100. James Cotton

W.C. Handy

Son House

Bessie Smith

Robert Johnson
 honerable mentions
Robert Jr. Lockwood
Sonny Terry
R L Burnside
Mance Lipscomb
Junior Parker
Carey Bell
Bukka White
Houston Stackhouse
Robert Pete Williams
Jimmy Rogers
Robert Cray
John Hammond
St. Louis Jimmy Oden
Helen Humes
J. B. Lenoir
Leroy Carr
Nappy Brown
Scrapper Blackwell
Alger Texas Alexander
Henry Brown

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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