The Surf’s Up Wedding Cocktail Hour

July 6, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

longboard_big_wavesMellow beach cocktail hours are a popular theme. The following playlist gets more specific, focusing on surf music of the past and present. From Dick Dale “the King of the Surf Guitar” to the Beach Boys to modern psychedelic surf rock group The Mermen, the following playlist evokes the enjoyment of sun and sand, the excitement of big waves, and the mysteries of the ocean. Use this playlist for cocktail hour, or to get pumped up for your next big wave surf session!

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. For this installment, let’s try an “Italian Surfer” – which is mixed by combining 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part Amaretto almond liqueur and 1 part Malibu Coconut Rum. Cheers!

The Surf’s Up Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Surfin’ Safari – The Beach Boys
Surf City – Jan & Dean
Misirlou – Dick Dale
Wipe Out – The Surfaris
Hawaii 5-0 – The Ventures
Pipeline – Dick Dale f/ Stevie Ray Vaughn
Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
Mr. Moto – The Belairs
Flamenco Surf – The Sharkskins
Theme Song from The Endless Summer – The Sandals
Memory Motel – The Rolling Stones with Dave Matthews (note: the Memory Motel is located in the surf town of Montauk in Long Island and was favored by the Rolling Stones)
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
Guitar Noire – The Aqua Velvets
Riders on the Storm – The Doors
Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction
What’s My Scene – The Hoodoo Gurus
Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil
Surf Wax America – Weezer
Oceans – Pearl Jam
Scalp Salad – The Mermen
Hawai’i 78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (aka “Iz”)

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour, Shot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Death in the Afternoon (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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