Stray Cats Songs Ranked

The Stray Cats were formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York, in 1979. At first, Setzer played rockabilly covers in a band called the Tom Cats with his brother drummer Gary and bassist Bob Beecher; however, Setzer soon abandoned that group to join up with newly rechristened school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell). Their retro ’50s look and sound didn’t go over well around Long Island, though, and in the summer of 1980, the group headed to England, where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge.
For a few years in the early 1980s, the Stray Cats were one of the hottest bands in rock & roll, racking up Top Ten hits — “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17” — with the aid of the newly founded MTV, which found their retro fashion visually kinetic. The group’s fall was near as swift as their ascendency — by the end of the ’80s, they had fallen apart — but the Stray Cats made an indelible impact, sending the rockabilly revival into the mainstream and setting the pace for the music’s continuation over the ensuing decades.
The Stray Cats reunited on occasion throughout the 2000s, always concentrating on live performances, not the recording studio. The group sat out most of the 2010s but returned at the end of the decade with 40, their first album of original material in 27 years. Here are all of the Stray Cats’ songs ranked.

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13. Cry Baby (Choo Choo Hot Fish, 1992)

“This song is so catchy! Its rhythm is smooth and upbeat, and it gets stuck inside your head for, like, a month! The song is so upbeat and fun to listen to.”

12. I Won’t Stand In Your Way ( Rant n’ Rave with the Stray Cats, 1983)

“I love this song! It’s one of my upmost favorites by Train It’s a song you can listen to for hours without getting tired of it”

11. Storm the Embassy (Stray Cats, 1981)

“This song should be in top 5, and wasn’t even listed?! There’s a live version from 1981 at Rockpalast, which even beats the original… I highly recommend!”

10. Bring It Back Again (Blast Off!, 1989)

“This song is the best in the world, should be number one and stocks in my head all day. I sing it all the time cause I really love and adore it. This guy has a good voice…”

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9. You Don’t Believe Me (Gonna Ball, 1981)

“It’s such a catchy song, you can listen to it over and over again and it’s a good dance song and it deserves to be in the top 3”

8. Little Miss Prissy (Gonna Ball, 1981)

“It is an awesome song that should go to the top in no time every body should listen to it and it talks about real life”

7. Rebels Rule (Rant n’ Rave with the Stray Cats, 1983)

“Wonderful, beautiful lyrics! Not the typical cookie-cutter kind, There is a deeper meaning and everyone can interpret. There’s so much soul in it. A very special song.”

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6. Look at that Cadillac (Rant N’ Rave With The Stray Cats, 1983)

“This is one of the most pure rock songs ever and it is just amazing example of song writing this song is by far best its just pure poetry”

5. Runaway Boys (Stray Cats, 1981)

“One of the best songs I’ve ever listened to. I’ve loved this song for so many years and I don’t think I’m going to stop any time soon.”

4. Rumble in Brighton (Stray Cats, 1981)

“This song has great rhythm, and lyrics. Whenever I hear it I get uplifted. Just a great uplifting song. Really meaningful song with a great tune as well, this is without a doubt their all-time best song.”

3. (She’s) Sexy + 17 (Rant n’ Rave with the Stray Cats, 1983)

“Amazing song- fell in love with it earlier this year and it hasn’t ever got old. my all time favourite song, its beautiful”

2. Rock This Town (Stray Cats, 1981)

“Love love love this song. The melody sure captured my attention on the first time I heard this song. One song everyone should listen to.”

1. Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats, 1981)

“This kind of songs are which I look for and like and Stray Cats is perfect for me… This song rocks and the lyrics are very cute… Everyone should listen to this”