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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605 87
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

2
599 231
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

3
723 355
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
355 105
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

5
556 300
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

6
462 255
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

7
477 253
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

8
258 72
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

9
409 229
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

10
323 245
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

11
277 208
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

12
293 220
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

13
375 312
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

14
150 71
Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

15
313 303
The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bush added Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly
Country-fed punkabilly

16
266 297
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

17
192 201
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

18
240 314
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

19
183 248
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

20
181 248
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

21
146 214
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

22
14 20
Lorrie Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

23
8 4
The Blue Cats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
StephenG added

24
122 202
Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

25
24 26
The Rhythm Shakers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
StephenG added