Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:25 am

Song #20 is "The Warmth of The Sun" from "Shut Down Vol. 2" in 1964. It was also the B side of the "Dance, Dance, Dance" single. The song was written by Brian and Mike on November 22, 1963, the day that JFK was killed, although the two of them differ on the details.

"The Warmth of the Sun" was started in the early morning hours of the same morning that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. The melody was so haunting, sad, melancholy, that the only thing that I could think of lyrically was the loss of love, when interest slips and feelings aren't reciprocated…though I wanted to have a silver lining on that cumulus nimbus cloud so I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of, "Yes, things have changed and love is no longer there, but the memory of it lingers like the warmth of the sun." I think it's really impactful and memorable…one of my favorite songs from an emotional and personal point of view.
— Mike Love, 2007

In the 2015 autobiography I Am Brian Wilson, Wilson recalled that the song was written the day of the assassination, in response to it:

When the shooting happened, everyone knew instantly. It was all over the TV and on every kind of news. I called Mike and he asked me if I wanted to write a song about it. I said sure. It seemed like something we had to think about, and songs were the way I thought about things. We drove over to my office and in a half hour we had "The Warmth of the Sun." We didn't think of it as a big song. It was a personal response. But it got bigger over time because of the history linked to it.

Brian Wilson pioneered the use of adventurous chord changes in pop—"The Warmth of the Sun's" transitions from C to A-minor to E-flat, were unheard of in 1964.


RANK - SONG TITLE -------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Up now is song #19:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrPDLxmfWPM

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:43 pm

Song #19 is "Surfin' Safari," which if you are old enough was likely to be the first thing that you ever heard by the Beach Boys. It was the song that made them stars in the summer of 1962, getting into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was then the title track of their first album later in 1962.

The Beach Boys first recorded the song at World Pacific Studios on February 8, 1962 in what was the band's second ever recording session. However, the recordings from that session, engineered by Hite Morgan, would ultimately remain unreleased until the late sixties. The only difference instrumentally on this early version as opposed to the officially released version was the presence of Al Jardine on guitar instead of David Marks.

The instrumental track as well as the vocals for the officially released version were recorded at Western Recorders on April 19, 1962. The session, produced by Brian, featured David Marks and Carl Wilson on guitar; Brian Wilson on bass guitar and Dennis Wilson on drums. The song features Mike Love on lead vocals with backing vocals by Brian, Carl & Dennis Wilson and Mike Love. Also recorded during that session were "409", "Lonely Sea" and "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring". This session was recorded and given to Capitol Records as a demo tape. The label was impressed and immediately signed the band to their first major label. "Surfin' Safari" and "409" would be the band's first single to be issued on Capitol Records.

Originally Capitol Records felt "409" should be the 'A' Side, and first promoted the car song (according to Beach Boys biographers Badman, Gaines and Carlin) instead of "Surfin' Safari". However, as noted in the booklet to the 1993 CD box set Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, radio station airplay in Phoenix, Arizona jump-started the B-side into a major nationwide hit (to date no copy of the first Capitol single with "409" as the A side has been discovered). The Billboard issue of July 14, 1962 cited Detroit as the major market of its national "break out".

In October 1962, the "Surfin' Safari" single was the first to be released by the band in the United Kingdom. However, given mediocre reviews at best, the single failed to make any impact on the charts. It did qualify as the Beach Boys' first international chart-topper, however. By the end of September it had peaked at number seven in Australia's Music Maker chart — only reaching the Billboard top 20 the following week — then in November spent three weeks at number one in Sweden (both charts cited by contemporary issues of Billboard). In Germany, the World Pacific Studios recording of the song was used as the single release instead of the more well-known version. The single failed to chart.


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
019 - Surfin' Safari --------------------------20-----881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #18 is next. It's the highest ranking song on the list from 1968:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmHEX7QI4KU

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:03 pm

Song #18 was "Do It Again" from 1968. It was included on the "20/20" album in 1969 and is our highest ranking song from that album. It was written by Brian and Mike as a self-conscious callback to the group's earlier surf-based material, which they had not embraced since 1964. Lead vocals were shared between Mike Love and Brian Wilson.

The song was issued only two weeks after the release of the band's album Friends, with the album track "Wake the World" as its B-side. It reached number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became their second number one hit in the UK. It would be the band's last single to peak in the top twenty on the charts until "Rock and Roll Music" in 1976 (which is a total of 14 singles without charting inside the top 20), which peaked at the number 5 position. A slightly edited version of the song, using an excerpt from the Smile outtake "Workshop", subsequently appeared as the opening track on the Beach Boys' 1969 album 20/20.

The impact of the single belied its relatively low position in Billboard, rising to number 7 and number 8 in the charts collated and published by rival trade papers Record World and Cash Box, respectively. It placed at #8 on the major playlists of New York City, and did better than that in Chicago (#1), Calgary (#2), Los Angeles (#3), San Diego and Louisville (#4), Toronto (#5), Boston and Buffalo (#6), Washington DC (#7), Detroit and Cincinnati (#8). It also brought something of a media comeback for the Beach Boys, invited to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and several other New York talk shows. The band performed a lip-synched version of the song on the Dick Cavett Show on August 12, 1968. Later that month on August 26, the band performed the song with a live vocal over a pre-recorded track on the Mike Douglas Show. The footage of this appearance was broadcast nationally in America on August 28. The band also performed the song soon after on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 13, 1968. The band sang live vocals over a pre-recorded track. The footage was shot in color in a special blue matte video montage.

In Australia, the song became a top three hit for the group. In Germany the single peaked at the number 4 position on the charts. On the Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Irish and Rhodesian (now known as Zimbabwe) charts the single peaked at number 5. It was number 4 in Malaysia, number 6 in Israel and number 7 in Denmark and Switzerland. It was the Beach Boys' last big national hit (of the Sixties) in Canada, placing at number 10 on the RPM Top 100. And on the New Zealand chart the single peaked at the number 14 position.

The lyrics to the song, originally entitled "Rendezvous", were inspired after a day Mike Love had spent at the beach in which he had gone surfing with an old friend named Bill Jackson. Mike then showed the lyrics to his cousin Brian Wilson, who proceeded to write the music to Mike's lyrics of nostalgia. Brian stated that he believes the song was the best collaboration that he and Mike ever worked on. Love commented, "He remembers it being at my house. I remember it as being at his house. He starts pounding at the piano, I was summoning up the words and we got a chorus together, which was basically a bunch of doo-wop inspired harmonies. We created that whole song in fifteen minutes." Other inspiration came from Hank Ballard's 1960 song "Finger Poppin' Time".

During the mixdown, engineer Stephen Desper came up with the drum effect heard at the beginning of the track. He explained that he had "commissioned Philips, in Holland, to build two tape delay units for use on the road (to double live vocals). [he] moved four of the Philips PB heads very close together so that one drum strike was repeated four times about 10 milliseconds apart, and blended it with the original to give the effect you hear."

Eric Carmen credited the "did-its" in this song with being the initial inspiration for his 1977 Top 40 hit, "She Did It". Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys also participated in the production and vocals of Carmen's song. "Did It in a Minute", a 1982 hit by Hall & Oates, was in turn inspired by the 'did-its' in both songs. ABBA's "On and On and On" (1980) was also influenced by "Do It Again", and in response, Mike Love recorded a version of the ABBA song for his 1981 album Looking Back with Love. The opening drum line of "Do It Again" was sampled for "Remember" by French electronic duo Air on their album Moon Safari (1997).

"Do It Again" was featured in the films One Crazy Summer, Flipper, Life on the Longboard, and Happy Feet. It was also the first song to be played after WCBS-FM reverted from the Jack FM format back to their oldies format on July 12, 2007.


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari --------------------------20-----881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #17 is next, and we have a big jump in support from #18, which had 885 points. Both #17 and #16 finished with 1045 points in the voting. I wish this one finished higher, it was #2 on my list:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH2MXxoQTLY

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:46 am

Song #17 is "Little Deuce Coupe" from the "Surfer Girl" album in 1963. Shortly after that it became the title track of the "Little Deuce Coupe" album. The song is #2 on this Digital Dream Door list of the Greatest Really Short (1:45 or under) Rock Songs:

https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best ... ort-x.html

The song was written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian. The song first appeared as the B-side to The Beach Boys' 1963 single "Surfer Girl." The car referred to is the 1932 Ford Model 18. "Little Deuce Coupe" became The Beach Boys' highest charting B-side, peaking on September 28, 1963 at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Brian Wilson commented on the song in the liner notes of the 1990 CD re-release of the original Surfer Girl album: "We loved doing 'Little Deuce Coupe'. It was a good 'shuffle' rhythm, which was not like most of the rhythms of the records on the radio in those days. It had a bouncy feel to it. Like most of our records, it had a competitive lyric. This record was my favorite Beach Boys car song."[full citation needed] According to author Jon Stebbins in his book The Lost Beach Boy, while the group was on tour in July 1963 Mike Love hit on the idea to use short instrumental segments of the song in the Beach Boys' live set as a way to introduce the bandmembers to the audience, starting with Dennis Wilson on drums, then adding David Marks (and later Al Jardine) on rhythm guitar, Carl Wilson on lead guitar, and finally Brian on the bass, before launching the song from the top.

The song was recorded at Western Studios on June 12, 1963, at the same recording session as "Surfer Girl". The two songs were the first songs recorded for The Beach Boys' third album, Surfer Girl. This was the first Beach Boys recording session where Brian Wilson served as the official producer, and also one of the last sessions before Al Jardine rejoined the band.

Mike Love – lead vocals
David Marks – guitar
Brian Wilson – bass guitar, piano, vocals
Carl Wilson – lead guitar, vocals
Dennis Wilson – drums, vocals


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #16 is next, and in a quirky coincidence both sides of the same single garnered the exact same number of points in the voting. This one beat out song #17 in the tie breaker because it was named on one more ballot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbX60mxc140

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:15 am

Song #16 is "Surfer Girl" from the album of the same name in 1963. There's still one more song to come from that album. Written solely by Brian Wilson, the song is his very first composition. The lyrics were inspired by Judy Bowles, Wilson's first serious girlfriend who he had dated for three and a half years. He explained the genesis of the song: "Back in 1961, I'd never written a song in my life. I was nineteen years old. And I put myself to the test in my car one day. I was actually driving to a hot dog stand, and I actually created a melody in my head without being able to hear it on a piano. I sang it to myself; I didn't even sing it out loud in the car. When I got home that day, I finished the song, wrote the bridge, put the harmonies together and called it 'Surfer Girl'."

The song was based on the Dion and the Belmonts version of "When You Wish upon a Star", which has the same AABA form.




RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Next up is song #15. I would have bet that this one would not have finished higher than "Surfer Girl" and "Little Deuce Coupe" and a few others that we heard recently. Don't get me wrong, I like the record. I just thought that people saw this as more of a goof than as a serious piece of work like most Beach Boys classics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV873dFNQFI

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:34 pm

The #15 song was "Barbara Ann" from late 1965, on the "Party!" album. Thankfully it's the only song from that album that made the list. The song was first a hit for the Regents in 1961. The Beach Boys recorded their version on September 23, 1965. Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is featured on lead vocals along with Brian Wilson. Torrence is not credited on the album, but Carl Wilson is heard saying "Thanks, Dean" at the song's conclusion. A version without the party sound effects can be found on the Hawthorne, CA album.


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #14 is next, and we are back again with the "Pet Sounds" album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoqYQdregRI

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:56 pm

Song #14 is "Caroline, No" from the "Pet Sounds" album in 1966. It was released first as a single with the artist listed as Brain Wilson. It reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. It received almost 200 more points in the balloting that the previous song. Brian wrote the song with Tony Asher. It was ranked number 214 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Brian compared the song to the music of Glenn Miller and the song "Hey Girl" (1963) as recorded by Freddie Scott, claiming that "Caroline, No" wasn't written about anyone specific. On another occasion, he credited the song's inspiration to an unrequited love interest from high school who happened to be named Carol. Asher had also been acquainted with a different girl named Carol; they had recently broken up when the song was written. After Wilson produced his recording, he sped it up by one semi-tone to make his voice sound younger. When the song reappeared on Pet Sounds, he added recordings of his two dogs barking and a passing train, which close the LP.

It was initially written as "Carol, I Know". When spoken, however, Brian Wilson heard this as "Caroline, No." After the confusion was resolved, he and Asher decided to keep the new title, feeling that it brought a poignant earnestness to the song's sad melody.

For "Caroline, No", harpsichord and bass flutes accompany more typical pop/rock instrumentation in a sound that, like other compositions from this period, reflects a jazz influence. The percussive exchange that opens the song features a tambourine and a large empty water bottle from the studio, played either by drummer Hal Blaine or percussionist Frankie Capp. Brian later stated, "'Caroline, No' was my favorite on the album, the prettiest ballad I've ever sung. Awfully pretty song. The melody and the chords were like Glenn Miller ... a Glenn Miller-type bridge. The fade-out was like a 1944 kind of record ... Listen for the flutes in the fadeout."

After Brian Wilson's double tracked vocals were overdubbed, the entire recording was sped up by a half step at the suggestion of Brian Wilson's father and erstwhile manager Murry. Brian explained that he preferred the "sweeter" sound of the sped-up version.

On the Pet Sounds LP, the sound of a passing train can be heard at the end of "Caroline, No", accompanied by barking from Brian's dogs, Banana and Louie. In the late 1990s, it was rediscovered that the train sound effect came from a sound effects LP titled Mister D's Machine, recorded in 1963 by Brad Miller. The album featured contemporary recordings of various trains around the Southern Pacific system. The sounds that were lifted for the end of the Pet Sounds album were of Train #58, "The Owl", speeding at 70 mph through Edison, California. The sound effects, minus Banana and Louie, are in true stereo on the original effects album.


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #13 is next, and it needs no introduction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaHAf0fFp6A

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:01 am

Song #13 is "Help Me, Rhonda" from 1965. The version that we heard was on the "Summer Days (And Summer Nights)" album and was a number one single. An earlier, different version was on the "Today" album as "Help Me, Ronda." This song was Al Jardine's biggest moment in the group as the lead singer of one our their classic songs.

"Help Me, Ronda" was originally considered an album cut, but radio stations began to play it, which inspired Brian to rework its arrangement for a single release. Respelled "Help Me, Rhonda", the song's remake was recorded at Universal and Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood on February 24, 1965. Featured on the instrumental track were regular Wrecking Crew members such as Hal Blaine on drums and Carol Kaye on bass guitar. Beach Boys who contributed to the instrumental track were Carl (guitar) and Brian (Hammond B-3 and Wurlitzer). The single version once again features Al Jardine on lead vocals with backing vocals by Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson, and Mike Love. It features a slightly faster tempo, and features a changed lyric ("ruined our plans" from the previous version is changed to "shattered our plans"). It was a good decision, as the earlier version had a couple of ill advised false fadeouts, and also had shaky background vocals in the chorus. It also did not have the famous cold opening by Jardine.

The Beach Boys performed the version in a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead on April 27, 1971 at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys sang the vocals while Jerry Garcia added his own touch to a one-time collaboration. The venue closed a few months later.

During the early 1970s, The Beach Boys began to change the lead vocalist on the song as both Carl and Dennis Wilson performed the lead during this time. However this experiment was brief as Al Jardine once again permanently took over lead vocals in 1974 until he left the group in 1998, when briefly Phil Bardowell and then John Cowsill took over the lead. However, for the band's 50th Anniversary tour, Jardine once again took the lead on his "signature song."


RANK - SONG TITLE ------- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #12 is next, and it also needs no introduction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3c_sTN4QdQ

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:09 am

Song #12 is "Heroes And Villains" from the "Smiley Smile" album in 1967. There's one more song still to come from that album. I wonder what that could be?

The song was written and produced by Brian with words by Van Dyke Parks. It was envisioned as a three-minute music comedy and was the follow-up single to the group's "Good Vibrations" (1966) and intended as the centerpiece to the unfinished album Smile. After the album was shelved, the song was rearranged and issued as a single in July 1967 with "You're Welcome" as the B-side. It charted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two months later, it was placed as the opening track to the studio album Smiley Smile.

Parks said that he modeled the lyrics after "El Paso," (The Marty Robbins classic from 1959) and denied a popular theory claiming that "Heroes and Villains" was a song about the Vietnam war. Though the lyrics are distinctly Western with some allusions to the American Indian genocides, then-wife Marilyn Wilson said that Brian meant the "heroes" and "villains" to represent those in his life.

Like "Good Vibrations", "Heroes and Villains" was produced using the same unorthodox method of recording a surplus of interchangeable musical sections at multiple Hollywood recording studios. Only during its final production stages would the song then be reduced and assembled into a coherent structure. This proved difficult for Wilson, who grew increasingly frustrated with the virtually limitless number of possible song edits. Bandmate Al Jardine later expressed dissatisfaction with the final composite, calling it "a pale facsimile" of Wilson's original vision, and believed that he had "underproduced" the song at the last minute. Upon its release, Jimi Hendrix famously dismissed the single as a "psychedelic barbershop quartet".

Brian Wilson intended "Heroes and Villains" to eclipse the Beach Boys' previous number one hit "Good Vibrations", taking inspiration from Phil Spector's productions of "River Deep - Mountain High" and "The Bells of St. Mary's" — specifically the former's bass line.

Brian was holding onto this single, like: "All right, world – I've got it," and waiting for the right time. He felt it was important to wait for the right time. It was a good record. This woman, I guess she was an astrologer–of sorts–she came by Brian's house. She said to him, "Brian – the time is right." He was waiting for the word from this woman to release the record, I guess. So he said, "All right." He called the whole group. It was like: 'OK. Look. Here it is.' A small disk, you know. Seven inches. It was very solemn, very important. Weighty. A heavy situation. It was all, "Brace yourself – for the big one." All the group had those limos. And there was a caravan of Rolls-Royces taking the record to KHJ. He was going to give the station an exclusive, just give it to them without telling Capitol. We got to the gate of KHJ. The guard wouldn't let us in. A little talking, a little hubbub, a little bullshit. The guard was finally intimidated enough by four or five Rolls-Royce limousines to open his gate. We got in the building, got to the disc jockey who was presiding over the turntable. It was pretty late, probably around midnight. Brian said, "Hi, I'm Brian Wilson, here's the new Beach Boys single. I'd like to give you and KHJ an exclusive on it." And this asshole turned around and he said: "Can't play anything that's not on the playlist." And Brian almost fainted. It was all over. He'd been holding the record, waiting for the right time. He'd had astrologers figuring out the correct moment. It really killed him. Finally they played it, after a few calls to the program director or someone, who screamed, "Put it on, you idiot." But the damage to Brian had already been done.

Brian is said to have had enormously high hopes for "Heroes and Villains" as the follow-up single to the Beach Boys' previous "Good Vibrations". When the single failed to significantly replicate the success of "Good Vibrations", it destroyed his self-imposed competitive rivalry to The Beatles. According to Jack Rieley, Wilson would often recount in "agonizing detail" about how "Heroes and Villains" was supposed to lift the Beach Boys' public image from "surfing/car songs" to being perceived on "creative par with the Beatles". Wilson interpreted the failure of "Heroes and Villains" as an ultimate rejection by the public to his musical growth and artistry. Mike Love would go on to call "Heroes" as "the last dynamic Brian moment".

The intended "Heroes And Villains" single was originally assigned as Capitol 5826 and issued with a white picture sleeve showing six pictures of the group members. However, Brian Wilson was still experimenting and creating further concepts for the song, thus the Capitol single was never pressed. By the time of the final single mix, the Beach Boys created their own Brother label and issued "Heroes and Villains" as its first single (Brother 1001) with the cartoon picture sleeve. The picture sleeve for the unreleased Capitol single is a rare, highly sought item among Beach Boys collectors.

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RANK - SONG TITLE ------ TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #11 is up. I thought this one would do pretty well, but not THIS well. I did not expect it to finish above classic hit singles like "Surfer Girl" and "Help Me Rhonda," but here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyOYQ8qfFng

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:45 pm

Song #11 is "Surf's Up," from the album of the same name in 1971. Sorry, but I don't like this record much. It barely gets a "5" from me. My girlfriend Diane said "OMG, it's horrible! What a boring, emotionless record." But that's not how a lot of our voters felt, as it was named on 25 of the 44 ballots.

It was written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Its title is an ironic nod to the group's earlier associations with surf music; nothing in the song is about surfing. Through its stream of consciousness lyric, the song details a man who experiences a spiritual awakening, resigns himself to God and the joy of enlightenment, and prophesies an optimistic hope for those who can capture the innocence of youth.

From 1966 to 1967, "Surf's Up" was partially recorded for the group's unfinished studio album Smile before being shelved indefinitely. After Wilson was filmed performing the song for Inside Pop, a 1967 television documentary covering the 1960s rock revolution, the composition acquired relative mystique. In 1971, the original studio recording was completed and served as the title track for the group's 17th studio album. It was also released as a single, serving as the A-side to "Don't Go Near the Water", which did not chart.

In 2016, "Surf's Up" was ranked number 122 on Pitchfork's list of the 200 best songs of the 1970s. In 2011, MOJO staff members voted it the greatest Beach Boys song. In 1967 it was acknowledged by clarinetist David Oppenheim, who called it "too complex to get the first time around...'Surf's Up' is one aspect of new things happening in pop music today. As such, it is a symbol of the change many of these young musicians see in our future." Musicologist Philip Lambert named the song "the soul of Smile" for being the "sum total of its creators' most profound artistic visions" with its "perfect marriage of an eloquent lyric with music of commensurate power and depth."

Most of the composition was written during the summer of 1966, but it remained untitled until later in the fall. While the duo worked on the song, which still needed additional verses, Dennis Wilson showed up to a session and described how the Beach Boys had been humiliated during a recent performance in Britain, with the crowd pointing and laughing at the group's uniformed striped shirts. This incident inspired Parks to pen the lines: "Surf's up, aboard a tidal wave/Come about hard and join the young and often spring you gave/I heard the word, wonderful thing, a children's song". The title of "Surf's Up" was a double entendre suggesting that The Beach Boys' earlier, simpler surfing-related material was spent. Brian was taken aback at the title "Surf's Up" because the song had absolutely nothing to do with the sport, but supported the idea. Band publicist Derek Taylor reported that both Brian and Dennis truly disdained the surf image that the Beach Boys had acquired over the years.

The Beach Boys

Al Jardine – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Bruce Johnston – harmony and backing vocals
Mike Love – harmony and backing vocals
Brian Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals, piano
Carl Wilson – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals

Additional personnel

Jack Rieley – backing vocals in tag
Frank Capp — drums


RANK - SONG TITLE ------ TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


It's time to enter the top 10. I am very glad that "Surf's Up" did not beat out this next song for #10. It would not have been right for this one not to be top 10 IMO. Here is #10:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0bhSGfKTs4

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:55 pm

Song #10 is "Surfin' U.S.A." from the album of the same name in 1963. It was named on 28 of the 44 ballots. Everything that finihsed above it was named on 30 or more ballots. This is the song that made the Beach Boys a big time star act. It was their first top 10 single, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song features Brian Wilson's surfing-related lyrics set to the music of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen". According to Wilson,

"I was going with a girl called Judy Bowles, and her brother Jimmy was a surfer. He knew all the surfing spots. I started humming the melody to 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and I got fascinated with the fact of doing it, and I thought to myself, 'God! What about trying to put surf lyrics to 'Sweet Little Sixteen's melody? The concept was about, 'They are doing this in this city, and they're doing that in that city' So I said to Jimmy, 'Hey Jimmy, I want to do a song mentioning all the surf spots.' So he gave me a list."

In 2015, Mike Love stated that "Surfin' U.S.A." was one of many Beach Boys songs he helped write but for which he did not receive credit. In a 1974 radio interview, Brian said "When we first got going, Mike was a Chuck Berry fan, so ... he and I turned the lyrics into a surfing song."

When the single was released in 1963, the record only listed Brian Wilson as the composer although the song was published by Arc Music, Chuck Berry's publisher. Later releases, beginning with Best of The Beach Boys in 1966, listed Chuck Berry as the songwriter. Later releases list both writers although the copyright has always been owned, since 1963, by Arc Music. Under pressure from Berry's publisher, Wilson's father and manager, Murry Wilson, had given the copyright, including Brian Wilson's lyrics, to Arc Music prior to the release of the single.

Despite tensions with Berry over the controversy at the time, Carl Wilson said the Beach Boys "ran into Chuck Berry in Copenhagen and he told us he loves 'Surfin' U.S.A.'."

In the song the following surfing spots are mentioned, mostly in California, as well as one in Hawaii (possibly two) and one in Australia:

"Del Mar" – Del Mar, San Diego County, California
"Ventura County Line" – County Line Beach, Malibu in Ventura County, California
"Santa Cruz" – Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California
"Trestles" – San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
"Australia's Narrabeen" – Narrabeen, New South Wales
"Manhattan" – Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California
"Doheny" – Doheny Beach, Dana Point, Orange County, California
"Haggerty's" – Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County, California
"Swami's" – Swami's Beach, Encinitas, San Diego County, California
"Pacific Palisades" – Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California
"San Onofre" – San Onofre State Park, San Diego County, California
"Sunset" – Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – or – Sunset Beach, Orange County, California
"Redondo Beach" – Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California
"L.A." – Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
"La Jolla" – La Jolla, San Diego County, California
"Waimea Bay" – Waimea Bay, Hawaii

The song was played during the ending scene and over the end credits of the Sopranos episode "Calling All Cars."


RANK - SONG TITLE ------ TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Coming up next at song #9 is the last song on the countdown that is not from 1964, 1965 or 1966.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l2_5THtk9Q

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:36 am

Song #9 is "In My Room" from the "Surfer Girl" album in 1963. It was also a single, the flip side of "Be True To Your School." It peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. "In My Room" was ranked number 212 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Gary Usher explained that

"'In My Room' found us taking our craft a little more seriously. Brian and I came back to the house one night after playing 'over-the-line' (a baseball game). I played bass and Brian was on organ. The song was written in an hour... Brian's melody all the way. The sensitivity... the concept meant a lot to him. When we finished, it was late, after our midnight curfew. In fact, Murry [the Wilson brothers' father] came in a couple of times and wanted me to leave. Anyway, we got Audree [the Wilson brothers' mother], who was putting her hair up before bed, and we played it for her. She said, 'That's the most beautiful song you've ever written.' Murry said, 'Not bad, Usher, not bad,' which was the nicest thing he ever said to me."

In 1990, Brian wrote,

"I also enjoyed producing 'In My Room'. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song 'Ivory Tower' to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded 'In My Room', there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse...and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis' death."

The Beach Boys also recorded a German version of the song under the title Ganz allein, with lyrics written by a former German girlfriend of Mike Love's. The German version was first released on the 1983 album Rarities, and later as a bonus track on the 2001 CD re-release of the Surfer Girl album.




RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #8 is next. It's from 1965:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIz28NSUZ9M

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Fred » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:38 am

Criminally underrated (or unheard in some cases I suspect):

011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137

So. I compiled and burned (well...) my own 2CD today: Beach Boys: 54 Great Ones (The Diamond Collection). A little bit of my own taste and not trying to upset any Beach Boys fan. 75 minutes playing time per disc.

1. Surfin' Safari 2:05
2. Surfer Girl 2:15
3. Surfin' U.S.A. 2:27
4. Little Deuce Coupe 1:50
5. In My Room 2:11
6. Fun, Fun, Fun 2:16
7. Don't Worry Baby 2:45
8. The Warmth of the Sun 2:47
9. I Get Around 2:14
10. All Summer Long 2:05
11. Do You Wanna Dance 2:20
12. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) 2:02
13. Dance, Dance, Dance 2:02
14. California Girls 2:37
15. Wouldn't It Be Nice 2:22
16. You Still Believe in Me 2:33
17. That's Not Me 2:27
18. Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) 2:52
19. I'm Waiting for the Day 3:01
20. Let's Go Away for Awhile 2:18
21. Sloop John B 2:57
22. God Only Knows 2:46
23. I Know There's an Answer 3:10
24. Here Today 2:38
25. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times 3:21
26. Pet Sounds 2:20
27. Caroline No 2:16
28. Good Vibrations 3:37
29. With Me Tonight 2:13

--------- interlude ------------

30. Heroes and Villains 3:36
31. Aren't You Glad 2:15
32. Vegetables 2:05
33. Darlin' 2:11
34. Let the Wind Blow 2:18
35. Little Bird 2:02
36. Busy Doin' Nothin' 3:05
37. Do It Again 2:24
38. I Can Hear Music 2:38
39. Cotton Fields 2:18
40. Time to Get Alone 2:40
41. Cabinessence 3:33
42. Break Away 2:57
43. This Whole World 1:55
44. Forever 2:40
45. Long Promised Road 3:28
46. Disney Girls (1957) 4:07
47. Feel Flows 4:44
48. Lookin' at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 1:54
49. 'Til I Die 2:29
50. Surf's Up 4:11
51. California Saga: The Beaks of Eagles 2:48
52. The Trader 5:08
53. Still I Dream Of It 3:27
54. Kokomo 3:36
Last edited by Fred on Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby madzong » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:07 pm

Fred wrote:Criminally underrated (or unheard in some cases I suspect):

011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137


Agreed :music-listening:

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Postby Hymie » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:24 pm

Song #8 is "California Girls" from the "Summer Days (And Summer Nights)" album in 1965. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Brian and Mike. Brian conceived the song during his first acid trip, later arranging and producing the song's recording, and incorporating an orchestral prelude plus contrasting verse-chorus form.

Brian was quoted saying in 1986, "[The song was] something I'm very proud of in a sense because it represents the Beach Boys really greatest record production we’ve ever made. It goes back to 1965 when I was sitting in my apartment, wondering how to write a song about girls, because I love girls. I mean, everybody loves girls." He added in 2007, "I was thinking about the music from cowboy movies. And I sat down and started playing it, bum-buhdeeda, bum-buhdeeda. I did that for about an hour. I got these chords going. Then I got this melody, it came pretty fast after that." Inspiration came from the rhythm of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". In 2015, he explained: "'California Girls' had that beat — it's called a shuffle beat — and that's definitely a Bach influence."

The next day, Wilson and Mike Love finished off the remainder of the song. Love says that he wrote "every syllable" of the song apart from "I wish they all could be California girls". He was not originally listed as the song's co-writer, but his successful 1992 lawsuit for songwriting credits amended the alleged omission. Bassist Carol Kaye credits almost every note to Wilson, with the only exception being a fill she invented at the end of the bridge section. Leon Russell played piano on the record.

Author Maury Dean writes: "Musically, 'California Girls' is an adventure in chromatics; any garage band trying to follow their bizarre ♭VII tidal wave of dipping and swooping chromatic major chords will have to buy the sheet music, or hire Sherlock Holmes to find the missing chords."

The track was produced by Wilson, who intended to encapsulate the feel of the Drifters' version of "On Broadway". The instrumental was made on April 6, 1965 at United Western Recorders, requiring 44 takes before Wilson could deem a satisfactory performance. Problems had arisen from the tempo and guitar part in the introduction, which fatigued Wilson, engineer Chuck Britz, and the dozen-plus session players. The song did not appear to have lyrics or a title at this juncture, and Wilson can be heard calling the song "Oh Yeah" and "You're Grass and I'm a Power Mower". Wilson remembers: "When we got into the studio with Chuck, he said that he wanted Carl’s twelve-string guitar in the intro to sound more direct. I didn’t know what that meant. 'Can he play it in the booth?' Chuck said. I had never thought about that before, but it seemed like a good idea. Carl was standing next to me in the booth and all the other musicians were out in the studio. I conducted it like an orchestra."

Vocal overdubs followed two months later on June 4 at CBS Columbia Square. Wilson recorded the Beach Boys' vocals using Columbia's new 8-track recorder, allowing Love's lead vocals to be triple-tracked and the group's vocals spread over three more. "California Girls" was the first Beach Boys recording to feature vocals from Bruce Johnston, who had joined the group to substitute for Wilson on concert tours. Bruce's vocals can be heard at the end of the song.


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #7 is next, it's from 1964:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_o-N0fhZ0

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:22 pm

Song #7 is "Fun, Fun, Fun," with the Chuck Berry style intro. It's from the "Shut Down Vol. 2" album in 1964. The song is one of many by the Beach Boys that virtually defined the California myth. Its lyrics are about a teenage girl who tricks her father so she can go hot-rodding with his Ford Thunderbird. At the end, her father discovers her deception and takes the keys from her. The narrator then comes to the girl's rescue with his own car. It was written by Brian and Mike with Mike singing lead vocals.

According to Salt Lake City radio manager Bill "Daddy-O" Hesterman of KNAK, an early promoter of the Beach Boys who brought them to Utah for appearances and concerts, the song was inspired by an incident involving Shirley Johnson, the station owner's daughter. Johnson had borrowed her father's 1963 Thunderbird, which had a University of Utah parking sticker, ostensibly to go study at the University library. Instead, she went to a drive-in theater. When the deception came to light, her driving privileges were revoked. In 2007, Johnson told KSL News that she was complaining loudly about the incident at the radio station, where she worked as a part-time secretary, when the Beach Boys happened to be there for an interview. Hesterman said that Wilson and Love, amused by the incident, jotted down the beginnings of the song as he took them to the airport that afternoon.

The opening electric guitar introduction of the song was based on Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", which in turn was based on the intro of Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do It Every Time)". The track's punctuated drum fills were inspired by the work of Phil Spector. Phil Lambert noted that the initial two phrases of the song are based on almost the same chord progression as the first two phrases of "Da Doo Ron Ron", and are melodically similar.


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Song #6 is next.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWJXTdCVsKI

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 am

Song #6 is "Sloop John B" from the "Pet Sounds" album in 1966. The song peaked at number three in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number two in the UK, and number one in several other countries. It remains one of the group's best-remembered recordings of their mid 1960s period, containing an unusual and elaborate a cappella vocal section not found in other pop music of the era. In 2011, the Beach Boys' version of "Sloop John B" was ranked No. 276 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The Kingston Trio's 1958 recording of "The John B. Sails" was recorded under the title "The Wreck of the John B." It was the direct influence on the Beach Boys' version. The Beach Boys' Al Jardine was a keen folk music fan, and he suggested to Brian Wilson that the Beach Boys should do a version of the song. As Jardine explains:

Brian was at the piano. I asked him if I could sit down and show him something. I laid out the chord pattern for 'Sloop John B.' I said, 'Remember this song?' I played it. He said, 'I'm not a big fan of the Kingston Trio.' He wasn't into folk music. But I didn't give up on the idea. So what I did was to sit down and play it for him in the Beach Boys idiom. I figured if I gave it to him in the right light, he might end up believing in it. So I modified the chord changes so it would be a little more interesting. The original song is basically a three-chord song, and I knew that wouldn't fly.

Jardine updated the chord progression by having the subdominant (D♭ major) move to its relative minor (B♭ minor) before returning to the tonic (A♭ major), thus altering a portion of the song's progression from IV — I to IV — ii — I. This device is heard immediately after the lyric "into a fight" and "leave me alone".

So I put some minor changes in there, and it stretched out the possibilities from a vocal point of view. Anyway, I played it, walked away from the piano and we went back to work. The very next day, I got a phone call to come down to the studio. Brian played the song for me, and I was blown away. The idea stage to the completed track took less than 24 hours.

Wilson elected to change some lyrics: "this is the worst trip since I've been born" to "this is the worst trip I've ever been on", "I feel so break up" to "I feel so broke up", and "broke into the people's trunk" to "broke in the captain's trunk". The first lyric change has been suggested by some to be a subtle nod to the 1960s psychedelia subculture.

"Sloop John B" closes the first side of Pet Sounds, an album commonly interpreted as a romantic and introspective concept album. This decision is argued by many to contradict the album's lyrical flow, as author Jim Fusilli explains: "It's anything but a reflective love song, a stark confession or a tentative statement of independence like the other songs on the album. And it's the only song on Pet Sounds Brian didn't write." However, Fusilli posits that the track fits musically with the album, citing the track's chiming guitars, doubletracked basses, and staccato rhythms.

Author Jim DeRogatis suggested that the song does fit in the album due to its key lyric "I want to go home" reflecting other songs themed around an escape to somewhere peaceful — namely "Let's Go Away for Awhile" and "Caroline, No".

The vocal tracks were recorded over two sessions. The first was recorded on December 22, 1965, at Western Recorders, produced by Wilson. The second, on December 29, added a new lead vocal and Billy Strange's 12-string electric guitar part. Jardine explained that Wilson "lined us up one at a time to try out for the lead vocal. I had naturally assumed I would sing the lead, since I had brought in the arrangement. It was like interviewing for a job. Pretty funny. He didn't like any of us. My vocal had a much more mellow approach because I was bringing it from the folk idiom. For the radio, we needed a more rock approach. Wilson and Mike ended up singing it." On the final recording, Brian Wilson sang the first and third verses and Mike Love sang the second.

Kent Hartman, in his book The Wrecking Crew, described Billy Strange's contribution to the song. Brian Wilson called Strange into the studio one Sunday, played him the rough recording, and told him he needed an electric twelve-string guitar solo in the middle of the track. When Strange replied that he did not own a twelve string, Wilson responded by calling Glenn Wallichs, the head of Capitol Records and owner of Wallichs Music City. A Fender Electric XII and Twin Reverb amplifier were quickly delivered (despite the shop they were ordered from being closed on Sundays), and Strange recorded the guitar part in one take. Wilson then gave Strange $2,000 to cover the cost of the equipment.


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Okay, we will now break into the top 5 Beach Boys records, as we voted them. This is #5:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BchXkabxn4A

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:18 pm

Song #5 is "I Get Around" from the "All Summer Long" album in 1964. This was the group's first USA number one single. Written by Brian and Mike, who share the lead vocals. In the United Kingdom, it charted at number seven and was the band's first top ten single there. An autobiographical narrative, "I Get Around" begins with a multi-part a cappella introduction that quickly shifts into rock-style verses sung by Mike Love and a pop chorus sung in falsetto by Brian Wilson, who also produced and arranged the song. During its recording session, Wilson's father Murry was relieved of his duties as the group's manager. In 2017, "I Get Around" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing "A World Without Love" by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band's first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by "Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 5 song of 1964. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.

The song was originally credited to Brian Wilson alone until Love v. Wilson, a 1994 lawsuit by Mike Love which amended the song's copyright to include him as a co-writer. In an interview with Goldmine, published September 18, 1992, Love insisted that he and not Wilson "came up with 'round round get around'".

The instrumental track for "I Get Around" was recorded on April 2, 1964, at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, along with "Little Honda". According to biographer Steven Gaines, manager Murry Wilson was in the control room "criticizing the song and Brian's production techniques ... rambl[ing] on about what a loser Brian was, how poor the music was, and how only Murry had the real talent in the family. At one point he insisted that Brian end the [recording] session because something was wrong with the bassline." The disagreement eventually resulted in Brian relieving him of his managerial duties. Brian would later say, "We love the family thing – y'know: three brothers, a cousin and a friend is a really beautiful way to have a [rock] group – but the extra generation can become a hang-up." The vocals were recorded during a session eight days later on April 10.

Track details courtesy of session archivist Craig Slowinski.

The Beach Boys

Al Jardine – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar
Mike Love – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Brian Wilson – chorus falsetto lead, harmony and backing vocals; piano; harpsichord; Hammond B3 organ
Carl Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; electric lead and rhythm guitar
Dennis Wilson – harmony and backing vocals; drums

Session musicians and production staff

Hal Blaine – timbales with brush, rim with thin stick
Chuck Britz – engineer
Glen Campbell – 6-string electric bass guitar
Steve Douglas – tenor saxophone (uncertain)
Jay Migliori – baritone saxophone (uncertain)
Ray Pohlman – 6-string electric bass guitar
Brian Wilson – producer


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
005 - I Get Around ------------------------33----1902
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Just 4 songs left now. Amazingly enough, 4 of the top 5 songs on the list come from just two singles, as both sides of two different singles are in our top 5. Here is #4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y44BJgkdZs

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:33 pm

The #4 song is "Wouldn't It Be Nice," which is the opening track on "Pet Sounds" from 1966. It was written by Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, and Mike Love. Like other tracks for Pet Sounds, Wilson constructed the song's orchestral Wall of Sound arrangement using a variety of instruments not normally associated with popular music of its time, including accordions and a detuned twelve-string guitar. The music contains classical music devices that are unusual for a rock song, such as ritardando. After recording the instrumental track, the Beach Boys overdubbed their voices to Wilson's exact specifications. Love was not originally listed as co-writer, and only received his credit after a 1990s court case.

Tony Asher credits the song's idea to Brian Wilson: "The innocence of the situation—being too young to get married—seemed to be immensely appealing to him." Wilson composed the music, while the lyrics were written almost entirely by Asher over the course of one or two days. Mike Love's contribution was the ending couplet "Good night oh baby / sleep tight oh baby".

Love's contributions are disputed by some. He has claimed that he revised or added other lyrics beyond the ending tag, while Asher asserted it was not possible due to Love's absence during songwriting sessions. Since he was touring with the group in Japan while the Pet Sounds album was being composed, Love's attorney proposed that it may have been possible that Brian consulted Love by telephone during occasional bathroom breaks. Asher, believing the argument was "so absurd", responded with incredulity. Love did not receive an official co-writing credit on the song until after 1994.

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" begins with an eight-beat introduction in the key of A major. Following a single drum hit, the song shifts to the remote flat submediant key of F. Classical composer John Adams called this key change "nothing new in the classical or jazz world, but appearing here in the context of a standard rock-and-roll song, it felt novel and fresh. More than any other songwriter of that era, Brian Wilson understood the value of harmonic surprise." The verse bass line was inspired by the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" (1963). Another section is bitonal through a bass line playing in D major. This feature was mistaken as an error by bassist Lyle Ritz, as he explains: "[The] rest of the band was in another key. I knew that was wrong. So during a break, I looked at everybody else's music to see if it was a mistake. Because you can't do that. But he [Brian] pulled it off." The song uses a ritardando before its bridge, a device that doesn't often appear in pop music, but does in classical music. When the bridge is entered, the song modulates down a minor third from F to D major; this same key change from F to D also occurs in "Let's Go Away for Awhile", another Wilson composition from Pet Sounds.

The instrumental track was recorded at Gold Star Studios on January 22, 1966. The session was engineered by Larry Levine and produced by Brian Wilson. It took 21 takes of recording the instrumental track before Brian deemed it the master. The musicians present on that day were a group of Los Angeles session players commonly referred to as The Wrecking Crew. Wilson says, "Listen for the rockin' accordions and the ethereal guitars in the introduction. Tony and I had visualized a scene. We had a feeling in our hearts, like a vibration. We put it into music, and it found its way onto tape. We really felt good about that record." During the recording, the two guitarists who played the intro were plugged directly into the mixing board, and no one in the studio could hear them. Drummer Hal Blaine was required to wear a pair of over-the-ear headphones so that he could signal the rest of the band.

The backing vocal sessions were problematic, as Bruce Johnston recalled, "We re-recorded our vocals so many times, [but] the rhythm was never right. We would slave at Western for a few days, singing this thing, and [Brian would say], 'No, it's not right, it's not right.' One time, he had a 4-track Scully [tape recorder] sent to his home, but that didn't really work out." During sessions, Brian taught brother Dennis Wilson a recording technique involving cupping his hands over his mouth, elaborating: "Well, he had a lot of trouble singing on mike. He just didn't really know how to stay on mike. He was a very nervous boy. Very nervous person. So I taught him a trick, how to record and he said, 'Hey Brian. That works great. Thank you!' And I said, 'It's okay, Dennis: He was really happy. I showed him—not how to sing, but I showed him a way to get the best out of himself—just 'cup' singing."


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice ----------------36----2114
005 - I Get Around ------------------------33----1902
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Only 3 songs left now. This is song #3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW0YGC68qP4

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:32 pm

Song #3 is "Don't Worry Baby," from 1964. It was the B side of #5 (I Get Around) on the single and was included in the "Shut Down Vol. 2" album. Interesting that the two sides of the single were on different albums. "Don't Worry Baby" reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's ranked at #178 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Songs of all Time.

The song was written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, and Brian sings the lead vocal. The song, as originally performed by the Beach Boys, is sung from the point of view of a teenager who reluctantly agrees to a challenge to race a rival after rashly bragging about his car, and is reassured by his girlfriend's plea to take her love with him when he races. Brian Wilson cited the song as his attempt to capture the essence of his all-time favorite record, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes. Wilson estimates he has listened to the latter song "more than 1,000 times." When he heard the Ronettes' song on the radio, Brian Wilson wondered aloud if he could match it. Wilson's wife Marilyn reassured him, saying, "Don't worry, baby." Wilson remembered it when it came time to write songs with his DJ friend Roger Christian.

Philip Lambert, author of Inside The Music of Brian Wilson, said of the similarities between this song and "Be My Baby": "They're in the same key - E Major - and they start the same. The phrase structure is the same, the chord progressions are almost the same, the melodies are almost the same." Lambert points out that the key change in this song is an unexpected touch that helps make the song memorable. The drums at the beginning are the same rhythm as "Be My Baby."


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
003 - Don't Worry Baby -------------------37----2177
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice ----------------36----2114
005 - I Get Around ------------------------33----1902
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


Just two songs left, and both are from 1966. This is # 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmobY-dAfjE

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I knew which songs would be in the top two. The only thing I wasn’t sure of was what order they’d be in.
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Postby Akhenaten » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:59 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:I knew which songs would be in the top two. The only thing I wasn’t sure of was what order they’d be in.


God only knows which'll be top.

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Akhenaten wrote:
StevieFan13 wrote:I knew which songs would be in the top two. The only thing I wasn’t sure of was what order they’d be in.


God only knows which'll be top.


...well God and Hymie.

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Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:28 pm

Akhenaten wrote:
Akhenaten wrote:
StevieFan13 wrote:I knew which songs would be in the top two. The only thing I wasn’t sure of was what order they’d be in.


God only knows which'll be top.


...well God and Hymie.

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Postby Rob » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:28 pm

Since it hasn't shown up yet, the number one is obviously Summer of Love:

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Postby Hymie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:50 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:
Akhenaten wrote:
Akhenaten wrote:
God only knows which'll be top.


...well God and Hymie.

What’s the difference?


I like you Stevie :music-rockon:

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Postby Hymie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:52 pm

Rob wrote:Since it hasn't shown up yet, the number one is obviously Summer of Love:


Why not this?



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Postby Hymie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:04 pm

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Song #2 is "Good Vibrations" from 1966. It was included on the "Smiley Smile" album in 1967. I suppose this not being number one is an upset, as it is usually considered to be their greatest record. It's one of the top 5 most critically acclaimed songs of all time. It was the costliest single ever recorded at the time of its release. "Good Vibrations" later became widely acclaimed as one of the finest and most important works of the rock era. The record received a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group performance in 1966 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. The song was voted number one in Mojo's "Top 100 Records of All Time" and number six on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time", and it was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll". In later years, the song has been cited as a forerunner to the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" (1967) and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975).

The song was written by Brian and Mike. The making of "Good Vibrations" was unprecedented for any kind of recording. Over 90 hours of tape was consumed in the sessions, with the total cost of production estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Building upon his approach for Pet Sounds, Brian recorded a surplus of short, interchangeable musical fragments with his bandmates and a host of session musicians at four different Hollywood studios from February to September 1966, a process reflected in the song's several dramatic shifts in key, texture, instrumentation and mood. Band publicist Derek Taylor dubbed the unusual work a "pocket symphony". It heralded a wave of pop experimentation and the onset of psychedelic and progressive rock, and helped develop the use of the recording studio as an instrument. The track featured previously untried mixes of instruments, including jaw harp and Electro-Theremin, and although the latter is not a true theremin, the song's success led to a renewed interest and sales of theremins and synthesizers.

Brian credited his brother and bandmate Carl for suggesting that he use a cello on the track. He also stated that its triplet beat on the chorus was his own idea, and that it was based on the Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" (1963), produced by Spector. Songwriter and session musician Van Dyke Parks said that he suggested having the celloist play triplets for Brian. Parks believed that having Brian exploit the cello "to such a hyperbolic degree" was what encouraged the duo to immediately collaborate on the ultimately unfinished album Smile. At some point, Wilson asked Parks to pen lyrics for the song, although Parks declined.

Mike Love submitted the final lyrics for "Good Vibrations", claiming to have written them on the drive to the studio. Love reacted upon hearing the unfinished backing track: "[It] was already so avant-garde, especially with the theremin, I wondered how our fans were going to relate to it. How's this going to go over in the Midwest or Birmingham? It was such a departure from 'Surfin' U.S.A.' or 'Help Me, Rhonda.'" Feeling that the song could be "the Beach Boys' psychedelic anthem or flower power offering," he based the lyrics on the burgeoning psychedelic music and Flower Power movements occurring in San Francisco and some parts of the Los Angeles area. He described the lyrics as "just a flowery poem. Kind of almost like 'If you’re going to San Francisco be sure to wear flowers in your hair.'" Writer Bruce Golden observed:

The new pastoral landscape suddenly being uncovered by the young generation provided a quiet, peaceful, harmonious trip into inner space. The hassles and frustrations of the external world were cast aside, and new visions put in their place. "Good Vibrations" succeeds in suggesting the healthy emanations that should result from psychic tranquility and inner peace. The word "vibrations" had been employed by students of Eastern philosophy and acid-heads for a variety of purposes, but Wilson uses it here to suggest a kind of extrasensory experience.

The vocals for "Good Vibrations" were recorded at CBS Columbia Square, starting on August 24 and continuing sporadically until the very last day of assembly on September 21. The episodic structure of the composition was continuously revised as the group experimented with different ideas. Brian remembers that he began recording the "bop bop good vibrations" parts first, and that he came up with "the high parts" a week later. Mike Love recalled: "I can remember doing 25–30 vocal overdubs of the same part, and when I mean the same part, I mean same section of a record, maybe no more than two, three, four, five seconds long." Dennis Wilson was to have sung the lead vocal, but due to a bout of laryngitis, Carl replaced him at the last minute. In early September, the master tapes for "Good Vibrations" were stolen. Mysteriously, they reappeared inside Brian's home two days later.

There are six unique sections to the piece, as labeled by music theorist Daniel Harrison:

Verse
Refrain (chorus)
First episodic digression
Second episodic digression
Retro-refrain
Coda

Each section has a distinct musical texture, partly due to the nature of the song's recording. The track's instrumentation changes radically from section to section. Music journal Sound on Sound explains: "Typical pop songs of that era (or indeed any era) usually have a basic groove running throughout the track which doesn't change a great deal from start to finish ... pop records were either guitar, bass and drum combos or traditional orchestrated arrangements for vocalists ... The exotic instruments, the complex vocal arrangements, and the many dynamic crescendos and decrescendos all combine to set this record apart from most pop music. In short, if there's an instruction manual for writing and arranging pop songs, this one breaks every rule." For the AM radio standards of late 1966, the song's final runtime (3 minutes 35 seconds) was considered a "very long" duration. Wilson is quoted in 1979:

It had a lot of riff changes ... movements ... It was a pocket symphony—changes, changes, changes, building harmonies here, drop this voice out, this comes in, bring this echo in, put the theremin here, bring the cello up a little louder here ... It was the biggest production of our lives.!


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
002 - Good Vibrations --------------------37----2295
003 - Don't Worry Baby -------------------37----2177
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice ----------------36----2114
005 - I Get Around ------------------------33----1902
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73


And now, the #1 song in the countdown!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWPo5SC3zik

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:39 am

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The number one song is "God Only Knows," from "Pet Sounds" in 1966. It was the flip side of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the single, barely cracking the top 40 in the USA, but getting to #2 on the UK charts. The song was listed on 39 of the 44 ballots that were submitted, with 6 number one votes. It was written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.

Sung by Brian’s younger brother Carl Wilson, the Beach Boys' recording was produced and arranged by Brian using an unorthodox selection of instruments, including French horn, accordions, sleigh bell, harpsichord, and a quartet of violas and cellos heard throughout the piece in counterpoint. Its complex musical structure has been cited for its disuse of authentic cadences and a definite key signature. The perpetual rounds in its coda was also unusual for popular music of the era.

"God Only Knows" was voted 25th in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was ranked by Pitchfork Media as the greatest song of the 1960s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes it as one of "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".

Genres attributed to "God Only Knows" include baroque rock, baroque pop, art pop, psychedelic rock, avant-pop, and experimental pop. Brian Wilson has said that he wrote the song as an attempt to match the standard of the Beatles' Rubber Soul album, which was released in December 1965. In his recollection, he was under the influence of marijuana and was "so blown away" with the album that he sat at his piano and began writing the song.

The composition is known for its harmonic sophistication and extensive use of inverted chords, including third inversions such as B7/A. The first chord of the verse (D major/A) is a non-diatonic chord. The tonic chord (E major) usually only appears with the major 3rd or the 5th in the bass. The entire verse progression sounds restless and ambiguous, until the line "God only knows what I'd be without you" when the chord progression finally reaches a clear goal (A–E/G♯–F♯m7–E). This has been cited by musicologists as a good example of how lyrical meaning can be supported and enhanced by a chord progression—along with the melody hook which also provides an example of "a sense of increasing melodic energy that comes by way of the gradually ascending line". Stephen Downes similarly named the song's "tonal plasticity" emphasized by the disuse of authentic cadences and root-position tonics as the reason for its "expansiveness". In musicologist Philip Lambert's opinion, the song's vocal counterpoint evokes the sacred traditions of a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach or an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. Andy Gill of the post-punk band Gang of Four describes the composition:

It's really very like the way classical music works, like a classical opera, say Lakmé by Delibes (the music that British Airways has appropriated). The melody rises and falls while the echo of that melody, sung by another voice, intertwines with it. Then it goes back to the verse, with its own melody, which is a variation on the chorus melody. As that is sung, the background voices provide an abstract, disconnected harmony. All the time, upfront, is the poetic heart of the lyric.

The key gravitates between A major and E major, while the bass-line was written in a different key from the rest of the song. After its instrumental linking passage, the key ascends to its fourth interval. According to author Jim Fusilli: "Brian came pretty close to writing himself into a dead end. There's really nowhere to go coming out of the bridge, which modulates to G major from D major but ends with a D major–A major–B minor pattern. Thus, when the song returns to D Major, it must do so from B minor, which is kind of a static change, particularly when the next chord is a B minor with only a slight variation in the bass."

The song closes with perpetual rounds, a centuries-old technique that was not normally heard in pop music of its time. According to Wilson: "I liked all those old songs that used rounds, like 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' and 'Frère Jacques'. I liked rounds because they made it seem like a song was something eternal."

Brian originally intended to sing lead vocal on "God Only Knows" but after the instrumental portions of the song had been recorded, Brian thought Carl could impart the message better than he could. Brian reflected in October 1966, "I gave the song to Carl because I was looking for a tenderness and a sweetness which I knew Carl had in himself as well as in his voice. He brought dignity to the song and the words, through him, became not a lyric, but words." At the time, it was rare for Carl to sing lead on a Beach Boys song.

The only 3 Beach Boys who sing on the record are Carl, Brian and Bruce. Bruce Johnston explains that "Brian really worked a lot on 'God Only Knows', and at one point, he had all the Beach Boys, Terry Melcher and two of the Rovell sisters [Brian's wife Marilyn and her sister Diane] on it. It just got so overloaded; it was nuts. So he was smart enough to peel it all back, and he held voices back to the bridge, me at the top end, Carl in the middle and Brian on the bottom. At that point, Brian's right move was to get subtler. He had a very tender track here. 'God Only Knows' is a very small masterpiece with a major heartbeat, and he was right to peel everybody back and wind up with the three parts. In fact, it's probably the only well-known Beach Boys track that has just three voices on it."


RANK - SONG TITLE ----- TOTAL BALLOTS - POINTS
001 - God Only Knows --------------------39----2464
002 - Good Vibrations --------------------37----2295
003 - Don't Worry Baby -------------------37----2177
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice ----------------36----2114
005 - I Get Around ------------------------33----1902
006 - Sloop John B ------------------------34----1746
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun -----------------------32----1636
008 - California Girls ---------------------30----1592
009 - In My Room --------------------------31----1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. ------------------------28----1443
011 - Surf's Up ------------------------------25----1369
012 - Heroes And Villains ----------------27----1315
013 - Help Me Rhonda --------------------27----1273
014 - Caroline, No -------------------------25----1254
015 - Barbara Ann --------------------------24----1062
016 - Surfer Girl ----------------------------22----1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe -----------------21----1045
018 - Do It Again ----------------------------21-----885
019 - Surfin' Safari -------------------------20------881
020 - The Warmth of the Sun ------------22-----876
021 - Darlin' ----------------------------------19-----869
022 - I Can Hear Music ---------------------19-----866
023 - 'Til I Die --------------------------------14-----682
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) ---16-----640
025 - All Summer Long ---------------------15-----628
026 - Sail On Sailor -------------------------15-----615
027 - 409 --------------------------------------15-----600
028 - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times --------- 13-----588
029 - Kokomo --------------------------------12-----575
030 - You Still Believe In Me -------------14-----572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - 12-----545
032 - Little Saint Nick ---------------------12-----535
033 - That's Not Me -------------------------13----510
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance ---------------11----465
035 - Cabinessence --------------------------9-----460
036 - Shut Down ----------------------------10-----448
037 - Catch A Wave ------------------------10-----419
038 - I'm Waiting For The Day -------------9-----342
039 - You're So Good To Me ----------------8-----333
040 - Wendy -----------------------------------9-----332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well --------------9-----329
042 - Forever ----------------------------------8-----326
043 - Here Today ------------------------------9-----316
044 - Hang On To Your Ego ------------------7-----314
045 - Do You Wanna Dance ------------------7-----298
046 - Wonderful --------------------------------7-----295
047 - Disney Girls (1957) ---------------------8-----285
048 - All I Wanna Do --------------------------6-----285
049 - Feel Flows -------------------------------6-----284
050 - Long Promised Road -------------------8-----282
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me ----------------------7-----276
052 - This Whole World ----------------------5-----260
053 - Wild Honey ------------------------------8-----258
054 - Little Honda -----------------------------8-----255
055 - Be True To Your School ----------------9-----249
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew ----------8-----246
057 - I Know There's An Answer ------------7-----239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile -------------5-----224
059 - Surfin --------------------------------------6-----220
060 - Break Away -------------------------------5-----218
061 - Please Let Me Wonder -----------------6-----199
062 - Rock And Roll Music --------------------4-----168
063 - Getcha Back ------------------------------4-----167
064 - Good Timin' -------------------------------6-----159
065 - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) ------5-----157
066 - Still Cruisin' -------------------------------3-----153
067 - Kiss Me, Baby -----------------------------3-----149
068 - Girls On The Beach ----------------------4-----147
069 - The Trader ---------------------------------3-----146
070 - Then I Kissed Her -------------------------3-----145
071 - It's O.K. -------------------------------------4-----143
072 - Time To Get Alone -----------------------3-----137
073 - Little Bird ----------------------------------3-----132
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe --------------------3----131
075 - Pet Sounds ---------------------------------4-----130
076 - Do You Like Worms? ----------------------3-----128
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day -----------2-----125
078 - California Saga (California) ------------3-----124
079 - It's About Time ----------------------------3-----122
080 - Vegetables ---------------------------------5-----116
081 - Hawaii --------------------------------------3-----106
082 - All This Is That ----------------------------2-----105
083 - Don't Go Near The Water ---------------3-----104
084 - Our Prayer ---------------------------------4-----102
085 - The Man With All The Toys ------------4 -----102
086 - Let Him Run Wild ------------------------3-------97
087 - Looking At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) 3----96
088 - Hushabye ----------------------------------3-------95
089 - Cool Cool Water --------------------------3-------94
090 - The Night Was So Young ----------------2-------90
091 - We'll Run Away ---------------------------2--------90
092 - A Young Man Is Gone --------------------2-------89
093 - Our Sweet Love --------------------------3--------87
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) ---------------2--------85
095 - Country Air --------------------------------2--------77
096 - Summer's Gone ---------------------------2--------76
097 - With Me Tonight --------------------------2--------76
098 - Here Comes The Night ------------------2 -------75
099 - Drive-In -------------------------------------2 -------73
100 - Santa's Beard ------------------------------2 -------73

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BY YEAR

1961
059 - Surfin'- 6 - 220

1962
019 - Surfin' Safari - 20 - 881
027 - 409 - 15 - 600

1963
009 - In My Room - 31 - 1458
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. - 28 - 1443
016 - Surfer Girl - 22 - 1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe - 21 - 1045
032 - Little Saint Nick - 12 - 535
036 - Shut Down - 10 - 448
037 - Catch A Wave - 10 - 419
055 - Be True To Your School - 9 - 249
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe - 3 - 131
081 - Hawaii - 3 - 106
092 - A Young Man Is Gone - 2 - 89

1964
003 - Don't Worry Baby - 37 - 2177
005 - I Get Around - 33 - 1902
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun - 32 - 1636
020 - The Warmth of The Sun - 22 - 876
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) - 16 - 640
025 - All Summer Long - 15 - 628
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance - 11 - 465
040 - Wendy - 9 - 332
041 - She Knows Me Too Well - 9 - 329
054 - Little Honda - 8 - 255
068 - Girls On The Beach - 4 - 147
085 - The Man With All The Toys - 4 - 102
088 - Hushabye - 3 - 95
091 - We'll Run Away - 2 - 90
099 - Drive In - 2 - 73
100 - Santa's Beard - 2 - 73

1965
008 - California Girls - 30 - 1592
013 - Help Me, Rhonda - 27 - 1273
015 - Barbara Ann - 24 - 1062
039 - You're So Good To Me - 8 - 333
045 - Do You Wanna Dance - 7 - 298
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me - 7 - 276
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew - 8 - 246
061 - Please Let Me Wonder - 6 - 199
067 - Kiss Me, Baby - 3 - 149
070 - Then I Kissed Her - 3 - 145
086 - Let Him Run Wild - 3 - 97

1966
001 - God Only Knows - 39 - 2464
002 - Good Vibrations - 37 - 2295
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice - 36 - 2114
006 - Sloop John B - 34 - 1746
014 - Caroline, No - 25 - 1254
028 - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times - 13 - 588
030 - You Still Believe in Me - 14 - 572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) - 12 - 545
033 - That's Not Me - 13 - 510
038 - I'm Waiting for the Day - 9 - 342
043 - Here Today - 9 - 316
057 - I Know There's an Answer - 7 - 239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile - 5 - 224
075 - Pet Sounds - 4 - 130

1967
012 - Heroes And Villains - 27 - 1315
021 - Darlin' - 19 - 869
046 - Wonderful - 7 - 295
053 - Wild Honey - 8 - 258
080 - Vegetables - 5 - 116
095 - Country Air - 2 - 77
097 - With Me Tonight - 2 - 76
098 - Here Comes The Night - 2 - 75

1968
018 - Do It Again - 21 - 885
073 - Little Bird - 3 - 132

1969
022 - I Can Hear Music - 19 - 866
035 - Cabinessence - 9 - 460
060 - Break Away - 5 - 218
065 - Cottonfields - 5 - 157
072 - Time To Get Alone - 3 - 137
084 - Our Prayer - 4 - 102

1970
042 - Forever - 8 - 326
048 - All I Wanna Do - 6 - 285
052 - This Whole World - 5 - 260
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day - 2 - 125
079 - It's About Time - 3 - 122
089 - Cool Cool Water - 3 - 94
093 - Our Sweet Love - 3 - 87

1971
011 - Surf's Up - 25 - 1369
023 - 'Til I Die - 14 - 682
047 - Disney Girls (1957) - 8 - 285
049 - Feel Flows - 6 - 284
050 - Long Promised Road - 8 - 282
083 - Don't Go Near The Water - 3 - 104
087 - Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) - 3 - 96

1972
082 - All This Is That - 2 - 105

1973
026 - Sail On Sailor - 15 - 615
069 - The Trader - 3 - 146
078 - California Saga (California) - 3 - 124
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) - 2 - 85

1976
062 - Rock And Roll Music - 4 - 168
071 - It's O.K. - 4 - 143

1977
090 - The Night Was So Young - 2 - 90

1979
064 - Good Timin' - 6 - 159

1985
063 - Getcha Back - 4 - 167

1988
029 - Kokomo - 12 - 575

1989
066 - Still Cruisin' - 3 - 153

1990
044 - Hang On to Your Ego - 7 - 314

1993
076 - Do You Like Worms - 3 - 128

2012
096 - Summer's Gone - 2 - 76

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BY ALBUM

SURFIN' SAFARI
019 - Surfin' Safari - 20 - 881
027 - 409 - 15 - 600
059 - Surfin'- 6 - 220

SURFIN' USA
010 - Surfin' U.S.A. - 28 - 1443
036 - Shut Down - 10 - 448

SURFER GIRL
009 - In My Room - 31 - 1458
016 - Surfer Girl - 22 - 1045
017 - Little Deuce Coupe - 21 - 1045
037 - Catch A Wave - 10 - 419
081 - Hawaii - 3 - 106

LITTLE DEUCE COUPE
055 - Be True To Your School - 9 - 249
074 - Cherry, Cherry Coupe - 3 - 131
092 - A Young Man Is Gone - 2 - 89

SHUT DOWN VOL. 2
003 - Don't Worry Baby - 37 - 2177
007 - Fun, Fun, Fun - 32 - 1636
020 - The Warmth of The Sun - 22 - 876

ALL SUMMER LONG
005 - I Get Around - 33 - 1902
025 - All Summer Long - 15 - 628
040 - Wendy - 9 - 332
054 - Little Honda - 8 - 255
068 - Girls On The Beach - 4 - 147
088 - Hushabye - 3 - 95
091 - We'll Run Away - 2 - 90
099 - Drive In - 2 - 73

CHRISTMAS
032 - Little Saint Nick - 12 - 535
085 - The Man With All The Toys - 4 - 102
100 - Santa's Beard - 2 - 73

TODAY
024 - When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) - 16 - 640
034 - Dance, Dance, Dance - 11 - 465
041 - She Knows Me Too Well - 9 - 329
045 - Do You Wanna Dance - 7 - 298
061 - Please Let Me Wonder - 6 - 199
067 - Kiss Me, Baby - 3 - 149

SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS)
008 - California Girls - 30 - 1592
013 - Help Me, Rhonda - 27 - 1273
039 - You're So Good To Me - 8 - 333
051 - Girl Don't Tell Me - 7 - 276
070 - Then I Kissed Her - 3 - 145
086 - Let Him Run Wild - 3 - 97

PARTY!
015 - Barbara Ann - 24 - 1062

BEST OF VOL. 3
056 - The Little Girl I Once Knew - 8 - 246

PET SOUNDS
001 - God Only Knows - 39 - 2464
004 - Wouldn't It Be Nice - 36 - 2114
006 - Sloop John B - 34 - 1746
014 - Caroline, No - 25 - 1254
028 - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times - 13 - 588
030 - You Still Believe in Me - 14 - 572
031 - Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) - 12 - 545
033 - That's Not Me - 13 - 510
038 - I'm Waiting for the Day - 9 - 342
043 - Here Today - 9 - 316
057 - I Know There's an Answer - 7 - 239
058 - Let's Go Away For Awhile - 5 - 224
075 - Pet Sounds - 4 - 130

SMILEY SMILE
002 - Good Vibrations - 37 - 2295
012 - Heroes And Villains - 27 - 1315
046 - Wonderful - 7 - 295
080 - Vegetables - 5 - 116
097 - With Me Tonight - 2 - 76

WILD HONEY
021 - Darlin' - 19 - 869
053 - Wild Honey - 8 - 258
095 - Country Air - 2 - 77
098 - Here Comes The Night - 2 - 75

FRIENDS
073 - Little Bird - 3 - 132

20/20
018 - Do It Again - 21 - 885
022 - I Can Hear Music - 19 - 866
035 - Cabinessence - 9 - 460
065 - Cottonfields - 5 - 157
072 - Time To Get Alone - 3 - 137
084 - Our Prayer - 4 - 102

SUNFLOWER
042 - Forever - 8 - 326
048 - All I Wanna Do - 6 - 285
052 - This Whole World - 5 - 260
077 - Add Some Music To Your Day - 2 - 125
079 - It's About Time - 3 - 122
089 - Cool Cool Water - 3 - 94
093 - Our Sweet Love - 3 - 87

SURF'S UP
011 - Surf's Up - 25 - 1369
023 - 'Til I Die - 14 - 682
047 - Disney Girls (1957) - 8 - 285
049 - Feel Flows - 6 - 284
050 - Long Promised Road - 8 - 282
083 - Don't Go Near The Water - 3 - 104
087 - Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song) - 3 - 96

CARL AND THE PASSIONS
082 - All This Is That - 2 - 105

HOLLAND
026 - Sail On Sailor - 15 - 615
069 - The Trader - 3 - 146
078 - California Saga (California) - 3 - 124
094 - California Saga (Big Sur) - 2 - 85

15 BIG ONES
062 - Rock And Roll Music - 4 - 168
071 - It's O.K. - 4 - 143

SPIRIT OF AMERICA
060 - Break Away - 5 - 218

LOVE YOU
090 - The Night Was So Young - 2 - 90

L.A. (LIGHT ALBUM)
064 - Good Timin' - 6 - 159

THE BEACH BOYS
063 - Getcha Back - 4 - 167

STILL CRUISIN'
029 - Kokomo - 12 - 575
066 - Still Cruisin' - 3 - 153

PET SOUNDS CD BONUS
044 - Hang On to Your Ego - 7 - 314

THE SMILE SESSIONS
076 - Do You Like Worms - 3 - 128

THAT'S WHY GOD MADE THE RADIO
096 - Summer's Gone - 2 - 76
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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:47 am

Other songs that got mentioned:

POINTS - SONG
27 - A Day in the Life of a Tree
44 - A Girl From New York City
28 - Alley Oop
35 - Aren't You Glad
45 - Ballad of Ole Betsy
23 - Barbie (Kenny & the Cadets)
18 - Beaches In Mind
47 - Be Still
44 - Be With Me
64 - Bluebirds Over The Mountain
21 - Busy Doin' Nothing
62 - California Dreaming
36 - California Saga (The Beaks of Eagles)
42 - Car Crazy Cutie
44 - Carl's Big Chance
29 - Celebrate The News
50 - Come Go With Me
34 - Custom Machine
63 - Deirdre
65 - Diamond Head
14 - Don't Back Down
63 - Don't Go Near The Water
65 - Don't Hurt My Little Sister
75 - Don't Worry Baby (with Lorrie Morgan)
70 - Do You Like Worms
68 - Do You Remember
52 - Farmer's Daughter
35 - Friends
64 - Gettin' Hungry
42 - Good Time
40 - Good To My Baby
14 - Graduation Day
31 - Guess I'm Dumb
22 - Here Comes The Night (1979)
20 - Hey Little Tomboy
60 - I Can Hear Music (Kathy Troccoli)
52 - I wasn't Made for these Times
26 - I Went To Sleep
48 - I'll Be Home For Christmas
11 - I'm Bugged At My Old Man
22 - I'm So Young
53 - In My Car
45 - It's A Beautiful Day
36 - It's Getting Better
30 - Johnny Carson
44 - Lady Lynda
71 - Let the Wind Blow
46 - Let Us Go On This Way
62 - Little Girl (You're My Miss America)
16 - Little Pad
68 - Lonely Sea
40 - Make It Big
40 - Marcella
17 - Meant For You
44 - Misirlou
48 - Monkey's Uncle (Annette)
14 - My Diane
50 - Never Learn Not To Love
21 - No-Go Showboat
56 - Old Folks At Home/Ol’ Man River
14 - Only With You
34 - Our Car Club
26 - Passing Friend
29 - Pitter-Patter
32 - She's Goin' Bald
48 - Somewhere Near Japan
21 - Soulful Old Man Sunshine
72 - Spirit Of America
48 - Still I Dream Of It
22 - Student Demonstration Time
13 - Surfer's Rule
71 - Susie Cincinnati
15 - Tears In The Morning
26 - Ten Little Indians
65 - That's Just The Way I Feel (Sharon Marie)
50 - That’s Why God Made the Radio
41 - The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)
12 - The Nearest Faraway
13 - There's No Other
52 - Thinkin' About You Baby (Sharon Marie)
31 - Whistle In
71 - Wind Chimes
61 - Wipe Out (With The Fat Boys)
71 - Your Summer Dream

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Henry » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:25 pm

Hymie wrote: The number one song is "God Only Knows," from "Pet Sounds" in 1966. It was the flip side of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the single, barely cracking the top 40 in the USA, but getting to #2 on the UK charts. The song was listed on 39 of the 44 ballots that were submitted, with 6 number one votes. It was written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.


Very nice job "Hymie."

I'm curious about the 5 ballots that did not include "God Only Knows" and the 7 ballots that did not include "Good Vibrations."

It would be interesting to hear from those folks as to why they didn't include these two masterpieces in their lists.

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Hymie » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:09 pm

Henry wrote:
Hymie wrote: The number one song is "God Only Knows," from "Pet Sounds" in 1966. It was the flip side of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" on the single, barely cracking the top 40 in the USA, but getting to #2 on the UK charts. The song was listed on 39 of the 44 ballots that were submitted, with 6 number one votes. It was written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher.


Very nice job "Hymie."

I'm curious about the 5 ballots that did not include "God Only Knows" and the 7 ballots that did not include "Good Vibrations."

It would be interesting to hear from those folks as to why they didn't include these two masterpieces in their lists.


Don't know if any of those came from this forum.

Two of the ones that did not include "Good Vibes" are friends of mine in their 70s who did not like when the Beach Boys started to go progressive. They also hated "Heroes and Villains."

As for "God Only Knows," there were some voters who only submitted a top 10 or a top 20.

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Live in Phoenix » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:29 pm

Thanks Bruce. Always nice to see these sort of detailed polls for one recording artist.

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Fred » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:07 pm

Great work, Hymie!

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Re: Best Beach Boys Songs - RESULTS!

Postby Honorio » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:48 pm

Excellent work, Bruce, I've enjoyed the countdown and I mostly agree with the rankings. With an exception, "Break Away," their last single for Capitol (probably the lyrics refers to this fact) that should be much higher. This song helped me 12 years ago to take a professional decision. After an angry discussion with the director of my hospital "Break Away" sounded in my car while I was driving back home. I pushed up the volume and sang along loudly. Less than 3 minutes after the decision was made and the next day I presented my resignation. "I can breakaway from that lonely life / And I can do what I want to do / And breakaway from that empty life and my world is new."


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