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The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists 

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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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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Bill Haley & His Com... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Lorrie Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Cliff Richard and the Sh... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Charlie Feathers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Lee Rocker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Dale Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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The Blue Cats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Maibell and the Misfires... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Sue Moreno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Glen Glenn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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James Burton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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The Boptails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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