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. Emerging at the vanguard of the "California Sound", the band's early music gained international popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars and romance. Initially managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, Brian's creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominated the group's musical direction. Rooted in doo-wop, rhythm and blues, and 1950s rock and roll, Brian led the band in experimenting with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque while devising novel approaches to studio arranging, record production, and vocal jazz harmony.

From 1966, the primarily Brian-composed Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys' early years. Soon after, Brian 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. 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 live configurations of the band fronted by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston continued to tour into the 2000s while other members pursued solo projects. For the band's 50th anniversary, the surviving co-founders briefly reunited for a new studio album and world tour.

The Beach Boys are often touted "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, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time 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 3
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 4
1965 Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) 4
1965 Beach Boys' Party! 3
1966 Pet Sounds 4.55 20
1967 Smiley Smile 3 4
1967 Wild Honey 4 2
1968 Friends 3
1969 20/20 3
1970 Sunflower 3.5 5
1971 Surf's Up 4 3
1972 Carl and the Passions: "So Tough" 2
1973 Holland 1
1976 15 Big Ones 1
1977 Love You 1
1978 M.I.U. Album 1
1979 L.A. (Light Album) 2
1980 Keepin' the Summer Alive 1
1985 The Beach Boys 1
1988 Surfin' 1
1989 Still Cruisin' 1
1992 Summer in Paradise 3
1993 Beach Boys Christmas 1
1995 Spirit of Hawaii 1
1996 Stars & Stripes, Volume 1 1
2011 The Smile Sessions 6
2012 That's Why God Made the Radio 2
I Get Around 1

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Year Title Rating Releases
1966 The Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1968 Stack-o-Tracks Compilation 2
1974 Endless Summer Compilation 5 10
1974 All-Time Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1974 The Beach Boys Best 40 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1976 20 Golden Greats Compilation 3
1976 Little Deuce Coupe Compilation 1
1981 Ten Years of Harmony Compilation 2
1983 Beach Boys Rarities Compilation 1
1985 Surfin' Safari Compilation 1
1985 The Beach Boys Best Compilation 1
1985 The Very Best of Beach Boys Compilation 1
1986 Made in U.S.A. Compilation 5 3
1986 Golden Hits Compilation 2 1
1988 16 Superhits Compilation 1
1988 Super Hits Compilation 1

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