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50+ Legendary 12 Bar Blues Songs – The Essential List

Blues music paved the way for many other genres of music we know and love. Although blues music has evolved over time, a fundamental chord progression called the 12 bar blues still lives on. 12 bar blues songs are comprised of 3 chords: the I, the IV, and the V and are played using a pattern that ultimately ends up being 12 bars long.

Now, although it’s called the 12 bar blues and theoretically the pattern should be 12 bars long, there is room for variation. Like anything in music, you can use the principles of a certain concept and then alter it to your liking. You’ll see that in a few of the 12 bar blues songs below, they all more or less follow the standard 12 bar blues pattern although certain songs have variations that you might not expect.

You’ll also notice that in the list of 12 bar blues songs below, I’ve included 3 columns:

  1. Song title and Artist (linked to the song on Spotify)
  2. Chords/Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar
  3. Guitar Pro tabs / Songsterr tabs if GP was unavailable.

If you’d like to learn these songs faster I’d highly recommend checking out Guitar Pro. It is a great software that allows you to actually hear the tabs being played in real-time, thus giving you a better sense of rhythm.

I tried to incorporate songs from various artists into this list to give readers a little more selection. However, certain artists such as B.B King, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard were a few of the leaders in the creation of 12 bar blues songs. If you’re looking for more 12 bar blues songs be sure to check them out. Furthermore, if you’d rather have an officially tabbed book of blues songs, I’d recommend checking out these popular Amazon options:

Otherwise, check out the list of 50+ legendary 12 bar blues songs below and happy blues playing!

Song / Artist UG Chords/Tabs Guitar Pro Tabs
1. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
2. Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
3. Tush – ZZ Top Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
4. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
5. Going Up The Country – Canned Heat Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
6. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
7. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
8. The Thrill is Gone – B.B. King Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
9. Crossroads – Eric Clapton Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
10. Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
11. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
12. Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
13.  Something Like Olivia – John Mayer Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
14. Bring It On Home (Intro) – Led Zeppelin Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
15. Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
16. Red House – Jimi Hendrix Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
17. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
18. Crosscut Saw – Albert King Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
19. T-Bone Shuffle – T-Bone Walker N/A Songsterr Tabs
20. Rock and Roll Music – The Beatles Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
21. Move It On Over – George Thorogood Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
22. Ice Cream Man – John Lee Hooker Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
23. Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
24. Viola Lee Blues – The Grateful Dead Chords / Tabs N/A
25. Still Haven’t found What I’m Lookin’ For – U2 Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
26. Call Me The Breeze – Lynyrd Skynyrd Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
27. The Jack – AC/DC Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
28. Rave On – Buddy Holly Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
29.Blues With a Feeling – Little Walter Chords / Tabs N/A
30. Dust My Broom – Elmore James Chords / Tabs N/A
31. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
32. Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
33. Maybellene – Chuck Berry Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
34. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison Chords / Tabs N/A
35. Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard Chords / Tabs N/A
36. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
37. Mustang Sally – Buddy Guy Chords / Tabs N/A
38. Going Down – Freddie King Chords / Tabs N/A
39. Blue and Lonesome – The Rolling Stones Chords / Tabs N/A
40. Have You Ever Loved a Woman? – Derek & The Dominos Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
41. Mary Had a Little Lamb – Stevie Ray Vaughan Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
42. Strange Brew – Cream Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
43. Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band Chords / Tabs N/A
44. I Can’t Quit You, Baby – Led Zeppelin Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
45. Baby What You Want Me To Do – Jimmy Reed Chords / Tabs N/A
46. Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
47. Iceman – Albert Collins Chords / Tabs N/A
48. Rock Me Baby – Johnny Winter Chords / Tabs Songsterr Tabs
49. All Your Love – John Mayall Chords / Tabs N/A
50. Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf Chords / Tabs GP Tabs
51. Ten Long Years – B.B. King Chords / Tabs GP Tabs

 12 Bar Blues Songs – In Summary

Hopefully, this list has given you a few ideas of 12 bar blues songs you can start learning. Once you play this progression a few times and get the hang of it, you’ll be able to very easily distinguish a 12 bar blues progression in a song. It’s a great chord progression that’s easy to play and has a ton of versatility options.

If you know of any other 12 bar blues songs that you think should have made the list, leave a comment below!

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