Famous blues songs

What are the most famous blues songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous blues songs in history of blues music:

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


Famous blues artists

What are the most famous blues artists that you know? This is our list of 20 famous blues artists in history of blues music:

1. W.C. Handy
2. Son House
3. Bessie Smith
4. Robert Johnson
5. B.B. King
6. T-Bone Walker
7. Muddy Waters
8. Little Walter
9. Lonnie Johnson
10. John Lee Hooker
11. Blind Lemon Jefferson
12. Elmore James
13. Willie Dixon
14. Freddie King
15. Billie Holiday
16. Stevie Ray Vaughan
17. Charlie Patton
18. Ma Rainey
19. Leadbelly
20. Howlin’ Wolf

Blues music history timeline

Blues music origins from United States around 19th century. The begininf of blues is unknown, but we can say it has stared around 1890. We don’t have many material documents about history of blues because od racial discrimination in America and poor literacy rate of African American community in USA at that time of the history.

The first publication of blues sheet music was Hart Wand’s “Dallas Blues” in 1912; W. C. Handy’s “The Memphis Blues” followed in the same year. The first recording by an African American singer was Mamie Smith’s 1920 rendition of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues”.

World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and great opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners.

During the Great depression, blacks migrated north along the route of the Illinois Central Railroad toward Chicago. They brought with them blues music, and soon the sound of it filled rowdy urban nightclubs. New type of blues was made – Chicago blues and it was more powerful than all types before.

Blues music beacame popular in the late 1950′s. In 1958 The Kingston Trio recorded the number 1 hit, Tom Dooley ,and gave birth to the folk revival. For seven years, from 1959-1966, the Newport Folk Festival reintroduced folk and blues music to a mainstream white American audience.

After this time, blues was increasingly merged with rock music to form the rock blues bands of the 1960′s and 70′s. The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin and others carried on the noble tradition of their forefathers, the blues minstrels.

Blues music history timeline:
1899 – Scott Joplin publishes “Maple Leaf Rag”, making ragtime main influence on the Piedmont style of blues.
1912 – The first blues songs, including W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues”, are published as sheet music.
1917 – The United States enters World War I. Military and economic mobilization starts the great internal migration of African-Americans.
1920 – Mamie Smith records “Crazy Blues” and it becomes the first blues hit
1925 – Electrical recording technology is introduced and blues music is available for wider audience
1925 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, the dominant blues figure of the late 1920s recorded first song
1929 – The early Delta bluesman Charley Patton recorded first song
1929 – Great Depression in the United States blacks migrated north along the route of the Illinois Central Railroad toward Chicago. New type of blues was made – Chicago blues and it was more powerful than all types before.
1947 – Muddy Waters makes his first Chicago recordings
1952 – B.B. King has his first major rhythm and blues hit with a version of “Three O’Clock Blues.”
1960 – Muddy Waters performs at the Newport Jazz Festival to tremendous acclaim.
1964 – The first U.S. tour by the Rolling Stones marks the invasion of British blues rock bands.
1964 – Delta bluesmen Son House and Skip James perform at the Newport Folk Festival.
1969 – Muddy Waters and B.B. King perform at the Fillmore East, a concert venue in the East Village region of New York City, to a predominantly white audience.
1990 – Columbia’s release of the complete Robert Johnson recordings on CD goes gold, selling 400,000 albums in six months.


Blues music is music genre that origins from African-American communities of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs and field hollers, because African-American people in the past were forbiddent to talk to each other in the field or at work, so they improvized it with melody and rhyme.

In blues music theory the term “the blues” which refers to the “blue devils”, meaning melancholy and sadness. First definition of the blues music is found in George Colman’s one-act farce Blue Devils in 1798. Though the use of the phrase in African-American music may be older, it has been attested to since 1912, when Hart Wand’s “Dallas Blues” became the first copyrighted blues composition.

In lyrics, we define blues as the phrase that is often used to describe a depressed mood. Blues music theory is based on the blues form, specific melanchony lyrics, bass lines and instruments.

In the future, blues will have great impact on american and western popular music, it will become part of many other music genres such as jazz, rythm and blues, hip-hop, rock and roll.


There are many different types of blues music. Best known the Delta blues, Piedmont blues, Jump blues and Chicago blues styles.

 The Delta blues is one of the earliest types of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta. They used guitar, harmonica and cigar box guitarare, with slide guitar (usually on the steel guitar) what became a hallmark of the style. The vocal styles range from introspective and soulful to passionate and fiery.

Piedmont blues (also known as East Coast blues) refers primarily to a guitar style, the Piedmont fingerstyle. The term was coined by blues researcher Peter B. Lowry, who in turn gives co-credit to fellow folklorist Bruce Bastin. The Piedmont style is differentiated from other styles, particularly the Mississippi Delta blues, by its ragtime-based rhythms.

Jump blues is an type of blues usually played by small groups and featuring horns. It was very popular in the 1940s, and the movement was an introduction to the rhythm and blues and rock and roll. More recently, there was renewed interest in jump blues in the 1990s as part of the swing revival.

The Chicago blues is a form of blues music that developed in Chicago, Illinois, by taking the basic acoustic guitar and harmonica-based Delta blues, making the harmonica louder with a microphone and an instrument amplifier, and adding electrically amplified guitar, amplified bass guitar, drums, piano and sometimes saxophone and trumpet. The music developed in the first half of the twentieth century as a result of the Great Migration, when Black workers moved from the South into the industrial cities of the North such as Chicago.