The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

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List Criteria: Any musician from any era who creates rockabilly music

The best rockabilly bands perform a specific style of rock and roll that first became popular in the U.S. in the early 1950s. Rockabilly artists are known for their greaser fashion style and vocal twangs. Emerging in the South, some of the best rockabilly bands emerged during the initial period of rock music. Rockabilly's popularity was a culmination in the intertwining of country music, swing and blues music. When you put these distinctive genres in a beaker, the result is the explosive genre of rockabilly. Without rockabilly, many of the biggest names in rock music may not have formed bands. Rockabilly artists are among the first and most unique rock stars in music history, including some of the best members of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best rockabilly artists? This rockabilly bands list is ranked best to worst by votes--and spans multiple generations of rockabilly. Rockabilly names like Elvis Presley, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley & The Comets, Wanda Jackson, the Reverend Horton Heat and the incomparable Buddy Holly are at or near the top of this list. These are the biggest rockabilly bands and with good reason. Even as modern rockabilly bands come on to the scene, their music stands the test of time.Their songs remain staples on radio and their songs remain highly influential on new bands even today.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best rockabilly artists. If you like rockabilly and know rockabilly bands, then feel free to vote on this list. If you notice a rockabilly artist is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best rockabilly bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest rockabilly musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular rockabilly bands that you might've heard of. 
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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

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    Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly Country-fed punkabilly

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    Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

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    Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

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    Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

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    Buddy Knox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rockabilly

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

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    Rockabilly, Alternative rock, Rock and roll

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    Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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    Pop punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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    Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

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    Americana, Rockabilly, Country

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    Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Crazy Caravan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rockabilly, Alternative country, Country

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    Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Psychobilly, Rock n' Roll, Rock music

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    Rockabilly

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    Shakin' Stevens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Roy Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Punk blues, Rock music, Psychobilly

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    Swamp pop, Rockabilly, Country

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    Horror punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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