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List Rules 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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418 89
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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2
347 66
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

3
515 123
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
337 66
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jerry Lee Lewis Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

5
279 53
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Gene Vincent Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

6
311 53
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Carl Perkins Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

7
428 105
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Stray Cats New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

8
223 50
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bill Haley & His Comets Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

9
293 99
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Brian Setzer Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

10
246 85
The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bush added The Reverend Horton Heat Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly - Country-fed punkabilly

11
94 11
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

12
200 52
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Johnny Burnette Rockabilly

13
171 61
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Wanda Jackson Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

14
195 87
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

15
126 54
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Big Bopper Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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66 13
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

17
94 41
Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Billy Lee Riley Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

18
132 69
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

19
198 102
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Imelda May Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

20
132 52
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Johnny Horton Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

21
78 31
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added The Blasters Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

22
62 19
Hillbilly Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
WatsonWatson added Hillbilly Hellcats

23
132 87
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

24
31 6
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ritchie Valens Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

25
30 5
Scotty Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Scotty Moore Rock music, Rock and roll

26
72 43
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
James Burton Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

27
30 7
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

28
72 47
Janis Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Janis Martin Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

29
80 45
Robert Gordon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Robert Gordon Rockabilly, Alternative rock, Rock and roll

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75 41
Buddy Knox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Buddy Knox Rock music, Rockabilly

31
19 3
The Crickets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Crickets Lubbock sound, Rock and roll

32
83 54
Darrel Higham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Darrel Higham Rockabilly

33
79 52
Batmobile is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Batmobile Psychobilly, Rockabilly

34
81 54
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jerry Reed Rockabilly, Country

35
72 47
Southern Culture on the Skids is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Southern Culture on the Skids Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly

36
108 81
Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Mike Ness Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

37
44 35
The Meteors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
dunkrock added The Meteors Horror punk, Psychobilly, Punk rock

38
70 49
Dave Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Dave Edmunds Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

39
71 54
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Marty Robbins Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

40
61 45
Hasil Adkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Hasil Adkins Psychobilly, Rock n' Roll, Rock music

41
15 8
Brenda Lee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Brenda Lee Pop music, Rockabilly, Country

42
54 40
Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Charlie Rich Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

43
52 38
Crazy Caravan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

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73 61
HorrorPops is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
HorrorPops Pop punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

45
48 35
Luther Perkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Luther Perkins Rockabilly, Country

46
44 31
Ronnie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ronnie Hawkins Rock music, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues

47
9 2
X is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lilytabby added X Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

48
65 54
The Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Mavericks Americana, Rockabilly, Country

49
12 7
Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Fats Domino New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

50
53 42
Eddie Bond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Eddie Bond Rockabilly