Howlin’ Wolf

While leaving his mark as one of the all-time greats of electric blues during its infancy in 1950s Chicago, Howlin' Wolf's recordings stood out for one reason: that unforgettable voice.

His Best captures the Wolf's mournful growl at the height of its ferociousness. Howlin' Wolf's 1951 debut "Moaning After Midnight" remains a powerful listen, as do his definitive versions of "Evil" and "Smokestack Lightning."

Those songs, along with "Back Door Man" (The Doors), "Spoonful" (Cream), "Killing Floor" (Led Zeppelin) and many more found here have been oft covered and retooled — a testament to the ability of the Wolf's tunes to bite just about anybody within earshot.