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The 20 Best Beach Boys Songs

May 16, 2011  |  9:29am
The 20 Best Beach Boys Songs
10. “California Girls”
“I wish they all could be California girls” stands amongst the group’s most iconic lyrics.

9. “Fun, Fun, Fun”
This could be the best song ever written about a teenager’s car being taken away as a punishment.

8. “Surf’s Up”
Originally slated to be on the band’s cancelled Pet Sounds follow-up record Smile, the group released this stunning Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks collaboration in 1971.

7. “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times”
An absolutely beautiful expression of isolation and not being able to relate to your surroundings.

6. “Sloop John B”
If this was the worst trip Brian Wilson’s ever been on, it’s got one hell of a soundtrack to it.

5. “I Get Around”
The band’s first number-one hit kicked off their 1964 record All Summer Long in brilliant fashion.

4. “Help Me Rhonda”
Brian Wilson’s finest pre-Pet Sounds track sounds completely magnificent and feels entirely effortless.

3. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
The opening track for Pet Sounds introduced the band’s masterpiece with two and a half minutes of pop perfection.

2. “God Only Knows”
The group’s best song on their best album was one of the first pop songs to include ‘God’ in its name.

1. “Good Vibrations”
“Good Vibrations” was Brian Wilson at his best, before he became his worst—a brilliant demonstration of what The Beach Boys may have done before mental illness derailed their frontman’s career soon after this song became released.

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