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The phrase "the blues" is a reference to the the blue devils, meaning "down" spirits, melancholy, and sadness. This musical genre originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African-Americans from roots in African musica traditions, work songs and spirituals. After World War II, new styles of electric blues became popular in cities such as Chidago, Memphis, Detroit, St. Louis and Austin. In the 1950s, blues hada major influence on American popular music leading to rock and roll. The British Invasion was anchored in blues music. Songs listed here are derived from a wide array of sources including the Gold Standard Song List, Grammy Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine lists, Wikipedi and AllMusic biographic revies and other sundry sources.

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Ada Brown
   performed the blues song   
Crazy 'bout My Lollypop (1923)
Ada Brown
   performed the blues song   
Evil Mama Blues (1923)
Alabama Shakes
   performed the blues song   
Killer Diller Blues (2017)
From the multi-award-winning film "The American Epic Sessions"; won a Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance; recorded on a restored electrical sound recording system from the 1920s.
Albert Collins
   performed the blues song   
Frosty (1964)
Texas blues guitarists hard driving tune
Albert Collins
   performed the blues song   
Sno-Cone Part 1 (1965)
Houston blues guitarists instrumental
Alberta Hunter
   performed the blues song   
Chirpin' The Blues (1939)
Alberta Hunter
   performed the blues song   
Down Hearted Blues (1939)
Alberta Hunter
   performed the blues song   
He's Got A Punch Like Joe Louis (1946)
Albert King
   performed the blues song   
As the Years Go Passing By (1969)
Albert King
   performed the blues song   
Born Under A Bad Sign (1967)
A timeless staple of the blues with huge crossover appeal to rock audiences; big hit for B.B. King; also covered by Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy and a host of other rock luminaries.
Albert King
   performed the blues song   
Get Out Of My Life Woman (1978)
Alger "Texas" Alexander
   performed the blues song   
Don't You Wish Your Baby Was Built Up Like Mine (1920)
Alger "Texas" Alexander
   performed the blues song   
The House of the Rising Sun (1928)
Allman Brothers Band
   performed the blues song   
Statesboro Blues (1971)
Live at the Fillmore East; blues-rock classic; Duane's guitar mastery and Greg's soulful vocals make this tune a delight every time it's played.
Amos Easton
   performed the blues song   
Cold Blooded Murder No. 2 (1935)
Amos Easton
   performed the blues song   
I Keep On Drinkin (To Drive My Blues Away) (1935)
Andrew Tibbs
   performed the blues song   
Bilbo Is Dead (1947)
Auntie Mary Bradford
   performed the blues song   
Awful Lawdy Lawdy Blues (1928)
Baby Bonnie
   performed the blues song   
Backbiting Moan (1924)
Bandanna Girls
   performed the blues song   
Money Is Honey (1939)
Bandanna Girls
   performed the blues song   
Part Time Papa (1939)
Barbecue Bob Hicks
   performed the blues song   
Barbecue Blues(1927)
Barbecue Bob Hicks
   performed the blues song   
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues (1928)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
3 O'Clock Blues (1951)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
Dark Is The Night (1956)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
Every Day I Have The Blues (1957)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
Please Love Me (1953)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
Sweet Sixteen, Pt. I (1960)
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
The Thrill Is Gone (1970)
One of B.B.'s signature songs; a major hit.
B. B. King
   performed the blues song   
You Upset Me Baby (1954)
Bertha "Chippie" Hill
   performed the blues song   
Christmas Man Blues (1930)
Bertha "Chippie" Hill
   performed the blues song   
Do Dirty Blues (1927)
Bertha "Chippie" Hill
   performed the blues song   
Street Walker Blues (1928)
Bertha "Chippie" Hill
   performed the blues song   
Weary Money Blues (1928)
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
After You've Gone (1927)
Popular song composed by Turner Layton with lyrics by Henry Creamer; recoreded by a host of blues singers over the ages.
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (1923)
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Back Water Blues (1927)
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Downhearted Blues (1923)
Blues classic composed by jazz singer Alberta Hunter and musician Lovie Austin; Smith's recorded the song with piano accompaniment by Clarence Williams; eventually selling 2 million copies; included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress; recorded by a host of noteworthy musicians including Son House; Smith's version received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Empty Bed Blues (1928)
Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Gulf Coast Blues (1923)
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out (1923)
Blues standard written by Jimmy Cox in 1923; Smith's version is more vaudeville-style blues; interpreted by numerous musicians in a variety of styles over the years.
Bessie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Saint Louis Blues (1925)
Popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in 1914 in the blues style; Smith's version has Louis Armstron on trumpet; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993; performed by a host of luminaries including Cab Caqlloway, Bing Crosby, Paul Robeson, Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Atkins, Dave Brubeck and Chuck Berry; Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner.
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Black, Brown And White (1951)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Diggin' My Potatoes (1957)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Down In The Alley (1937)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Getting Older Every Day (1940)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Good Time Tonight (1938)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Key To The Highway (1941)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Looking Up At Down (1940)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Louise, Louise (1957)
Big Bill Broonzy & Louis Lasky
   performed the blues song   
C & A Blues (1935)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Merry Go Round Blues (1940)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Night Time Is The Right Time (1938)
Big Bill Broonzy
   performed the blues song   
Southern Flood Blues (1937)
Big Joe Williams
   performed the blues song   
Baby Please Don't Go (1935)
Big Joe Williams
   performed the blues song   
Crawlin' King Snake (1941)
Big Mama Thornton
   performed the blues song   
Ball and Chain (1968)
The Big Three Trio
   performed the blues song   
Money Tree Blues (1947)
Billie Holiday
   performed the blues song   
Fine and Mellow (1939)
The Black Ace
   performed the blues song   
Gloomy Clouds (1960)
The Black Ace
   performed the blues song   
Your Leg's Too Little (1960)
Blind Blake
   performed the blues song   
Early Morning Blues (1926)
The first of Arthur "Blind" Blake's 80 recordings between 1926 and 1932; primary developer of the "finger-style" ragtime guitar.
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
Cat Man Blues (1936)
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
Flyin' Airplane Blues (1938)
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
Hungry Calf Blues (1937)
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
It Doesn't Matter Baby (1939)
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
Lost Lover Blues (1940)
Blind Boy Fuller
   performed the blues song   
You Never Can Tell (1937)
Blind Lemon Jefferson
   performed the blues song   
Black Snake Moan (1927)
Country blues song inspired by Victoria Spivey's Black Snake Blues.
Blind Lemon Jefferson
   performed the blues song   
Booster Blues (1926)
Blind Lemon Jefferson
   performed the blues song   
Match Box Blues (1927)
Derived from traditional roots; recorded by several other musicians in more of country swing style by Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy and others.
Blind Lemon Jefferson
   performed the blues song   
See That My Grave is Kept Clean (1927)
Recorded in two slightly differing versions in 1927 and 1928; followed by versions by Son House, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary; Lightnin' Hopkins, Canned Heat and Widespread Panic.
Blind Snooks Eaglin
   performed the blues song   
Brown Skinned Woman (1962)
Blind Willie McTell
   performed the blues song   
Statesboro Blues (1928)
Piedmont blues song referring to the town in Geogria; adapted by Taj Mahal in 1967 and by the Allman Brothers in 1971 into a monster hit.
Blind Willie McTell
   performed the blues song   
Ticket Agent Blues (1935)
The blues giant's rework of his earlier "Lord, Send Me an Angel" song recorded in 1933; with the original version being covered by The White Stripes in 2000
Bobby 'Blue' Bland
   performed the blues song   
I Pity the Fool (1961)
Bobby 'Blue' Bland
   performed the blues song   
Turn On Your Love Light (1961)
Bo Diddley
   performed the blues song   
Road Runner (1960)
12-bar blues song; covered by numerous rock guitarists since.
Bo Diddley
   performed the blues song   
Who Do You Love? (1956)
One of his most enduring works; covered by a host of rock and roll bands since.
Booker T. Washington White
   performed the blues song   
Fixin' To Die Blues (1940)
Booker T. Washington White
   performed the blues song   
Stranger Woman Blues (1930)
Booker T. Washington White
   performed the blues song   
Woman Shootin' Blues (1930)
Boz Scaggs
   performed the blues song   
Loan Me a Dime (1969)
Written by Fenton Robinson in 1967; recorde at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio; nearly 13 minute epic with magnificent guitar work of Duane Allman.
Buddy Guy
   performed the blues song   
Cut You Loose (2005)
Mel London classic redone with blistering guitar work; a spacy, warbling guitar opens up Buddy's searing vocals.
Buddy Guy
   performed the blues song   
First Time I Met the Blues (1971)
Another early electric blues from the Chicago-based guitarist.
Buddy Guy
   performed the blues song   
Stone Crazy (1971)
Hard driving electric blues from early in his career.
Bumble Bee Slim
   performed the blues song   
B & O Blues (1932)
Butterbeans and Susie
   performed the blues song   
Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama (1930)
Butterbeans and Susie
   performed the blues song   
He Likes It Slow (1926)
Butterbeans and Susie
   performed the blues song   
Let The Door Knob Hit You In the Back (1926)
Butterbeans and Susie
   performed the blues song   
You Know Why Your Mama Has The Blues (1926)
Canned Heat
   performed the blues song   
On the Road Again (1968)
Casey Bill Weldon
   performed the blues song   
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (1957)
Champion Jack Dupree
   performed the blues song   
Can't Kick The Habit (1962)
Champion Jack Dupree
   performed the blues song   
Early In The Morning (1968)
Champion Jack Dupree
   performed the blues song   
Hurry Down Sunshine (1941)
Champion Jack Dupree
   performed the blues song   
I'm Tired Of Moanin' (1968)
Champion Jack Dupree
   performed the blues song   
Let Me In I'm Drunk (1977)
Charley Patton
   performed the blues song   
Pony Blues (1929)
Delta blues song recorded by Patton during his first session; other renditions exist from such noteworthy musicians as Canned Heat, Son House, Howlin Wolf and Cassandra Wilson.
Charlie Patton
   performed the blues song   
Down The Dirt Road Blues (1929)
Charlie Patton
   performed the blues song   
Hang It On The Wall (1935)
Charlie Patton
   performed the blues song   
High Water Everywhere (1929)
Delta blues song about the 1927 Great Mississippi flood; Bob Dylan paid tribute to the song in 2001.
Charlie Patton
   performed the blues song   
Shake It and Break It, But Don't Let It Fall Mama (1929)
Cleo Gibson
   performed the blues song   
I've Got Ford Engine Movements In My Hips (1929)
Cleo Gibson
   performed the blues song   
Nothing But Blues (1929)
Coot Grant
   performed the blues song   
Deceiving Man Blues (1931)
Cousin Joe
   performed the blues song   
Beggin' Woman (1947)
Cream
   performed the blues song   
Sunshine of Your Love (1967)
Blues-derived psychedlic rock classic; included on the album "Disraeli Gears", first and highest charting single by the band in America.
Crying Sam Collins
   performed the blues song   
The Jail House Blues (1927)
Elmore James
   performed the blues song   
Dust My Broom
Written by Robert Johnson, but Elmore made it a blues classic covered by numerous rock guitarists.
Elmore James
   performed the blues song   
It Hurts Me Too (1957)
Elmore James
   performed the blues song   
Shake Your Moneymaker (1961)
Elmore James
   performed the blues song   
The Sky Is Crying (1960)
Eric Burdon and the Animals
   performed the blues song   
See See Rider (1966)
Rock classic remake of Ma Rainey's standard.
Ethel Waters
   performed the blues song   
Organ Grinder Blues (1928)
Ethel Waters
   performed the blues song   
Refrigeratin' Papa, Mama's Gonna Warm You Up (1926)
Ethel Waters
   performed the blues song   
Sweet Man Blues (1923)
Etta James
   performed the blues song   
I'd Rather Go Blind (1968)
Blues song written by Ellington Jordan; regarded as a blues and soul classic; covered superbly by Christie (Perfect) McVie of Fleetwood Mac when she was a member of Chicken Shack and later on by Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Paul Weller and a host of others.
Eva Taylor
   performed the blues song   
Barefoot Blues (1923)
Eva Taylor
   performed the blues song   
Church Street Sobbing Blues (1923)
Eva Taylor
   performed the blues song   
Papa De Da-da
Fannie Goosby
   performed the blues song   
I Believe My Good Man Is Got A Rabbit's Leg (1923)
Floyd 'Dipper Boy' Council
   performed the blues song   
I Don't Want No Hungry Woman (1941)
Floyd 'Dipper Boy' Council
   performed the blues song   
I'm Broke and I Ain't Got a Dime (1939)
Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon
   performed the blues song   
Corrine Blues (1929)
Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon
   performed the blues song   
Operations Blues (1929)
Freddie King
   performed the blues song   
Have You Ever Loved a Woman (1960)
Slow blues tune written by Billy Myles.
Freddie King
   performed the blues song   
Hide Away (1971)
Electric blues instrumental; a standard for countless blues and rock musicians today.
Freddie KIng
   performed the blues song   
I'm Tore Down (1961)
Reached #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart; covered by Eric Clapton in 1994.
Freddie King
   performed the blues song   
The Stumble (1962)
Blues guitar instrumental; covered by The Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Furry Lewis
   performed the blues song   
Creeper's Blues (1929)
Early country blues song.
Furry Lewis
   performed the blues song   
Rock Island Blues (1927)
Early country blues song.
Furry Lewis
   performed the blues song   
Sweet Papa Moan (1927)
Early country blues tune from the guitar legend.
Gus Cannon
   performed the blues song   
Wolf River Blues (1930)
Gussie Alexander
   performed the blues song   
Drifting From You Blues (1926)
Hattie McDaniel
   performed the blues song   
Dentist Chair Blues (1926)
Hattie McDaniel
   performed the blues song   
Destroyin' Blues (1927)
Helen Gross
   performed the blues song   
Bloody Razor Blues (1924)
Helen Gross
   performed the blues song   
If You Can't Ride Slow and Easy (1924)
Helen Gross
   performed the blues song   
Rockin' Chair Blues (1924)
Helen Gross
   performed the blues song   
Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down (1924)
Henry Townsend
   performed the blues song   
Doctor Oh Doctor (1931)
Henry Townsend
   performed the blues song   
She Drove Me To Drinking (1962)
Henry Townsend
   performed the blues song   
She's Got A Mean Disposition (1935)
Howlin' Wolf
   performed the blues song   
Killing Floor (1964)
One of the defining classics of Chicago electric blues with guitarist Hubert Sumlin.
Howlin' Wolf
   performed the blues song   
Smokestack Lightning (1956)
With long-time friend Hubert Sumlin on guitar
Howlin' Wolf
   performed the blues song   
Spoonful (1960)
Blues song written by Willie Dixon; accompanied by Hubert Sumlin on guitar and Otis Spann on piano
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Blues Ain't Nothin' Else But… (1924)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Booze Crazy Man Blues (1928)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Broadcasting Blues (1929)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Chicago Monkey Man Blues (1924)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Coffin Blues (1925)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Death Letter Blues (1939)
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (1926)
One of the blues diva's 78 recordings between 1923 and 1929.
Ida Cox
   performed the blues song   
Wild Women Don't Get the Blues (1923)
Her first hit from her six-year recording career.
J. B. Lenoir
   performed the blues song   
Born Dead (1963)
Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham
   performed the blues song   
Baby Please Don't Go (1991)
Jelly Roll Morton
   performed the blues song   
Michigan Water Blues (1939)
Jelly Roll Morton
   performed the blues song   
Wolverine Blues (1923)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
   performed the blues song   
Red House (1966)
Guitar god's most traditional blues song running 13-minutes long.
John Lee Hooker
   performed the blues song   
Boogie Chillen (1948)
Early urban electric blues solo performance
John Lee Hooker
   performed the blues song   
Boom Boom (1962)
Americaqn R&B and pop chart success; covered by The Animals in 1964.
John Lee Hooker
   performed the blues song   
I'm in the Mood (1951)
One of the highest selling blues tunes of all times.
Josie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Graveyard Dream Blues (1923)
Josie Miles
   performed the blues song   
He's My Man, Your Man, Somebody Else's Too (1923)
Josie Miles
   performed the blues song   
A Pipe Dream Blues (1924)
Josie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Please Don't Tickle Me Blues (1922)
Josie Miles
   performed the blues song   
A to Z Blues (1924)
June Richmond
   performed the blues song   
Baby Don't You Tell Me No Lie (1943)
Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
When the Levee Breaks (1927)
Country blues song reflecting experiences during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927; reworked by Led Zeppelin in 1971.
Kenny Neal
   performed the blues song   
Bad Check (1989)
Kenny Neal
   performed the blues song   
Bad Luck Card (1920)
Kenny Neal
   performed the blues song   
Blues Stew (1991)
Lead Belly
   performed the blues song   
Boll Weevil (1934)
Traditional blues song recorded by Hubie Ledbetter; earlier versions of the tune were recorded by Charley Patton as "Mississippi Boweevil Blues" and by Ma Rainey as "Bo-Weavil Blues."
Lead Belly
   performed the blues song   
The Bourgeois Blues (1938)
Born Huddie Ledbetter; song is a left-wing testament for civil rights.
Lead Belly
   performed the blues song   
Midnight Special (1934)
Hubie Ledbetter recorded a version of this country blues and folk traditional song at Angola Prison; later covered by Creedance Clearwater Revival in 1969.
Lead Belly
   performed the blues song   
The Titanic (1912)
Influenced by the sinking of the ship in 1912, Hubie Ledbetter wrote the song as his first composition on the twelve-string guitar, his signature instrument
Leroy Carr
   performed the blues song   
How Long, How Long Blues (1928)
Recorded along with Scrapper Blackwell playing guitar; it became an instant best-seller; based on Ida Cox and Papa Charlie Jackson's 1925 recording of "How Long Daddy."
Leroy Ervin
   performed the blues song   
Blue, Black and Evil (1947)
Leroy Ervin
   performed the blues song   
Rock Island Blues (1947)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
Another Fool In Town (1953)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
Bald Headed Woman (1950)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
Black Ghost Blues (1964)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
Burnin' In L.A. (1961)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
California Showers (1961)
Lightnin' Hopkins
   performed the blues song   
Catfish Blues (1961)
Lillian Glinn
   performed the blues song   
I'm a Front Door Woman With a Back Door Man (1929)
Lillian Glinn
   performed the blues song   
Wobble It A Little Daddy (1929)
Lizzie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Hot Lips (1922)
Lizzie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Mean Old Bedbug Blues (1927)
Lizzie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Nobody Shows What My Baby Shows (1928)
Lizzie Miles
   performed the blues song   
Second Hand Daddy (1928)
Lizzie Miles
   performed the blues song   
The Yellow Dog Blues (1923)
Lonnie Brooks
   performed the blues song   
Got Lucky Last Night (1986)
Lonnie Brooks
   performed the blues song   
Wife For Tonight (1991)
Lonnie Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Another Night To Cry (1962)
A recording later in his career; masterful guitar picking and soulfull voice; protoge of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Louis Anderson
   performed the blues song   
Papa, You're Too Slow (1928)
Louise Ross
   performed the blues song   
Can't Fool Me Blues (1925)
Louis Jordan
   performed the blues song   
Barnacle Bill the Sailor (1938)
Louis Jordan
   performed the blues song   
'Fore Day Blues (1939)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
B.D. Woman's Blues (1935)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Black Angel Blues (1930)
Blues standard covered by multiple artists including B.B. King as "Sweet Angel Blues" and The Rolling Stones as "Sweet Black Angel".
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Cravin' Wiskey Blues (1927)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Drinking Blues (1934)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Kind Stella Blues (1927)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Shave 'Em Dry (1935)
Lucille Bogan
   performed the blues song   
Sloppy Drunk Blues (1930)
Lucille Hegamin
   performed the blues song   
Aggravatin' Papa (1922)
Lucille Hegamin
   performed the blues song   
I Ain't Givin' Nothin' Away Blues (1921)
Lucille Hegamin
   performed the blues song   
Mama Whip! Mama Spank! (1921)
Lucille Hegamin
   performed the blues song   
Wang Wang Blues (1921)
Luther Allison
   performed the blues song   
All the King's Horses (1995)
Luther Allison
   performed the blues song   
Big City (1995)
Luther Allison
   performed the blues song   
Watching You (1995)
Mamie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Goin' Crazy With The Blues (1926)
Mamie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Mistreatin' Daddy Blues (1923)
Mamie Smith
   performed the blues song   
Sweet Virginia Blues (1926)
Mance Lipscomb
   performed the blues song   
Evil Heart Blues (1965)
Mance Lipscomb
   performed the blues song   
If I Miss the Train (1964)
Born Beau De Glen Lipscomb, he took the name Mance (short for Emancipation) as a youth.
Margaret Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Dead Drunk Blues (1927)
Margaret Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Stinging Bee Blues (1927)
Marion Harris
   performed the blues song   
Beale Street Blues (1921)
12-bar blues song written by W. C. Handy; Harris' earliest recorded top 10 hit.
Martha Copeland
   performed the blues song   
Bank Failure Blues (1928)
Martha Copeland
   performed the blues song   
The Penetrating Blues (1923)
Martha Copeland
   performed the blues song   
Skeleton Key Blues (1927)
Martha Copeland
   performed the blues song   
When The Wind Make Connection With Your Dry Goods (1926)
May Armstrong
   performed the blues song   
Woodchopping Blues (1927)
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Bumble Bee Blues (1929)
Ultimate woman blues guitar hero; also recorded by Tampa Red, Johnny Shines and others.
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Dirty Mother for You (1938)
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Good Biscuits (1939)
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
If You See My Rooster, Please Run Him Home (1938)
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Me and My Chauffeur Blues (1941)
Cowritten by Minnie and her husband Ernest Lawlars; covered by Jefferson Airplaine in 1966.
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Moanin' the Blues (1933)
Originianlly recorded by Vivian Spivey in 1929; Minnie delivers a deep blues version.
Memphis Minnie
   performed the blues song   
Pig Meat on the Line (1937)
Mickey Baker
   performed the blues song   
My Dog (1973)
The Midnight Ramblers
   performed the blues song   
Stuff They Call Money (1937)
Mildred Austin
   performed the blues song   
Anybody Here Want to Try My Cabbage? (1928)
Mildred Austin
   performed the blues song   
My Papa Doesn't Two-Time No Time (1927)
Mildred Austin
   performed the blues song   
You Can't Do What My Last Man Did (1928)
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
Avalon Blues (1929)
Early recording from Hurt about growing up as a sharecropper in Avalon, Mississippi.
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
Blue Harvest Blues (1928)
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
I Shall Not Be Moved (1928)
Re-recorded late in his life in 1968; one of Hurt's beautiful traditional country blues tunes showcasing his fingerpicking style of guitar and gentle voice.
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
Nobody's Dirty Business (1928)
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
Stack O' Lee (1928)
Earrly Hurt recording of a traditional American folk tune; later revised as Stagger Lee in the classic by LLyond Price in 1959 and Taj Mahal in 1969.
Mississippi John Hurt
   performed the blues song   
Window Light Blues (1928)
Monette Moore
   performed the blues song   
Best Friend Blues (1923)
Monette Moore
   performed the blues song   
Bullet Wound Blues (1925)
Monette Moore
   performed the blues song   
Scandal Blues (1925)
Monette Moore
   performed the blues song   
Weeping Willow Blues (1924)
Moselle Alderson
   performed the blues song   
Room Rent Blues (1927)
Moselle Alderson
   performed the blues song   
Sobbin' the Blues (1927)
Moselle Alderson
   performed the blues song   
Tight Whoopee Blues (1930)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Booze and Blues (1924)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Bo-Weavil Blues (1923)
Early blues song accompanied by Lovie Austin Blues Serenaders.
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Jealously Blues (1926)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Last Minute Blues (1923)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues (1925)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Rough and Tumble Blues (1925)
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
See See Rider (1924)
Also known as C.C. Rider; popular American 12-bar blues song; first recorded by Rainey; covered extensively over the years by Lavern Baker, Elvis Presley, Lightnin' Hopkins and most noteworthy by Eric Burdon and the Animals; song was inducted into the Grammy All of Fame in 2004 and was added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Shave 'Em Dry Blues (1924)
Eight-bar blues tune with two unknown guitarists.
Ma Rainey
   performed the blues song   
Titanic Man Blues (1925)
Muddy Waters
   performed the blues song   
Five Long Years (1963)
Muddy Waters
   performed the blues song   
Got My Mojo Working (1957)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll
Muddy Waters
   performed the blues song   
Hoochie Coochie Man (1954)
Chicago-style electric blues classic; included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll
Muddy Waters
   performed the blues song   
Mannish Boy (1955)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll
Muddy Waters
   performed the blues song   
Rollin' Stone (1948)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll
Ora Alexander
   performed the blues song   
I'm Wild About My Patootie (1932)
Otis Rush
   performed the blues song   
Double Trouble (1959)
Slow tempo twelve-bar blues tune
Otis Rush
   performed the blues song   
Homework (1962)
Otis Rush
   performed the blues song   
I Can't Quit You Baby (1956)
Reached #6 on the Billboard R&B chart; a twelve-bar blues standard covered by Led Zeppelin, Gary Moore and Eric Clapton.
Peetie Wheatstraw
   performed the blues song   
Tennessee Peaches Blues (1930)
Pink Anderson
   performed the blues song   
Every Day In the Week Blues (1928)
Pink Anderson
   performed the blues song   
Greasy Greens (1931)
Roberta Dudley
   performed the blues song   
Krooked Blues (1922)
Roberta Dudley
   performed the blues song   
When You're Alone Blues (1922)
Robert Johnson
   performed the blues song   
32-20 Blues (1936)
Robert Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Cross Road Blues (1936)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll; iconic classic; covered by a host of great musicians including Elmore James, Eric Clapton and John Mayer.
Robert Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Hellhound on My Trail (1937)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
Robert Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Love In Vain (1937)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
Robert Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Sweet Home Chicago (1936)
Included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
Roosevelt Sykes
   performed the blues song   
44 Blues
Blues standard that Sykes provided lyrics for and helped popularize the song; remains in the blues lexicon through the ages.
Roosevelt Sykes
   performed the blues song   
Driving Wheel (1936)
Blues standard recorded by a host of musicians following "The Honey Dripper's" lead.
Roosevelt Sykes
   performed the blues song   
Night Time Is The Right Time (1937)
Blues pianist known as "The Honey Dripper" wrote and recorded the first version of this song; later reworked by Big Bill Broonzy, Nappy Brown, Ray Charles and James Brown..
Rosetta Crawford
   performed the blues song   
My Man Jumped Salty On Me (1939)
Rosa Henderson
   performed the blues song   
12th Street Blues (1925)
Rosa Henderson
   performed the blues song   
Dyin' Crap-Shooter's Blues (1927)
Rosa Henderson
   performed the blues song   
He May Be Your Dog, But He's Wearing My Collar (1923)
Rosa Henderson
   performed the blues song   
In the Apartment Upstairs (1926)
Rosa Henderson
   performed the blues song   
Papa If You Can't Do Better, I'll Let a Better Papa Move In (1926)
Ruby Gowdy
   performed the blues song   
Breath and Britches Blues (1928)
Sarah Martin
   performed the blues song   
Achin' Hearted Blues (1922)
Sarah Martin
   performed the blues song   
If Your Man Is Like My Man, I Sympathize With You (1923)
Sarah Martin
   performed the blues song   
Runnin' Round With the Blues (1923)
Savoy Brown
   performed the blues song   
Sunday Night (1970)
Killer, bluesy, guitar instrumental by Lonesome Dave Peverett; morphing into a blues/jazz and rock singular masterpiece.
Scrapper Blackwell
   performed the blues song   
Bad Liquor Blues (1935)
Scrapper Blackwell
   performed the blues song   
Be-Da-Da-Bum (1929)
Scrapper Blackwell
   performed the blues song   
My Old Pal Blues (1935)
Scrapper Blackwell
   performed the blues song   
No Good Woman Blues (1935)
Scrapper Blackwell
   performed the blues song   
Wayback Blues (1935)
Shirley Griffith
   performed the blues song   
Shaggy Hound Blues (1973)
Sippie Wallace
   performed the blues song   
Jack of Diamonds Blues (1926)
Sippie Wallace
   performed the blues song   
A Man For Every Day Of The Week (1926)
Sippie Wallace
   performed the blues song   
Shorty George Blues (1924)
Sippie Wallace
   performed the blues song   
Trouble Everywhere I Roam (1924)
Sippie Wallace
   performed the blues song   
Wicked Monday Morning Blues (1924)
Sleepy John Estes
   performed the blues song   
Broken Hearted, Ragged and Dirty Too (1929)
Sleepy John Estes
   performed the blues song   
Divin' Duck Blues (1940)
Sleepy John Estes
   performed the blues song   
Drop Down Mama (1935)
Sleepy John Estes
   performed the blues song   
Married Woman Blues (1935)
Son House
   performed the blues song   
Dry Spell Blues (1930)
Son House
   performed the blues song   
Mississippi County Farm Blues (1930)
Son House
   performed the blues song   
Walking Blues (1930)
Blues standard covered by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters; others followed through the ages.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
   performed the blues song   
Pride and Joy (1983)
A classic Texas shuffle written by Vaughan has a twelve-bar blues arrangement; Bonnie Raitt and the Charlie Daniels Band have recorded renditions of this classic.
Tab Benoit
   performed the blues song   
Crawling King Snake (1997)
Tab Benoit
   performed the blues song   
Louisiana Style (1997)
Tab Benoit
   performed the blues song   
Too Many Dirty Dishes (1997)
Tab Benoit
   performed the blues song   
Up And Gone (1992)
Taj Mahal
   performed the blues song   
Leaving Trunk (1968)
Taj's powerful vocals carry this significant rework of Sleepy Joh Estes' "Milk Cow Blues;" highlighted in "Martin Scorcese Presents the Blues"
Taj Mahal
   performed the blues song   
Stagger Lee (1969)
Traditional country blues tune revisited with great reverence.
Tampa Red
   performed the blues song   
It Hurts Me Too (1940)
One of the most interpreted blues standards, recorded as a mid-tempo eight-bar blues that features slide guitar; recorded in new versions by Elmore James, Bibg Bill Broonzy and Junior Wells. 8n 1
Tampa Red
   performed the blues song   
Love With a Feeling (1938)
Blues standard becoming a hit as a mid-tempo twelve-bar blues with Tampa (Hudson Whittaker) playing single-string slide guitar.
T-Bone Walker
   performed the blues song   
Call It Stormy Monday (1947)
T-Bone Walker
   performed the blues song   
Mean Old World (1942)
T-Bone Walker
   performed the blues song   
T-Bone Shuffle (1947)
Tom Archia
   performed the blues song   
Fishin' Pole (1947)
Tom Archia
   performed the blues song   
Ice Man Blues (1947)
Tommy Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Alcohol And Jake Blues (1929)
Tommy Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Big Road Blues (1928)
Delta blues pioneer's inspiration for Canned Heat's massive hit "On the Road Again."
Tommy Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Canned Heat Blues (1928)
Delta blues pioneer's bone-chilling account of his complete addiction to alcohol; the tune that gave the California blues-rock band its name.
Tommy Johnson
   performed the blues song   
Cool Drink of Water Blues (1928)
Trixie Smith
   performed the blues song   
2 A.M. Blues (1923)
Trixie Smith
   performed the blues song   
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes to See Me Sometimes (1922)
Trixie Smith
   performed the blues song   
I Don't Know and I Don't Care Blues (1924)
Trixie Smith
   performed the blues song   
My Man Rocks Me With One Steady Roll (1922)
Trixie Smith
   performed the blues song   
You've Got To Beat Me To Keep Me (1925)
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Baulin' Water Blues (1930)
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Black Snake Blues (1926)
The first recording by Spivey over her 40 year singing career.
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Christmas Morning Blues (1927)
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Dope Head Blues (1927)
One of a host of songs recorded by Spivey over a 40-year career; recorded with Lonnie Johnson playing guitar.
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Funny Feathers Blues (1939)
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
Humored and Petted Blues (1926)
Victoria Spivey
   performed the blues song   
No More Jelly Bean Blues (1926)
Walter Brown
   performed the blues song   
Sloppy Drunk (1947)
W. C. Handy
   performed the blues song   
Memphis Blues (1909)
One of the very first published blues songs.
William Crawley
   performed the blues song   
Geechie Riber Blues (1927)
William Crawley
   performed the blues song   
Tall Tillie's Too Tight (1928)
Willie Brown
   performed the blues song   
Future Blues (1930)
Yack Taylor
   performed the blues song   
Hard Lovin' Blues (1940)


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