Surfin' Safari
Surfin' Safari cover

"Surfin' Safari"

(Brian Wilson / Mike Love)
The Beach Boys song
Album: Surfin' Safari (1962)
Listen to The Beach Boys version: Youtube, SpotifyCovers: 46

The band's first single with Capitol. Spent three weeks at number one in Sweden.

Studio coversLive coversSamplesBeach Boys & solo versionMedleys"Bedroom" covers
Artist Album Year ListenNotes
Alvin And The ChipmunksRockin' Through The Decades1991YoutubeSoundtrack to the documentary of the same name.
(covered as "Servin' The Father")
Unconditional Releases2015Youtube, SpotifyParody with Christian lyrics.
Chet AverySurfin' Safari single1962
The Beach Boys
(covered as "Medley Part One: Uptempo")
The Beach Boys Medley single1981A (badly edited) medley consisting of "Good Vibrations"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"I Get Around"/"Little Deuce Coupe"/"Little Honda"/"Hawaii"/"409"/"Noble Surfer"/"Dance, Dance, Dance"/"Shut Down"/"Surfin' Safari"/"Barbara Ann"/"Surfin' U.S.A."/"Fun, Fun, Fun". Released as a single with Part Two (Ballads), and also a significantly shorter single version was released. This version was the B-side to the British "Wouldn't It Be Nice" re-release in 1990.
The Beach Boys
(covered as "The Beach Boys Medley")
The Beach Boys Medley single1981YoutubeA (badly edited) medley of "Good Vibrations"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"I Get Around"/"Shut Down"/"Surfin' Safari"/"Barbara Ann"/"Surfin' U.S.A."/"Fun, Fun, Fun". This is in fact an edit of the much longer "Up Tempo" medley, but with half the songs. The shorter edit is in the listen links, while a slightly longer French version can be listened to here here, if for some reason you want an extra minute.
The CarolsThe New Girl In School single1966YoutubeStraightforward cover
The ChallengersSurfbeat1963Youtube, SpotifyInstrumental.
The DelltonesSurf 'n Stomp1964
The DovellsEverybody's Goin' Surfin' EP1963Youtube, SpotifyStraightforward cover.
Gretchen DowsingFun, Fun, Fun
Les FingersDansons Avec "Les Fingers"1963YoutubeInstrumental. Writing credits as (Wilson/Love/Hourdeaux/Rossner).
Annette FunicelloSings Golden Surfin' Hits1965YoutubeStraightfoward cover.
Gidea Park
(covered as "Beach Boy Gold")
Live In Concert2013SpotifyLive version of the song, a medley of "Hawaii"/"Surfin' Safari/"Surfin' U.S.A"/"Fun, Fun, Fun.
(covered as "Surfin' Medley (Surfin' Safari / Hawaii Five-O)")
Mickey Sports Songs1996YoutubeIn medley with "Hawaii Five - O" (Morton Stevens). Also appeared on 2000's Goofy Greats album.
Hatcham SocialSidewalk EP2009Youtube, Spotify
HoneyriderCalifornia Dreams single2001
The Hot DoggersSurfin' U.S.A.1964Youtube, SpotifyFeatures a pre-Beach Boys Bruce Johnston on lead vocals.
Jan & DeanJan & Dean Take Linda Surfin'1963Youtube, SpotifyFeatures The Beach Boys on the backing track and the backing vocals.
Jan & DeanSilver Summer1985Re-recording. The album Silver Summer featured Mike Love on backing vocals and many Beach Boys sidemen on instruments.
Juba & Lula
(covered as "Surf Safari")
Juba & Lula O Disco1988YoutubeStraightforward version, with Portuguese lyrics.
Les JumellesUm Um Um single1964With French lyrics by Jacques Hourdeaux.
Chuck Kirkpatrick
(covered as "Surf's Up")
Surf's Up single1981YoutubeMedley of "Little Deuce Coupe"/"Help Me, Rhonda"/"California Girls"/"Good Vibrations"/"In My Room"/"Surfer Girl"/"Don't Worry Baby"/"Wendy"/"I Get Around"/"Barbara Ann"/"Shut Down"/"409"/"Catch A Wave"/"Surfin' Safari"/"Surfin' U.S.A."/"Fun, Fun, Fun".
The Lively OnesThe Great Surf Hits!!1963Youtube, SpotifyInstrumental.
Mike Love12 Sides Of Summer2019Youtube, SpotifyPop cover
Mike LoveCatch A Wave1996Re-recording with Adrian Baker. Also appeared on Summertime Cruisin': The Unforgettable Favourites Of Mike Love And Bruce Johnston Of The Beach Boys, although Bruce doesn't seem to appear on the track.
Janne Lucas
(covered as "Surfing Safari")
Memories - 15 Hits From The 50's & 60's1980Youtube, SpotifyRock and roll cover
Los Mabber'sSurfin' Con Los Mabbers1963Youtube, SpotifySung in Spanish.
MelopeaSurf Y Rock And Roll1988Youtube, SpotifyCover with Spanish lyrics. Released as a single in Spain, backed with "Barbara Ann".
The Monsters Of Rock 'N RollEverybody Rock 'N Roll EP1987
Los PerdidosLos Perdidos1963Instrumental.
RämounsRockaway Beach Boys2009Youtube, SpotifyPunk cover, in the style of the Ramones.
RamonesAcid Eaters1993YoutubeBonus track on some versions.
Rincon Surfside BandThe Surfing Song Book1965Youtube
RockapellaSmilin'2002YoutubeA capella performance.
Rod And The CobrasDrag Race At Surf City1964
(covered as "Beach Boys Medley")
Rosewood1979Medley of "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Fun, Fun, Fun".
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(covered as "(Just For Fun...) All Surf")
Symphonic Sounds: Music Of The Beach Boys1998Orchestral medley of "Catch A Wave"/"Surfin' Safari"/"Surf City"/"Hawaii/"Surfin' U.S.A.".

Arranged by Bob Alcivar, produced by Bruce Johnston and Adrian Baker.
Super RatonesSegundo Tiempo1990YoutubeSpanish language version.
The Surf City AllstarsLive In Concert2014Youtube, SpotifyLive version with David Marks.
The Surf City AllstarsScrapbook2002A live version appears on 2006 release Live In Concert (Spotify, Youtube).
Surfin' LungsBoss Beach Party EP2003
The SurphonicsLet It Beat2000Youtube, SpotifyRather straightforward cover
TravoltasFrom Travoltas With Love, Part II EP2003Live recording.
(covered as "Cocktail "Bumble Boogie"")
Ce Soir On Danse Vol. 91998Disco medley of "Bumble Boogie" / "I'm A Believer" / "Surfin' Safari" / "Les Cornichons" / "Bumble Boogie" / "Si J'avais Un Marteau" / "I Say Yeh-Yeh" / "Twist À St-Tropez" / "Bumble Boogie".
Bob Vaught & The RenegaidsSurf Crazy1963
WaistcoastsAmerican Graffiti Revisted2001Youtube, SpotifyLargely instrumental surf cover, with some chorus backing vocals.
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