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
533 120
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
686 174
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

3
417 75
Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

4
443 94
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

5
458 93
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

6
573 145
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

7
378 79
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

8
307 70
Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

9
170 33
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

10
359 142
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

11
251 87
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

12
218 97
Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country

13
302 126
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
257 118
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

15
89 24
Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

16
140 52
The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
tonyh13 added Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly

17
171 77
The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

18
175 78
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

19
172 100
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

20
80 21
Scotty Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rock and roll

21
230 142
Imelda May is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues

22
63 17
The Crickets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock and roll

23
111 55
Buddy Knox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly

24
105 50
Hillbilly Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
WatsonWatson added

25
116 69
Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

26
162 124
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

27
55 27
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
106 68
Robert Gordon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Alternative rock, Rock and roll

29
83 37
Ronnie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues

30
91 72
Janis Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

31
98 75
Darrel Higham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

32
25 5
Hillbilly Moon Explosion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Crystal Shepard added

33
94 73
Batmobile is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Psychobilly, Rockabilly

34
85 65
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

35
20 2
The Rhythm Shakers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
StephenG added

36
34 19
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
65 52
Crazy Caravan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

38
24 13
The Real Gone Tones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Nicolás Peñuela added

39
94 69
Dave Edmunds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Pop music

40
100 77
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Country

41
79 70
The Mavericks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Americana, Rockabilly, Country

42
64 54
Eddie Bond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly

43
124 101
Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

44
35 23
X is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lilytabby added Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rock music

45
89 69
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

46
84 78
HorrorPops is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

47
64 56
The Meteors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
dunkrock added Horror punk, Psychobilly, Punk rock

48
73 56
The Chop Tops is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Psychobilly, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

49
16 6
Crystal & Runnin' Wild is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Johnny Trash added

50
55 39
The Paladins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bakersfield sound, Rock music, Rockabilly