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Sweet Little Sixteen vs. Surfin' USA

Sweet Little Sixteen vs. Surfin' USA

Chuck Berry released Sweet Little Sixteen in 1958.  The Beach Boys released Surfin' USA in 1963.  They're essentially the same song.

Here's Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen:

Here's The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA:

The sole songwriter credited by The Beach Boys on Surfin' USA was Brian Wilson.  Chuck Berry had to sue to get a co-writing credit.  Even then, Murry Wilson turned the copyright over to Berry without ever informing Brian.

There are plenty of good examples of songs copying other songs without crediting the original songwriter, but I don't believe there's an example as obvious as this first top ten hit by The Beach Boys.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!

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