Surf music: cool tunes for a summer of waves

Whether you're crossing sunny California in a Cadillac Cabriolet or tracking the waves in the South of France in a Volkswagen Westfalia, surf music is essential. 

Whether you're crossing sunny California in a Cadillac Cabriolet, or tracking the waves in the South of France in a Volkswagen Westfalia; surf music is essential. The tunes of summer remind you of your greatest moments chasing waves and inspire you to dream about what is yet to come.

Surf music was born in the 60s. Fifty years have passed, but the greatest surf songs are still cool, smooth and enthusiastic. Add them to your MP3 playlist and listen to them again while driving with your friends and family by the seaside.

The Bel Airs are considered one of most important icons of surf music, and "Mr. Moto" is the perfect tune for a summer surfing day. The catchy riffs will stick in the heads of even the youngest groms. "Wipe Out", by The Surfaris, is another awesome listening experience; perfect for those seeking constant adrenaline. The rhythm is driving and fun, and will have you in the water in no time.

"Pipeline" was a huge hit in the early 60s. The Chantays had the feel and look the surfing community loved, and captured the essence of the famous wave in a great song. The Trashmen merged two different songs by The Rivingtons to create the crazy "Surfin' Bird". The tune reached number four on the Billboard chart in 1963, and lived a second life in 2010, reaching number three in the UK that year.

Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys were the ambassadors of surfing in the 60s, and their music will last forever in the heart of surfers. "Surf's Up" and "Surfin' Safari" are only two outstanding songs on their long list of surf anthems.

Dick Dale & His Del-Tones brought us a version of an oriental melody with "Miserlou", a solo instrumental guitar piece that quickly became a surf music must-have. More recently, in the 90s, the song was featured in the movie "Pulp Fiction".

"California Dreamin'" was a huge surf hit in 1965. The Mamas & The Papas created a story of a man in a cold winter dreaming about the warm temperature of California. The overall spirit of the song is inspiring to surfers; even more so when it was re-recorded by The Beach Boys.

In recent years, two songs have truly recreated the surf feeling of summer time. "Surf Wax America", by the surf rockers Weezer, and "Let's Go Surfing", by The Drums, send us all to the best place on Earth: the wave peak. Listen to all the tunes or get the mp3 below.

The ultimate surf music playlist:

"Guitar Noir" - Aqua Velvets
"Church Key" - Dave Myers and The Surftones
"Let's Go Trippin'" - Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
"You And Your Heart" - Jack Johnson
"Surf City" - Jan and Dean
"Rumble At Waikiki" - Jon and The Nightriders
"My Beach" - Surf Punks
"Bombora" - The Atlantics
"Surfin' USA" - The Beach Boys
"Mr. Moto" - The Challengers
"Pipeline" - The Chantays
"Hanging Five" - The Delltones
"Shoot The Curl" - The Honeys
"Surf Rider" - The Lively Ones
"Out Of Limits" - The Marketts
"Gypsy Surfer" - The Phantom Surfers
"Apache" - The Shadows
"The Curl Rider" - The Surf Raiders
"Wipe Out" - The Surfaris
"Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen
"Walk Don't Run" - The Ventures
"Summerland Road" - Tom Curren
"Surf Wax America" - Weezer


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