Best Blues Guitar Solos Ever!

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For over 100 years, the world’s greatest blues guitarists have been leaving behind a trail of amazing guitar solos in their wake.

Blending blues scales and pentatonics with their own rule-breaking formulas, these great blues guitarists have crafted us a treasure trove of awesome solos to learn.

Once you get a few of these under your belt, you’ll start to really understand how good solos are made.

So if you want to really learn how to make your guitar sing, there’s no better place to start than mastering some of the best blues guitar solos.

Top-Rated Blues Guitar Solos of All-Time

  1. The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King – Tab
  2. Bell Bottom Blues – Eric Clapton – Tab
  3. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – Tab
  4. Sweet Dreams – Roy Buchanan – Tab
  5. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tab
  6. Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell – ZZ Top – Tab
  7. Crossroads – Cream – Tab
  8. Red House – Jimi Hendrix – Tab
  9. Sweet Little Angel – B.B. King – Tab
  10. Autumn Leaves – Eric Clapton – Tab
  11. Royz Bluz – Roy Buchanan – Tab
  12. Blues Power – Eric Clapton – Tab
  13. Tin Pan Alley – Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tab
  14. Still Got the Blues – Gary Moore – Tab
  15. Roadhouse Blues – The Doors – Tab
  16. I Loved Another Woman – Fleetwood Mac – Tab
  17. Blue on Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Tab
  18. Key to the Highway – B.B. King – Tab
  19. Mean Old World – Duane Allman and Eric Clapton – Tab
  20. Everyday I Have the Blues – B.B. King – Tab
  21. Blues Deluxe – Joe Bonamassa – Tab
  22. The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James – Tab
  23. I Smell a Rat – Buddy Guy – Tab
  24. Have You Ever Loved a Woman? – Eric Clapton – Tab
  25. Cradle Rock – Rory Gallagher – Tab
  26. You Are My Sunshine – Mississippi Johnson Hurt – Tab
  27. So Many Roads – Joe Bonamassa – Tab
  28. Born in Chicago – Mike Bloomfield – Tab
  29. I Need Your Love So Bad- Fleetwood Mac – Tab
  30. Lie to Me – Johnny Lang – Tab
  31. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tab
  32. Sweet Sixteen – B.B. King – Tab
  33. The Messiah Will Come Again – Roy Buchanan – Tab
  34. What Kind of Woman Is This – Buddy Guy – Tab
  35. T-Bone Shuffle – T-Bone Walker – Tab
  36. 38-32-20 Blues – Johnny Winter – Tab
  37. Son House – Death Letter – Tab
  38. Texas Strut – Gary Moore – Tab
  39. Don’t Say You Love Me – Free – Tab
  40. Special Rider Blues – Son House – Tab
  41. Paris Texas – Ry Cooder – Tab
  42. When My Train Pulls In – Gary Clark Jr. – Tab
  43. Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf – Tab
  44. Mean Town Blues – Johnny Winter – Tab
  45. It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James – Tab
  46. Freight Train Solo – Elizabeth Cotten – Tab
  47. All Your Love I Miss Lovin’ – Otis Rush – Tab
  48. Tuff Enuff – The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Tab
  49. Out of My Mind – John Mayer – Tab
  50. Call It Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker – Tab
  51. 55th Street Boogie – Hound Dog Taylor – Tab
  52. Walking By Myself – Gary Moore – Tab
  53. Right Next Door – Robert Cray – Tab
  54. Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes – Tab
  55. Blues Boy Tune – B.B. King – Tab
  56. Another Kinda Love – John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – Tab
  57. Baby I Love You – Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King – Tab
  58. Time Makes Two – Robert Cray – Tab
  59. Blues Guitar – Lonnie Johnson – Tab
  60. Feelin’ Bad Blues – Ry Cooder – Tab

Learn the Top 60 Blues Guitar Solos – Pro-Recommended Riffs and Licks

Is Blues Guitar Hard to Learn?

Whenever I’m asked if a style of guitar music is hard to learn, my answer is typically the same:

Learning the guitar is easy; Mastering the guitar is hard.

Blues, in particular, is a genre where the basics can be learned in a day.

But mastering blues guitar is just as much about putting emotion into the music as it is about your technical skill. While some say it can be done in 1 month, I doubt B.B. King would tell you the same.

You have to learn to put expression and personality into your phrasing, explained really well here.

It takes deeply understanding the feel of the genre to rank among the best.

But in its simplest form, this style is just 3 blues chords and a 5-note scale.

Many blues songs use a 12-bar pattern made of the I, IV, and V chords.

Soloing over this 12-bar pattern is as simple as playing 5 notes called a pentatonic scale.

Now, this might sound like a foreign language to you, but it’s really not complicated.

In an upcoming post, we’ll tell you all you need to know about how to get started writing your own blues tunes using these chords and scales.

For now, be sure to review our beginner’s guide to soloing on the guitar to freshen up your knowledge.

Dust off your axe (or check out our recommendations for blues acoustics and electrics if you’re in the market for a new one), get stretched out, plugged in, and ready to jam.

Once your fingers are warmed up, here are my 60 favorite best blues guitar solos of all time.


This list covers it all: country blues, delta, blues rock, Chicago, and on and on.

You’ll find solos here to cover every key and nearly every technique on the planet.

So you can be sure as you’re making your way down the list, each solo you learn brings you one step closer to total guitar mastery.

Alan Jackman

Meet Alan, the guitar-slinging, blog-running, lesson-giving machine. By day, he shreds on the six-string like a rockstar, and by night, he shares his knowledge with the masses on his online blog. With Alan, you'll learn how to play the guitar like a pro!

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