Top Ten Beatles Songs That Sound Like Beach Boys Songs

Some of these were directly inspired by the Beach Boys (and specifically Brian Wilson), others I just added because similarities were here, there and everywhere. A tribute to my two favourite bands. God only knows what I'd be without them.

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1Back In the U.S.S.R.

It's a fact that for just about every song on The Beatles album, they tried to make each one sound like another album. Back In The U.S.S.R. the Beatles actually said was supposed to sound like the Beach Boys. - Beatlesboy9

This was an obvious surf rock parody, and specifically of two songs: Chuck Berry's Back in the USA and the Beach Boys' California Girls. Mike Love even helped with it! - PetSounds

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2Here, There and Everywhere

Since Paul admitted this was inspired by God Only Knows it's a obvious choice. But to my ears it may be inspired by but it isn't as close as some of the stuff on Sgt. Peppers.

The chord progression and harmony sound incredibly Brian Wilson-esque, and even the lead vocal is reminiscent of Carl Wilson's ethereal performance of God Only Knows. - PetSounds


This sounds like it was torn from the unfinished SMiLE album, especially the "Love is old, love is new, love is old, love is you" line. - PetSounds

4The Long and Winding Road

PositronWildhawk: I agree completely. A little tidbit of information: Brian Wilson actually covered the song Brian Wilson on a tour. He came backstage after a BNL concert and played it for them, then asked "Is it cool? " The band described the experience as surreal. - PetSounds

Can also picture the Barenaked Ladies or Oasis doing this song. Would be quite something. - PositronWildhawk

This should really be the other way around: Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production inspired Brian Wilson. - PetSounds

5Nowhere Man
6Good Day SunshineV1 Comment
7A Day In the Life

It reminds me of Surf's Up. Both are high in the ranks of the greatest songs ever written. - PetSounds

8Paperback Writer

I Agree with this one. The Beatles Never Said it was Inspired by anyone, but this reminds me of a Beach Boys song in simply the background vocal compression at the beginning of the song. - Beatlesboy9

9Wild Honey Pie

A year earlier, the Beach Boys had released a song and album called Wild Honey. Hmm... - PetSounds

10She's Leaving Home

You could just say "Sgt. Peppers" if you wanted to be accurate. It sounded like Pet Sounds. They obviously thought Pet Sounds' use of orchestration was something to experiment with. She's Leaving Home is a dead-on homage to Brian.

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The Contenders

11I'm Only Sleeping

The way it seems to end and - voila! - reappears calls to mind You Still Believe In Me, one of my (and Paul McCartney's) favourite Beach Boys tunes. It also calls to mind Brian Wilson and John Lennon's mutual love of bed. - PetSounds

12Penny Lane
13Rock and Roll Music

Well, seeing as both The Beach Boys and The Beatles covered it, it has to. Smart thinking, whoever added it. I thought I was the only one who knew that bit of trivia. - PetSounds

The Beatles did it in '64 for Beatles for Sale, and the Beach Boys did it in '75 for 15 Big Ones.

I added it, but I Was wondering If you knew who covered it first? PetSounds - Beatlesboy9

14One After 909
16Good Morning Good Morning

This song reminds me of "here today" on pet sounds, and I think here today is the better song - RecklessGreed

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