Best blues music according to redditors

We found 667 Reddit comments discussing the best blues music. We ranked the 451 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/zenophobicgoat · 22 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/morto00x · 9 pointsr/OutOfTheLoop

Well, there was Shaq Fu, if you want to consider Shaq a rapper.

u/snyggification · 7 pointsr/Music
  • Agreed, Robert Johnson is a good start. Some describe his style as a blend of other musicians at his time, or at times blatant homages (or ripoffs?). For example, Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago was 'inspired' by Kokomo Arnold's Kokomo Blues.

  • Skip James is another good one. If you ever watched 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou,' the song hard time killing floor blues played by the guitarist in the movie at the camp fire is a Skip James tune. One distinguishing feature of Skip is that a lot of his songs are minor key blues played (in fact, he started learning guitar in open D-minor tuning). Another classic of his is Devil Got My Woman. Artists like Cream have covered his songs, like I'm so glad, and was an influence to Robert Johnson (for example, compare 22-20 blues and 32-20 blues.

  • Son House is another blues musician who influenced Johnson and people after him. An example of a modern cover of one of his songs is the White Stripes cover of Son's Death Letter Blues.

    Other standards that should be explored more are

  • Blind Lemon Jefferson,
  • Blind Willie McTell,
  • Blind Willie Johnson,
  • and the not-so-blind Kokomo Arnold, others as well.

    One good start for Folk Music in general is The American Folkways Collection, which has a few highlights from some a few other blues musicians.

    Wikipedia is good for discovering blues music, by reading the articles on these guys and looking at who they played with or were influenced by. Also good to read articles about rock musicians like Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds, Cream, Clapton, and look at the background or inspiration to their music since a lot of their songs are covers of some old blues tunes (e.g. compare Led Zeppelin's version of 'Nobody's Fault of Mine' to Blind Willie Johnson's version.

u/foamy2001 · 6 pointsr/Bluegrass

check out this version by [Tommy Jarrell] (

Defining folk music is tough, because the term has become a catchall for many different types of music. Folk music was very much an oral tradition for a long, long time. Songs would melt into one another and many common themes could be found in many different songs. Look at the story of Stack-O-Lee and Billy Lyons or Betty and Dupree. These stories have been told in different songs dozens of times.

I would point you to the [Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music] ( as a great starting point for the "genre." It does a great job of showing the many different styles of music that have since come under the folk umbrella. It also basically lays out the blueprint for so much of the popular music that followed in the decades since it's release.

u/ms_kittyfantastico · 5 pointsr/PurplePillDebate


  • The blues: Bessie Smith, Son House, basically everything off the Anthology of American Folk Music, Doug Macleod, and swing/jazz stuff (the Duke).

  • Alternative (?): The Pixies, Butthole Surfers, Violent Femmes, The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, Blood Brothers

  • Older Stuff: B-52s, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure (Pornography), Joy Division, The Go-Gos, Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Boingo, The Smiths

  • Indie/Folk: Conor Oberst / Bright Eyes, Bon Iver, Cat Power, M. Ward,

  • Rap: Anything by RZA (Gravediggaz' 6 Feet Deep album), Dr. Octagon, Beastie Boys

  • Misc: Bad Religion, Bach, Warpaint, Cake, Dresden Dolls, James Blake, Joanna Newsom, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    So yeah. A little all over with a dark side I guess.

    (edit: formatting, and I can't believe I forgot the Smiths)
u/raddit-bot · 5 pointsr/listentothis

| | |
|name|Hugh Laurie|
|about artist|Hugh Laurie is an English actor and comedian. Originally part of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, he found fame playing various roles in the classic British comedy TV series "Blackadder." He is perhaps more famous for the legendary TV sketch show "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" where he performed with his Cambridge University chum, Stephen Fry. Since then he has appeared in various films (Maybe Baby, Girl from Rio, Flight of the Phoenix, Stuart Little) and television shows, and has done some theatre work in London's West End. ([more on]( Laurie))|
|album|Let Them Talk, released Apr 2011|
|track|St. James Infirmary|
|about track|According to the Saint James Infirmary Songfacts, the song is based on an old English tune, "The Unfortunate Rake," that made its way over to America. The song's title is derived from St. James Hospital in London, a religious foundation for the treatment of leprosy. It was closed in 1532 when Henry VIII acquired the land to build St. James Palace. The lyrics tell the tale of a man explaining to the singer/narrator, at a bar, how he went down to St. James Infirmary and tragically found his girl (the so-called "baby") dead.|
|images|album image, artist image|
|links|wikipedia, lyrics, allmusic, discogs, official homepage, imdb, youtube, myspace, twitter, facebook, mp3 on amazon, album on amazon|
|tags|blues, british, jazz, fuckinggenius|
|similar|Hugh Laurie and Tom Jones, NEW Hugh Laurie, Georgia On My Mind, devil woman, Hugh Laurie, Band From TV, Eric Clapton, Professor Longhair, Robert Downey Jr., Ray Charles|
|found in|r/Jazz, r/listentothis|
|metrics|lastfm plays: 4,235,645, youtube plays: 621,765, lastfm listeners: 129,968, score: 20|

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u/Foxhack · 4 pointsr/badMovies

Eh, I can outdo ya.

I have this for some reason.

u/erick_shultz · 4 pointsr/VinylDeals
u/Cletus_awreetus · 3 pointsr/blues
u/gunnysaxon · 3 pointsr/poetasters

Folk songs for me begin and end with the Anthology of American Folk Music, collated in the '50s by Harry Smith. This is Greil Marcus's "old weird America" in spades: the last song on Disc One (the must-have record of the set) is Kelly Harrell's "My Name is John Johanna," likely the scariest music I've ever heard.

u/mitnavnerfrank · 2 pointsr/blues

If you want a broad introduction to the blues this collection by Martin Scorsese might be a good place to start

u/moonpuddles · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Great post. There’s an album called, “Roots of the Dead” I discovered while working at a music store way back in the day. Not sure if OP is referencing the same. Here’s the link. Highly recommend.

u/W_A_Brozart · 2 pointsr/darksouls
u/adamu98 · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals

Waxtime pressing. Buyer beware. Same price on amazon

u/snowmansni · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

It is possible that the track/tracks are proprietary/not freely available. There are a bunch of these "test tracks" or "test cds" out there that simply aren't on Youtube.

If you're just looking for test audio for free, then I would recommend

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/WhereDoIStart

I started with Ultimate Collection. This gave me the hits and an overall feel for his music.

Since BB King came from an era before studio LPs were really a big thing, most of his best work was released as singles. King of the Blues is a brilliant, very comprehensive box set that helps in tidying things up, although since it was compiled in 1992 it omits some of his surprisingly good recent work such as Blues on the Bayou, his collaboration with Eric Clapton and One Kind Favor

He must have about 20 live albums out there, almost all are good but Live at the Regal is the most popular. He's (understandably) lost a bit of his touch live recently but it's hard to go wrong with any pre-2000's live album.

u/PriceKnight · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals

Price History

u/VinylDealsBot · 2 pointsr/VinylDeals
u/number_cruncher_1040 · 2 pointsr/vinyl

As an alternative to purchasing a box set, Blue Note is reissuing 5 of their albums on vinyl a month, with the first 5 being released this month. These five include two albums by your listed favourites, Art Blakey & John Coltrane. All five albums is about $95 before tax.

These are the 5 albums being released on March 25:

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Free for All

John Coltrane - Blue Train

Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch

Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil

Larry Young - Unity

u/fightONstate · 2 pointsr/trees

I've always loved This for some reason.

u/Koko2315 · 2 pointsr/gratefuldead

Essential album for me
The music never stopped: roots of the grateful dead

u/ElReydelTacos · 1 pointr/vinyl

My suggestion would be to start digital and play the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's The Blues: A Musical Journey and try to narrow down what you like. There's so many different styles of the blues and you're sure to have your favorites. Once you pick your guys, then start looking for records and getting deeper into the stuff you like.

u/hb_alien · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The year my dad got me a Shaq CD.

u/that-helpful-guy · 1 pointr/funny
u/qqpugla · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yuck! That's a lot of driving!


This is great driving music!

u/crowgasm · 1 pointr/childfree

The Gun Seller, actually, but yeah, it's really good.

I also like his album. That man can play a mean piano!

u/AggroAce · 1 pointr/thatHappened

Not saying this is what it is or condoning it but could have been audio test disk for setting up the audio.
“Woofer Testing to check the capability/response of the low end”

u/Brrdads · 1 pointr/blues

Buddy Guy's Chess Sessions, Albert King & Otis Rush's So Many Roads collection, and B.B. King's Singin' the Blues all spring to mind. Also, a good mix of starting stuff is the soundtrack from Scorsese's The Blues - A Musical Journey.

u/On_A_Friday · 1 pointr/VinylDeals

All ship for $3.99

Larry Young - Unity - $7.69 -

Grant Green - Idle Moments - $11.55 -

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage - $8.53 -

Dexter Gordon - Go - $10.98 -

Lee Morgan - Cornbread - $9.24 -

Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris - $8.51 -

Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard - $9.81 -

Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack - $9.23 -

Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse - $9.24 -

Ornette Coleman - At the Golden Circle Stockholm Vol. 1 - $8.18 -

Jason Moran - Soundtrack to Human Motion - $11.21 -

Freddie Hubbard - Here To Stay - $9.48 -

u/pseudolobster · 1 pointr/pics

I don't get it. This looks identical to the actual album art. In what way did you photoshop it?

u/skee323 · 1 pointr/pics

btw this is a real album from no limit records (1998)

u/sjletters · 1 pointr/VinylReleases

awesome thx! throwing this on here too for those in germany/netherlands


u/dyegbmogo420blazeit · 1 pointr/weekendgunnit

Speak for yourself, his album was fucking boss!