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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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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Buddy Holly 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music Rockabilly

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Eddie Cochran 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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

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Carl Perkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Carl Perkins Rock music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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

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

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

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

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The Reverend Horton Heat 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Reverend Horton Heat Psychobilly, Rock music Rockabilly - Country-fed punkabilly

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

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

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

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The Big Bopper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Big Bopper Rock music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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Imelda May 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Imelda May Rockabilly, Jazz Blues

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Ricky Nelson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ricky Nelson Pop music, Rock music Rockabilly

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Billy Lee Riley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Billy Lee Riley Rock music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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Johnny Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Chuck Berry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

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

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump blues, Swing music Rockabilly

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The Blasters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Blasters Americana, Blues-rock Rockabilly

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James Burton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
James Burton Rock music, Rockabilly Country rock

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Janis Martin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Janis Martin Rock music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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Buddy Knox 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Buddy Knox Rock music, Rockabilly

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Scotty Moore 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Scotty Moore Rock music, Rock and roll

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

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Jerry Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Jerry Reed Rockabilly, Country

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Dave Edmunds 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Dave Edmunds Blues-rock, New Wave Pop music

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Darrel Higham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Darrel Higham Rockabilly

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Southern Culture on the Skids 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Southern Culture on the Skids Psychobilly, Rock music Rockabilly

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Hillbilly Hellcats 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

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Mike Ness 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Mike Ness Punk blues, Psychobilly Rockabilly

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Marty Robbins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Marty Robbins Pop music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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Charlie Rich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Charlie Rich Blue-eyed soul, Country pop Pop music

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Ronnie Hawkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ronnie Hawkins Rock music, Rockabilly Rhythm and blues

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Brenda Lee 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Brenda Lee Pop music, Rockabilly Country

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Ritchie Valens 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ritchie Valens Chicano rock, Rock music Rock and roll

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Batmobile 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Batmobile Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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HorrorPops 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
HorrorPops Pop punk, Psychobilly Rockabilly

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Bob Luman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Bob Luman Rockabilly, Country

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Hasil Adkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Hasil Adkins Psychobilly, Rock n' Roll Rock music

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The Mavericks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
The Mavericks Americana, Rockabilly Country

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Little Richard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Little Richard Jump blues, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Ray Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Ray Smith Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

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Eddie  Bond 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Eddie Bond Rockabilly

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Crazy Caravan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists

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Luther Perkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Luther Perkins Rockabilly, Country

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Dorsey Burnette 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists
Dorsey Burnette Rockabilly

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Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists