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The Best Rockabilly Bands/Artists

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 includes and spans multiple generations of rockabilly. The likes of 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. 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. (115 items)

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    Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Lubbock, Texas, United States of America

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    Bell Gardens, California, United States of America

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    Tiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America

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    Long Island, New York, United States of America

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    The Liberties, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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    Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Country-fed punkabilly

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    Maud, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Teaneck, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Pocahontas, Arkansas, United States of America

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    Lynn, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Miami, Florida, United States of America

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    Happy, Texas, United States of America

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    Cardiff, United Kingdom

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    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Netherlands

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Copenhagen, Denmark

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    Ely, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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    Melber, Kentucky, United States of America

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    Virginia, United States of America

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    Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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    Nacogdoches, Texas, United States of America

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    Colt, Arkansas, United States of America

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    Downey, California, United States of America

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    Crowley, Louisiana, United States of America

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    Burlington, Canada

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