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. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The group, led by their principal songwriter and producer Brian, pioneered novel approaches to popular music form and production, combining their affinities for jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound. He later arranged his compositions for studio orchestras and explored a variety of other styles, often incorporating classical or jazz elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.

The Beach Boys began as a garage band managed by the Wilsons' father Murry, with Brian's increasingly sophisticated songwriting and recording abilities dominating their creative direction. Emerging at the vanguard of the "California Sound", they performed original material that reflected a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. After 1964, they abandoned the surfing aesthetic for more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. 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 the dissolution of the group's Smile project in 1967, 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 despite efforts to continue their psychedelic/avant-garde ventures and reclaim their hippie audiences, they were dismissed as an embodiment of the values and outlooks shared by early 1960s white, suburban teenagers.

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 critics and many fans. 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. Even though Wilson and Jardine have not performed with Love and Johnston's band since their one-off 2012 reunion tour, they remain a part of the Beach Boys' corporation, Brother Records Inc.

The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and widely influential bands of all time. 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 No. 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Surfin’ Safari The Beach Boys 4
1963 Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 8
1963 Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 7
1963 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 7
1964 Shut Down, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 7
1964 All Summer Long The Beach Boys 8
1964 The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album The Beach Boys 6
1964 Concert The Beach Boys 1
1965 The Beach Boys Today! The Beach Boys 4 9
1965 Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) The Beach Boys 10
1965 Beach Boys’ Party! The Beach Boys 8
1966 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 4.55 33
1967 Smiley Smile The Beach Boys 3 11
1967 Wild Honey The Beach Boys 4 3
1968 Friends The Beach Boys 4
1969 20/20 The Beach Boys 4
1970 Sunflower The Beach Boys 3.5 6
1971 Surf’s Up The Beach Boys 4 4
1972 Carl and the Passions: “So Tough” The Beach Boys 3
1973 Holland The Beach Boys 5
1976 15 Big Ones The Beach Boys 3
1977 Love You The Beach Boys 2
1978 M.I.U. Album The Beach Boys 3
1979 L.A. (Light Album) The Beach Boys 3
1980 Keepin' the Summer Alive The Beach Boys 2
1985 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1989 Still Cruisin' The Beach Boys 1
1992 Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys 3
1996 Stars & Stripes, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 1
2012 That’s Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 2
1966 Best Of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1967 Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 1
1968 Stack-o-Tracks The Beach Boys 2
1970 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 2
1973 High Water The Beach Boys 1
1973 Surfer Girl (compilation) The Beach Boys 4 1
1974 Endless Summer The Beach Boys 5 11
1974 All-Time Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1974 The Beach Boys Best 40 Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1975 Spirit of America The Beach Boys 3
1976 20 Golden Greats The Beach Boys 3
1976 Little Deuce Coupe The Beach Boys 1
1981 Beach Boys Greatest Hits: 20 All Time Greats The Beach Boys 1
1981 Ten Years of Harmony The Beach Boys 2
1982 Sunshine Dream The Beach Boys 1
1983 Beach Boys Rarities The Beach Boys 1
1983 The Very Best Of The Beach Boys 1
1983 The Very Best Of (Volume 2) The Beach Boys 1
1985 Surfin' Safari The Beach Boys 1
1985 The Beach Boys Best The Beach Boys 1
1985 The Very Best of Beach Boys The Beach Boys 2 1
1986 Made in U.S.A. The Beach Boys 5 4
1986 Golden Hits The Beach Boys 2 1
1988 16 Superhits The Beach Boys 1
1988 Super Hits The Beach Boys 1
1988 Surfin' The Beach Boys 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: The Beach Boys: 1962-1967 The Beach Boys 1
1989 Surfin’ USA / Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 1
1990 Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long The Beach Boys 2
1990 Summer Dreams The Beach Boys 2
1990 Today! / Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) The Beach Boys 3
1990 All-Time Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1990 Beach Boys' Party! / Stack-o-Tracks The Beach Boys 3
1990 California Gold: The Very Best of the Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1990 Christmas Songs (Christmas Songs) The Beach Boys 1
1990 Concert / Live in London The Beach Boys 2
1990 Friends / 20/20 The Beach Boys 3
1990 Fun Fun Fun: Beach Boys Best The Beach Boys 1
1990 Golden Stars The Beach Boys 1
1990 Greatest Surfing Songs The Beach Boys 1
1990 Holland / Mt Vernon and Fairway (A Fairy Tale) The Beach Boys 1
1990 Smiley Smile / Wild Honey The Beach Boys 3
1990 Surfer Girl / Shut Down, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 3
1990 Surfin’ Safari / Surfin’ USA The Beach Boys 2
1990 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1991 Lost & Found: 1961–1962 The Beach Boys 2
1991 The Absolute Best, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 2
1991 The Absolute Best, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 1
1991 The Spirit of the 60s: The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1991 The Very Best of the Beach Boys The Beach Boys 2
1992 "California Dreamin'" The Beach Boys 1
1992 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 1
1992 The Beach Boys / Jan & Dean / The Ventures The Beach Boys / Jan & Dean / The Ventures 1
1993 Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys The Beach Boys 5 2
1993 20 Great Love Songs The Beach Boys 1
1993 Beach Boys Christmas The Beach Boys 1
1993 The Wonderful World of the Beach Boys: 26 Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1995 Greatest Car Songs The Beach Boys 1
1995 Spirit of Hawaii The Beach Boys 1
1995 36 All-Time Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1995 Let's Go Surfin' The Beach Boys 1
1995 The Best of the Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1995 The Finnish Collection The Beach Boys 1
1995 The Greatest Hits: 20 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 5 2
1996 Greatest Hits The Beach Boys 1
1997 The Best of the Beach Boys The Beach Boys 2
1997 Merry Christmas The Beach Boys 1
1997 Perfect Harmony (Essential) (Perfect Harmony (Essential)) The Beach Boys 1
1997 The Best of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1

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