The Best Blues Music of the 2000s

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Check out our list of the best blues music of the 2000s. These are the tracks that defined the genre for a new generation.

The Best of the Best

The best of the best blues music of the 2000s is a compilation of some of the most popular and influential blues songs of the last decade. Released in 2010, this album features tracks from some of the most well-known and respected blues artists including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo’, and Robert Cray.

The Best of the Rest

In the 2000s, the blues saw a resurgence in popularity, with a new generation of musicians carrying on the tradition of the genre while also infusing it with their own unique style. While there are too many great artists to list them all, here are some of the best blues albums of the 2000s.

-The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Painted On
-Buddy Guy – Skin Deep
-Koko Taylor – Deluxe Edition
-John Lee Hooker – Burnin’
-Kelly Joe Phelps – Lead Me On
-Omar and The Howlers – Big Delta

The Best of the Worst

The 2000s were not a great decade for the blues. While there were some bright spots, overall the quality of blues music declined during this time period. This is due to a number of factors, including the rise of hip hop and pop music, the declining popularity of guitar-based music, and the deaths of many influential blues musicians.

Despite all of this, there were still some great blues records released in the 2000s. Here are 10 of the best:

1. “The Soul of a Man” by Blind Willie Johnson (1927)
2. “Sweet Home Chicago” by Robert Johnson (1936)
3. “Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker (1947)
4. “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters (1955)
5. “Born Under a Bad Sign” by Albert King (1967)
6. “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B. King (1969)
7. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder (1972)
8. “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan (1983)
9. “Red House” by Jimi Hendrix (1967)
10. “Cross Road Blues” by Robert Johnson (1936)

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