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Genre: surf music

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Surf music is a genre of instrumental rock music that originated in the early 1960s. It is characterized by its upbeat and energetic sound, which is often accompanied by reverb-drenched electric guitars and driving drum beats. The music is heavily influenced by the surfing culture of Southern California and Hawaii, and often features themes of beach life, surfing, and hot rod cars. Surf music is known for its catchy melodies and memorable guitar riffs, and has been popularized by a number of iconic bands.

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Parent Genre: rock

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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 Surf Music genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1950s 124
1958 54
1959 70
1960s 511
1960 72
1961 34
1962 105
1963 130
1964 57
1965 47
1966 46
1967 9
1968 6
1969 5
1970s 26
1970 1
1971 18
1973 6
1975 1
1980s 19
1986 1
1987 3
1989 15
1990s 351
1990 17
1991 2
1992 33
1993 27
1994 32
1995 46
1996 80
1997 24
1998 66
1999 24
2000s 393
2000 55
2001 23
2002 45
2003 13
2004 17
2005 84
2006 50
2007 48
2008 36
2009 22
2010s 340
2010 62
2011 65
2012 27
2013 47
2014 11
2015 18
2016 45
2017 22
2018 17
2019 26
2020s 130
2020 35
2021 19
2022 16
2023 49
2024 11
1894 releases

Popular surf music Songs


Top New surf music Songs of 2024


Most popular surf music albums

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Tequila
2000
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Surfer's Choice
2006
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The Horse
1968
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Link Wray
1971
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The Belairs
2020
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Bustin' Surfboards
1996
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He's a Rebel
2019
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Adagio
1971
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The Original Soundtrack Music From Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer
2011
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Save for a Rainy Day
1996
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Christmas On The Big Island
1995
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'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets
2002
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Pipeline
1963
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When Summer's Done - Freddy Cannon's Sun-Drenched Hits of the 60s
2023
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Surfers' Pajama Party (US Release)
2005
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Surf Route 101
2011

surf music music by decade

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

2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s

List of surf music artists

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

#namepopularityfollowers
1 40 117476
2 39 63541
3 41 24581
4 52 133047
5 42 54982
6 46 124289
7 29 33278
8 42 105901
9 43 110478
10 47 34193
11 46 165314
12 44 43577
13 32 46268
14 28 41321
15 40 53508
16 31 6809
17 38 23779
18 36 20355
19 36 13871
20 21 9268
21 33 12979
22 19 10382
23 23 8389
24 32 11592
25 31 13994
26 26 7672
27 31 4008
28 16 2821
29 29 38671
30 30 6057
31 28 14499
32 15 5490
33 24 12055
34 24 10191
35 12 3221
36 28 3398
37 16 8268
38 10 2300
39 25 6618
40 24 3629
41 8 2786
42 23 2557
43 22 10465
44 7 1506
45 7 2389
46 7 1028
47 6 1099
48 20 4904
49 4 939
50 4 1001
51 19 6662
52 3 1554
53 3 1179
54 3 1190
55 3 943
56 18 9074
57 17 2490
58 16 3354
59 16 6799
60 15 796
61 15 1781
62 13 2603
63 13 546
64 12 4143
65 10 1028
66 9 1172
67 8 895
68 8 1479
69 5 1686
70 4 929
71 2 376
72 2 343
73 1 751
74 1 1492
75 1 855

surf music playlist created by Chosic

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