Sweet Little Sixteen

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"Sweet Little Sixteen"
Single by Chuck Berry
from the album One Dozen Berrys
B-side "Reelin' and Rockin'"
Released January 1958
Recorded December 29–30, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois[1]
Genre Rock and roll
Label Chess 1683
Writer(s) Chuck Berry
Producer(s) Leonard and Phil Chess
Chuck Berry singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Music"
"Sweet Little Sixteen"
"Johnny B. Goode"

"Sweet Little Sixteen" is a rock and roll song written and originally performed by Chuck Berry, who released it as a single in January 1958. It reached number two on the American charts, Berry's second-highest position ever on that chart (surpassed only by his suggestive hit "My Ding-A-Ling", which reached number one in 1972). "Sweet Little Sixteen" also reached number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart.[2] Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #272 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.


Recorded December 29-30, 1957.


The Beach Boys' 1963 song "Surfin' U.S.A." has the same melody, with new lyrics that focus on the Beach Boys' ongoing theme of surfing.[3] Following litigation by Berry[4] the song is credited to Berry/Wilson.[5]

The Hollies recorded it in 1966 for their album Would You Believe?

John Lennon recorded the song on his 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll.

The Beatles Version[edit]

Recorded live at the BBC on July 10, 1963



  1. ^ 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Berry (CD). Chuck Berry. MCA Records. 1999. MCAD-11944. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 55. 
  3. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 5 - Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll: The rock revolution gets underway. [Part 1] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Chuck Berry | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Rockhall.com. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Chuck Berry | Biography". Lyricsfreak.com. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 

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Preceded by
"Get a Job" by The Silhouettes
Billboard R&B Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
March 10, 1958 - March 21, 1958 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tequila" by The Champs