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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1
517 114
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
662 169
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

3
404 72
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

4
430 91
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

5
445 89
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

6
363 73
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

7
556 141
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

8
296 68
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

9
352 136
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

10
151 29
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

11
246 82
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

12
210 92
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

13
296 122
The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bush added Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly - Country-fed punkabilly

14
249 113
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

15
131 47
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

16
83 22
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

17
166 73
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

18
168 74
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

19
167 95
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

20
225 138
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

21
74 19
Scotty Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rock and roll

22
101 46
Hillbilly Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
WatsonWatson added

23
114 66
Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

24
108 54
Buddy Knox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly

25
55 17
The Crickets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock and roll

26
157 120
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

27
50 25
Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie

28
101 66
Robert Gordon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Alternative rock, Rock and roll

29
77 37
Ronnie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues

30
88 70
Janis Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

31
94 73
Darrel Higham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

32
92 71
Batmobile is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Psychobilly, Rockabilly

33
82 63
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

34
63 49
Crazy Caravan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

35
98 71
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Country

36
31 16
Commander Cody & His Lost Plan... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Americana, Jump blues, Rock music

37
64 51
Eddie Bond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

38
89 64
Dave Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

39
7 0
Sonny Burgess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added

40
76 67
The Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Americana, Rockabilly, Country

41
121 98
Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

42
33 20
X is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lilytabby added Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

43
61 51
The Meteors is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
dunkrock added Horror punk, Psychobilly, Punk rock

44
87 67
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

45
16 4
Hillbilly Moon Explosion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Crystal Shepard added

46
82 77
HorrorPops is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

47
71 54
The Chop Tops is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

48
80 65
Southern Culture on the Skids is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly

49
54 38
The Paladins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

50
56 52
Shakin' Stevens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly