Best Beach Boys Songs

The Top Ten

1 Good Vibrations

I would honestly consider it a candidate for being the greatest song off all time! - BKAllmighty

Its so better and different than their other songs. Its surprising - iTunesJunky

90 hours of tape recording. $50,000 put into the recording - worth about $200,000 nowadays. A masterful combination of multiple instruments and harmonies to make a truly universally happy song.

"Good Vibrations" goo goo vibra-tions

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2 God Only Knows

I have warm memories as a child listening to this great song and thought that it was the greatest thing I've ever listened to. Now it's a song I would play in the car during a date. - Windowstcm1988

One of the greatest songs ever made - pure genius!

This is Paul McCartney's favorite song from his favorite album of all time, so it must be pretty damn great

*Sigh* This is The One. Beautiful. - Britgirl

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3 Wouldn't It Be Nice

I'd love to wake up to this song every morning. It's just so amazing. Most definitely deserves number one spot.

Those opening chimes at the beginning...that wistful bit of melancholy you feel as you listen to it...THE perfect song on a day in late August as summer is ending watching a beautiful girl walking along the beach with a bit of autumn chill creeping in!

This song describes the joy of looking forward and daydreaming so beautifully. - beatles

Only 3!

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4 I Get Around

Such energizing song. It's great!

I love this one it always makes me happy and gives me such a great feeling because it makes me think of all the times I was watching " Look Who's Talking" with my mom.

This song just makes you wanna dance!

Great 60's pop tune. - JCHOW

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5 California Girls

One of the greatest songs of all time, especially since I live in California and near the beach where they truly are the best honeys in the world.

So happy, upbeat, and just overall an amazing song and just so happens to be my most favorite song of all time.

Yes, just yes

The song is ok, but the opening section is the most beatiful thing I have ever heard - RecklessGreed

6 Surfin' U.S.A.

WOW so under-rated. It should be easy in the top ten. Its easily in my top 3. Great song, common guys rate it up!

How is this not number 1 so good

:0 So great, it's amazing!

Surfin usa is fun is they say beer not pier hahaaha

7 Kokomo

I am 16 and I LOVE the Beach Boys. With a pure pride and joy. I know every last word to every single song. This mean I am committed to really decide a good song. This song, and many others on this list are AMAZING! However, this one frosts the cake by far. Its light and upbeat and it really gets your imagination go wild!

We may think it's stupid now, but back in the day you couldn't stop loving it. The Beach Boys made a great come back song.

Brilliant song, a timeless classic! Vocals are flawless, and instrumental harmony impeccable! Molto bene, or as the Italians say, Molto bene! KOKOMO! Gracias...

the best

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8 Surf's Up

This song is beautiful and the vocals of brian in it are unique it should be 3 behind good vibrations and god only knows

I'm so glad to see it in the top ten where it belongs. - PetSounds

Such a great song how is this number?! Piano is amazing.

How the hell is Kokomo above Surf's Up? Mike Love trying to be relevant vs. Brian Wilson on his absolute musical peak creating harmonies far beyond human?
This is just sad. Though I wouldn't agree, I'm fine with Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice, and California Girls being above this one, but Kokomo? What is wrong with this list?

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9 Fun, Fun, Fun

It's my dad's favorite but no songs are my favorite

Catchy, quick and fun, fun fun!

10 Sloop John B.

Lyrics crafted off an American Folk song, but if we are being fair minimal of the Beach Boys music remains pertinent in terms of lyric meaning. The tune and construction a far more important - which makes it top 3 (in my opinion of course).

My favourite. I know the lyrics are basic but the tune is irresistible. A timeless classic

Powerful song, impeccable instrumentation throughout... Mike Love's vocals in the middle are the weak spot, though what do you expect.

Good one at first impretion

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The Contenders

11 Don't Worry Baby

I get tearful every time I hear this. So beautifully sung and makes me think of Summer. *Sigh* - Britgirl

One of the greatest songs of all time

The best song of Beach Boys.

This should be on the top beautiful

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12 Surfin' Safari

Best surfing song it's real funky

Awesome song. Love it

It's just a happy little ditty! I dunno, but somehow it's my favorite Beach Boys tune! - higgsboson2142

13 Heroes and Villains

It sounds great and it's a perfect song, but doesn't seem as experimental as some of the other stuff. Just a great song.

It's different from all the others. It has a little something that makes it more than a song. It's an experience.

Excellent it's like a psychedelic barbershop quartet.

"Excelent choice"

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14 Barbara Ann

So personal favorite

Gets grounses

I love the song because it reminds me of my best friend's Aunt.
It's also uplifting feel good song.

15 Help Me, Rhonda

A phenomenal job on lead vocals by Al Jardine!

Should be higher!

I love this song

16 Darlin'

Grew up listening to this song blasting in the car while I sat in my car seat, grew up having my dad sing this to me. My favorite Beach Boys song, hands down.!

How on earth can this song be so far off the top 5 songs I've no idea. Personally I love this song a lot.

My personal favorite, I have no idea why this song was not in top 10

17 Surfer Girl

Nice song. Should be higher!

A pure classic. listened to it over and over during my tween years in Santa Cruz. Got my first kiss from my "girlfriend" at the Friday night dance.

18 You Still Believe In Me

Really underrated, even among fans. It's definitely in my top ten--maybe even five. - PetSounds

Excellent vocals, especially in the outro, a psychedelic journey, this has to be one of the greats. The trouble is, pet sounds created so many epic songs.

The best song on Pet Sounds in my opinion.

So much underrated!
An explosion of perfect sounds...

19 All I Wanna Do

This is hands down the best song

20 Little Deuce Coupe
21 In My Room
22 Little Saint Nick
23 The Warmth of the Sun

JFK was assassinated as Brian Wilson and Mike Love were writing this song. It took on a whole new meaning. - PetSounds

24 It's About Time
25 Do It Again

What! How can this be ranked so low. It should be 2nd just behind Good Vibrations.

Great song with best hook of any of their recordings.

Simple but effective.

26 Forever

Man what a beautiful song

27 'til I Die

Should be #1!

28 Sail On, Sailor
29 This Whole World
30 Getcha Back

Wow this song isn't even on the list?!?! This should be up in the top 10/15 easily.

31 Long Promised Road
32 I Know There's an Answer

This song gets lost somehow, but is the 2nd best song on Pet Sounds. The first time I heard this it was unlike anything I'd ever heard...

33 She Knows Me Too Well

Their best song prior to Pet Sounds in my opinion

34 I'm Waiting for the Day
35 The Trader

One of Carl Wilson's greatest songs

36 409
37 Let Him Run Wild
38 Aren't You Glad
39 Feel Flows

Discovered this wonderful song watching "Almost Famous" - Thanks Cameron Crowe :-)

"Werewolves of London" used the piano lick from this song. - PetSounds

One of my favorite songs of all time

40 Cabinessence

Might be they're second best song I think

41 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

Seriously emotional ballad into Brian's mental issues. Underrated song!

A deep and powerful song

42 A Day In the Life of Tree
43 Catch a Wave
44 Here Comes the Night
45 Slip On Through

Awesome opener on Sunflwoer

46 California Dreamin'

This is amazing, even if you don't vote for it give it a listen, it has an amazing mood!

47 I Can Hear Music

Isn't this #1?

48 Here Today
49 Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
50 Vegetables
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Top Remixes (32)

1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. You Still Believe In Me
3. God Only Knows
1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
2. Good Vibrations
3. California Girls
1. Surfin' U.S.A.
2. California Girls
3. Surfer Girl

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