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 first recorded by Chuck Berry, who released it as a single in January 1958. His performance of it at that year's Newport Jazz Festival was included in the documentary film "Jazz on a Summer's Day". It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, 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 number 272 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004.


Recorded December 29–30, 1957

"Surfin' U.S.A."[edit]

Main article: Surfin' U.S.A. (song)

The Beach Boys' 1963 song "Surfin' U.S.A." features lyrics by Brian Wilson set to the music of "Sweet Little Sixteen." Under pressure from Berry's publisher, Wilson's father and manager, Murry Wilson, gave the copyright, including Brian Wilson's lyrics, to Arc Music.[3]

The Beatles' version[edit]

"Sweet Little Sixteen"
Song by The Beatles from the album Live at the BBC
Released 30 November 1994
Recorded 10 July 1963
Length 2:21
Label Apple
Writer(s) Chuck Berry
Producer(s) Terry Henebery

The Beatles recorded the song once for the Pop Go The Beatles radio show on 10 July 1963 at the Aeolian Hall, London.[4]



  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. ^ Pegg, Bruce (2002). Brown Eyed Handsome Man. pp. 162–163.
  4. ^ a b "Sweet Little Sixteen | The Beatles Bible". www.beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 

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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