"Surf City"

Chart-topping 1963 single for Los Angeles-based singing duo Jan and Dean, cowritten and cosung by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; "Surf City" opens with the immortal male teen fantasy line, "Two girls for every boy!"

While Jan and Dean weren't in the same creative league as the Beach Boys, their best work was just as sunny and tuneful as the Beach Boys' early hits; aside from being the first surf song to reach #1 nationally, "Surf City" is the perfect Kennedy-era beach anthem. The opening ve...