THE BEACH BOYS redefined the possibilities of pop music, creating harmonies and experimenting with production in ways that had never been heard before and have rarely been rivalled since.
Accordingly, their catalogue is one of the richest and most labyrinthine in popular music, encompassing flat-out rock’n’rollers and golden-age pop, bittersweet ruminations, and experimental harmonic euphoria under the direction of troubled genius Brian Wilson: from Little Deuce Coupe to California Girls, God Only Knows and beyond, from LSD highs to doubtful, regret-ridden lows.
Selected by the MOJO team of expert writers, we hope our 50 Greatest Beach Boys songs will provide a useful and enlightening guide – or cause you to rant away. Let us know on Twitter (@MOJOmagazine) or Facebook what you think.
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