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 band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, often incorporated 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 musicianship dominating their creative direction. In 1963, they gained national prominence with a string of hit records reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, later dubbed the "California Sound". After 1964, they abandoned beachgoing themes for more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds. In 1966, the Pet Sounds album and "Good Vibrations" single raised the group's prestige as 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 commercial momentum subsequently faltered, and despite efforts to continue their psychedelic ventures, they were dismissed by early rock critics as the archetypal "pop music cop-outs".

Carl took over as the band's musical leader until the late 1970s. The last time Brian would write and produce virtually an entire LP for the group was The Beach Boys Love You (1977), which is noted for its cult following. Personal struggles, creative disagreements, and the continued success of the band's greatest hits albums precipitated their transition into an oldies act. 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 (BRI).

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". In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Beach Boys as the 6th most frequently cited artist influence in its database. 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 9
1964 The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album The Beach Boys 8
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 4.5 35
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
1971 The Fillmore East 1971 The Beach Boys w/ Grateful Dead 1
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 2
1989 Still Cruisin' The Beach Boys 1
1992 Summer in Paradise The Beach Boys 4
1996 Stars & Stripes, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 1
1997 Christmas Sessions: The Alternative "Beach Boys Christmas" Album The Beach Boys 1
1999 Unsurpassed Masters, Vol. 17 (1966-1967): Smile Sessions The Beach Boys 1
2004 Smile - A STEREO Reconstruction The Beach Boys 1
2007 In The Beginning / The Garage Tapes The Beach Boys 1
2012 That’s Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys 3
2013 SMiLE The Beach Boys 6
Good Vibrations - Smile The Beach Boys 1
Landlocked The Beach Boys 1
Landlocked The Beach Boys 1
Landlocked / Adult Child The Beach Boys 1
The Cocaine Sessions The Beach Boys 1
Unreleased Gems The Beach Boys 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 5 2
1966 Best Of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys 1
1967 Best of the Beach Boys, Volume 2 The Beach Boys 5 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
1974 The Very Best of the Beach Boys: Anthology 1963-69 The Beach Boys 1
1975 Spirit of America The Beach Boys 3
1976 20 Golden Greats The Beach Boys 3
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
1984 Surfer Girl 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
1986 The 15 Greatest Hits (The 15 Greatest Hits) The Beach Boys & Jan & Dean 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
1989 Little Deuce Coupe and Other Classic Songs of Drivin' and Draggin' 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 Friends / 20/20 The Beach Boys 4
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 Special 14 Track CD Sampler The Beach Boys 1
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 20 Golden Hits The Beach Boys 2
1991 The Absolute Best, Volume 1 The Beach Boys 1
1991 The Beach Boys, Collection "Volumen II" 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

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