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Top 10 Beach Boys Songs Ranked

The Beach Boys are one of greatest groups ever, led by the genius that is Brian Wilson. The following songs are 10 reasons why you should be listening to The Beach Boys instead of....One Direction or something.

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10 - Slip On Through

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Slip On Through (written by Brian Wilson's brother, Dennis) is the opening track of their 1970 album "Sunflower". It was released as a single but, shockingly never charted.

9 - Surfin' U.S.A

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Released as a single which peaked at Number 2 in the US, Surfin' U.S.A then appeared as the title track of their second studio album.

Fun Fact 1: Despite several of their songs being about surfing, the only Beach Boy that ever surfed was Dennis Wilson.

Fun Fact 2: The tune is Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", The Beach Boys had to give him a writing credit to avoid a lawsuit.

8 - Forever

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Another song from their 1970 album "Sunflower" again written by Dennis Wilson.

"'Forever' has to be the most harmonically beautiful thing I've ever heard. It's a rock and roll prayer." - Brian Wilson

7 - Surf's Up

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Contrary to the song's title, this song is NOT about surfing, it is an ironic nod to The Beach Boys' many previous surfing songs.

It was recorded for their unfinished album "Smile" in 1966 before being shelved. It was later released as the title track for their seventeenth studio album in 1971.

6 - God Only Knows

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Released in 1966 on The Beach Boys' eleventh studio album "Pet Sounds". It is told from the point of view of a someone contemplating life after death to their lover.

"a vision that Tony and I had. It's like being blind but in being blind, you can see more. You close your eyes; you're able to see a place or something that's happening." - Brian Wilson

"It's a really, really great song—it's a big favorite of mine." - Paul McCartney

5 - I Get Around

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Released as a single in 1964 and was the opening track for their studio album "All Summer Long". It was The Beach Boys' first number one single in the US and their first top 10 Single in the UK (peaking at number 7).

Fun Fact 1: During the song's recording, Murry Wilson the group's manager and father of members Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson was relieved of his duties after criticising the song and rambling on about how Brian was a loser and that he [Murry] was the only talented one in the family.

Fun Fact 2: Does this song make you think of sperm? No?

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How about now?

4 - You Still Believe In Me

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Another song from their 1966 "Pet Sounds" album.

The unique sound heard in the intro was achieved by holding down the keys of a piano and plucking this strings with bobby pins, papers clips and various other things.

"It was originally titled 'In My Childhood'. A bicycle horn and bell acting as a remnant from the song's original childhood theme can be heard at the end of the song because they could not be edited out of the final track." - Brian Wilson

3 - Good Vibrations

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Good Vibrations, released as a single in 1966, was The Beach Boys' third number one hit in the US and third in the UK. It is their best-selling single of all time, and rightly so.

The title came from when Wilson's mother explained to him as a child that dogs sometimes bark at people in response to their bad vibrations.

2 - Wouldn't It Be Nice

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Wouldn't It Be Nice is the title song of their album "Pet Sounds" and was later released as a single, peaking at number 8.

The song describes a young couple who fantasize about being old enough to marry.

"what children everywhere go through ... wouldn't it be nice if we were older, or could run away and get married" - Brian Wilson

1 - Sloop John B

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Another from their 1966 album "Pet Sounds", it is a cover of the traditional folk song "The John B. Sails".

It was released as a single before the release of "Pet Sounds", peaking at number 3 in the US, number 2 in the UK, and number one is several other countries.

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