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Hi All,

It looks like the website for North Sea Surf Radio is no longer working, which means that the excellent lists of top classic surf tracks are no longer available, except in a few old posts on this forum where those lists were copied and pasted. I did some digging and managed to find the lists of 101 classic tracks from the 2013-2016 polls and reproduced them here for posterity. These lists are such a great resource for new songs to enjoy and play.

The tracks are organized based on their first ranking from the 2013 poll, and if not ranked in 2013, then based on their first appearance in the results of subsequent years. The abbreviation “NR” means “not ranked” for the given year. Rankings for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 are indicated in the corresponding columns.

It’s too bad that we don’t have these polls anymore. I’ve been lurking on this forum for a while and I enjoyed being exposed to new songs through those lists and seeing the spirited discussions about the relative merits of different tracks and artists. If enough people on this site are interested, maybe I can try to organize a similar poll this December for the top 101 classic surf tracks. It might be interesting to see if tastes have changed in ten years.

North Sea Surf Radio Top 101 Classic Surf Songs

2013....2014*...2015....2016....Artist - Song
1............1...........3..........2........The Chantays - "Pipeline"
2............3...........2..........1........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "Misirlou"
3............2...........1..........4........The Fender IV - "Mar Gaya"
4............4...........4..........6........The Sentinels - "Latinia"
5............9...........8..........7.........The Belairs - "Mr. Moto"
6............5...........7..........8.........The Lively Ones - "Surf Rider"
7............8...........9..........10.......The Pyramids - "Penetratrion"
8............12.........10.........11.......Eddie & The Showmen - "Squad Car"
9............6...........5...........3........The Trashmen - "Malagueña"
10...........7...........6..........5.........The Astronauts - "Baja"
11...........13.........14........16........The Atlantics - "Bombora"
12...........11.........11........12........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "The Wedge"
13...........10.........12........14........The Fender IV - "Everybody Up!"
14...........14.........16........17........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "The Victor"
15...........22.........22........25........The Surfaris - "Wipe Out"
16...........15.........17........19........The Original Surfaris - "Bombora"
17...........16.........21........18........The Astronauts - "Surf Party"
18...........28.........31........23........The Ventures - "Walk Don't Run"
19...........29.........20........22........The Lively Ones - "High Tide (Tranquilizer)"
20...........20.........18........21........Link Wray - "Jack the Ripper"
21...........32.........27........24........Bobby Fuller & the Fanatics - "Our Favorite Martian"
22...........17.........15........13........Dave & The Customs – "Ali Baba"
23...........30.........23........26........The Original Surfaris - "Surfari"
24...........39.........37........30........Jim Messina & his Jesters - "The Jester"
25...........23.........30........42........The Astronauts - "Hot Doggin'"
26...........21.........25........33........The Avengers VI - "Time Bomb"
27...........33.........33........37........The Surfaris - "Point Panic"
28...........40.........41........43........The Sandals - "Theme From The Endless Summer"
29...........19.........24........27........The Centurions - "Bullwinkle Pt. II"
30...........24.........26........20........The Pharos - “Pintor”
31...........45.........56........58........The Ventures - "Journey to the Stars"
32...........31.........32........29........Yuzo Kayama - "Black Sand Beach"
33...........34.........34........35........The Marketts - "Out of Limits"
34...........37.........35........28........Sandy Nelson - "Casbah"
35...........42.........38........34........Richie Allan & the Pacific Surfers - "The Quiet Surf"
36...........26.........28........36........Eddie & The Showmen - "Mr. Rebel"
37...........35.........43........39........The New Dimensions - "Cat On A Hot Foam Board"
38...........47.........61........64........Eddie & The Showmen - "Scratch"
39...........56.........69........90........The Shadows - "Apache"
40...........25.........29........38........The Fender IV - "Malibu Run"
41...........18.........13........9.........The Astronauts - "Movin´"
42...........36.........36........44........The Ventures - "Diamond Head"
43...........27.........19........15........The Original Surfaris - "Exotic"
44...........41.........45........46........Dave Myers & The Surftones - "Gear"
45...........59.........74........63........The Nocturnes – "Third Star To The Left"
46...........52.........66........60........The Trademarks – "Baha Ree Bah"
47...........62.........79........75........Jack Nitzsche - "The Lonely Surfer"
48...........38.........39........49........The Chandelles - "El Gato"
49...........53.........52........52........Dave Myers - "Moment of Truth"
50...........61.........65........68........Jim Messina & his Jesters - "Yang Bu"
51...........69.........75........97........Jim Messina & His Jesters - "The Cossack"
52...........50.........47........53........The Centurions - "Intoxica"
53...........46.........40........32........The Creations - "Crash!"
54...........71.........85........NR........The Ventures - "Walk, Don’t Run ‘64"
55...........67.........83........76........The Vistas - "Ghost Wave"
56...........55.........58........45........The Belairs - "Bedlam"
57...........70.........77........98........The Pyramids - "Pressure"
58...........80.........91........99........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones – "Surfbeat"
59...........48.........63........80........The Revels - "Intoxica"
60...........57.........53........48........Al Casey with the K-C-ettes – "The Hearse"
61...........44.........44........57........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "Hava Nagila"
62...........63.........59........66........The Catalinas - "Banzai Washout"
63...........54.........50........51........The Original Surfaris - "Failsafe"
64...........60.........49........47........The New Dimensions - "Failsafe"
65...........49.........60........78........The Surf Teens - "Moment of Truth"
66...........51.........51........54........The Pyramids - "Bikini Drag"
67...........58.........54........56........Jerry Cole - "Deep Surf"
68...........73.........46........41........The Sentinals - "Exotic"
69...........89.........99........NR........The Astronauts - "Banzai Pipeline"
70...........43.........42........40........The Crossfires - "Fiberglass Jungle"
71...........98.........88........86........The Debonairs - High Wall"
72...........76.........87........NR........The Ventures - "The Cruel Sea"
73...........NR.........NR.......NR........Eddie & The Showmen - "Movin´'"
74...........94.........94........93........The Tornadoes - "Bustin’ Surfboards"
75...........66.........81........72........Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "Take it off”
76...........NR.........NR.......NR........The Astronauts - "Firewater"
77...........NR.........NR.......NR........The Atlantics - "War of the Worlds"
78...........85.........96........NR........The Ventures - "Hawaii Five O"
79...........68.........55........50.........Davie Allan & the Arrows - "Blues Theme"
80...........93.........97........82........The Gamblers - "Moon Dawg!"
81...........78.........48........31........The Hondells - "Haulin' Honda"
82...........NR........NR........NR........Zorba & The Greeks - "Shockwave"
83...........91.........92........NR........The Avengers VI - "Heartbeat"
84...........83.........73........79........The Astronauts - "The Hearse"
85...........65.........82........77........Eddie & The Showmen - "Far Away Places"
86...........74.........86........81........The Fentones - "The Mexican"
87...........82.........70........73........Attila & The Huns – “The Lonely Huns”
88...........NR........NR........NR........The Astronauts - "Ride The Wild Surf "
89...........NR........NR........NR........Eddie & The Showmen - "Lanky Bones"
90...........64.........57.........61........The Toads - "Morpheus"
91...........NR.........NR.......NR........The Vibrants - "The Breeze and I"
92...........NR.........NR........NR........The Atlantics - "Crusher"
93...........NR.........NR........NR........Jerry Cole & His Spacemen - "Midnight Surfer"
94...........NR.........NR........NR........The Illusions - "Jezebel"
95...........NR.........NR........NR........The Newport Nomads - "Harem Bells"
96...........77..........67........70........The Nocturnes – "Baha Ree Ba!"
97...........NR.........NR........NR........The Lively Ones - "Rik-A-Tik"
98...........72.........78.........67........Link Wray - "Rumble"
99...........96.........89.........NR........The Jokers - "Tabou"
100.........NR.........NR........NR........The Nevegans - "Surfbound"
101.........79..........62........55.........The Super Stocks - "Midnight Run"
NR...........62.........79.........75........Jack Nitzsche - “The Lonely Surfer”
NR...........70.........77.........NR........The Pyramids - “Pressure”
NR...........75.........68.........89........The Phantoms - “XL-3”
NR...........76.........87.........NR........The Ventures - “The Cruel Sea”
NR...........81.........93........100.......The Sentinals - “Big Surf”
NR...........84.........72.........69........Eddie & The Showmen - “Toes on the Nose”
NR...........88.........84.........85........The Blazers - “Sound of Mecca”
NR...........90.........80.........74........The Vy-Dels - “Unknown”
NR...........91.........92.........71........The Avengers VI - “Heartbeat”
NR...........92.........64.........62........The Surfaris - “Storm Surf”
NR...........NR.........71.........65........Link Wray - “Run Chicken Run”
NR...........NR.........76.........59........PJ and the Galaxies - “Tally Ho!”
NR...........NR.........90.........88........The Surfmen - “Paradise Cove”
NR...........NR.........95.........84........The Chantays - “Monsoon”
NR...........NR.........98.........91........The Rumblers - “Boss”
NR...........NR........100........96........The Surfmen - “El Toro”
NR...........NR........101........95........The Chantays - “Wayward Nile”
NR...........NR.........NR.........83.......The Nevegans - "Russian Roulette"
NR...........NR.........NR.........87.......Les Jaguars - “Jet Guitar”
NR...........NR.........NR.........92.......The Revels - "Comanche”
NR...........NR.........NR.........94.......Dick Dale & his Del-Tones - "Let's Go Trippin '"
NR...........NR.........NR........101.......The Fireballs - "Bulldog"

*My list from 2014 is missing seven tracks. I would appreciate any leads on where I can find the full list from 2014.

The Internet Archive Waybackmachine has the lists for 2013, 2014 and 2015. And also the list for 2016.

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Last edited: Nov 04, 2023 16:33:05

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