Definition of surf music in US English:

surf music


  • A style of popular music originating in the US in the early 1960s, characterized by high harmony vocals and typically having lyrics relating to surfing.

    • ‘I'm no expert in surf music, but I loved those twangy, verbed-up guitars and the cheesy organ sounds.’
    • ‘On top of that, he also tries to be like Quentin and scores the entire film with surf music.’
    • ‘Somewhere along the line, surf music ceased to have anything to do with actual surfing and migrated to kitsch.’
    • ‘The story of his career, accident, and recovery, retold in many obituaries, is fairly well known: Berry was one of the founders of the vocal version of surf music.’
    • ‘I always thought that Jonny's guitar sounded like old surf music - twangy guitar.’
    • ‘Allan, it's been said, was the missing link between heavy-reverb surf music, early garage punk and psychedelic acid rock.’
    • ‘The band perform and write all their own material, drawing from musical influences which range from blues rock to psychedelic surf music and jazz to gel into a unique sound that captures the musical environment of today.’
    • ‘We spoke of surf music and all that was good about the lifestyle we both so passionately loved and lived.’
    • ‘Some of my east coast friends have this half-joking perception that everywhere you go in California, people are in flip-flops and swimwear, and twangy surf music is piped in on loudspeakers.’