Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Rockabilly songs of all time 2017, Rockabilly started in the 50s; which was a combination of country, rhythm and blues. You might interpret Rockabilly as what the Straycats made it to be in the 80s or you might look at it’s roots all the way back to the 50s. Also, Rockabilly can be very country in it’s sound and composition. None the less it had a huge effect on the way Rockabilly’s dress, act and what music they listen to. Rockabilly fans sometimes also refer to themselves as greasers, boppers or betties. The music created a whole lifestyle around pomade and hot rods.
Here we present the list of top 10 best Rockabilly songs of all time 2017.
10. Elvis “Good Rockin Tonight”
This was one of the earliest songs creating the lifestyle that we currently call Rockabilly. It was originally written in 1947 by Roy Brown and later released by Elvis in 1954. This song was Elvis’ second-ever single and was under controversy for it’s subliminal reference to “sex.” Elvis kept the single sounding as close to the Roy Brown version as much as possible while still staying true to Elvis’ style. It had the perfect mix of rhythm and blues and country twang from Elvis’ southern voice.
09. Billy Riley & Link Wray “Flying’ Saucer Rock n Roll”
This was Billey Riley and Link Wray’s first hit which was released in 1957. A cover was redone in 1978 and was just as popular as the original. This song can be defined not only as Rockabilly but also as Rock N Roll or Country. This song is so upbeat it makes you want to grease your hair and flip a girl around on the dance floor. It has strong guitar sounds along with a grimey yet high pitched voice. You can hear fans screaming in the background of the original.
08. Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio “The Train Kept a Rollin”
In 1951 this awesome song was originally recorded by Tiny Bradshaw. It was later redone with more of a rockabilly influence in 1956 by Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio. They reworked the song focusing on the guitar riffs. This is the first example in music history where the guitar was distorted purposely for it’s sound.
07. Stray Cats “Rumble in Brighton”
The lyrics say it all. Stray Cats sing about the pompadour, rolled up jeans, fighting and living a rockabilly lifestyle. This band changed the way Rockabillies were looked at and because of them the fan base became very huge. The lead guitar player and vocalist was Brian Setzer who became the most well known member of the band. The band first appeared in 1979 as The Tomcats and later changed it to the Stray Cats in the early 80s. They were heavily influenced by the Rock n Roll, Rhythm n Blues and Country bands of the 50s and 60s.
06. Warren Smith “Ubangi Stomp”
Ths was Warrens second release which was originally written by Charles Underwood. The song did not chart but ended up becoming a Rockabilly standard in later years. The song is a very straight forward and upbeat creation talking about a sailor who travels to Africa. There was some unnoticed mixing of sterotypes in the lyrics confusing Africans with Native Americans. The song has been redone by numerous other artists after it’s release.
05. The Reverend Horton Heat “Big Little Baby”
This single released in 1988 is one of the first singles that made The Reverend Horton Heat well known. They changed the sound or Rockabilly and are one of the founders of psychobilly which is an offshoot of the Rockabilly style. They created their band in Dallas Texas and have been creating music together ever since. Their music has been features on Beavis and Butthead, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game soundtrack as well as multiple other video games.
04. Big Joe Turner “Flip Flop & Fly”
This song came out in 1955 and reached #2 on the R&B Billboard charts. This song was redone by many artists including Elvis Presley. This song is up-tempo with a solid backbeat that makes it truly unique. The song was recorded with Al Sears playing the tenor sax, Connie Kay on the drums and Jessie Stone on the piano. You can’t help but get up, dance and sing along when this song plays.
03. Eddie Cochran “20 Flight Rock”
Eddie Cochran was a unique artists because he wasn’t a greaser he was a bopper from the city. He was well known for his rough upbringing and tough style. This song has been redone by many artists but is most well known by Eddie Cochran. Paul McCartney used this very song to audition for John Lennon in Liverpool, England. This song is up-tempo, fast moving and has a twang in his voice very similar to Elvis Presley.
02. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-A-Lula”
Is one of the earliest examples of rockabilly and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gene wrote this song in 1955 when he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. He became extremely popular as recording companies were looking for another sound like Elvis. He changed Rockabilly forever.
01. Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison”
This song made number one because at every rockabilly concert, show or get together this song is played or redone. The song was written and recorded in 1955. Johnny wrote this song after being inspired by the movie “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison.” Johnny Cash later went on to perform this song at Folsom Prison itself back in 1968. One of Johnny’s most well known images is of him with his guitar flipping off the camera while performing on stage at the prison. Johnny Cash changed the Rockabilly scene as well as Country and Rock n Roll forever.
This list is perfect for the loud, fast and out of control. If you rock duck tails or ruined a pillow case with your Murrays pomade this list will bring out your inner animal. Greasers jive and swing is for nerds. Whether your taking your bird to Inspiration Point in a lead sled or hopped up deuce coop this is the list you will be doin’ it to.