Here's every surf/instro release from 2021 that I could find.


The state of the surf is strong! This was another big year for surf music both in quality and quantity. These year-end lists are an attempt to convey this in at least some quantitative fashion. Clearly another year of turmoil and disease didn't keep people from making music, and thankfully this year we started to get back to performing live!

A few things you should know about this list:

  • This is nothing more than a list. There is no judgement involved. That's what the Gremmy Awards are for. If you want to spin the wheel and listen to one at random, do so at your own peril!
  • Traditionally, I have defined an LP as having 8 or more songs or over 25 minutes of music. You have to draw the line somewhere or else it's chaos. This year I modified the EP category to be titled EPs and Mini-Albums, as 7 songs does feel a little long for an EP.
  • Also for the first time, I've renamed Compilations to include "Single-Artist Compilations". Greatest Hits and the like.
  • I did not include single releases. It's hard enough to compile what I have. Minimum two songs.
  • Release has to be at least 50% instrumental.
  • Some of these are very questionable in terms of whether you could call them surf. In general if a band called themselves surf music and they're instrumental and have guitars, I let them on.

Thanks go to Uwe, Kevin and Antonis for scanning this for omissions. If there's more that I should add, please either comment or email me at


EPs and Mini-Albums

Reissues and Single-Artist Compilations



This is... something. I wasn't really sure what to do with it.


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