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The 100 Greatest Blues Albums

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We’ve set ourselves another, almost, impossible challenge. This time it’s to come up with a definitive list of the 100 greatest blues albums… ever. As usual, we haven’t just dreamed up this list; we have trawled the net and looked through numerous magazines and books to try to get a consensus as to what the top blues albums should be.

Well, have we succeeded? We are surprised by the breadth of the blues, as well as the sheer num-ber of different blues styles that are represented here. There’s the jazz end of the blues, the folk-blues, blues rock, straight forward, honest to goodness, down home blues, Chicago blues, British blues, country blues, as well as white men playing the blues.

Most fans of the blues recognise that it is something that is, as often as not, best played live and there are some cracking ‘in concert’ performances. There’s Lightnin’ Hopkins, Cream, Muddy Wa-ters, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Reed along with Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, which gives you an idea of the scope of this list.

There are blues albums that everyone acknowledges as master works – Robert Johnson’s King of The Delta Blues Singers, Junior Wells’s Hoodoo Man Blues, Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign and Magic Sam’s West Side Soul. Then there’s some albums that you may not know, like Blind Mississippi Morris’s Back Porch Blues, Koerner, Ray & Glover‘s, Blues, Rags and Hollers and Tampa Red’s Don’t Tampa With the Blues; they are all equally worthy of inclusion.

We have given you our list of 100 greatest blues albums alphabetically, having given up trying to do 100 down to #1. Suffice to say, every album here should be in any discerning blues fan’s collection. How many do you have? And just as importantly, what have we missed?

Albert Collins Ice Pickin
Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland Showdown!
Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign
Albert King King of The Blues Guitar
Alexis Korner’s Blues incorporated R&B From The Marquee
Aretha Franklin The Delta meets Detroit: Aretha’s Blues
B.B. King Singin’ The Blues
B.B. King Live At Cook County Jail
B.B. King Live at the Regal
Bessie Smith The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1
Big Bill Broonzy The Big Bill Broonzy Story
Billie Holiday Songs For Distingue Lovers
Blind Blake Ragtime Guitar’s Foremost Fingerpicker
Blind Lemon Jefferson The Folk Blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Mississippi Morris Back Porch Blues
Blind Willie Johnson The Complete Blind Willie Johnson
Blind Willie McTell The Definitive Blind Willie McTell
Bo Diddley His Best
Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland The Voice (Duke Recordings 1959-69)
Bonnie Raitt Give It Up
Buddy Guy I Was Walking Through the Woods
Canned Heat Boogie with Canned Heat
Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter
Charley Musselwhite Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite’s South Side Band
Charley Patton Complete Recordings: 1929-1934
Chris Barber Good Morning Blues
Chuck Berry One dozen Berrys
Clarence Gatemoth Brown The Original Peacock Recordings
Cream Wheels of Fire
Derek and The Dominos Layla, And Other Assorted Love Songs
Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith
Elmore James The Sky is Crying
Eric Clapton From The Cradle
Etta James At Last
Fleetwood Mac Mr Wonderful
Frank Frost Jelly Roll King
Freddie King Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King
Free Tons of Sobs
Gary Moore Still Got The blues
Guitar Slim Sufferin’ Mind
Guy Davis Butt Naked Free
Hound Dog Taylor Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers
Howlin Wolf Howlin Wolf
Howlin’ Wolf Moanin at Midnight
James Cotton Superharps
Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall
Jimmy Rogers Chicago Bound
John Lee Hooker Alternative Boogie: Early Studio Recordings 1948 – 1952
John Lee Hoooker House of the Blues
John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
John Mayall Crusade
Johnny Winter Second Winter
Jonny Lang Lie to Me
Josh White Free & Equal Blues
Junior Wells’s Chicago Blues Band Hoodoo Man Blues
Keb’ Mo’ Keb’ Mo’
Koerner, Ray & Glover Blues, Rags and Hollers
Larry Johnson Blues From Harlem
Lead Belly King of the 12 String Guitar
Leroy Carr Hurry Down Sunshine
Lightnin’ Hopkins The Swarthmore Concert
Lightnin’ Hopkins Lightnin’ Hopkins
Little Brother Montgomery Chicago – The Living Legends
Little Milton Greatest Hits
Little Walter His Best
Lonnie Johnson The Essential
Lowell Fulson Blues Masters
Ma Rainey Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Magic Sam West Side soul
Memphis Minnie Bumble Bee: The Essential Recordings of Memphis Minnie
Memphis Slim Blues Great
Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper
Mississippi Fred McDowell I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll
Mississippi John Hurt Avalon Blues The Compltee 1928 Okeh recordings
Mose Allison Back Country suite
Muddy Waters Muddy waters at Newport 1969
Muddy Waters The Folk Singer
Nina Simone Sings the Blues
Otis Rush Otis Rush, 1956–1958: His Cobra Recordings
Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Paul Butterfield Blues Band East-West
R.L. Burnside Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
Robben Ford & The Blue Line Handful of the Blues
Robert Cray Strong Persauder
Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
Rory Galalgher Irish Tour
Skip James The Complete Early recordings
Skip James Today
Son House Father of the Delta Blues
Son House and others Son House & The Great Delta Blues Singers
Sonny Boy Williamson The Real Folk Blues
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee The Folkways Years 1944-1965
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood
T-Bone Walker T-Bone Blues
T-Bone Walker The Complete Imperial Recordings
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Tampa Red Don’t Tampa With the Blues
The Allman Brothers At Filmore East
The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones (UK debut album)
Tuts Washington New Orleans Piano Professor



  1. Bert Ruisch

    May 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Too bad that you only looked at US and UK blues greats.
    There are 4 albums by Dutch Bluesbands that I would ad to the list:
    Desolation and Groeten uit Grolloo by Cuby & Blizzards
    Hell’s Session and Wang Dang Doodle by Livin’ Blues.
    You might wanna check them on Spotify or iTunes.

    • uDiscover

      May 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Bert, we’re heading to Spotify!

      • gian vianello

        July 7, 2015 at 4:43 pm

        You forgot Johnny Winter’s, The Progressive Blues Experiment.

        • Pat

          December 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm

          What about all the albums He produced on the Blue Sky label performing with Muddy Waters?

        • Chuck Nyren

          November 13, 2016 at 9:24 am


      • Harmonica Slim

        November 27, 2015 at 3:48 am

        This list has too many blues inspired classic rock bands on it. Allman Brothers, Cream, Derek and the Domino’s, and The Rolling Stones shouldn’t even be mentioned here. They are not blues bands, no matter how hard they try. You are missing greats like Slim Harpo, Rod Piazza, George Harmonica Smith, William Clarke, Willie Dixon (wrote like half of the songs on all of the other old school Chicago blues singers’ albums too), Robert Nighthawk, James Harman, Ronnie Earl (best living blues guitar player because Joe Bonamassa is not a true blues guitar player as far as I’m concerned), Carey Bell, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Steve Guyger, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, and a slew of others. Its near impossible to get all of them, but you need to take the classic rock bands off and replace them with real blues players like the ones listed above.

        • Bluesbabyblues

          December 31, 2015 at 5:26 am

          Spot on Harmonica Slim..with you all the way !

        • TC Lambet

          December 31, 2015 at 5:49 am

          it was good to Nina Simone & josh white on the list… some notable piano players are missing- Otis Spann, Charles Brown and of course Ray Charles

        • James

          December 31, 2015 at 6:03 pm

          I have to disagree with you concerning the Alman Brothers not being a blues band. Although The Rolling Stones are definitely not a blues Band.

          • Mike Hardy

            January 1, 2016 at 12:02 am

            Listen to the Stones 1st 4 LPs,Rolling Stones After Muddy Waters.When they tour they sit in with blues bands after the gig .Listen to Mick Jagger & the Red Devils all lil walter&Willie Dixon,Howlin Wolf

        • Ray

          December 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

          Strictly speaking, Harmonica Slim may be correct about several blues-inspired bands appearing on a blues-exclusive list. However, let’s not forget the blues was all but forgotten until musicians like Eric, Duane, Mick and Keith among others revived the genre. Blues musicians and writers who are now household names were driving buses or working odd jobs in many cases…..they could not get a gig. Bands like Cream, Allman’s and Stones restored many blues originators fortunes and fame by crediting their accomplishments. Few people had heard of Robert Johnson prior to the 1960’s. Chances are most of us would not even be aware enough to discuss, much less compile, a list of great blues albums if not for guys like John Mayall

        • Josef O Luain

          August 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm

          100% correct Harmonica Slim. It’s not about hip snobbery, it’s straightforward common sense. Cream were Cream, by no stretch of the imagination, can they be called a blues band.

          • bill edwards

            November 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm

            If not for rolling stones early blues albums not the rock stuff I only learn later on that type of music was blues, Also the animals, yardbirds and canned heat promoted the blues as pop music.

        • Mark

          August 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          Strongly agree.

          • David

            January 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm

            Absolutely, the Stones introduced real blues and r&b to the world at a time when the Beatles were singing about a bloody octopus which had a garden and some Eleanor Rigby who put her face in a jar.

        • J. Slick

          September 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

          YES… too many Blues-Rock releases… and BLUES FOR A ROTTEN AFTERNOON isn’t even on the list, so THAT tells me the compilers are just “kids”.

        • Bassman Bob

          September 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm

          I’m with you, Slim. Those bands are not blues bands but, rather, blues-inspired. I like Bonamassa but don’t consider him a bluesman.

        • Scott Blanchat

          November 8, 2016 at 7:02 pm

          Exactly my sentiments. I’m kind of you that I even looked at this “list” after realizing of what it consists.



          November 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          Totalmente de acuerdo, sobre todo en lo relacionado con Ronnie Earl.

        • Jeff Tibbetts

          November 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm

          I noticed that too. I,m mostly in agreement with you, especially Willie Dixon’s exclusion. I might beg to differ on The Allman Brothers though.

      • Mike

        September 25, 2016 at 6:44 am

        Hendrix played some killer blues. A pity there hasn’t been a compilation album of his blues work, acoustic and electric. Not that I know of anyway.

        • evert

          September 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm

          Hi Paul,

          there is: ” the blues of Jimi Hendrix”. try it out. simply stunning

        • Jon Taylor

          September 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

          There is a Hendrix compilation, titled Blues

      • Patrick Longworth

        September 26, 2016 at 8:29 am

        Canadian blues artists are missing here! The Powder Blues Band, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Randy Bachman (known for rock and jazz, yes, but he teamed up with Jeff Healey too) and others I cannot name. Maybe you did research but you seem biased to American and English whites as well as universally recognized blues artists!

        • Philip Anderson

          December 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

          Aw, yes, the Powder Blues Band. Thank you for mentioning them!

        • Thomas

          February 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm

          You forgot Dutch Mason the Prime Minister of the blues.
          Check out the album “The Blues aint Bad” on YouTube.

      • Patrick Longworth

        September 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

        I am thinking that udiscovermusic is not living up to its name but being arrogant in essentially pushing the idea that blues is English-American. It originated somewhere, found a place in America, became known in England, Canada too I would argue and perhaps many other places. I am prepared to ignore your future posts if you continue with American and English biases and continue ignoring Canada and other countries.

      • Patrick Longworth

        September 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

        You might want to re-evaluate your stance on Stevie Ray Vaughan too. Whatever his best technical album might be, I believe it was “In Step” that brought Stevie further to the attention of music lovers, not just blues lovers. It is one of my favourites of his, Family Style being another, but there is his live music too where we really see his genius unfiltered by record producers etc.

      • Marco

        November 10, 2016 at 5:14 pm

        Red Devils’ album “King King” Great stuff!!

        • Vin

          January 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm


    • Paul

      May 4, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Well done Bert, I would say add “To blind to see” from Cuby and the Blizzards to the list as well.

    • Gompie

      May 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      You’re quite right, and don’t forget Livin’ Blues – Wang Dang Doodle and Hell’s Session 🙂

    • ruud

      May 31, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Goed opgemerkt, zeker mbt c+b, desolation
      An de andere kant, ach, zo’n lijstje slaat toch eigenlijk helemaal nergens op

    • Kaj Hobroh

      May 31, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Bert.
      I used to have (in the early 1970:ies) an album
      with Dutch band Living Blues.
      The title of the album was :
      “Rocking at the Tweed Mill.”
      Black and white photographs. ‘Great Album!!!!!
      Im a bit sad that I dont have it anymore.
      I also remember that the guitarist played a
      black Gibson Les Paul Custom.
      “The Blues Forever!!”
      Have a Good Bluesdigging Life , Bert!!!!
      Kaj <3 😀

    • Gerrit Krekel

      June 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Dank Bert, voor de aanvulling, prima keus !

    • jim

      June 15, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      did ya mention silas hogan,slim harpo ,lightin slim and excello artists

    • Rutger De Groot

      August 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

      I am going to listen to them, but as a Belgian I would like to say you might want to check out The Zoots live at The Bannana Peel.

    • James

      September 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Alvin Lee “Bluest Blue” is my favorite not on the list.

    • dan

      September 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Endless Boogie, John Lee Hooker. With, ” Standing at the Crossroads “, ” Like a Sheep Out on the Foam “, Doin’ the Shout “, etc. This has got to be on the list.

      • ERIC PRICE

        November 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        I agree with you Dan

    • Frank Nijenhuis

      December 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Don’t forget to listen the whole album “Live in Dusseldorf”
      That’s in my opinion the best live album of Cuby & Blizzards

      • Paul Lanfermeijer

        November 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        Frank ….. agreed. Dat was in de Reinhalle : Lp hoes hangt hier nog steeds aan de muur!

    • Smokey

      December 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Cuby….you bet!

    • Ronald Andrews

      December 31, 2015 at 5:41 am

      What about African Blues….Ali Farka Toure.

    • Lambert Mulder

      December 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Right on Bert. When I 1st heard Groeten uit Grolloo I was hooked , have many records of their music. Good listening.

    • Winifred Wiltens

      January 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      I totally agree that these 2 Dutch bands should be added to the list! The albums Desolation and Hell’s Session would be my first choice (probably because I had these records myself and played them endlessly….).
      Anyway: thanks for your comment!

    • Dick

      August 12, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Goed bezig Bert!

    • Dave Tothill

      August 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I would add Tripping Thru a Midnight Blues by Cuby and The Blizzards myself Bert I do love Desolation and Groeten uit Grolloo by Cuby & Blizzards
      Hell’s Session and Wang Dang Doodle by Livin’ Blues.
      As a Englishman I very rarely meet other Cuby & The Blizzard Fans here.
      However I’m really disapointed in the 28 CD Box Set just released of Cuby.

    • Bassman Bob

      September 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      And one shouldn’t ignore Canada’s Downchild (a.k.a. Downchild Blues Band) who have been entertaining folks with awesome foot-stompin’ blues for some 45 years. They’re a big favourite in our house.

    • jeff lanius

      September 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Muddy Waters The London Sessions. Muddy Waters They Call Me Muddy Waters. Memphis Slim Lonesome. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee Blowin’ the Fuses. John Lee Hooker Jr. Live at Soledad Prison. Johnny Winter First Winter. Canned Heat/John Lee Hooker Hooker and Heat.

    • John Shreve

      December 31, 2016 at 5:16 am

      In SF I met a girl from The Netherlands in maybe ’70 or ’71. We went to Tower Records on Columbus Ave. and she recommended a Cuby disc. Excellent. Thank you, Wanda.

    • Cooldrive

      December 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      I met a Dutch girl back around 1970 and took her to Tower Records at Bay and Columbus in S.F. and she was thrilled to see a Cuby and the Blizzards record. I bought it, of course, and we went back to my place and played it several times.

  2. Nolan weidner

    May 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Pretty decent list – one huge omission in my opinion — Willie Dixon’s ‘I Am the Blues’ is easily one of the finest blues albums ever recorded.

    • uDiscover

      May 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      We agonised over Big Willie, because he appears on very few lists. We consoled ourselves with the fact that he composed so many tunes that are all over these albums

  3. Thomas Haegerström

    May 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’m missing Chicken Shack but I’m glad that Rory Gallagher is on the list BR //Thomas

    • uDiscover

      May 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Chicken Shack appears on so few lists of greats, sad to say. Like you we have a soft spot for them. What about The Groundhogs?

      • jpgeesaman

        May 5, 2015 at 12:58 am

        The Groundhogs’ “Split” is one of the best unknown albums of all time, easily. I’m not sure if it’d fit on a best blues list though… definitely rooted in the blues, but more rock oriented (although their cover of “Groundhog” on that album is spot on).

        • Andre

          May 9, 2015 at 5:47 am

          Groundhogs are great. Little Walter playing with their back up on ‘Checkin it out’ is a sensational album.

    • John

      May 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Yes, I’m with you on that:
      Chicken Shack, and I didn’t see Savoy Brown, Climax Blues Band and the Chicago Blues Band

      • Michael

        May 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm

        I agree with you regarding Savoy Brown, John. ‘Street Corner Talking’ should be on the list.

        • Ric

          December 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

          Totally agree with Savoy Brown’s “Street Corner Talking”. I would also include their “Raw Sienna”.

        • tommy_yarbrough

          December 31, 2015 at 2:14 am

          ric ya damn skippy! savoy browns street corner talkin needs to be included!

    • Brian

      May 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Rory Gallagher Live in Europe is better blues album than Irish Tour in my opinion

      • Mike Loyley

        September 12, 2015 at 11:07 am

        Maybe so, Brian, but you have to admit, it makes a change for any of Rory’s albums to appear in a list like this. He’s so often, criminally, overlooked.

  4. Graeme Bristol

    May 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    John Hammond – So Many Roads (http://www.allmusic.com/album/so-many-roads-mw0000618281) and if you’re going to include Layla and Wheels of Fire, you should think about Highway 61 Revisited.

    • Larry Jacobsen

      May 4, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Highway 61 Revisited is on Johnny Winter Second Winter. Made the list.

      • Bob C

        September 25, 2016 at 3:54 am

        I thought the same thing. ZZ Top’s First Album was as bluesy as any of the mentioned albums. Also Jeff Beck’ TRUTH……..Robin Trower Bridge Of Sighs……Ten Years After-A Space In Time………….Fabulous Thunderbirds Butt Rockin…………The Stones Get Your Ya Ya’s Out…..Ray Charles -The Genius Sings The Blues…….and pretty sure it’s blaspemy not to have Peter Green-Jimi Hendrix-Janis Joplin-George Thorogood or Big Mamma Thornton on a blues list somehow
        some way

  5. Lesley Bowes Hefner

    May 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    You forgot Janis Joplin’s ” i got dem old kosmic blues again”…..

    • adwelch

      May 3, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      You got that right, Lesley…no Janis?? Give me a break!

  6. Al Farber

    May 3, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Joe Bonamassa is said by nearly all of the guitar, blues, and rock music magazines to be the best living blues guitarist and should be on the list (he is much better than Johnny Lang, a contemporary who is on the list). John Hammond, Jr. is one of the best Delta guitarists ever…right up there with the old guys like Robert Johnson and Son House.

    • Jack Rawles

      May 4, 2015 at 12:21 am

      I agree 1000% with you. Bonamassa is one the greatest bluesmen of the 21st century.

    • Bennie King

      May 8, 2015 at 12:33 am

      JB is a blues hack who can only play fast but has very little feel or soul. He’s more of a Rock Band. As far as best living guitarist, not sure if anyone tops Derek Trucks right now.

      • Markk

        August 6, 2015 at 5:45 am

        I’m still warming up to Trucks, but I highly respect him and believe he has a bright future. As far as Joe B…ur right on.

      • Dan

        December 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm

        A blues hack? Well, I respect that you are entitled to your opinion, but I wonder if you have heard him play live? And I do believe the late, great BB King would disagree with you…

    • C

      July 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Joe Bonamassa would not know real blues even if it sat on his face.

      Give me a break! He is almost as bad as Eric Clapton.

      • Markk

        August 6, 2015 at 5:51 am

        lol about Joe…so true. I think he’s sincere and tries hard, but being a great guitarist (technically) does not make you a great bluesman. Its all about the space between the notes…just ask BB (RIP)

      • Ric

        December 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

        Give me a break, Clapton is great.

        • MG

          December 31, 2015 at 5:45 pm

          Clapton is good. Kind of a snore in this list though, IMHO.

      • Patrick Longworth

        September 26, 2016 at 9:12 am

        And you are an expert? If so, one without open mindedness and compassion I would bet. Do you even play blues or are you an armchair critic?

    • david hightower

      December 31, 2015 at 3:35 am

      I agree with you about Joe Bonamassa and John Hammond!


    May 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm



    • John McCarthy

      September 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Your point is well taken. The omission of Luther Allison must be corrected, perhaps his “Serious ” disc or the Where Have You Been” disc. Maybe Mose Allison could be dropped, or one of the BB Kings albums.

      • Ric

        December 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

        How about “Reckless”?

  8. Jake Binnie

    May 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Maybe the white stripes’ the white stripes
    The Black Keys’ Thickfreakness
    Junior Kimbrough’s Sad Days, Lonely Nights

    • Markk

      August 6, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Love Jack White, but not on this list.

  9. Phil Grabar

    May 3, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I was happy to see Al Kooper mentioned, but it’s too bad that a band he was a member of – the Blues Project – featuring a great blues guitarist, Danny Kalb, wasn’t included.

    • Gary Hoffman

      October 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I agree. Their recording “Projections” still holds up well although possibly not among the Top 100. Two other greats of that vintage: Love Sculpture’s Blues Helping (with Dave Edmunds)
      and The Charles Ford Band (Robben and his brothers) on Arhoolie

  10. Darren

    May 3, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Big Dave McLean – “Blues from the middle” should be on this list. Canada’s finest blues man!!!

  11. Kevin J Mack

    May 3, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    SRV and Double Trouble, In Step. How is that left off? At least you did include Texas Flood …

  12. Gustavisson

    May 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    just a song Stevie Ray ??

  13. cynde

    May 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Good to see Lonnie Johnson here. Have you heard his Blues and Ballads album with Elmer Snowden? I cant imagine how anything could be better that this one

  14. Bruce Fisher

    May 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    You missed a real gem……..Robert Nighthawk ”Live on Maxwell Street 1964”. Blue’s music as raw, down and dirty as it get’s!!! Excellent recording with a superb interview of Nighthawk by Michael Bloomfield!

    • Geoff

      May 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Bruce Fisher — I’ll second that! Robert Nighthawk ”Live on Maxwell Street”. Is Awesome!

    • Gompie

      May 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Indeed, and for that matter add ‘Michael Bloomfield – It’s Not Killing Me’…

  15. Harry van Laak

    May 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    You forgot “Hooker’n’ Heat”. A double album with John Lee Hooker and The Canned Heat.

    • Norfleet Griffin

      May 7, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Hooker N’ Heat is a masterpiece of blues music. Also, The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions could have also been included.

  16. Geoff

    May 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter —- Hard Again — Incredible!
    The Charles Ford Band —- The Charles Ford Band-(with Robbin Ford at his best) – Amazing!
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Ledbetter Heights — Awesome!
    Duke Robilliard — Dukes Blues — Delightfull!
    Monster Mike Welch — Axe to Grind — Rockin!
    Rory Block — When a woman gets the blues — Sweet!

    • Kevin Crawford

      May 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Do you mean “Mark Ford, with the Robben Ford Band”? A stunning album that never seems to get noticed…

      • Gary Hoffman

        June 16, 2015 at 10:07 am

        No. Geoff is referring to the Arhoolie release of the Charles Ford Band, which preceeded the Ford Bros on Blue Rock-It. Both worthwhile considerations for sure.

  17. John Chamless

    May 3, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    It is an impossible task. No Percy Mayfield? Willie Dixon? Johnny Adams? Jack Bruce (though you do have a Cream album)?

  18. Geoff

    May 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Robert Nighthawk — ”Live on Maxwell Street 1964”. — Don’t ever, ever, ever miss this one!
    Bruce Fisher above is right! Its AWESOME!

  19. mike

    May 3, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    No Sonnie and Brownie or Gary Davis? Either of the first two Hot Tuna albums? One of my favorites but admitedly obscure albums is Indiana Avenue Blues by Shirley Griffiths and J. T. Adams.

  20. Michael Lööf

    May 3, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Robert Nighthawk “The blues master recordings”

  21. Geoff

    May 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Colin James — National Steel — Love it!

  22. Duane Albert

    May 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

    What? No Champion Jack Dupree? No King Curtis?

  23. Tsuneo Takai

    May 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

    You forget Super Session of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper

    • Ric

      December 31, 2015 at 12:02 am

      Don’t forget to mention Steve Stills who was also a big part of the Super Session album.

  24. Jim McCloskey

    May 4, 2015 at 12:20 am

    No ZZ Top?

  25. John Henfrey

    May 4, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Fleetwood Mac, Dog & Dustbin album missing also
    Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Live in Europe.
    Otis Grand, Blues 65
    B.B. King, Live In Japan.

    • Bruce Whiteman

      May 4, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Agree with Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters,

  26. Russ Olson

    May 4, 2015 at 12:25 am

    What? No song by Roy Buchanan? The master of the Telecaster? How about ” When a guitar plays the blues ” or any song off ” Loading Zone” he smokes almost every player on this list!

  27. Alex 48

    May 4, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Lightnin; Slim,Otis Rush,Little Junior Parker, Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Time” album and album on “Dart”,Memphis Willie B, Jesse Fuller, Richard “Rabbit” Brown, Otis Blackwell, Charles Brown, and on and on. This is just not music, it’s life. One of the few things I’ll miss when I die.

  28. chris moran

    May 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I would have left out any rock or jazz cross-over artists (No Stones, no Clapton, no Allman Bros, No Cream, no SRV!!!, no Mose Alison and no Nina Simone!). I’d include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band LIVE double LP and Charlie Musselwhite’s often overlooked “Tennessee Woman.” I’d be quite tempted to include Janis Joplin’s “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” since we have a Soul-Blues cross-over Aretha Franklin.

    I’d also remove the “Boogie with Canned Heat” and replace it with “Hooker & Heat.”

    Johnny Lang will have to go! But I am so happy _not_ to see Joe Bonamassa.

    What should have been listed instead of Little Walter “His Best” was “The Best of Little Walter” and “Hate To See You Go” — two of the most influential blues platters to have been released. ALSO, guys: Where the heck is “THE BEST OF MUDDY WATERS” (also known as “Sail On” in reissue).

    (Remember, if we get rid of cross-over bands we can have a little more room for the class blues artists who created the music all these cross-over bands derived their music from).

    Leaving out Willie Dixon’s “I AM The Blues” was egregious. A mortal sin.

    Add Arhoolie Record’s: Sonny Boy Williamson II “King Biscuit Time” and “Big Mama Thornton In Europe”

    Add: Chess Records’ “Drop Down Mama” (Nighthawk, Shines, Edwards, Jones, etc) and Elmore James/John Brim “Whose Muddy Shoes?”

    Add: Vanguard Records’ “The Best Of The Chicago Blues” — a seminal anthology.

    Add: Testament Records’ “Modern Chicago Blues.”

    Thanks for reading thus far, if you have. — c.

    • Mark

      May 4, 2015 at 3:17 am

      All lists such as this are subjective of course, but I totally agree with Chris Moran. You know your stuff.

    • james nadal

      May 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      I tend to agree with Mr Moran on the dubious inclusion of any rock artists in this “list”…

  29. David MacDiarmid

    May 4, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Peter Greens” Fleetwood Mac”
    Gary Moore “Blues for Greeny”
    Jethro Tull “This Was”
    Albums i have listened to thousands of times.

    Strangely all missing from your list.

    Check out the story behind the making of “Blues for Greeny”

  30. Wayne Van

    May 4, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Wow. I have 28 of them and I feel pretty good about that. Half of them are on vinyl though and I have a big job ahead of me digitizing them all. I have the equipment, just don’t have the time. I can think of stuff I’d like to see on the list, but then you have to bump someone else and I just don’t know ho you do that Yikes! A tough job indeed!

  31. Chris Mathison

    May 4, 2015 at 1:07 am

    You missed The Overdue Blues Band! 😉

  32. Dave Swanson

    May 4, 2015 at 1:38 am

    The Five faces of Manfred Mann is a great album that has withstood the passage of time.

  33. Johnno

    May 4, 2015 at 1:49 am

    … Jimi Hendrix, Blues?

  34. Marv

    May 4, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Great list! I think I will have to check out a few of these 🙂 Nevertheless I miss Jimmy Vaughan 🙁

  35. Steve

    May 4, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Some may complain about “crossover” or blues rock albums, but how could anyone not think that the Allman Brother’s Live at Fillmore East shouldn’t be on this list. A great blues album, and did as much as any album to enlighten the average 70s rock fans to the greatness of the blues.

  36. Haroldblue

    May 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Any of the 60’s Savoy Brown albums are a huge omission. Joe Bonamassa is easily worthy of this list

  37. Brian Heaslip

    May 4, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Jimi Hendrix “Blues”

    • Bennie King

      May 8, 2015 at 12:36 am

      I agree and was going to post the same. How can you miss Hendrix Blues Album? Also no love for anything Derek Trucks has been involved with.

    • Gnasher

      May 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Oh yes.Red House,Little wing etc

  38. will

    May 4, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Robert Cray

  39. Emkay

    May 4, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Chris Moran is RIGHT ON.
    Every single LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS ALBUM is better than MOST of the albums listed. 4 albums of BLOOMFIELD..???? I love his playing, but this is ridiculous. John Mayall is not in the pantheon of blues artists. Preposterous. WILLIE DIXON, besides writing MANY BLUES STANDARDS/CLASSICS, is playing on mist of the CHESS stjuff. This list needs serious reconsideration.

    • Jeff Stone

      June 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Amen brother, what a joke. They did say they scoured magazines and the internet for picks, which tells me that they don’t have a clue. Just relying on what they read.

  40. RMAN

    May 4, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Anybody ever hear of GATE MOUTH BROWN?

    • Ken Buzz

      May 4, 2015 at 6:15 am

      Yeah saw him live at an Eric Clapton gig in Sheffield plays a fiddle (violin) not sure if there is a difference. I did not rate him myself to be on the list

    • Dave

      May 21, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Clarence Gatemouth Brown…..hell yeah !!! An incredible guitar/fiddle player who refused to be ‘pigeonholed’ as a bluesman, however I think the majority of his work would be considered by most to be blues. Saw him in Sydney, early 1980’s from memory in a club in Balmain & he was incredible !!! Not sure which album to suggest, however he’s on my list !!!

    • MaryT

      November 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      He actually did make the list, but only for one album? He had others that could easily have been on this list as well. But then again, there are a lot of people who could, or should, have been on this list but aren’t. I also agree with Chris’s statement that cross over artists should have been dropped in favor of true blues legends. Sure, some of those cross overs were not exactly bad by any means, but I don’t know that they belong on this list.

    • Jamie MacDonald

      September 26, 2016 at 2:11 am

      Hear, hear – been listening lately to that 90s Rounder Records release, “Gatemouth Swings” – something like that, in which he is playing the Texas blues of his youth ala T-Bone Walker. Great stuff.

  41. Bob-El

    May 4, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Lots of omissions. Notably Canada’s Downchild (a.k.a. Downchild Blues Band) 45+ years of great tunes.

  42. Michael Lampert

    May 4, 2015 at 3:51 am

    the vastness of your undertaking was so huge, that I am not surprised that many people’s favorites are missing! The good thing that came out of this is the secondary list from these comments so we may all discover some hidden treasures that we may have never known about! So thanks again!
    And how the hell did you not include Jimmy Page’s work with Led Zeppelin?

  43. steve

    May 4, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Keb Mo? Are you serious? London Howling Wolf Sessions needs to be on this list!

  44. gurp

    May 4, 2015 at 4:47 am

    no luther and no jimi joints either….. what about page, yardbirds…. this sucks

    • Vrilya

      May 6, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Your additions of sited omissions sir are excellent sited examples.. The poled list of artists and top albums highly skews the reality of affection adios and professionals as well as the generational listeners would not even say this list poled by this site is even near accurate

  45. Stephen Devine

    May 4, 2015 at 4:49 am

    B.B. King said, ” Peter Green is the only blues guitar player that can make me cry”….Savoy Brown(Kim Simmons)…and…No Jimmy Page? Something tells me you guys didn’t get to see these people play live .

    • Ric

      December 31, 2015 at 12:09 am

      If they’re going to include ctoss-over bands how could they omit Led Zeppelin I, yet have Cream.

  46. Jazzy

    May 4, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Muddy Waters Electric Mud
    The Doors L.A Woman

  47. Harley

    May 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Amazing list. Lacking a certain Bo Carter if you ask me

    • Markk

      August 6, 2015 at 5:27 am

      Spot on bro. Bo is one of the greats and unfortunately very underappreciated

  48. noid

    May 4, 2015 at 6:13 am

    whatt…no luther allison? :/

  49. Jaska

    May 4, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Hey… where’s Fabulous Thunderbirds…?

  50. Sad but Blue

    May 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I think about 30 of these should have been left off and something else put in. Somebody just went through his own collection.

  51. Stuart Potterton

    May 4, 2015 at 6:58 am

    you can’t win with a list like this …. Everyone’s would be different – and we all wonder how isn’t this or that album included or this or that artist… Certainly overall I think you got the vast majority of choices right. One album that I love that past me by for many years is Otis spans – the biggest thing since colossus . Probably the best white British / black legend collaboration. Peter greens playing on it sublime. He steps in and out of the shadows as Otis leads the band. Both players enjoying the company they were keeping. Greens playing is perfect… Sublime ferocious subtle but most of all perfectly suited to each song.

  52. Brendan

    May 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

    To the gentleman who commented that John Mayall doesn’t deserve a place in the Blues pantheon because he was born white and British…Eric Clapton. Peter Green. Mick Taylor. John McVie. Mick Fleetwood. Aynsley Dunbar. Keith Hartley. Jack Bruce. Larry Taylor. American audiences wouldn’t know who any of these artists are today if he hadn’t exposed them to the world, and we certainly wouldn’t be aware of the blues greats who inspires them to pick up their respective instruments. He has every right to a place on this list.

    • Markk

      August 6, 2015 at 5:31 am

      So true. I’m not really a fan of his music per se, but he does deserve a special recognition for the things you mention

    • Ric

      December 31, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Amen to that.

    • Ray

      December 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I agree Brendan…..their would be no postings here without those blues-inspired bands and many more. BTW : as much as Led Zep did to revive the blues, they never credited the musicians and writers who’s songs they recorded…..they simply reworked them slightly and kept the royalties for themselves….pretty much of a weasel move.

    • Patrick Longworth

      September 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

      John Mayall earns a place on my list because he appreciates the blues, he shepherded several artists like Clapton during their careers and for his contribution to the music!

  53. Colin Loubser

    May 4, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Great list, these must also be close to being on it:
    Duke Robillard & The Pleasure Kings – Rockin Blues
    Ronnie Earl – Language of the Soul
    Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers – Sinner Street
    The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band – Served up Texas Style
    Toler Bros – Toler Brothers
    Guitar Shorty – Roll Over Baby
    Ben Harper & Charlie Musslewhite – Get up!
    Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin

  54. Thomas

    May 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Pretty decent list. Although there will always be missing someting. For example: you only looked ar individual artists, why isn’t there an album
    full of Southren Prison Blues? Speaking of full, I miss Blind Boy Fuller.
    But I am glad Big Bill Broonzy made the list.

  55. Fletcher

    May 4, 2015 at 8:44 am

    i believe it should read “muddy waters live at Newport 1960.” Bill Wyman’s favorite.

  56. D. Moulton

    May 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Harp Attack. Junior Wells, James Cotton, Billy Branch, and Cary Bell.

  57. Rob jacobs

    May 4, 2015 at 9:17 am

    How dare you omit A Hard Road – John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers

  58. Doug Green

    May 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Love Paul Butterfield, Little Walter list goes on, maybe not in the top 100 albums but in top 100 harp players– Richard Newel AKA King Biscuit Boy.

  59. Roger Fermor

    May 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

    At least this got people talking and I’m sure that many will be picking the lists for stuff they may have missed. In that respect it is a great success so well done!

  60. Andy Southgate

    May 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I can’t believe Five Live Yardbirds is not included, Also Stone The Crows, Bad Company.

    • Markk

      August 6, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Bad Company…really? I like them, but they don’t belong anywhere near this list.

      • Ric

        December 31, 2015 at 12:12 am

        How freaking true. Bad Company – that would be a joke!

  61. Ed Verschoor

    May 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

    ought to be there:
    Otis Spann is the Blues (wikipedia: leading postwar blues pianist) and
    Rod Piazza & Mighty Flyers – Live at B.B. Kings
    Fine list anyway!

  62. Brian

    May 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Freddie King Live at Filmore 1970 is a great album

  63. Kevin Crawford

    May 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Amazed that “Supersession” wasn’t the first album picked for the list. At least Kooper and Bloomfield were included on another pick. And I second (and must correct) another commenter’s pick of “Mark Ford, with the Robben Ford Band” – a really stunning album that apparently never gets noticed. Btw – I nominate “Talk to Your Daughter” as Robben Ford’s actual best album…

  64. Steve

    May 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    When someone has put these all on a Spotify play list let me know lol. Feeling lazy.

  65. Michael R Harvey

    May 4, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Dave Van Ronk – Sings the Blues
    James Brown – Messing With the Blues
    Mance Lipscomb – You Got to Reap What You Sow
    Lonnie Mack – Wham
    Tom Rush – Blues, Songs & Ballads
    The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt
    Ray Charles (Self titled) contains:
    Drown In My Own Tears
    Come Back Baby
    Sinner’s Prayer
    Losing Hand
    Fool For You

    • sean

      December 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Finally, someone mentioned ray Charles, thought I was the only one! guess they assume its soul or r and b, but his early stuff was straight blues. Fats domino too. Love seeing a list like this and watch people speak of their favorites and how could they miss….!? I love you all. Haven’t listened to much blues since I got sober but it holds a special place in my heart. Especially leadbelly.

  66. Sam sweet

    May 4, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Where’s KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis Shemika Copeland and Luther Allison. Great list just think you missed a few.

  67. atwik

    May 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Chicken Schack

  68. Robb

    May 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    No John Hammond? Jas. Mathus & his knockdown society? Superharps????

  69. Robb

    May 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    No John Hammond? Jas. Mathus & his knockdown society? Superharps????

  70. martin

    May 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm


  71. Herman

    May 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I own most of the 100 mentioned but would like consideration for: Muddy Waters – The London sessions, Big Joe Williams – Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick. B. B. king – Live and Well. Son House – Father of the Blues, Albert King – Years Gone By, Big Mama Thornton – Jail, Fred McDowell and His Blues Boys, Sonny Boy Williamson – One Way out, and Pink Anderson – Carolina Blues Man

  72. Arska

    May 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I’m glad to see both old and new records on the list, but one of my all-time favorite is missing; Walter Trout. Especially live album Face The Music is awesome.

  73. Ric Lassala

    May 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    What? No Chris Cain?

  74. David Caldwell

    May 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Good to see you have got Gary Moore in there. Groundhogs should be in there and Chicken Shack as previously mentioned. I also Roy Buchanan should be there.


    May 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

    You are having a larf aint ya,not one album by Ray Charles i.e.Ray Charles at Newport plus plenty of his Atlantic albums deserve a mention,”i believe to my soul” is a rite blues song for instance but people classed it as soul.

  76. Larry Parson

    May 5, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Nice try!
    John Hammond does deserve a nod from me for a couple albums.
    Source Point & Southern Fried with Duane Allman!!!

  77. federico

    May 5, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Great list, but i suggest some of Sean Costello and the first recordings of Johnny guitar Watson to. Both are brilliant guitar players and got great voices. Please, listen to sean costello playing “talk to your daughter” and watson’s “three hours past midnight”

  78. Neil

    May 5, 2015 at 5:20 am

    No blues list that excludes Peter Green can be taken seriously

  79. Plug

    May 5, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation with John Moorshead?
    Something from Colosseum?
    Something from Audience?
    SOOO many that there just isn’t room for them on this list.

  80. Ron Rupska

    May 5, 2015 at 9:52 am


  81. John

    May 5, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I would have included, SRV & Joe Bonamassa, plus looking at some of the artists there, i would have had J GEILS Band, Live Full House.

    • Ric

      December 31, 2015 at 12:23 am

      You can’t be serious about J Geils? I love that album but it’s rock, not blues.

  82. Sauli

    May 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I could not leave out these ass kickin`records that represent the artists as their best:
    J.B.Hutto & The Hawks: Hawk Squat
    The Fabulous Thunderbirds: `Girls Go Wild
    Lil`Ed & The Blues Imperials: Roughhousin`
    Omar&Howlers:I Told You So

  83. Michael Laterrade

    May 6, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Your list of 100 best blues albums and artists, not to be critical but to reflect with broader objectivity should state; ” A list of highly popular 100 Top Blues Albums and Artists ” but stretches your categorization listed here is it representative of broad objective empiricism because over many years of personal familiarity with Radio Broadcaster personal associations by myself and thousand s of other blues affection adios, your list has excluded a great many of other albums and groups or artists that have poled as greats unsurpassed statistically and by professionals and listeners over the generations. It’s always nice to read contemporary opinions of new poles but the affection adios would surely out number you nominal listing and statistically disagree with this list posted in the idem..

  84. Michael Laterrade

    May 6, 2015 at 12:52 am

    If you asked leading University music appreciation doctorate professors , I am CERTAIN you would find popularity and technical statistics that could not agree with the idem listing you have posted

  85. Thomas T.

    May 6, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Muddy Waters “Hard Again” is arguably his greatest Album ever and certainly his best Contemporary Blues Album he ever made. With Johnny Winter,James Cotton Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, Charles Calmese and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith this would be near or at the top of my Top 100!

  86. David Besser

    May 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    in my opinion A Hard Road is at least as good if not better than the John Mayall albums listed

  87. Toby Levy

    May 7, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Only two or so from the last 40 years? What about William Clarke, Rod Piazza, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, etc?

  88. William

    May 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Im in shock Hendrix Axis bold as love is not on here.

  89. Becky

    May 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I was happy to see Texas Flood made the list. Also thanks for the list and for everyone adding their favorites. I’ve got a lot of music to find!

  90. GG BONZ

    May 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm


  91. Paul L

    May 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Missing thoughts,
    J.B. Lenoir, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac in Chicago,
    Fleetwood Mac and Otis Spann, Duster Bennett

    To name a few

  92. Bennie King

    May 8, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I agree with a lot of these comments that it’s very difficult to please everyone as there are only 100 spots. But more importantly, we can see all the comments of what people left out. I now have about 20 new artists/albums that I need to hear based off peoples comments and I thank the list and the people who commented for that. Personally my top 6 guitarists of all time are: Freddie King, Duane Allman, Hendrix, SRV, Derek Trucks and Albert King. If anyone can recommend artist like these players, that’d be cool too.

  93. Sean

    May 8, 2015 at 6:18 am

    1. The Jimmy Rogers All Stars Band (Jeff Healey, Kim Wilson, Eric Clapton and more) – Blues, Blues Blues.
    2. Big Dave McLean – For the Blues, Always.
    3 James Hunter – People Gonna Talk

  94. Arto Kytösaho

    May 8, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I didn’t see Love Sculpture’s Blues Helping. There the Gibson is really crying.

    • Gary Hoffman

      June 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

      No. Geoff is referring to the Arhoolie release of the Charles Ford Band, which preceeded the Ford Bros on Blue Rock-It. Both worthwhile considerations for sure. Also, agree that the classic Love Sculpture LP, Blues Helping, would belong on my list. Other omissions that certainly belong: Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles Brown, and Dave Van Ronk

  95. Jean Carlo Marchio

    May 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Such a list without any jimi Hendrix album sounds strange
    you include SR Vaughan , but not his master !!!

  96. Derek Price

    May 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Fantastic list but seriously where are The Animals one of the best blues bands of the 60’s nothing can come close to there self titled album and House of the Rising Sun is a classic. 🙂

  97. Felix Sebastian Nazarevscky

    May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Missing Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Gary Clark Jr., Peter Green, Janis Joplin, Gov’t Mule

  98. antonio salazar

    May 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I know it is hard to please everybody but they left outside Edgar winter Tobacco Road, Led Zeppelin I Can´t quit you Babe or Since I´ve been loving you, and jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child

  99. Brent Williams

    May 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    How can you not include Willie Dixon’s I am the Blues full of classic tunes all penned by Dixon and check out how often his name appears on other peoples albums he is the man

  100. Phil Jackson

    May 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Good try but no Johnny Shines (with Shakey Horton) or Peatie Wheatstraw. As usual guitar is the theme. Pretty weak on harp: No Sonny Boy 1 (John Lee Williamson). Sugar Blue, Paul DeLay, William Clarke and piano OTIS SPANN, Little Brother Montgomery, Big Maceo. Odd Muddy Waters choices – should be Real Fok Blues or Sail On. Otis Taylor?

  101. Fred

    May 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Johnny guitar watson
    Fenton Robinson
    Otis Spann

  102. John haas

    May 9, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Missing…….Walter Trout, Joanna Connor,Ronnie Earl to name three!!!!!!

  103. Bob

    May 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    John Mayer Trio – Try!

  104. Orco

    May 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    The lack of Blodwyn Pig is disturbing. Also Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On just to name a few.

  105. Trout321

    May 13, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Bond, so glad you gave recognition to Roy Buchanan. Super Session should absolutely be here

  106. Trout321

    May 13, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Sorry for the typo, meant BONZ

  107. Patrick

    May 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I think you could have included every SRV album released, but glad Texas Flood is on there. I would have to include ZZ Top and Hendrix to make this an “official” list! 🙂

  108. Gnasher

    May 28, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    WHAT!!!! No Walter Trout .Shame on you.

  109. Michael Cone

    May 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    No Shuggie Oties, what a shame.

    • RC Justice

      August 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Bout time someone mentioned Shuggie Otis. Roy Buchanan was to overly stylistic, loved him but he began to bore me. When it comes to white guys playing the Blue how about ZZTop Rio Grand Mud,. Jesus just left Chicago???? Also Paul Butterfield, Boz Scaggs Loan me a dime.

  110. Ray Collier

    May 31, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Bad Axe by Son Seals is definitely missing, Boom Boom by John Lee Hoover is definitely deserving, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown probably should also be included.

  111. Michael Thomas

    May 31, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t see the Rev. Gary Davis listed.

  112. Dave Blair

    May 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    No ‘Muddy Mississippi Waters Live? Surely one of the best electric blues albums of all time.

  113. mtb

    May 31, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Fab T-Birds: Girls go Wild.

  114. mtb

    May 31, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Fab T-Birds: Girls go Wild.

  115. Paul Williams

    May 31, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Growing up in Chicago I became a fan of Billy Boy Arnold. He has a lot of great records. His songs have been covered by some of the best. Give him a listen.

  116. Tom

    May 31, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Johnny Winter nothin but the blues
    Johnny Winter progressive blues experiment
    Johnny Winter Whit Hot and Blue

    Johnny and Muddy during their time together was priceless!

    Excellent list!

  117. Billy

    June 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I think 100 albums is too limiting. Here are a list of albums that I like.
    Taj Mahal the real thing
    Nick gravenites my labors
    Electric flag long time coming
    Fleetwood Mac Irish rose

  118. Cynthia Amorese

    June 2, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Willie Dixon’s Chess Box MUST be included — hands down one of the best blues compilations ever! You also need to listen to Janis Joplin and Big Mama Thornton if you want to know what women’s blues sounds like. And nothing by Howlin’ Wolf? As for Jimmy Reed, Cold Chills tops the Carnegie Hall album. And you’re really stretching the definition of blues by classifying “Layla” as a blues album.

    • Patrick Longworth

      September 26, 2016 at 9:10 am

      So would you prefer it to be “white people’s blues” rather than blues or perhaps rock and roll? I came to blues music after rock and roll through Eric Clapton and others so I am perhaps not a blues purist but I do appreciate Robert Johnson, BB King, and many others as well as those who led me to their music. “Layla” may not be pure blues but it is blues enough to me.

  119. Joseph Semenza

    June 3, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Very glad to see my favorite Rory Gallagher included. As been noted, I can’t see any list not including some Hendrix or Buchanan to be definitive, though this is subjective at best. Also, no Lonnie Mack.

  120. zootsi

    June 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Good list, but disappointed that Roomful Of Blues nor Duke Robillard were on it.

  121. Alberto

    June 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Is there a link to the Spotify playlist anywhere?

  122. PO Nordin

    June 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Where is the westafrican blues!? Wht about Ali farka Toures last albumSavane. And where is Professor Longhair , dr John, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams and Big Joe Turner. And I also miss some women for example Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker and Bettye Lavette. all these had made exellent albums.

  123. Jeff Stone

    June 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    For anyone looking for excellent CD’s:
    Hendrix “Blues”
    Slim Harpo “best of”
    Buddy Guy “Stone Crazy”
    Hollywood Fats “Rock this House”
    Lightnin’ Slim “Best of”
    Magic Slim “The essential”
    Johnny Shines “Standing at the Crossroads”
    Johnny Winter “Third Degree”
    Koko Taylor “Live from Chicago”
    Big Mama Thornton “with Muddy Waters Band”
    Willie Dixon “I am the Blues”
    Any Compilations from:
    Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddy King, BB King.
    For Blues Rockers:
    Janis Joplin “The essential”
    Stevie Ray Vaughn “Martin Scorcese presents”
    Humble Pie “Up your Sleeves”
    Any Live Allman Bros.
    Stones “Get your ya ya’s out”
    ZZ Top “First album”
    Led Zepplin “First album”
    AC/DC “If you want Blood”

  124. Anders Viklund

    June 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Monaco blues band

  125. John Malay

    June 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Clarence Gatemouth Brown
    Chicago: the Blues Today, volume with Johnny Young, Johnny Shines, Big Walter
    Willie Dixon
    Eric Clapton & the Powerhouse (on Electra as I recall)
    first Taj Mahal solo record (w/ Ry Cooder, Jessie Ed Davis, etc)
    Muddy Waters: Fathers & Sons
    Big Joe Turner
    etc etc

  126. Joe Guts

    June 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve been listening to and playing the blues for about 50 years now. And everyone has their own opinion and that’s great. ‘Cuz yer listening to the blues and that’s the thing. But in those years I have heard five albums that have all had a great influence on me. They are ‘Fresh Cream’ by Cream, ‘Burglar’ by Freddie King, ‘Johnny Winter’ by (of course) Johnny Winter, ‘From The Cradle’ by Eric Clapton, and ‘I Left My Blues In San Francisco’ by Buddy Guy. And, of course, pretty much everything by Wolf and Muddy. But those albums that I’ve listed are the ones I suggest people listen to, and I have done so for a long time.

  127. Ricky Racoon

    July 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Not having your favorite album making the top 100… That’s what the blues is all about! Seriously, great choice! Very difficult to narrow it down to 100. I would have include Bukka White, but that’s just my personnal taste.

  128. william troughton

    July 14, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Savoy Brown’s BLUE MATTER & Albert King’s –Live Wire/Blues Power-live at the filmore are a couple of my favs

  129. Aristocracker

    July 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Great list and recommendations from others. I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    I like to add Watermelon Slim and the Workers 2006 album and their “The Wheel Man” 2007 CD.
    Enjoy his lyrics and his slide and harp playing are on the money,

  130. Patrick Longworth

    July 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Did you consider any Canadian blues artists? The Powder Blues, The Jeff Healey Band, Colin James and there are others I am not able to list as well. I think there are also cases of musicians from other genres who recorded blues or blues like music – Triumph is one group I can think of.

  131. Jørgen Olesen

    August 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    So Many Blues band… And no Robin Trower… The man with the Soul… The King of the Blues Rock….

  132. Jimmy Salatino

    August 5, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hooker & Heat is one of the greatest blues records ever

  133. dave

    August 5, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Kokomo Arnold, Barbecue Bob, Charles Brown, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Blue Lu, Scrapper Blackwell, Cousin Joe, Pee Wee Crayton, Willie Dixon, Floyd Dixon, Snooks Eaglin, Sleepy John Estes, Four Blazes, Arthur Gunter, Slim Gaillard, Wynonie Harris,Earl Hooker, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Alberta Hunter, Ivory Joe Hunter, Tommy Johnson,, Lightnin’ Slim, J.B. Lenoir, Little Willie John, Smiley Lewis, Furry Lewis, Jimmy McCracklin, Percy Mayfield, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, Big Maybelle, Roy Milton, Amos Milburn to mention a few.

  134. William Reaves

    August 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Man, did they miss a lot. Many that are much better than those they selected !!! I should
    know, I’ve seen and listened to all the best in the business !!!

  135. Hank

    August 17, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I’ve bookmarked this list, its comments, and all the insightful dickering because “damn right I got the blues!” Love it all! Thank you!

  136. Matt V.

    September 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Great list, but you forgot Bukka White!

  137. Jim Howard

    September 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    You left out Lazy Lester, Lightnin’ Slim and Slim Harpo albums on Excello.

  138. Mathew

    September 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Dutch blues? Thats news to me. I will google.

  139. Steve

    September 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

    If your including John mayall, “Jazz blues fusion” would be my pick, as would Roy Buchanan’s “Austin city limits” performance.

  140. Ruben Vrielynck

    September 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Some other (also not mentioned in the comment section, i think) great blues (or bluesrock) albums I very much like are:

    Big Joe Turner – The Boss of The Blues (1956)
    Down and Out Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson (1959)
    Two Steps from the Blues – Bobby Blue Band (1962)
    Five Live Yardbirds – The Yardbirds (1964)
    The Sound of ’65 – Graham Bond Organisation (1965)
    The Genius of Earl Hooker – Earl Hooker (1968)
    I Am The Blues – Willie Dixon (1970)
    The London Howlin” Wolf Sessions – Howlin” Wolf (1971)
    On the Boards – Taste (1970)
    Calling Card – Rory Gallagher (1976)
    Naturally – JJ Cale (1972)
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers – self titled debut (1977)
    Live on the Queen Mary – Professor Longhair (1978)
    Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters – Paul Rodgers (& friends) (1993)
    Blue Streak – Luther Allison (1995)
    Low Country Blues – Gregg Allman (2011)
    Live – Gary Clark Jr. (2014)

  141. Pat Ludwick

    November 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I think you are mistaken on Howlin’ Wolf’s Moanin’ at Midnight. I believe this really should be Moanin’ in the Moonlight out in 1962 with Moanin’ at Midnight as the first song on this release.

  142. Big Ray Senkiw

    December 1, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I like Leslie West. Not only as a rocker but as a bluesman.

  143. Wizard

    December 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Lonesome George Thorogood and the Destroyers 2120 South Michigan Ave. Is a great blues album as well.

  144. Mike C.

    December 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    The replies here are priceless. Bad Company? AC/DC? George Thoroughgood? Janis Joplin? Stevie Ray Vaughn? Humble Pie? Allman Bros.? Why not include Men At Work and Bay City Rollers?

  145. Wazza

    December 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Savoy Brown Blues Band, ” Raw Sienna”, John Mayall , “Blues breakers with Eric Clapton” and the “Hard Road” album with Peter Green.

  146. Jack Wells

    December 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    No Roy Buchanan?

  147. Patrick Longworth

    December 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I’m not sure of the origin of many of these artists listed but it appears that the list doesn’t include any Canadian blues guitarists.

    Jeff Healey Group, he was appreciated by BB King and Eric Clapton.

    The Powder Blues Band may not be “pc” blues but they played their variety of blues.

    Triumph was labeled hard rock or heavy metal but Rik Emmett and the band did play and record some bluesy music from time to time.

    Ultimately who is the “definer” of what blues is and whether an artist is truly a blues artist?

    I do appreciate that some of my favorite artists and albums are on here even as I acknowledge that some people are “dissing” that same music as “impure” or not “blues” to them.

  148. Wesley Flint

    December 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    King King by The Red Devils is my favorite live blues album of all time. Lester Butler was a harp blowin’ maniac! A must-own if ever there was one.

  149. Robin Gullstrand

    December 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm


    I’m glad glad that you mentioned the Rolling Stones debut album which is one of the best examples of British blues from the sixties. But you have forgotten one very important British blues classic from that time, Five Live Yardbirds with the Yardbirds (Eric Clapton was one of members at that time, replaced later by Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page).

    The British blues scene during the sixties was so important for the founders of the blues and played an very important role to make this black music style to be accepted among the white audience in America.

  150. Paddy McQ

    December 31, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Savoy Brown “Shake Down”, “Getting To The Point”, “Blue Matter”

  151. Carl

    December 31, 2015 at 1:10 am

    What about the king of UK blues – Dave Kelly

  152. Phil Grabar

    December 31, 2015 at 4:19 am

    The Blues Project – any of their albums – should have been included.

  153. pantha kanai

    December 31, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Bukka White, Otis Span, Furry Lews,Pinetop Perkins ??? Eric Bibb ???

  154. Bart

    December 31, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Why doesn’t Joe Bonamassa feature anywhere?

  155. Blue Labyrinth

    December 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

    And not to mention a few good blues artists and bands from the Antipodes: Jeff Lang, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chain, Joe Camilleri (JoJo Zep), Phil Jones and The Unknown Blues, Fourday Riders, CW Stoneking, Backsliders, Zyedecats, Chris Wilson, Dutch Tilders, Foreday Riders, John Butler, Mia Dyson, just to name a few…..

  156. rick bogdanich

    December 31, 2015 at 11:07 am


  157. Terry

    December 31, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack?

  158. ruston hornsby

    December 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

    All lists will be criticised – Dan Patlansky from South Africa is currently a well respected player, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule is a legend and Lonnie Mack is a notable absentee . Would like to see One Album per Artist – this allows a greater degree of inclusivity

  159. Bryan Adkins

    December 31, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    A couple of albums that should have been included are: John Lee Hooker-I Am John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson-One Way Out. Hard Again by Muddy Waters is also a good one.

  160. Peter Squires

    January 1, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I would have included Otis Spann LP-The biggest thing since Colossus….John Lee Hooker LP-Live at cafe au-go-go….Muddy Waters 2LP-Fathers and Sons….Earl Hooker LP-Hooker and Steve…….Cheers to All.

  161. Jeff Hall

    January 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I would add “Blues Deluxe” by Joe Bonamassa

  162. Doug Potoksky

    February 17, 2016 at 4:37 am

    No Ronnie Earl! That is like making a chicken soup with no chicken! Plus the fact Ronnie plays ever note like it is his last! I thought that is what the blues is all about.Thanks!

  163. Steve islip

    June 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Hooker n heat already mentioned but what about hooker n davis hot spot soundtrack . Rl burnside ass in pocket and finally graham bond organisation live at klooks kleek . All essential

  164. richard freudenthal

    July 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I like Fats Domino singing the blues He did a lot of blues, mostly his earley recordings.

    • Gerry Ross

      August 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Indeed. His first major records, “The Fat Man”, was a revamping of Champion Jack Dupree’s “Junker’s Blues”. Fats knew his blues!

  165. Anando

    August 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Jimi Hendrix are big omissions.

  166. Bret Lysle

    August 13, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Rev. Gary Davis Live at Manchester Union Hall & you need some thing with Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. Big Mama Thornton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band.

  167. Gerry Ross

    August 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Excellent list, though I would have left a Various Artists field opened for CHICAGO! THE BLUES! TODAY! from 1966. Three volumes with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Otis Rush, J.B. Hutto, Jimmy Cotton, Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, Johnny Young, Homesick James, and Charlie Musselwhite is absolutely essential blues listening!

  168. Eumario J. Teixeira

    August 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    And the John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Peter Green??? The album is off the list?

  169. Jim F

    August 13, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Pinetop Perkins: Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie

  170. mike

    August 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    One James Cotton album and two Mayall. Uh, no. Sonny Boy Williamson II told Mayall to do everyone a favor and don’t sing ever again. Gotta agree with that. You could get rid of all the rock bands and all the English bands. They were just regurgitating the masters. Go to the source not the people that are doing Rock covers.

  171. Zeke

    August 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Agree about Willie Dixon…Needs to be there. No Rolling Stones, Cream, Fleetwood Mac etc…But Stevie Ray was real blues.

    What about?
    Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Blues Brothers, Room full of blues, Elvin Bishop???

  172. falcon

    August 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not a member of the Blues Police force. I LOVE it ALL. Rock blues, straight blues, jazz blues etc. I want to know about everyone and then select my own favorites. I wish the list could have had 500 or 1000 great albums. And I applaud you for alphabetical as opposed to a “merit” ranking. All of these works are valuable and have merit!! I know most folks think of Louis Armstrong as Jazz, but for me, I’d include some of his work. You might really want to check out Justin Johnson “If Walls Could Talk” and “Smoke and Mirrors”. He’s another haunting, beautiful player who might not have come to your attention yet. He plays a lot of cigar box guitars and unusual instruments. In a slightly more dialed up vein, I’d also include Anthony Gomes. And Joe Bonamassa was adored by B.B. King, you need a better recommendation than that?? I encourage you to make your lists as expansive and inclusive as possible and to avoid playing the “who’s best” card, which is really just for people who are too lazy to make their own assessments of what they like. I WANT TO HEAR IT ALL!!
    And thank you!!

  173. Eric Hall

    August 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Typical North American rubbish. How can you possibly have a list of Blues Albums without “Hogwash”, “Split” or “Thank Christ For The Bomb” featuring anywhere?

    • Patrick Longworth

      September 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

      So what are your selections? European or African? I haven’t heard of your selections but then maybe that is a good thing?

  174. John Humphries

    August 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    The Electric Flag should be required listening for all who are interested in the blues and how music evolves – IMHO.

  175. bobo

    August 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    The title is Best Blues ALBUMS – not blues artists. Think in those terms and some of the classic rock bands qualify.

  176. John G

    September 10, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Bo Carter, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Robert Wilkins, Furry Lewis, Memphis Minnie, Elizabeth Cotten, Rev Gary Davis, Lil Son Jackson, Dave Honeyboy Edwards, Cephas and Wiggins, John Jackson, Sony Boy Williamson I, Stefan Grossman, Eric Bibb are all major names worthy of inclusion in my opinion.

  177. John G

    September 10, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Apologies, a couple of the artists I mentioned are on the list! I accept it is a subjective thing and impossible to include everyone.

  178. Jules

    September 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    You forgot Smokey Wilsons 88th Street Blues.

  179. Steve

    September 25, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Gosh I could add a lot more. And change some to different albums. As for Allman Bros. and Cream not being blues bands I would have to differ. Many of us that grew up in the 60’s heard the blues first from these bands and more. The blues was almost dead in the us. The Brits embraced it and started it again. My first concert was the Jefferson Airplane with the warm up band The Yardbirds in 1967. I would say that some of these bands should be included. I wish it was more than 100. I would also include Alvin Lee and Ten Years After Playing the Blues.
    Etta James, Tell Mamma. Ruth Brown, James Cotten, Son Seals, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, The Staple Singers,Savoy Brown, John Hammond, Sister Roseta Thorp, Ko Ko Tylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Kokomo Arnald, I almost out of room here… to bad I could name another hundred I bet.

  180. david caldwell

    September 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Has been previously mentioned but should include Chicken Shack and the Groundhogs. Also the Graham Bond Organisation. Also surprised that Robin Trower hasnt been mentioned

  181. Jimmy Peace

    September 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Lightin’ Slim – “Rooster Blues” absolutely has to be on such a list!

  182. Gary M

    September 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    JImmy Thackery & The Drivers – Wild Night Out !

  183. Susan Beard

    September 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for this, learnt a lot.

  184. Richard Racine

    September 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Son seals koko Taylor missed them stones bull

  185. Tom Quinn

    September 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    What about Roy Buchanan, “Live Stock”?

  186. David T

    September 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Tampa Red – It hurts me too

  187. jaime amor

    September 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I miss, between others:

    Joe Bonamassa
    Beth Hart
    Jimmy Barnes
    John Mayer
    Steve winwood
    Alvin Lee…

  188. Nicholas Davey

    September 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    461 Ocean boulevard is my favourite blues album, its disappointing not seeing that on this list. I also like Fleetwood mac by Fleetwood mac.

  189. Greg Rog

    September 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    What of J. J. Cale? I’ve never been too much into blues, but I thought he was pretty great

  190. al bischoff

    November 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Savoy Brown definitely belongs on that list.

  191. Larry Hoyt

    November 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Where is “Fathers and Sons” ? This has to be one of the greats! Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Duck Dunn, Buddy Miles, and so many more. How could you miss this one?

  192. Roger Fermor

    November 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    We all have our own ideas for those who do and don’t qualify for inclusion in this list but I am just grateful that so many artists and albums are listed by the compilers and the mailers because there are some I missed, until now. Thanks all!

  193. Preslives

    November 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    There are some good albums here, but a number of giants like Robert Nighthawk, Big Joe Turner, Tommy Johnson and J.B. Hutto are strangely absent. The choice for Muddy Waters does not cover his best recordings. Why not The Best of Muddy Waters?

  194. Slidge

    November 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

    – Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans Street Singer
    – Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter

    And some compilations:
    – Lomax¨s Blues Songbook
    – Smithsonian Folkways “Classic Appalachian Blues”

    We could endlessly debate about the definition of blues, but the purpose here is not to list all the guitarists that once played a blues classic, or our favorites RnB or jazz or rock musicians.

    They are however some albums of undead white people who could be integrated in such a list:
    – Neil Youngs soundtrack for “Dead Man”
    – John Luries “Legendary Marvin Pontiac”
    – Tom Waits´ “Orphans: Brawlers”

    (as you see, i like the movies of Jim Jarmusch !)

  195. jonny b

    November 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    What about Slim Harpo??????????????

  196. chuck stuff

    November 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I saved the link with the title “100 Great Blues / Blues Inspired Albums.” The title was just misleading really…

  197. Ciro Fogliatta

    January 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    John Lee Hooker LP-Live at cafe au-go-go….(with Muddy Waters Band) the summit of Chicago Blues, obviously I miss in the List…..about british blues “A hard road” John Mayall & bluesbrakers

  198. Frank

    January 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Peter Green

  199. william bill troughton

    January 24, 2017 at 1:04 am

    one of my favs is –Albert King—Blues Power–Live at the Filmore and also Smokin Jo Kubeck & Benoit King—Have Blues Will Travel

  200. Olivier

    January 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    No Blues List is complet without Popa Chubby.
    As for Belgian Blues: Roland!

  201. Regino

    February 18, 2017 at 12:42 am

    No Walter Horton ???

  202. john

    February 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Why is there always someone who has to have the 100 best or the top ten etc. The Blues is the blues some you like some you don’t , some I like some I don’t . The other thing that amazes me is how everybody is an authority on how the bands such as the Stones, Cream , Mayall, Butterfield and on and on saved the music and brought it back to life. The Blues was starting to come back to its own in 1965/1966 and would have continued thanks to the desire of college kids willing to expand away from the norm and the hipsters shunning mainstream music. I remember the first time I saw Muddy Waters at the Jazz Workshop in Boston 1965? there were probably about 20 people there, and each time after it became more and more crowded ,not because we were awakened to the music by Elvis,Mick and Keith , and Clapton
    or Jeff Beck ,it was just the time for the Blues , which had never really made it outside of the black community.It was word of mouth , conversation , concerts like the newport Jazz festival.

    • Bruno

      November 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      We all know that our bluesmakers of all folks cannot possibly be ranked like football teams or mutual funds. In fact, we’ll shall never know who the truest bluesmakers were or where they came from. Consider the West African griots or that itinerant bluesman that W.C. Handy found and lost at the Tutwiler train depot in 1903. Consider all the Henry Sloans we’ve never heard and the mothers of those we have. And consider the folks whose paths never crossed those of the white historians or those who sang only to themselves and their God.

  203. Gregory Henry

    March 2, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I would include Howling Wolf The London Sessions among others.

  204. Gregory Henry

    March 2, 2017 at 1:22 am

    And what about Otis Redding

  205. drrock

    March 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

    why not with cover pictures?

  206. drrock

    June 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    why not a list with cover pictures?

  207. laz chapman

    June 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Even people who love the blues can manage to leave Willie Dixon off this list. He’s the apex songwriter of blues music. There’s no debating this fact.

  208. Grant

    June 9, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I read them all and thanks. I’m for the Top 200 Blues albums. You mean there is only 100 good blues albums out there? Give me a break. Glad folks mentioned Duster Bennett and Rod Piazza, Gravetes, and Alex Koris. I’m glad people weighed in on Deutsch and Canadian blues. Gonna check it out. No one mentioned Hadda Brooks. And speaking of Brooks, I’ll bet Lonnie Brooks is going to come out with a top 200 LP one of these days. And I didn’t know people were so mixed on Bonamasa. I’m checking him out at a small venue this August. We’ll see. Re; the Allman Brothers. I miss Duane. His double LP “Chronology, Vol I, a good mix of blues and soul. AC/DC and Led are stretching it. Fleetwood Mac including Green lack that raw blues voice, but I love their blues stuff. Glad Alex Koris was mentioned.
    The 2CD Luther Allison, Best of
    One big Miss: Eddie Cleanhead Vinson on Riverside
    Jimmy Witherspoon, Spoonful, on Bluenote,
    Sugie Otis, Sugie Otis, 1997. Great Lp.
    Big Joe Turner, with Count Basie, “Kansas City;” on Pablo
    Big Joe Turner, Big Joe Turner Meets the Trumpet Kings (Eldridge, Edison, Terry) on Pablo
    and Ronnie Early, his 2002 release with Cleanhead Vinson. Great.
    Check out Wild-Child Butler. He’s great.
    And no one mentioned Stevie Ray Vaugh’s double Lp, “Live.” Great.
    Oscar Brown Jr, “Between Heaven and Hell,” Columbia
    James Cotton, first LP on Vanguard
    BB King and Bobby Blue Bland, Together, on Duke/ABC

  209. Bruno

    November 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    We all know that our bluesmakers of all folks cannot possibly be ranked like football teams or mutual funds. In fact, we’ll shall never know who the truest bluesmakers were or where they came from. Consider the West African griots or that itinerant bluesman that W.C. Handy found and lost at the Tutwiler train depot in 1903. Consider all the Henry Sloans we’ve never heard and the mothers of those we have. And consider the folks whose paths never crossed those of the white historians or those who sang only to themselves and their God.

  210. Michael C

    March 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Many of these “albums” are, in fact, collections assembled years or even decades after the material they contain was recorded as singles. I’m not sure that should really qualify as an “album.” Blues has always been about *songs* more than *albums*. Also, in many cases, there are better collections by the same artist than the ones listed.

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