"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 highest position ever on the charts, with the exception of the suggestive number one hit "My Ding-A-Ling" in 1972. "Sweet Little Sixteen" also reached number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the song #272 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.
Eddie Cochran performed a live cover, which can be found on his Live & Dangerous album.
There is a cover version by Joe Brown and the Bruvvers on their 1962 album Pictures of You.
The Beach Boys' 1963 song "Surfin' USA" has virtually the same melody, with new lyrics that focus on the Beach Boys' ongoing theme of Surfing. Following litigation by Berry the song is credited to Berry/Wilson.
Between 1963 and 1965 the Beatles performed the song on BBC radio. It can be heard on the compilation album Live at the BBC. John Lennon recorded the song again for his album Rock 'n' Roll.
The Animals' version is available on their 1966 album Animalisms. Ten Years After released a live version of this song on...