Send Me Your Top 10 Blues Songs
Posted in Honey on 10.21.05

As an addition to the collection of blues I’ll have up (hopefully by November) I want to have a reader’s choice section. The first one will be the blues stuff you gotta hear (Love in Vain, Backwater Blues etc) the next one will be my picks (Death Sting Me Blues) and the third will be y’all’s picks.

Send your top 10 (20, 30, 40, 50) blues songs to pkpatnaik at Let’s try to do this by the end of next week so November, 5. They don’t have to be pre-war, but let’s keep it some form of blues.

Jens Lekman is such a hopeless romantic. Song after song he laments about a party, a girl, a summer, a love, but they are all so good. I think he has some production problems on a lot of his recordings – this type of singer needs great production, not bedroom tinkering. I mean part of Scott Walker’s charm was his great over the top production. Someone throw some money at Jens and get him to a good studio. This track off his latest compilation of EPs and 7” inches features some of his best work yet, and some actually solid production qualities. Black Cab I think is one of his best songs yet – great melody and lyrics, the line “well you’re so silent, Jens/well maybe I am, maybe I am.”

Jens Lekman – Black Cab


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By LadyCas on 10.21.05 1:16 pm

Ahhh Jens.

By Mike on 10.23.05 9:30 pm

1>Stormy Monday-Allman Brothers
2>Mannish Boy-Muddy Waters
3>Little Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
4>Crossroads-Robert Johnson
5>Done Somebody Wrong-Elmore James
6>Back Door Man-Willie Dixon
7>Backwater Blues-Bessie Smith
8>Preachin The Blues-Son House
9>Frankie and Johnny-Sleepy John Estes
10>Texas Flood-Stevie Ray Vaughn

By Winston on 10.24.05 2:38 pm

1. Mean Ol’ Frisco, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
2. John the Revelator, Blind Willie Johnson
3. Your Southern Can is Mine, Blind Willie McTell
4. Rag Mama Rag, Blind Boy Fuller
5. Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Muddy Waters
6. Killing Floor, Howlin’ Wolf
7. Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker
8. Key to the Highway, Brownie McGee and Sonny 9. Terry or Big Bill Broonzy
10. One Way Out, Sonny Boy Williamson
Whoopin’ the Blues, Sonny Terry

By travestymcgee on 10.24.05 9:36 pm

1. Saint James Infirmary, Jack Teagarden vocal/ Louis Armstrong
2. Cypress Grove Blues, Skip James
3. Back O’ Town Blues, Louis Armstrong vocal/Jack Teagaden
4. Stormy Monday Blues, Junior Wells
5. How Long, How Long Blues, Junior Wells
6. Baby Please Don’t Go, Big Bill Broonzy
7. Ain’t Nobody’s Business, James Cotton
8. Wang Dang Doodle, Koko Taylor
9. Love in Vain, Robert Johnson
10. Go Down Old Hannah, Leadbelly

Honorable Mention:
Good Morning Heartache, Billie Holliday
‘Round Midnight, Miles Davis
Black and Blue, Fats Waller

By Geldof Bloke on 10.24.05 9:56 pm

I emailed you my list, but here’s the top 10 for the public record. I’ll mail my donation in to you tomorrow. Keep up the good work!

1- Big Maybelle- I Cried For You
2- Skip James- I’m So Glad
3- Henry Thomas- Bull Doze Blues
5- Blind Blake- Diddie Wa Diddie
5- Blind Lemmon Jefferson- Black Snake Moan
6- Blind Willie McTell- Broke Down Engine
7- John Lee Hooker- Boom Boom
8- Mississipi John Hurt- I Shall Not Be Moved
9- Reverend Gary Davis- Cocaine Blues
10- Tampa Red- It’s Tight Like That

By Anthony Dolphin on 10.25.05 8:50 pm

A Blues X

1- Howlin’ Wolf – The Killing Floor
2- Elmore James – Done Somebody Wrong
3- Tampa Red – Worried Devil Blues
4- Sonny Boy Williamson – One Way Out
5- Rev Gary Davis – You Can Go Home
6- Sam Moore & Horace Davis – Mother Machree
7- Captain Beefheart – Grow Fins
8- Sonny Boy Williamson – All My Love In Vain
9- Freddie King – Butterscotch
10-Elmore James – Bobby’s Rock

By Gary LeDrew on 10.25.05 9:31 pm

“Fever” Little Willie John (first record I ever bought)I was about 12
“Good night irene” Lebelly (I gets you in my dreams)
“Runaway” Bonnie Rait if she sing it it must be blues
” Girl From The North Country” Walter Trout (Great Cover)
“I got everything I need! Almost!” Downchild Blues Band (Iwas There)
The Darktown Strutters Ball” Alberta Hunter
Lotus Blossum ” Jimmy Witherspoon
Little Red Rooster” Willie Dixon
The Thrill Is Gone” BB King
I need a little sugar in my bowl ” Bessie Smith
“boom boom” John Lee Hooker
I know this is 11
I got a few thousand more too
Lest i forget
ukulele blues by Martin Mull

By Gary LeDrew on 10.25.05 9:34 pm

oops forgot the best
Tell Old Bill When he comes home by the Chad Mitchell Trio

By The I-Man on 10.30.05 7:25 pm

Travelin’ Riverside Blues-Robert Johnson
I Can’t Be Satisfied-Muddy Waters
Devil Got My Woman-Skip James
Lonesome Lovesick Blues-Hank Williams
Evil-Howlin’ Wolf
Dust My Broom-Elmore James
Canned Heat Blues-Tommy Johnson
Worried Blues-Frank Hutchison
New Highway 51-Tommy McClennan
Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix
The Bells-James Brown
so I cheated

By Blews Dawg on 11.05.05 7:29 pm

In no particular order:

Portnoy’s Blues > Muddy Waters
Boogie Everywhere I Go > John Lee Hooker
> Stop Breakin’ Down > Robert Johnson
> Rollin’ and Tumblin’ > Muddy
> Trouble No More > Allman Brothers Band
> Look on Yonder Wall > Elmore James
> I’m Tore Down > Freddie King
> Evil > Howlin’ Wolf
> Give Me Back My Wig > Luther Allison
> It’s Alright > Hound Dog Taylor
> Fender Bender > Hound Dog Taylor
> I’m Gonna Forget About You Baby > Ike Turner and the Rythm Kings
> Women Is Losers > Janis Joplin
> Testify > SRV

By Blews Dawg on 11.05.05 7:45 pm

Saw Mike’s list and remembered a must have for my list

> Done Somebody Wrong > Elmore James *or* The Allman Brothers Band

By Charlie "Slim" Reds on 02.06.06 7:47 pm

“Alabama” – J.B.Lenoir
“Soul of a man” – Blind Willy Johnson
“Deathletter” – Son House
“You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had” – Muddy Waters
“The Sky Is Crying” – Elmore james
“Terraplane Blues” – Robert Johnson
“Devil Got My Woman” – Skip James
“Dynaflow Blues” – Johnny Shines
“Call It Stormy Monday” – T-Bone Walker
“Evil” – Hwlin’ Wolf

By Charlie on 02.06.06 9:05 pm

for a great cover:
Devil Got My Woman – Bonnie Rait
Vietnam Blues – Cassandra Wilson
Hard Times Killing Floor Blues – Lucinda Williams


By George on 07.09.06 4:07 pm

“Sweet Home Chicago” – Robert Johnson
“Boom Boom Boom” – John Lee Hooker
“Mannish Boy” – Muddy Waters
“Bring It On Home” – Sonny Boy Williamson
“Catfish Blues” – Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
“Rollin and Tumblin” – Muddy Waters
“Walkin Blues” – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
“Preachin Blues” – Robert Johnson
“Pride and Joy” – Stevie Ray Vaughn
(i know its iffy)
“Big Boss Man” – Jimmy Reed

By T Bone on 07.23.06 9:42 am

1. Blues For Stevie | Albert Collins
2. Wasted Years | John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison
3. Make It Move | Lightnin’ Hopkins
4. Blues For Chris | Lonnie Johnson
5. Little Girl Blues | Scrapper Blackwell
6. Me And The Devil | Peter Green & Nigel Watson
7. Rainy Day In Houston | Lightnin’ Hopkins
8. You Gotta Move | Mississippi Fred McDowell
9. Vietnam Blues – Cassandra Wilson
10. Bullfrog Blues | Rory Gallagher

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