Top 10 Blues Songs about Love

Blues Songs about Love


One hundred years ago, when a music genre called blues just appeared, it absorbed mostly pain and feeling of hopelessness that dominated among the Afro-American community in the Deep South. Years have passed, and the bitter-sweetness of blues hasn’t gone anywhere, despite the modern situation is way different from what took place in the very beginning of the XX century. However, there is the one and the only topic that worry’s billions of people all over the world, regardless of their race and social status – love.

Love songs will always be on the tops of music charts, and this theme will remain the most popular in songwriting. Blues genre has given one of the most passionate and affecting songs about love ever known. If you want to impress your significant one or demonstrate single women online your sophisticated music taste, read or top below.

“I Got My Eyes on You” by Johnny Lee Hooker & Canned Heat

By the time this collaboration appeared, Hooker has already been a legend in the world of blues and soul. Considering Canned Heat had never reached the fame they really deserved, today, this tandem seems a bit weird, but they really recorded a whole album together. The simplest text and classic blues melody perfectly match with the real feelings of the beginning of affection between two people.

“Layla” by Derek and the Dominos

Speaking of blues, it’s almost impossible not to mention this genre’s more hard and energetic variation. The legendary band Derek and the Dominos headed by Eric Clapton recorded only one album, but its’ most popular song “Layla” later became of the most significant blues-rock songs about true feelings.

“Love in Vain” by Robert Johnson

Unrequited love has always been the richest source of inspiration for musicians. The true icon Robert Johnson wrote “Love in vain” in a far 1937. Since then, the song, as well Johnson’s musical technique, inspired hundreds of performers and was covered by many bands including The Rolling Stones.

“Kozmic Blues” by Janis Joplin

It seems that strong and passionate love songs in blues were written only by men. But there was one kick-ass female blues singer who could drive people crazy with her energy and full devotion to the performances. In her undoubted hit “Kozmic Blues,” Janis manifests her love to a man with all passion and dedication a real woman can ever do, and the key motive of the song is to express the feelings here and now.

“At Last” by Etta James

Originally performed in a classic Hollywood film in a jazz manner, the brilliant song began to play with new colors after it was sung by blues and R’n’B icon Etta James. Her powerful voice makes the composition more cheerful and optimistic. Indeed, this is how your soul should sing when you finally find your true love.

“Three O’Clock Blues” by B. B. King

The loneliness drives people to desperate actions, which happened to the character of this song. It was originally performed by Lowell Fulson in 1948, but the King’s version with his whining guitar transmits true pain and suicidal thoughts of a lonely man in the depth of the night.

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” by Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon was the key blues musicians, and his songs were covered by multiple musicians like Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and John Mayall. Today, this song can be called a classic story about toxic relationships, when two people bring each other only pain but can’t let each other go, but it is precisely the pain and feeling of despair that make such love songs legendary.

“Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You” by Led Zeppelin

This is one of the hardest songs the legendary quartet recorded in a studio for their album Led Zeppelin II. It was recorded live with no technical tricks, which makes it more touching. “Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You” tells a story of a man who struggles with a tough life. Only love, despite real relationship problems, keeps him sane (but it seems, it is the matter of time).

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” by Muddy Waters

When the strong passion and sincere feelings overcome, there should be no spare words to describe this. Just say it straightforwardly, or better, play this song by Muddy Waters.

“I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James

We put another song by Etta James again for a reason. The previous one was cheerful and full of life, but “I’d Rather Go Blind” is an anthem for all broken-hearted women (and men of course). It is always painful to see a beloved person in the arms of another, but does it worth to lose sight so you could not see it? Sometimes, the misery is so strong that it really seems true.

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