The Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown would not be complete without a song as iconic to surfing as it is to summer. The Beach Boys can be heard in everyone’s heads in Montauk while they fly on a wave at Ditch Plains. As the countdown continues, we salute the men and women who keep their boards afloat and make a lifestyle out of the ocean.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #39
“Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys
In the autumn of 1961, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, David Marks and Al Jardine formed the Beach Boys and an old fashioned rock star legend, a culture of music was born for the world to enjoy. With California front and center, “Surfin’ Safari” became a national anthem for surfing, and it continues to be to today. The Beach Boys simply nailed it.
With sounds that are unique, a style that’s a combination of athlete, gentleman and rebel rolled into a wetsuit, the surfing community joined the concert going ranks thanks to the music of the Beach Boys. These great men continue to ride an endless wave of music into today. When a young man says, “Let’s go surfing now,” there isn’t a human being on this planet who does not immediately sing the next words in their head. You know what they are. So go get on a board, young warrior, and ride a wave into musical freedom encompassed by a wave of sumptuous sounds that screams out to the world that the beach is not just a place to vacation, but a part of the very soul that combines us all, with surfing as its mistress.