To ignore the classics is a huge mistake. Jan and Dean’s Surf City was the #1 song for two weeks in 1963, was originally titled “Goodie Connie Won’t You Come Back Home” and written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Wilson gave it to Jan Berry and Dean Torrence who finished writing and recording the song in the early 1960s. Here is a fun fact, in 1991, Dean Torrence convinced the city of Huntington Beach, CA to adopt the nickname “Surf City” as Huntington’s nickname.
I was lucky enough to find this video on YouTube of a live Jan and Dean performance of Surf City in 1963. Please note that the opening 5-10 seconds sounds really bad because of the crowd cheering so you may want to go ahead and skip over to 0:05.