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The Best Rockabilly Songs 

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Updated June 26, 2020 9.3k votes 871 voters 28.1k views 56 items

The best rockabilly songs combine the elements of rock and hillbilly music into one unforgettable genre. Popular in the 1950s, this lively music was the early version of rock 'n' roll. This rockabilly songs list includes some of the most popular tunes from the era.

When it comes to the top rockabilly songs, Elvis Presley takes center stage. With songs like “That’s All Right” and “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” one might think that Presley was the cornerstone of the genre – but that’s not entirely true. While Elvis certainly made rockabilly more popular, it was Carl Perkins who put rockabilly on the international map with “Blue Suede Shoes.” This classic song melds pop, blues, country and early rock 'n' roll to form a perfect rockabilly song. You’ll find a lot of Perkins’ best songs on this list.

Other hugely successful rockabilly artists represented on this list of famous rockabilly songs include Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio, Charlie Feathers, Wanda Jackson, and Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps. You’ll also note the addition of some modern-era rockabilly artists, including the Stray Cats (and then, later, Brian Setzer and his Orchestra), The Cramps, and Reverend Horton Heat.

Enjoy these rockabilly videos, get up and move a little – and then vote for your favorites!

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Ricky Nelson
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Carl Perkins
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Carl Perkins
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Carl Perkins
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Stray Cats
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Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
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Bill Haley and His Comets
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Carl Perkins
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Wanda Jackson
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Gene Vincent
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Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio
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Gene Vincent
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Elvis Presley
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The Brian Setzer Orchestra
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Wanda Jackson
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Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio
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Sonny Fisher
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Billy Lee Riley
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Eddie Cochran
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Vince Taylor, Vince Taylor and His Playboys
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Elvis Presley
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Charlie Feathers