Johnny Barfield's 1938 "Boogie Woogie" is thought to have kicked off the craze, though it didn't really take hold until the post-war years; through the late forties, it became a genre that would exert a profound influence on music, as thousands of country musicians began taking up what was called "bop" and helping, in the process, to form rock and roll. Indeed, Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie" (1945) is often considered one of the first rock and roll records, but its major impact was to broaden and solidify the appeal of the still-new electric guitar, soon to become a crucial element in rock.
The most direct influence country boogie had, however, was in specifically helping to create rockabilly, that twangy cousin of rock that relied on heavy guitars and heavy beats. Unlike honky tonk, which wasn't as bluesy or fluid, or Western Swing, which was mired in rural "cowboy" traditions, country boogie represented wild hot-dogging for white teens who loved black rhythm. Moon Mullican, pianist extraordinaire who worked in the CB style, was perhaps the biggest influence on a young Jerry Lee Lewis, while country boogie avatar Chet Atkins would go on to produce and play guitar on Elvis Presley sessions upon his move to RCA.
- "Guitar Boogie," Arthur Smith
- "Boogie Woogie," Johnny Barfield
- "Freight Train Boogie," Delmore Brothers
- "Honky Tonk Man," Johnny Horton
- "49 Women," Pee Wee King
- "Shotgun Boogie," Tennessee Ernie Ford
- "Galloping On The Guitar," Chet Atkins
- "Crazy Boogie," Merle Travis
- "Moon's Tune," Moon Mullican
- "Let 'Er Roll," Sid King