Best Beach Boys Songs

The Top Ten

1 Good Vibrations Good Vibrations

I read a comment that said this was the Beach Boys version of Bohemian Rhapsody, but really, Bohemian Rhapsody was the Queen version of Good Vibrations. - Idontreallycaretoomuch

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

This song is AMAZING.

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

2 God Only Knows God Only Knows

This is so beautiful. :') - Misfire

number 1

Best harmony

I am not making this up at all. I have that Beach Boys song before it was on the Toy Story 4 trailer.

3 Wouldn't It Be Nice Wouldn't It Be Nice

Beautiful song!

Only 3!

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!

4 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

5 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.

Great 60's pop tune. - JCHOW

This song just makes you wanna dance!

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 Surf's Up

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?

It's to AWESOME to describe

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

8 Kokomo

Ugh my absolute favorite and kinda sad to see people dog on this song for no reason. It feels like the perfect vacation song honestly for cruise goers

This is probably their best song from the 80's. - GehennaTheSecond

Every time I hear this tune, bring on Summer, the beach and tropical drinks

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!

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.

Such a fun song.

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.


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

12 Surfin' Safari

Dude, this is my REAL introduction to The Beach Boys, I mean, from Hawaii to the shores of Peru, this song definitely have Good Vibrations in here.

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 Help Me, Rhonda

It kinda tickles my ears every time I listen to it with my earphones. Lol - Misfire

My "go to" song for Karaoke. A happy sing-a-long song. I'm a baseball PA announcer & often play it for 7th-inning stretch. It has such universal appeal & is so much fun that everyone's singing along. Great job, Alan!

Al Jardine's moment in the sun! (He should have had a LOT more! )

A phenomenal job on lead vocals by Al Jardine!

15 You Still Believe In Me

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.

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

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

16 Surfer Girl

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.

Nice song. Should be higher!

17 Darlin'

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

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.

18 All I Wanna Do

This is hands down the best song

19 Barbara Ann

Reminds me of the girl I dated, Barbara Ann Buckler...

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.

20 In My Room

Makes me feel sleepy. great song.

21 'til I Die

Their finest song ever, no arguments...

Should be #1!

22 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

23 It's About Time

One of my favourite tracks on Sunflower it's a rocking track!

24 Little Saint Nick
25 Forever

This song is incredibly beautiful! Dennis Wilson (R.I.P.) has a great voice. So much emotion and tenderness in this song. The only 'bad' thing is that its not long enough

How can this song be so under-rated? This song has to be the greatest love song ever written.Mesmerising vocals by Dennis Wilson and a very godly harmony vocals in this song.Even Brian Wilson admits that this son has the best harmony in all of the Beach Boys songs.

Man what a beautiful song

26 Little Deuce Coupe
27 Cotton Fields

Ccr's version is better lol

28 Do It Again

Simple but effective.

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.

29 This Whole World
30 Sail On, Sailor
31 Long Promised Road
32 Getcha Back

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

33 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...

34 She Knows Me Too Well

Their best song prior to Pet Sounds in my opinion

35 I'm Waiting for the Day
36 The Trader

One of Carl Wilson's greatest songs

37 Let Him Run Wild
38 409
39 Aren't You Glad
40 Cabinessence

Might be they're second best song I think

41 A Day In the Life of Tree
42 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

43 Catch a Wave
44 Here Comes the Night
45 Slip On Through

Awesome opener on Sunflwoer

46 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

Discovered this from Mad Men, should be way higher

A deep and powerful song

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

47 Vegetables
48 Wind Chimes

Incredible song harmonies are lush right up there with the best beach boys songs

49 Here Today
50 Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)

I am voting this mainly because it is so low in this chart. However, it is among my top 10 – probably not the first, yet one of the very best.

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Top Remixes (35)

1. Surf's Up
2. Good Vibrations
3. God Only Knows
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
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