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"Surfin' USA"


Uptempo song by the Beach Boys, released in 1963. Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson wrote the lyrics, name-checking more than dozen popular surf breaks, and set the words to Chuck Berry's 1958 single "Sweet Little Sixteen." Mike Love sang lead vocal. Hedging their bets, the Beach Boys released "Surfin' USA" as a single with "Shut Down," a hot rod song, on the flip side. Surfin' USA is also the name of the Beach Boys' second album, also released in 1963.

"Surfin' USA," like "Sweet Little Sixteen" b...