100 Most-DJ’d Blues Tracks: 50 – 41

Now we’re into the top fifty countdown! I hope you’re enjoying the posts and music so far – and we still have half to go…

As I’ve been DJing since 2007, and have had a pretty steep learning curve in that time, this will probably throw up some bizarre choices and guilty secrets. Where possible, I’ll put in links where you can listen to the tracks.

These are not necessarily my all-time favourite tracks, though it’s probably not far off it, and I can’t promise they’re all the best blues dance tracks ever. They’re just the ones I’ve played the most over the last thirteen years.
I’ve created a Spotify playlist to host all the tracks (or all the ones on Spotify anyway) – so each week, I’ll add the tracks for the week. You can listen to it here!

  Track Artist Album Time BPM Plays
50 Why Don’t You Do Right Di Anne Price Blue Artistry 4:16 79 27
  Back to Di Anne Price with this slow killer of a blues gem.

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49 St. James Infirmary (Straycat Edit) Lou Rawls Live (Remastered) 3:09 115 27
  My all-time favourite version of this blues classic.

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48 I Just Wanna Make Love to You Louise Hoffsten Knäckebröd Blues 4:10 71 27
  A slow and sultry late-evening version of the Muddy Waters / Willie Dixon classic.

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47 Help Me Sonny Boy Williamson His Best 3:11 114 27
  Great track, with a wonderful Green Onions style groove. I first heard this in a London pub over a decade ago.

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46 Fever Timi Yuro What’s a Matter Baby 3:04 122 27
  For a song I normally don’t like, I seem to have some excellent versions. Here’s another one.

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45 Dance Me To The End Of Love (W Eric Bibb Friends 4:38 43 27
  Not to be confused with similarly named songs from Leonard Cohen and Madeleine Peyroux – this could be Eric Bibb’s most beautiful song.

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44 Baby Please Don’t Go Jeannie And Jimmy Cheatham And The Sweet Baby Blues Band Luv In The Afternoon 5:11 109 27
  An AMAZING long slow building version of this – and one that doesn’t seem to be easy to get anymore – I couldn’t find a preview version anywhere.

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43 I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love Muddy Waters The Muddy Waters Collection Vol. 3 2:53 91 28
  Another wonderful slow Muddy Waters classic.

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42 Breathin’ Asylum Street Spankers My Favorite Record 2:39 107 28
  A nice little song from the great (and sadly missed) Asylum Street Spankers.

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41 Black Rattler Carl Sonny Leyland Trio   4:01 86 28
  Michelle Davies – a great Edinburgh-based blues dancer and DJ put me onto this amazing track. I’ve overplayed it ever since.

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