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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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Sonny Burgess is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Tiger Army is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
bld47 added Horror punk, New Wave, Psychobilly
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Lee Rocker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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The Millwinders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Luther Perkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Country
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Danny Gatton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues
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Eva Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
StephenG added Rockabilly, Rock and roll
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Crystal & Runnin' Wild is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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John Lindberg Trio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Shakin' Stevens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
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The Wheelgrinders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Paul Pigat and Cousin Harley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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The Rhythm Shakers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Fatboy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Kerry Pastine and the Crime Sc... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Rocket to Memphis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country
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The Screamin' Rebel Angels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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The Paladins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly
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Maibell and the Misfires is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Ruby Ann is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues
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Little Lesley and the Bloodsho... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Hillbilly Moon Explosion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Country