Influential singing duo starting in the [[OlderThanTheyThink late 1950s]] but mainly in the TheSixties. Almost as important to the surf-pop scene as Music/TheBeachBoys, Jan and Dean made countless songs, some of which are commonly {{misattributed|Song}} to the Beach Boys. The rivalry between the acts was a friendly one; in fact, Music/BrianWilson co-wrote several of their hits, sang backup on "Surf City", and allowed the tune of "Catch a Wave" to be re-used for "Sidewalk Surfin'". Dean, in turn, sang lead on the Beach Boys' version of "Barbara Ann".

Their full names were William Jan Berry and Dean [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Ormsby]] Torrence. They started with the moderately successful "Jennie Lee" in 1958, their first hit with "BabyTalk" in 1959, and kept singing while going through college at UCLA (unlike the Beach Boys) until Jan was badly injured wrecking his Corvette in 1966, suffering brain damage but retaining his genius-level intelligence, but had a comeback in the early 1970s. Berry died in 2004, but Torrence continues to tour and give interviews. Note: Discography covers only the pre-accident years.
* ''Jan & Dean'' (1960)
* ''Jan & Dean's Golden Hits'' (1962)
* ''Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin' '' (1963)
* ''Surf City and Other Swingin' Cities'' (1963)
* ''Drag City'' (1963)
* ''Dead Man's Curve'' (1964)
* ''Ride the Wild Surf'' (1964)
* ''Command Performance'' (1965)
* ''Pop Symphony'' (1965)
* ''Golden Hits'' (1965)
* ''Folk & Roll'' (1965)
* ''Jan & Dean [[XMeetsY Meet]] Franchise/{{Batman}}'' (1966)
* ConceptAlbum: Although, sadly, almost forgotten today, ''Jan & Dean Meet Batman'' was one of rock's earliest examples. Half the record is music inspired by the comic books and the [[Series/{{Batman}} TV show]], including a cover of the latter's theme; some lyrics of the songs are taken directly from ""Detective Comics'' #27. The other half details the adventures of "Captain Jan & Dean the Boy Blunder," an AffectionateParody both of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and also of the just-passed [[RadioDrama Golden Age of Radio]]. The cuts alternate between type, and as an added bonus, the comedy is funny and the music is catchy.
* CoolOldLady: They seemed to like this trope "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" was possibly their most famous, and the apparent follow up "The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association" with a shoutout to the former.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the choruses of "Bucket T", they can clearly be heard singing [[ClusterFBomb something else that rhymes with "bucket"]].
* InTheStyleOf: Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons ("Linda"), Music/TheBeachBoys (most of their other hits)
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Carnival of Sound'', a psychedelic ''Smile''-esque album Jan Berry started work on shortly after his accident. Unfortunately, [[{{Vaporware}} it wasn't released until 2010]].
* RecordProducer: Jan Berry produced and arranged most of the duo's records himself.
* TeenageDeathSongs: "Dead Man's Curve", possibly.