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101 Best Blues Songs to Learn on Guitar


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41. Got My Mojo Working | Muddy Waters

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

"Got My Mojo Working" was written by Preston "Red" Foster, and it was first recorded in 1956 by R&B singer Ann Cole. This version has a great upbeat groove to it. The lyrics of the song describe something called mojo, which has been associated with hoodoo, an African-American folk magic tradition.

Later in 1957, Muddy Waters put his own spin on the arrangement and changed the lyrics just slightly. His most famous version of the song was actually recorded live in 1960 and this version received several awards from various publications and organizations.

At this point, it is now a blues standard and is a great one to add to your repertoire for blues jams and playing with other musicians. Check out a longer lesson here.

42. Green Onions | Booker T. and the MG's

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate 

"Green Onions" was first released on Stax Records in October 1962 as the title track on the debut album Green Onions by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The original members of the band were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums).

This song is a classic display of the "Memphis Soul" sound, and it has become a staple in many blues guitarists' repertoire and is also very commonly called at jam sessions.

Check out a longer lesson here.

43. Heartbreak Hotel | Elvis Presley

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This lesson is a great example of an 8-bar blues. It’s in the key of E and is a lot of fun to jam with friends.

44. Help Me Through The Day | Freddie King

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

Here is another example of an 8-bar blues with a bridge in the key of Fm. 

45. Help Me | Sonny Boy Williamson

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This blues groove is in the key of Fm and we’ll use a capo on the 1st fret in this lesson.

46. Hide Away | Freddie King

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

In this post, I am going to take you through an essential “Hide Away” guitar lesson and share with you deep insights into playing in the style of Freddie King.

47. Honky Tonk | Billy Butler

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

A classic blues shuffle in the key of F. For this lesson, we’ll use a capo on the 1st fret.

48. Hot 'Lanta | Allman Brothers Band

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

Try this blues in a 6/8 time signature with some interesting descending chords as well in the turnaround.

49. Hound Dog | Elvis Presley

Level: ğŸŽ¸Easier

A classic blues progression in the key of C. This one is perfect for newer players who want to learn the blues.

50. How Long Blues | T-Bone Walker

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This blues is in the key of Bb and uses a 1-6-2-5 turnaround. Plus the intro starts off with a classic T-Bone Walker style phrase using dominant 9th chords.

51. How Many More Years | Howlin' Wolf

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

Here’s a blues in the key of G, using a classic bass line riff through the 12-bar form.

52. How To Play Blues Guitar By Yourself | Lightnin' Hopkins Style | Baby Scratch My Back

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Advanced

Here’s a more advanced fingerstyle blues that sounds great played alone.

53. I Hear You Knockin' | Fats Domino

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

Here’s another 12-bar form in the key of C using a classic Fats Domino-style riff.

54. I Just Want A Little Bit | Magic Sam

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This blues is in the key of Bb and uses a bass-line style riff common to many blues tunes.

55. I Put A Spell On You | Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This tune is a 16-bar blues form in the key of Fm. 

56. I Put A Spell On You | CCR

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

Another great version of this song was done by CCR. However in contrast to the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins version CCR lowered the key to Em.

57. I'm A King Bee | Muddy Waters

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

A swampy style blues groove originally written by Slim Harpo in 1957.

58. I'm A Man | Bo Diddley

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

A must-know riff for any blues musician. 

59. Jailhouse Rock | Elvis Presley

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

This one starts off with some rhythm hits at the top and then goes into a boogie-woogie blues bass line. 

60. Key To The Highway | Derek & The Dominoes

Level: ğŸŽ¸ğŸŽ¸Intermediate

A classic example of an 8-bar blues, this one is in the key of A.


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