100 Greatest Blues Songs

 This list is 100 greatest blues songs which edited By: Rick Varner (Last Updated: 10-23-04) from url http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_bluesong.html 

Criteria: – These songs are vital for a basic knowledge of the history of the “Blues” genre, historical significance, defining an era, influence & to a lesser degree lasting popularity were taken into consideration. (In some cases the songwriter was given list credit rather than the artist who may have been best known for the song.)

   1. Memphis Blues – W.C. Handy
  2. Crazy Blues – Mamie Smith
  3. Pine Top Boogie – Pine Top Smith
  4. Dust My Broom – Elmore James
  5. Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker
  6. Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters
  7. Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker
  8. Hellhound On My Trail – Robert Johnson
  9. Spoonful – Willie Dixon
10. The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
11. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Sonny Boy Williamson I
12. Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
13. Forty Four Blues – Roosevelt Sykes
14. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
15. Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal
16. Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
17. Juke – Little Walter
18. The Little Red Rooster – Willie Dixon
19. Come In My Kitchen – Robert Johnson
20. I’m a King Bee – Slim Harpo
21. The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim
22. Back Door Man – Willie Dixon
23. It’s My Own Fault – B.B. King
24. I’m Tore Down – Freddie King
25. T-Bone Blues – T-Bone Walker
26. Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson
27. Preaching The Blues – Son House
28. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – Bessie Smith
29. I Can’t Be Satisfied – Muddy Waters
30. Shake Your Moneymaker – Elmore James
31. Matchbox Blues – Blind Lemon Jefferson
32. Hideaway – Freddie King
33. How Long, How Long Blues – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
34. Five Long Years – B.B. King
35. Red House – Jimi Hendrix
36. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
37. All Your Love – Magic Sam
38. Give Me Back My Wig – Hound Dog Taylor
39. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson
40. Worried Life Blues – Sleepy John Estes
41. If Trouble Was Money – Albert Collins
42. I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon
43. Sweet Black Angel – Robert Nighthawk
44. I Know What You’re Putting Down – Louis Jordan
45. Black Snake Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson
46. Ball and Chain – Big Mama Thornton
47. Further On Up The Road – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
48. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush
49. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
50. Born In Chicago – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
51. Let The Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan
52. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
53. Pony Blues – Charley Patton
54. The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James
55. Catfish Blues – Robert Petway
56. Highway 49 – Big Joe Williams
57. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean – Blind Lemon Jefferson
58. Blues Before Sunrise – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
59. Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
60. Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie
61. I’m Ready – Muddy Waters
62. It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James
63. Stop Breakin’ Down – Robert Johnson
64. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
65. I’m In The Mood – John Lee Hooker
66. Me and The Devil Blues – Robert Johnson
67. The Walkin’ Blues – Taj Mahal
68. ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do – Bessie Smith
69. It’s Tight Like That – Tampa Red
70. Love In Vain – Robert Johnson
71. Evil – Willie Dixon
72. Baby Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo
73. Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor
74. On The Road Again – Canned Heat
75. Rock Me Mama – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
76. Three O’Clock Blues – B.B. King
77. Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson
78. Boom Boom Out Go The Lights – Little Walter
79. The Same Thing – Willie Dixon
80. West Coast Blues – Blind Blake
81. How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf
82. Cryin’ Shame – Lightnin’ Hopkins
83. Rollin & Tumblin – Elmore James
84. Everyday I Have The Blues – B.B. King
85. Messin Around – Memphis Slim
86. Blues After Hours – Pee Wee Crayton
87. Eyesight To The Blind – Sonny Boy Williamson II
88. CC Rider – Ma Rainey
89. I’m Tired – Savoy Brown
90. Graveyard Dream Blues – Ida Cox
91. Beaver Slide Rag – Peg Leg Howell
92. Key To The Highway – Big Bill Broonzy
93. Messin’ With The Kid – Junior Wells
94. The Seventh Son – Willie Dixon
95. As The Years Go Passing By – Gary Moore
96. We’re Gonna Make It – Little Milton
97. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – Stick McGhee
98. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown
99. Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
100. Stone Crazy – Buddy Guy

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B B King, The king of Blue

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B. B. King became one of the best-known blues performers, an important consolidator of blues styles, and a primary model for rock guitarists. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he began his career as a disc jockey in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed “The Beale Street Blues Boy.” That nickname was soon shortened to “B. B.”

King made his first recording in 1949, and the next year began a 12-year-long association with Kent/RPM/Modern, for which he recorded a string of rhythm and blues hits. He also toured the nightclub circuit continuously, averaging over 300 shows annually for over 30 years. His style of music earning him the title of “King of the Blues.” In 1962 he signed with ABC Records, which released Live at the Regal, a benchmark blues concert album. In 1969 he released his biggest hit single, “The Thrill is Gone.” The first bluesman to tour the Soviet Union in 1979, by this time he had also become the first bluesman to enter the pop mainstream, making regular appearances in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on network television. King also found commericial success with the many collaborations he’s made over the years with artists such as Eric ClaptonElton JohnSheryl CrowVan MorrisonBonnie Raitt, to name just a few. In 1987 he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Still performing into his 80s, King won his fourteenth Grammy Award in 2006, and that year embarked on a sell-out international tour. That same year, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2008 the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center opened in Indianola. The museum is dedicated to King’s music, the music which influenced him, and the history of the delta area.

Source from : http://www.biography.com/people/b-b-king-9364839

for more information link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.B._King

The best solo guitar blues : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpRIYi721WE

John Lee Hooker

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1917 to a sharecropper family.

John Lee Hooker was one of the last links to the blues of the deep South. He moved to Detroit in the early 1940’s and by 1948 had scored his first number-one jukebox hit and million-seller, “Boogie Chillun.” Other hits soon followed, “I’m In The Mood,” “Crawling Kingsnake,” and “Boom Boom” among the biggest. During the 1950s and ’60s, Vee Jay Records released a remarkable string of more than 100 of John Lee’s songs.

By 1970, John Lee had moved to California and begun working with rock musicians, notably Van Morrison and Canned Heat, with whom he collaborated on several albums and tours. Hooker continued to tour the U.S. and Europe throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but it was the release in 1989 of his album, The Healer, that catapulted him back to million-seller status and began what has been the most successful period of his extensive career.

He followed The Healer with Mr. Lucky, Boom Boom, Chill Out, Don’t Look Back and Best of Friends. In 1991, John Lee was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. On September 11, 1997 he received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and on October 3rd, 1997 John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room* opened in San Francisco. Don’t Look Back, produced by Van Morrison and featuring a track by long time admirers, Los Lobos, was released in Spring of ’97. He received two Grammy Awards for this album in 1998. In late October of ’98, John Lee released his latest album, Best Of Friends, which features the best of his collaborations with legendary musicians and friends over the last 10 years and includes a 50th anniversary version of his first hit, “Boogie Chillun.”

Source from : http://www.johnleehooker.com/history.htm

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