The Top Ten Beach Boys Albums

The Top Ten

1 Pet Sounds

Pet sounds totally changed the beach boys and showed the world what they could do. It's more deep and personal than their early surfing themed songs. At the time Capitol records considered this album to be a complete failure. However over the years it has grown to be considered one of the greatest albums of all time. I wonder if Capitol records ate their words and apologized to Brian Wilson. - Windowstcm1988

Listen to Paul McCartney about this one: "I believe nobody can claim to musically educated until they have listened to this album." Those are not his exact words, but as close as I can get off the top of my head. He bought a copy for each of his children for their musical education. The Beatles played it for their sound engineers over and over while recording Sgt. Pepper's. - beatles

Lemme explain something: this song did nothing for the beach boys when it first came out. It received a lot of critical acclaim, but didn't sell like their other albums.


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2 Smiley Smile
3 Wild Honey
4 Surf's Up
5 Surfin' U.S.A.
6 Sunflower
7 Smile

Why this isn't #1 is just beyond me. SMiLE is the greatest piece of music humanity has seen so far. Doesn't matter he didn't finish it in '67. He did in '04. The whole thing works best as a whole, but guys, Surf's Up, Good Vibrations, Heroes and Villains, all on one album. And everything is linked in so well.

Even in it's unfinished form this album was way ahead of what anyone else was doing at the time, even the Beatles. How this is not #1 defies all explanation.

Their unfinished masterpiece. Listen to the Smile Sessions.

The smile sessions are so good

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8 Today!
9 I Love You
10 Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)

My Fave BB album! I am going against the grain here, pet sounds is number 2 for me.
This album still has the beachy sound pe sounds lacks yet has jazzy mature sound verses very early BB albums. California Girls, Then I Kissed her, Help me Rhonda, Your's so Good to Me all great songs.

The Contenders

11 All Summer Long
12 Holland
13 Shut Down, Vol. II
14 Friends
15 Beach Boys' Party!
16 That's Why God Made the Radio

The beach boys have been making album for 50 years! - SammySpore

17 Surfer Girl
18 Endless Summer

Its one of those albums that's a must have for any collection.

19 Surfin' Safari
20 Little Deuce Coupe
21 15 Big Ones
22 The Beach Boys Today!
23 20/20
24 Keepin' the Summer Alive
25 Still Cruisin
26 Carl and the Passions - "So Tough"
27 Beach Boys Christmas Album
28 L.A. (Light Album)
29 M.I.U.
30 The Beach Boys
31 Summer in Paradise
32 Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Surf's Up
2. Sunflower
3. Pet Sounds
1. Pet Sounds
2. Smiley Smile
3. Wild Honey
1. Surfin' U.S.A.
2. Pet Sounds
3. Smiley Smile

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