Bands/Musicians 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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691 90
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
2
431 109
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
3
617 239
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music
4
744 432
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
5
572 372
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly
6
269 92
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock
7
472 327
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk
8
487 323
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
9
353 211
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country
10
429 290
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
11
334 308
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal
12
86 22
Lorrie Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
13
316 256
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly
14
177 96
Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly
15
395 376
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
16
324 373
The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bush added Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly
Country-fed punkabilly
17
275 369
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues
18
200 276
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
19
244 385
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues
20
184 319
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
21
185 314
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country
22
171 322
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly
23
148 280
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly
24
124 253
Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
25
111 212
Hillbilly Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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