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 their friend Al Jardine. They emerged at the vanguard of the "California Sound", initially performing original surf songs that gained international popularity for their distinct vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. Rooted in jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and doo-wop, Brian led the band in devising novel approaches to music production, arranging his compositions for studio orchestras, and experimenting with several genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and baroque.

The group began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's creative ambitions and sophisticated songwriting abilities dominating the group's musical direction. After 1964, their albums took a different stylistic path that featured more personal lyrics, multi-layered sounds, and recording experiments. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single vaulted the group to the top level of rock innovators and established the band as symbols of the nascent counterculture era. Following Smile's dissolution, Brian gradually ceded production and songwriting duties to the rest of the band, reducing his input because of mental health and substance abuse issues. The group's public image subsequently faltered, and they struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America. The continued success of their greatest hits albums during the mid 1970s precipitated the band's transition into an oldies act, a move that was denigrated by fans and critics. Since the 1980s, much-publicized legal wrangling over royalties, songwriting credits and use of the band's name transpired.

Dennis 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, all the current surviving members briefly reunited for a new studio album and world tour. Even though Wilson and Jardine do not perform with Love and Johnston's band, they remain a part of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Inc.

The Beach Boys are regarded as the most iconic American band and one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time, while 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 US 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". They have received one Grammy Award for The Smile Sessions (2011). 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Various Artists 3 3
1991 California Dreamin' Various Artists 1
1993 Surf Party The Ultimate Summer Collection Various Artists 1
1996 Crank It Up: The Music Album Jeff Foxworthy 1
1996 Don't Stop Status Quo 2
1996 We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Volume III Various Artists 1
1997 la gran enciclopedia del rock 60 Various Artists 1
1997 The Best of Rock'n Roll Beach Party Various Artists 1
1998 Hölle, Hölle, Hölle: Der Party Wahnsinn Various Artists 1
2001 Casey Kasem Presents America's Top Ten Through The Years: The 60's Various Artists 1
2001 Contact: Music From the Broadway Show Various Artists 1
2002 Heavy Traffic Status Quo 4
2002 Movie-Classics Various Artists 1
2003 Hal Lifson's 1966! Various Artists 1
2005 Acoustic Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Complete Sixties Various Artists 1
2009 The Sherman Brothers Songbook Various Artists 1
2009 Headed 2 Da Movies (80's Edition)(Nano Remix) Various Artists 1
2010 Get Together Spirit of the 60s Various Artists 1
2016 Happy Together Various Artists 1
2016 Brice 3 (Bande originale du film) Various Artists 1
25 Hits of the 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Disney 26 Magical Songs From The Movies Various Artists 1
Gone Surfin' Various Artists 1
Summer Love Various Artists 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
’60s Music Revolution Various Artists 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Ljuva 60-tal 1964-1969 Various Artists 1
1970 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Various Artists 1
1972 25 Rockin' & Rollin' Greats Various Artists 1
1972 Middle of the Road Various Artists 1
1974 Alan Freeman's History of Pop Various Artists 1
1976 20 United Stars of America Various Artists 1
1976 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Take Two Various Artists 1
1982 Bustin' Surfboards - 14 Smash Hits Featuring The Great Surf Legends Various Artists 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
1983 Salut Les Copains Various Artists 1
1984 Remember The 60's (Volume 6) Various Artists 1
1984 Up the Creek: Original Soundtrack From the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
1985 Now That’s What I Call Music: The Christmas Album Various Artists 1
1985 The Beach Boys: Surf in the USA Various Artists 1
1986 Now That's What I Call Music: The Summer Album Various Artists 5 1
1986 California Various Artists 1
1986 The Christmas Compact Disc Various Artists 1
1986 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1963 Various Artists 2
1986 The Rock ’n’ Roll Era: 1962 Various Artists 4
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music! 10 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1987 20 Years of No. 1 Hits: 1956-1975 Various Artists 1
1987 21 Super Golden Oldies Various Artists 1
1987 Beach Classics Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1964 Various Artists 3
1987 Classic Rock: 1965 Various Artists 1
1987 Classic Rock: 1966 Various Artists 1
1987 Frat Rock: The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Party Tunes of All Time Various Artists 1
1987 Hits of the World 1964/1965 Various Artists 1
1987 Oldies but Goodies, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1987 Real Rock Disc 2 Various Artists 1
1987 Sixties, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1987 stereoplay, CD 27: Yesterday's Various Artists 1
1987 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Jingle Bell Rock Various Artists 1
1987 The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Various Artists 12
1987 The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas, Volume Two Various Artists 3
1987 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold: 120 Golden Oldies, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1988 Hits of the World 1970/1971 Various Artists 1
1988 Top Ten Hits of the Sixties Various Artists 1
1988 Ones on 1 Various Artists 1
1988 Hits of 1963 Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1965/1966 Various Artists 1
1988 25 Jaar Tophits Various Artists 1
1988 40 Years No. 1 Hits From the 60’s Various Artists 1
1988 72 Golden Pop Memories Various Artists 1
1988 1964: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1988 A Series - 25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll - 1964 Various Artists 1
1988 California Dreamin': 16 Original Superhits of the 60's Various Artists 1
1988 Christmas in America Various Artists 1
1988 Classic Rock 1964:The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1988 Classic Rock: 1965: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1988 Classic Rock: 1966: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 3
1988 Cream of Pop '88 Various Artists 5 1
1988 Hifi Visionen: Oldie-CD 12 Various Artists 1
1988 Hip Hop and Rapping in the House Various Artists 1
1988 Jukebox Hits of 1965, Volume 3 Various Artists 2
1988 Love Songs of the 60's Various Artists 1
1988 MTV Closet Classics Various Artists 1
1988 Sounds of the Holidays Various Artists 1
1988 Spuds MacKenzie's Party Faves Various Artists 1
1988 stereoplay, CD 33: Yesterday's Various Artists 2
1988 The 60's Collection Various Artists 1
1988 The 60’s Collection Various Artists 1
1988 Tio i Topp Various Artists 1
1989 Summer & Sun Various Artists 1
1989 Surfin' Hits Various Artists 1
1989 20 Years of Solid Gold Groups 1960–1979 Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1963/1964 Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Popmuziek: 1967/1968 Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 1: '65-'68 Various Artists 1
1989 70 Ounces of Gold, Golden Hits Volume II Various Artists 1
1989 Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1965 Various Artists 2
1989 Boulevard des Hits, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
1989 Class of ’62: The Golden Days of Rock ’n’ Roll Various Artists 1

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