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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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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
2
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly
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Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music
4
James Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock
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Wanda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Gospel music, Country
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk
7
Gene Vincent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
8
Eddie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
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Bill Haley & His Comets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal
10
Johnny Burnette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
12
Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly
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Lorrie Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly
15
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music
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Bob Luman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rockabilly, Country
17
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
Bobby Vee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music
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Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll
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The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bush added Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly
Country-fed punkabilly
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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues
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Lonnie Mack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rockabilly
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Albert Lee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues
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The Blue Cats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
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