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Genre: instrumental surf

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Instrumental surf music is a genre that emerged in the early 1960s, characterized by its fast-paced, reverb-heavy guitar riffs and driving rhythms. It often features the use of tremolo picking, staccato chord progressions, and melodic bass lines. The genre is heavily influenced by the sounds of the beach and surfing culture, and often incorporates elements of rockabilly, blues, and jazz. The music is typically upbeat and energetic, with a focus on creating a sense of excitement and adventure.

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Parent Genre: easy listening

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Instruments used

Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Vocals, Keyboard/Piano, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Piano

Releases by year

Here you can see the popularity of Instrumental Surf genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1960s 50
1960 19
1962 3
1963 11
1964 14
1966 3
1970s 15
1974 1
1978 14
1980s 71
1981 22
1982 11
1983 11
1985 17
1986 1
1989 9
1990s 267
1990 8
1992 2
1993 15
1994 20
1995 37
1996 52
1997 27
1998 55
1999 51
2000s 296
2000 37
2001 23
2002 22
2003 16
2004 27
2005 41
2006 10
2007 44
2008 26
2009 50
2010s 375
2010 29
2011 29
2012 50
2013 45
2014 17
2015 39
2016 22
2017 32
2018 48
2019 64
2020s 132
2020 23
2021 22
2022 34
2023 41
2024 12
1206 releases

Popular instrumental surf Songs


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Most popular instrumental surf albums

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The Brian Setzer Collection 1981-1988 (Remastered)
1999
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La Orchestra Diabolica
2003
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'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets
2002
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Preachers of the Night
2017
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Bad Buzz - Lost in the Space Age
2010
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Soul Surfin'
1994
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A-Haunting We Will Go-Go
1998
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It's Monster Surfing Time
1964
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Tidal Wave!
1996
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Surfer´s Paradise, Vol.1
2013
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60s Surf & Hot Rod Classics
2011
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The Incredible Crocotiger
2015
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Revenge of the Surf Guitar
2007
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Gnarly Surf
2011
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Mueven el Esqueleto
2011
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Cosmopolis 1988-2008
2008

instrumental surf music by decade

Explore instrumental surf history by listening to songs from every decade. Click on the decade to view songs.

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List of instrumental surf artists

Here is a list of instrumental surf artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the instrumental surf genre. You can find out what instrumental surf genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 46 124289
2 48 267162
3 31 45863
4 32 46268
5 28 41321
6 35 60421
7 32 94957
8 32 2566
9 26 7672
10 30 1176
11 29 29543
12 28 16158
13 29 23303
14 28 8364
15 18 9479
16 27 14487
17 16 8268
18 23 11075
19 12 9026
20 22 5247
21 20 14964
22 12 2225
23 20 4058
24 19 3825
25 19 9248
26 18 2865
27 18 1195
28 18 4079
29 17 2163
30 17 1566
31 17 4604
32 17 2775
33 7 2254
34 15 8599
35 6 404
36 15 1573
37 15 4768
38 14 2974
39 14 1087
40 13 3337
41 5 809
42 14 2365
43 14 4345
44 4 585
45 12 2954
46 13 3581
47 12 2286
48 3 1605
49 11 2027
50 11 2228
51 10 1837
52 10 495
53 10 1037
54 10 376
55 9 1716
56 9 2707
57 9 886
58 8 2161
59 8 648
60 8 1001
61 6 952
62 8 1581
63 8 2023
64 8 622
65 8 1263
66 7 432
67 7 2819
68 7 1080
69 6 1963
70 6 1014
71 4 1366
72 5 905
73 5 559
74 5 491
75 5 957
76 5 655
77 5 682
78 5 256
79 5 710
80 3 939
81 4 290
82 4 2050
83 4 32
84 4 783
85 4 341
86 3 301
87 3 889
88 3 297
89 3 160
90 3 864
91 3 517
92 2 275
93 2 332
94 2 436
95 2 71
96 2 473
97 2 181
98 2 338
99 2 80
100 1 226

instrumental surf playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular instrumental surf music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.