Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 SURF SONGS
1959-1969

  1. Wipe Out - The Surfaris - 1963
  2. Surf City - Jan and Dean - 1963
  3. Walk - Don't Run - The Ventures - 1960
  4. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys - 1963
  5. Out of Limits - The Marketts - 1964
  6. Pipeline - The Chantays - 1963
  7. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys - 1963
  8. Wild Weekend - The Rebels - 1963
  9. California Sun - The Rivieras - 1964
  10. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen - 1964
  11. Walk - Don't Run '64 - The Ventures - 1964
  12. Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys - 1962
  13. Honolulu Lulu - Jan and Dean - 1963
  14. Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward - 1963
  15. Perfidia - The Ventures - 1960
  16. California Nights - Lesley Gore - 1967
  17. Ride the Wild Surf - Jan and Dean - 1964
  18. Penetration - The Pyramids - 1964
  19. Let's Go (pony) - The Routers - 1962
  20. Do it Again - The Beach Boys - 1968
  21. Tall Cool One - The Wailers - 1959
  22. Crossfire - Johnny and the Hurricanes - 1959
  23. Bulldog - The Fireballs - 1960
  24. Bust Out - The Busters - 1963
  25. Sandy - Ronny and the Daytonas - 1966
  26. Sidewalk Surfin' - Jan and Dean - 1964
  27. Ram-Bunk-Shush - The Ventures - 1961
  28. Surfer's Stomp - The Mar-Kets - 1962
  29. Please Don't Talk to the Lifeguard - Diane Ray - 1963
  30. Torquay - The Fireballs - 1959
  31. New York's a Lonely Town - The Trade Winds - 1965
  32. The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche - 1963
  33. Quite a Party - The Fireballs - 1961
  34. Underwater - The Frogmen - 1961
  35. Balboa Blue - The Marketts - 1962
  36. Surfin' Hootenanny - Al Casey - 1963
  37. I Live For the Sun - The Sunrays - 1965
  38. Point Panic - The Surfaris - 1963
  39. The Caterpillar Crawl - The Strangers - 1959
  40. Rockin' Crickets - Hot-Toddys - 1959
  41. Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1961
  42. Beach Party - King Curtis and the Noble Knights - 1962
  43. Blue Moon - The Ventures - 1961
  44. Surf Party - Chubby Checker - 1963
  45. Surfer Joe - The Surfaris - 1963
  46. Miserlou - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1962
  47. Beach Time - Roger Smith - 1959
  48. Pink Dominos - The Crescents featuring Chiyo - 1964
  49. Summer and Sandy - Lesley Gore - 1967
  50. Back Beat No. 1 - The Rondels - 1961
  51. Mau-Mau - The Wailers - 1959
  52. Diamond Head - The Ventures - 1965
  53. Summer Means Fun - Bruce and Terry - 1964
  54. Beach Girl - Pat Boone - 1964
  55. Surfin - The Beach Boys - 1962
  56. Rambling - The Ramblers - 1960
  57. Boss - The Rumblers - 1963
  58. California Sun - Joe Jones - 1961
  59. Vanishing Point - The Marketts - 1964
  60. Peppermint Man - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1962
  61. Straight Flush - The Frantics - 1959
  62. Dartell Stomp - The Mustangs - 1964
  63. Your Baby's Gone Surfin' - Duane Eddy - 1963
  64. Fog Cutter - The Frantics - 1959
  65. Surfer Street - The Allisons - 1963
  66. Saltwater Taffy - Morty Jay and the Surferin' Cats - 1963
  67. Baja - The Astronauts - 1963
  68. Theme from Electric Surfboard - Brother Jack McDuff - 1969
  69. Beach Party - Dave York and the Beachcombers - 1962
  70. Bustin' Surfboards - The Tornadoes - 1962
  71. (Theme from) Endless Summer - The Ventures - 1967
  72. One Piece Topless Bathing Suit - The Rip Chords - 1964
  73. Beachcomber - Bobby Darin - 1960
  74. The Ninth Wave - The Ventures - 1963
  75. Seagrams - The Viceroys - 1963
  76. Soul Surfer - Johnny Fortune - 1963
  77. Moon Dawg! - The Gamblers - 1960
  78. Surf Beat - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1962
  79. Surf Rider - The Lively Ones - 1963
  80. The Wedge - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1964
  81. Tell 'em I'm Surfin' - The Fantastic Baggys - 1964
  82. Mr. Moto - The Belairs - 1962
  83. The Cruel Sea - The Dakotas - 1963
  84. Hollywood a Go Go - The Hollywood Persuaders - 1965
  85. King of the Surf Guitar - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1963
  86. Latin'ia - The Sentinals - 1962
  87. Mr. Rebel - Eddie and the Showmen - 1964
  88. Hava Nagila - Dick Dale and his Del-Tones - 1963
  89. Comanche - The Revels - 1961
  90. Beach Party - Annette - 1963
  91. K-39 - The Challengers - 1963
  92. Torture - The Fendermen - 1960
  93. Surfer Dan - The Turtles - 1968
  94. Thunderbolt - Tommy James and the Shondells - 1966
  95. The Warmth of the Sun - The Beach Boys - 1964
  96. Bullwinkle P. II - The Centurians - 1963
  97. Surfink - Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos - 1964
  98. Bangalore - The Blazers - 1963
  99. Fiberglass Jungle - The Crossfires - 1963
  100. Inertia - The Hustlers - 1964

Instrumentals performed in the surf style make up the majority of the songs on this list, which includes a few variations on the sound. Vocal hits that represent the culture, celebrating surf, sand and summer, are included. Rankings are based on the popularity of each recording during the period of 1959 through 1969.

The Ventures lead the list with eight songs. Dick Dale and his Del-Tones are next with seven, then The Beach Boys have six, followed by Jan and Dean and The Marketts with four apiece.





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Wipe Out Surf City Walk - Don't Run Wild Weekend Walk - Don't Run '64 Surfin' Safari Honolulu Lulu Let's Go (pony) Let's Go Trippin'