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. He performed it that year at the Newport Jazz Festival where it featured in the film "Jazz on a Summer's Day". 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." 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]

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. ^ Pegg, Bruce. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2002): 162-163

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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