The typical swamp-pop song is a midtempo ballad, in 6/8 waltz time, with piano triplets and possibly a bluesy guitar line. The main watermark of swamp-pop is its melody, however, which draws strongly from (and was sometimes lifted directly off of) traditional Cajun ballads. Saxophone is occasionally present, but the instrumentation is always that of early rock and roll or heavy R&B. Most of the genre's original heyday took place in the studios and clubs west of New Orleans in "Cajun Country," primarily Lake Charles, though it could be heard as far west as Texas and as far north as Shreveport.
Though the genre died off along with the rest of rock's original styles in the mid-60s, swamp-pop had already by then influenced a number of musicians, most notably Elvis Presley. In the mid-Seventies, the Fifties revival also led to a brief national revival of swamp-pop; however, the style has never lost its core of popularity in Southern Louisiana, becoming as much a part of the local folk music as its pre-rock ancestors.
- "I'm Leaving It All Up To You," Dale and Grace (purchase/download)
- "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights," Freddy Fender (purchase/download)
- "I Can Help," Billy Swan (purchase/download)
- "This Should Go On Forever," Rod Bernard (purchase/download)
- "Mathilda," Cookie and his Cupcakes (purchase/download)
- "I'm A Fool To Care," Joe Barry (purchase/download)
- "Big Blue Diamonds," Earl Connelly King (purchase/download)
- "Sea Of Love," Phil Phillips (purchase/download)
- "Prisoner's Song," Warren Storm (listen)
- "Just A Dream," Jimmy Clanton (purchase/download)