Enjoying some time at the beach surfing is made all the better with some surf songs in the background to get some extra surf vibes to complete the atmosphere.
There are a number of musicians who have written songs specifically about surfing since it is a well liked past time. Some of the well known musicians who have written popular surf songs are the Beach Boys and Dick Dale and Del Tones.
After looking through lists of top surfing songs, we made a list of some of the top surfing songs of all time. Continue reading for some new song ideas to add to your surfing playlist.
- 1 Surf Songs
- 1.1 1.) Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
- 1.2 2.) Misirlou by Dick Dale and the Del Tones
- 1.3 3.) Mr. Moto by the Bel Airs
- 1.4 4.) Surf City by Jan and Dean
- 1.5 5.) King of the Surf by the Trashmen
- 1.6 6.) Surf Rider by the Lively Ones
- 1.7 7.) Surfin Bird by the Trashmen
- 1.8 8.) Gypsy Surfer by the Phantom Surfers
- 1.9 9.) You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson
- 1.10 10.) Surf Wax America by Weezer
1.) Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
Good Vibrations was released in 1966. It was an instant commercial hit in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The song has a complex soundscape to it that the Beach Boys are famous for.
This song in particular is well liked for that theme, since its kind of a blend of all the best aspects of the Beach Boys.
It makes you feel like you're relaxing on the beach inbetween surfing without even being anywhere near a beach.
2.) Misirlou by Dick Dale and the Del Tones
Misirlou is actually a song that was around a while ago in the Eastern Mediterranean and was popular in around the 1920. Dick Dale and the Del Tones came up with their own version.
It maintains some parts of the original folk song, but adds a surf vibe to it. The song was put into the movie Pulp Fiction.
3.) Mr. Moto by the Bel Airs
Mr. Moto is a surf song that is all instrumentals. It's instantly recognizable to an audience.
And has that unique surf rock sound that people who love surf music are looking for out of their surf music.
4.) Surf City by Jan and Dean
Surf City is a classic surf song.
It's popularized the term so much that Huntington Beach California fought to get the legal title for their city after feuding with a few other cities in California.
The song is famous for it's line that there's two girls for every boy in the city in the song.
5.) King of the Surf by the Trashmen
This song is a non stop rolling song by the Trashmen.
It has a non stop beat and instrumental that really makes it sound like the crowned ruler of the surf.
This song is on almost every top surf songs list since it has the crowning achievement to do so.
6.) Surf Rider by the Lively Ones
Surf Rider is another instrumental surf song that appeared in the movie Pulp Fiction.
It has a unique surf music sound with some elements of jazz thrown into it.
The song has a smooth going sound to it that it carries throughout it to the very end.
A loose guitar riff pattern going on and on with some changes to it through out.
7.) Surfin Bird by the Trashmen
This is a bit of a weird song compared to some of the other surfing songs on here.
But this Trashmen song being so weird adds some elements to it being memorable compared to the big assortment of different surfing songs that are out there.
It still has that surf rock sound to it.
There is nothing quite like the Surfin Bird by the Trashmen.
8.) Gypsy Surfer by the Phantom Surfers
Gypsy Surfer is another instrumental surfing vibes song.
It has all the elements people want out of their surf soundtracks.
It creates a smooth rolling beat and rhythm that makes for the easy listening elements that surf music is known for.
9.) You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson
This song is newer compared to the other songs on the list.
Jack Johnson used to be a professional surfer and has lived his whole life in Hawaii.
He captures some of the elements of older surfing music bands, while also adding his unique beach vibes sound to it.
This song is perfect for listening to at the beach or while catching some waves.
10.) Surf Wax America by Weezer
This is another newer song compared to the other songs on the list.
Weezer created a rock song with some elements to older surf songs and added some new alternative music elements to it that are more in line with 90s and early 2000s music.