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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558 84
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

2
717 309
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

3
592 228
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

4
552 256
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

5
457 212
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

6
475 210
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

7
406 186
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

8
310 102
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

9
216 68
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

10
319 204
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

11
370 274
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

12
273 196
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

13
129 51
Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

14
242 197
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

15
307 263
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
262 256
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

17
185 165
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
237 273
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

19
182 208
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

20
179 210
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

21
145 182
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

22
169 237
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

23
99 151
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

24
50 55
Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Punk blues, Rock music, Psychobilly

25
39 50
X is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lilytabby added Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music