Bands/Musicians The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists  

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To many, beach music evokes images of the endless summer, surfing and all things from the California coast from the 1960s. However, this isn't exactly quite what beach music is, and you may be confusing it with surf music, which includes surf rock and the like. Beach music is, and it could get confusing by sheer definition,  the name given to rock, soul, and R&B songs that have retained popularity along the Carolina coast, and not California. Good beach music could also refer to light, melodic, and romantic soul-pop records of the 1960s (see its still the same era). So, these vintage sounds is what comprises beach music and not groups like the Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett.

So, now that beach music is defined, what are the best beach music bands? Betty Everett, Jackie Wilson, Chairmen of the Board and The Foundations are among the best beach music artists. Good beach music can live on in particular locals' folklore. Again, these groups have generally been associated with great beach music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best beach music bands. If you think any good beach music bands are missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best beach music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest beach music musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular beach music bands that you might've heard of. (18 items)

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Chairmen of the Board is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Chairmen of the Board Soul music, Beach music

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The Drifters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
The Drifters Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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The Embers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
MikelTodd added The Embers Traditional music, Rock music, Folk music - Carolina Beach Music

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Band of Oz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
go2nmb added Band of Oz

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32 10
The Tams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
The Tams Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Beach music

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24 10
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Fantasic Shakers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
MikelTodd added The Fantasic Shakers Carolina Beach Music

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23 10
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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Swingin' Medallions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Swingin' Medallions Pop music, Rock music, Beach music

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The Clovers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
The Clovers Rhythm and blues

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The Catalinas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
MikelTodd added The Catalinas

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Jim Quick and Coastline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
MikelTodd added Jim Quick and Coastline

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Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
MikelTodd added Gary Lowder and Smokin' Hot

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Bill Pinkney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Bill Pinkney Rhythm and blues, Beach music

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The Tymes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
The Tymes Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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the Dominoes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists

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2 15
Betty Everett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Betty Everett Southern soul, Rhythm and blues, Country

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Barefoot Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beach Music Bands/Artists
Barefoot Man Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock