The Beach Boys

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The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine. Initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, the Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in 1962. The band's early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars and romance. During the early to mid-1960s, Brian Wilson's growing creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group's musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years.

Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually ceded control to the rest of the band, reducing his input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America, despite the period when they were the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired. Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983 and Carl died of lung cancer in 1998. After Carl's death, many different live configurations of the band fronted by Love and Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band's 50th anniversary, they briefly reunited as the Beach Boys for a new studio album, world tour, and career-spanning retrospective box set.

The Beach Boys have often been called "America's Band", and Allmusic stated that their "unerring ability…made them America's first, best rock band." The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1962 Surfin' Safari 4
1963 Surfin' USA 6
1963 Surfer Girl 3
1963 Little Deuce Coupe 6
1964 Shut Down, Volume 2 5
1964 All Summer Long 5
1964 The Beach Boys' Christmas Album 4
1965 The Beach Boys Today! 4 5
1965 Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) 3
1965 Beach Boys' Party! 3
1966 Pet Sounds 4.55 21
1967 Smiley Smile 3 4
1967 Wild Honey 4 2
1968 Friends 3
1969 20/20 3
1970 Sunflower 3.5 4
1971 Surf's Up 4 3
1972 Carl and the Passions: "So Tough" 2
1973 Holland 1
1974 All-Time Greatest Hits 1
1976 15 Big Ones 1
1977 Love You 1
1978 M.I.U. Album 1
1980 Keepin' the Summer Alive 1
1985 The Beach Boys 1
1985 The Beach Boys Best 1
1988 Surfin' 1
1989 Still Cruisin' 1
1990 Today! / Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) 2
1990 Friends / 20/20 2
1990 Holland / Mt Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale) 1
1990 Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long 2
1990 Smiley Smile / Wild Honey 3
1990 Surfer Girl / Shut Down, Volume 2 3
1990 Surfin' Safari / Surfin' USA 3
1991 Beach Boys' Party! / Stack-O-Tracks 2
1992 Summer in Paradise 3
1993 Beach Boys Christmas 1
1995 Spirit of Hawaii 1
1996 Stars & Stripes, Volume 1 1
2000 Sunflower / Surf's Up 3.65 1
2000 15 Big Ones / Love You 1
2000 M.I.U. Album / L.A. (Light Album) 1
2000 Keepin' the Summer Alive / The Beach Boys 1
2000 Carl and the Passions: "So Tough" / Holland 1
2008 L.A. (Light Album) 1
2011 The Smile Sessions 6
2012 That's Why God Made the Radio 2
2012 Surfin' U.S.A (Remastered) 1
I Get Around 1

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