Spoiler alert! Curtis Mayfield is a god. Okay, so it is no spoiler to announce that Curtis Mayfield, Muddy Waters, Kanye West and Wilco make our list of the best records created by Chicago artists. The rest of top 41 list will hopefully surprise, delight and/or anger you. It's a music list, one opinion, so there are bound to be disagreements. We are fortunate enough to live in a city where even 100 slots are too few for all the classic records. Leave your arguments and complaints below.
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The story of Chicago music is one primarily told through its black artists, from gospel and blues up through soul, house and hip-hop; from the jazz clubs to the dance clubs. Still, Billy Corgan earns his spot.