Annotation

Brian Wilson allegedly admitted he copied the music from Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" in this song. As the result of legal action, Chuck Berry and Arc Music now hold all copyrights to the song (as such Brian Wilson's name does not appear in BMI's database on the song).

Annotation last modified on 2014-06-22 22:14 UTC.

Relationships

lyricist:Brian Wilson (Beach Boys co-founder)
composer:Chuck Berry
publisher:Arc Music Corp. (U.S. rock & blues publisher)
Isalee Music Publishing Company
Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (publisher; do NOT use as release label)
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beach_Boys:Surfin'_USA [info]
SecondHandSongs:http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/1432 [info]
Songfacts:http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1244 [info]
Wikidata:Q1089109 [info]
referred to in medleys:Beach Boys Medley (order: 7)
later parody versions:Search And You'll Get Saved
later translated versions:サーフィン・U.S.A.
サーフィンU.S.A.
is based on:Sweet Little Sixteen

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1963-01-31Surfin U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:29
1963Surfin’ U.S.A. (demo version)The Beach Boys1:49
1963Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:30
1964-08-01Surfin' USAliveThe Beach Boys2:16
1964-08-01Surfin' USAliveThe Beach Boys2:18
1964Concert Intro / Surfin’ U.S.A. (live 1964)liveThe Beach Boys3:15
1964Surfin' USA (live BBC / 1964)liveThe Beach Boys2:25
1964Surfin’ U.S.A. (live on the T.A.M.I. show, 1964)liveThe Beach Boys2:34
1965-03-26Surfin' U.S.A. (live at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago/March 26, 1965)The Beach Boys2:34
1965-03-27Surfin' U.S.A. (live at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago/March 27, 1965)liveThe Beach Boys2:16
1966-10-22Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coup / Surfin' USA (live at the University of Michigan/1966/show 1)live and medleyThe Beach Boys3:51
1966-10-22Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coup / Surfin' USA (live at the University of Michigan/1966/show 2)live and medleyThe Beach Boys3:49
1966-10-22Medley: Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' U.S.A. (live, 1966)live and medleyThe Beach Boys3:31
1966-10-22Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' USA (live: 1966-10-22: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)live and medleyThe Beach Boys3:10
1966-10-22Surfin' Safari / Fun, Fun, Fun / Shut Down / Little Deuce Coupe / Surfin' USA (1966-10-22: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA - alternative source)live and medleyThe Beach Boys3:32
1968-07-05Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun Fun Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' USA (live in Chicago, IL, 1968)live and medleyThe Beach Boys?:??
1968-07-08Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun Fun Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' USA (live in Fargo, ND, 1968)live and medleyThe Beach Boys?:??
1968-07-10Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun Fun Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' USA (live in Waterloo, Iowa, 1968)live and medleyThe Beach Boys?:??
1968-07-13Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun Fun Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' USA (live in Lincoln, NE, 1968)live and medleyThe Beach Boys?:??
1968-07-16Medley: Surfin' Safari/Fun Fun Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin' USA (live in Phoenix, AZ, 1968)live and medleyThe Beach Boys?:??
1973-08-31Surfin’ USA (live, 1972-??-??: Winter Tour)The Beach Boys2:49
1974-06-14Surfin' U.S.A.liveThe Beach Boys feat. Elton John & Paul Simon2:50
1980-06-21Surfin’ USA (from ‘Live at Knebworth’ live album)liveThe Beach Boys2:55
1980-06-21Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:54
1980-06-21Surfin’ USAliveThe Beach Boys?:??
1985-07-13Surfin’ USA (live, 1985-07-13: Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK)coverThe Beach Boys2:39
1985-07-13Surfin’ USA (live, 1985-07-13: Live Aid 1985)liveThe Beach Boys?:??
1998-11-06Surfin' USA (live, 1998-11-06: Rome, Italy)cover and liveBlind Guardian2:39
1999-07-26Surfin' USAcover and liveMelt‐Banana?:??
2012Surfin' U.S.A. (from 'Live: The 50th Anniversary Tour' live album)liveThe Beach Boys3:00
Beach Boys MedleymedleyThe Beach Boys6:49
Beach Boys Medleycover, instrumental and medleyFlorida State University Marching Chiefs2:10
Ich geh' heut' surfen (live)cover and liveMike Krüger1:46
MedleymedleyThe Beach Boys4:13
Pizza U.S.A.cover and partialThe Pizza Collection0:35
Surfin U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:29
Surfin U.S.A.liveThe Beach Boys2:28
Surfin' U.S.AThe Beach Boys?:??
Surfin' U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:20
Surfin' U.S.A.cover小倉博和?:??
Surfin' U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:20
Surfin' U.S.A.coverM.O.D.2:33
SURFIN' U.S.A.coverFLOW3:26
Surfin' U.S.A. (mono)The Beach Boys2:29
Surfin' U.S.A. (rehearsal)The Beach Boys2:29
Surfin' U.S.A. (stereo)The Beach Boys2:29
Surfin' USAcover and liveMelt‐Banana2:34
Surfin' USA (from 'Live Hits Collection')liveThe Beach Boys2:29
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys?:??
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys2:55
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys?:??
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys10:05
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys?:??
Surfin' USAcoverPennywise4:46
Surfin' USAcoverPapa Doo Run Run2:30
Surfin' USAcoverPennywise1:53
Surfin' USAcoverFrench Frith Kaiser Thompson2:19
Surfin' USAcoverAaron Carter2:46
Surfin' USAcoverPennywise1:44
Surfin' USAcoverRämouns2:09
Surfin' USAcoverBlind Guardian2:27
Surfin' USAcover and instrumentalGary Hoey2:48
Surfin' USAcoverWilliam Hung2:19
Surfin' USAThe Beach Boys2:25
Surfin' USA (backing track)instrumentalThe Beach Boys2:35
Surfin' USA (demo)The Beach Boys2:04
Surfin’ U.S.A.Chuck Berry1:30
Surfin’ U.S.A. (mono)The Beach Boys2:30
Surfin’ U.S.A.coverFred Mollin and the Blue Sea Band2:21
Surfin’ U.S.A.cover and instrumentalPickin’ On Project2:16
Surfin’ U.S.A.The Beach Boys?:??
Surfin’ U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:28
Surfin’ U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:28
Surfin’ U.S.A. (mono studio single mix)The Beach Boys2:30
Surfin’ U.S.A.The Beach Boys2:29
Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:28
Surfin’ USAcoverLeif Garrett2:23
Surfin’ USA (live)liveThe Beach Boys2:30
Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:22
Surfin’ USAliveBrian Wilson2:35
Surfin’ USAcoverThe Gentlemen of St John’s2:06
Surfin’ USA (part of “Grandmaster Party” dj-mix)The Beach Boys0:44
Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:24
Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:21
Surfin’ USAThe Beach Boys2:27
Surfin’ USAcoverThe Jesus and Mary Chain2:58
Surfin’ USA (April outtake)coverThe Jesus and Mary Chain2:58
Surfin’ USA (Summer mix)coverThe Jesus and Mary Chain3:30
The Beach Boys Medley (Uptempo - long version)medleyThe Beach Boys6:48