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During the 1960s, there were fewer musical genres more popular in the U.S. than surf rock. The glossy pop soundings encapsulated the carefree nature and glistening Americana that California symbolize. Naturally, surf rock's origins were in Southern California, in particular the Los Angeles and Orange County coasts. Surf rock was generally more popular at the beginning of the 1960s, when bands would sing about surfing, hanging out, hot rod cars and girls. Surf rock bands appealed to the desire for the endless summer.

So, that said, what are the best surf rock band bands? Well, any list needs to be built around the genius of Brian Wilson, Mike Love and the Beach Boys. One of the most popular and greatest rock bands of all time, the Beach Boys helped usher in this new era of rock music. Additionally, other bands like Best Coast, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale, Waaves and DIIV are an eclectic mix of old and new bands that are among the top surf rock bands. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best surf rock bands. If you know surf rock and are a fan of the genre, feel free to vote on this list. If you notice a surf rock band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best surf rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest surf rock 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 surf rock bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}

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Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Dick Dale Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Ventures Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Man or Astro-man? is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Man or Astro-man? Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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The Bel-Airs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Bel-Airs Rock music, Surf rock, Surf music

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The Growlers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Growlers Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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Wavves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Wavves Pop punk, Noise rock, Garage rock

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Best Coast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Best Coast Indie pop, Garage rock, Indie rock

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FIDLAR is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands

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The Marketts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Marketts Pop music, Surf rock

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The Atlantics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Atlantics Rock music, Garage rock, Instrumental rock

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Carl Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Carl Wilson Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Surf Punks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Surf Punks Pop punk, Rock music, Surf rock

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Laika & The Cosmonauts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Laika & The Cosmonauts Instrumental rock, Rautalanka, Surf rock

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The Tornados is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Tornados Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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The Phantom Surfers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Phantom Surfers Rock music, Surf rock, Surf music

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Agent Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Agent Orange Skate punk, Surf rock, Punk rock

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Surfer Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Surfer Blood Pop punk, Shoegazing, Alternative rock

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Original Surfaris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Original Surfaris Surf rock, Surf music

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Men in Grey Suits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
ChadThomasHamman added Men in Grey Suits Hawaii Surf Rock

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Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Plane... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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Ghastly Ones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Ghastly Ones Garage rock, Surf rock, Surf music

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The Young Werewolves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Young Werewolves Horror punk, Psychobilly, Rock music

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Santo and Jonny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
MarySSpiegel added Santo and Jonny

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Allah-Las is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
diogo-nóvoa added Allah-Las Rock music, Rock and roll

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The Rumblers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
GregerNordstrom added The Rumblers

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The Surf Coasters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Surf Coasters Surf rock, Psychedelic rock, Surf music

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The Denvermen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
GregerNordstrom added The Denvermen

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The Kooks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
joaniebeachmusic added The Kooks Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Monsters from Mars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Monsters from Mars Garage rock, Surf rock, Surf music

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The 5.6.7.8's is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The 5.6.7.8's Rock music, Rockabilly, Garage punk

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Langhorns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
pogopedagog added Langhorns

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Langhorns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
pogopedagog added Langhorns

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Southern Culture on the Skids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Southern Culture on the Skids Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly

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The Raybeats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Raybeats Surf rock, Surf music

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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
joaniebeachmusic added Beaches

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The Surf Trio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
The Surf Trio Surf rock, Surf music

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The Moon-Rays is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
ScottMensching added The Moon-Rays

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Ronny & The Daytonas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Ronny & The Daytonas Rock music, Rock and roll, Surf rock

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The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
joaniebeachmusic added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Martin Cilia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Martin Cilia Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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Men in Grey Suits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
ChadThomasHamman added Men in Grey Suits

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The Beautiful Girls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
joaniebeachmusic added The Beautiful Girls Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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Xavier Rudd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
joaniebeachmusic added Xavier Rudd Blues-rock, Traditional music, Folk music

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Red Elvises is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Red Elvises Lounge music, Ska, Rock music

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Donavon Frankenreiter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Surf Rock Bands
Donavon Frankenreiter Soft rock, Surf rock, Surf music