Songs The Best Rockabilly Songs  

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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.

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That’s All Right Elvis Presley

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Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins

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Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps

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Good Rockin' Tonight Elvis Presley

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Train Kept A-Rollin’ Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio

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Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley and His Comets

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Somethin' Else Eddie Cochran

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Honey Don't Carl Perkins

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Rock This Town Stray Cats

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Mystery Train by Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
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Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran

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Race With the Devil Gene Vincent

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Matchbox Carl Perkins

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Brand New Cadillac Vince Taylor, Vince Taylor and His Playboys

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Ooby Dooby Roy Orbison

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Boppin’ the Blues Carl Perkins

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Flying Saucers Rock & Roll Billy Lee Riley

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Bluejean Bop Gene Vincent

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Tear It Up Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio

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Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson

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spursup added Crawdad Hole Jack Earls

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One Hand Loose Charlie Feathers

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That Certain Female by Charlie... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
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spursup added Rompin' & Stompin' Curtis Gordon

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spursup added Pepper Hot Baby Phil Gray

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Ducktail is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
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Jump Jive an’ Wail The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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Can’t Hardly Stand It Charlie Feathers

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Draggin' is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
Draggin' Curtis Gordon

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Rock & Roll Ruby Warren Smith

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Flip Flop Mama Eddie Bond and the Stompers

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Rockin’ Daddy Sonny Fisher

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Callin’ in Twisted Reverend Horton Heat

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Red Headed Woman Sonny Burgess

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Please Give Me Something Bill Allen and the Back Beats

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Big Sandy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
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Ubangi Stomp Warren Smith

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I Gotta Know Wanda Jackson

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Red Hot Billy Lee Riley

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Little Demon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Songs
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Rumble Rock Kip Tyler

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Fujiyama Mama Wanda Jackson

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Endless Sleep Jody Reynolds

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Stutterin’ Papa Buck Griffin

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Sag, Drag and Fall Sid King and the Five Strings