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The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 13 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 83,353.

The Beach Boys is ranked number 13 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 102,956.

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The Beach Boys best albums

The following albums by The Beach Boys are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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1.

Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,767 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:83,450
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,969 votes)
Comments: 218 comments
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2.

The Smile Sessions
Compilation
United States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:2011Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 2011:4Rank Score:6,294
Rank in 2010s22Overall Rank:343
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (464 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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3.

The Beach Boys Today!United States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1965Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1965:8Rank Score:2,141
Rank in 1960s91Overall Rank:902
Average Rating:  80/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

SunflowerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1970:33Rank Score:2,048
Rank in 1970s217Overall Rank:947
Average Rating:  78/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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5.

Surf's UpUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1971Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1971:37Rank Score:1,354
Rank in 1970s302Overall Rank:1,349
Average Rating:  78/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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FriendsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1968Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1968:26Rank Score:1,255
Rank in 1960s135Overall Rank:1,432
Average Rating:  75/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Wild HoneyUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1967Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1967:27Rank Score:1,235
Rank in 1960s138Overall Rank:1,459
Average Rating:  76/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Smiley SmileUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1967Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1967:28Rank Score:1,186
Rank in 1960s142Overall Rank:1,514
Average Rating:  75/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Love YouUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1977Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1977:54Rank Score:496
Rank in 1970s601Overall Rank:3,023
Average Rating:  73/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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10.

All Summer LongUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1964Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1964:19Rank Score:411
Rank in 1960s271Overall Rank:3,528
Average Rating:  74/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Overall band rank: 13

This may not be a complete discography for The Beach Boys. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

The Beach Boys best tracks

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1.God Only Knows
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 93/100 (686 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.Wouldn't It Be Nice
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 92/100 (638 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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3.Good Vibrations
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 91/100 (314 votes)
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4.Surf's Up
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 91/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.Good Vibrations
(from the album Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys)
 91/100 (71 votes)
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6.God Only Knows
(from the album Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys)
 91/100 (82 votes)
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7.Good Vibrations
(from the album Smiley Smile)
 90/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.Wouldn't It Be Nice
(from the album Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys)
 90/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.Heroes And Villains
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 90/100 (146 votes)
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10.Sloop John B
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 89/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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11.Surf's Up
(from the album Surf's Up)
 88/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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12.I Get Around
(from the album All Summer Long)
 88/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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13.Caroline, No
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 88/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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14.Heroes And Villians
(from the album Smiley Smile)
 87/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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15.Cabin Essence
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 87/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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16.Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 87/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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17.Wonderful
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 87/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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18.California Girls
(from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!))
 87/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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19.Vega-Tables
(from the album The Smile Sessions)
 87/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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20.I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
(from the album Pet Sounds)
 86/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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The Beach Boys ratings

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From garycottier 11/23/2016 15:00
The Beach boys were a good group but to say they were better than the Beatles(as member Crimson claims) is just insane. Without Brian Wilson they were really not much more than a glorified vocal group. I mean, come on, a real band doesn't need a bunch of session musicians to play the backing tracks. After Brian lost it late '66/early '67, the band lost all focus. Their albums after, Pet sounds, are all messy affairs, with all sorts of songs from all sorts of places thrown in to make up the running time. The best Beach boys lyrics are written by outsiders like Tony Asher and Jack Rieley, forget Mike Love, he's okay when he's singing about surf boards and hamburger stands, but he's hardly Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, let alone Lennon, McCartney or even Harrison. As for Brian Wilson, the last great song he wrote was, ' Til I die, and that came out on the 1971 album, Surf's up, 45 years ago. The problem with Brian is he's always been too light, too fluffy and too safe, he really needed a foil like a Lennon to keep him away from anything too schmaltzy, but unfortunately he was mainly encouraged towards this territory by his bandmates rather than deterred from it. The Beach boys were a good group, not a good band, and even though i'm a fan, i would never seriously compare them with the Beatles. Yes, Pet sounds, is extraordinary, one of the greatest albums ever made and up there with, Sgt. Pepper, but the rest is just too inconsistent, too patchy, and though the, Smile, album is good, it's not quite the masterpiece some claim, although it could have been if it had been finished properly. Still, Friends, Today, and, Surf's up, are good albums, but they're hardly, Rubber soul, Revolver, or, Abbey road. As for their eighties albums, well, let's not even go there, let alone their nineties efforts. They've basically been out of their depth since the late sixties and are probably the most unhip band out of all the rock'n'roll legends desperately trying to remain commercially successful with the usual terrible results usually instigated by Mike Love(the Fat boys, anyone?). Having said all that, I like the band/group, and each to his own, but although the Beach boys may be your favourite band, you cannot say they are better than the Beatles. They're not.
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From crimson 10/05/2016 16:38
Besides from Pet Sounds, they are massively underrated. Much, much, better than the Beatles. One of the best, or the best, bands of all time.
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From lanadeleswift 08/03/2016 22:22
The rise and downfall of Brian Wilson and the whole production era of 1966-1968 really gives me the creeps in the best way. It's really crazy how differently music history would've gone if they'd released Smile in 1967, especially considering how some Beatles albums have been considered a reaction to them. They were still strong through the 70s in my opinion and their 2012 comeback is great. Deceptively deep and complex, which I guess is a beautiful thing. It's art under the guise of simplicity
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From flamingyesdept 07/23/2016 13:16
It really does upset me how underrated The Beach Boys are compared to say, The Beatles, despite the fact that they are easily on a par with them, if not (in my opinion) even better. The issue seems to be that most people judge them by their early singles (e.g. Surfin USA, I Get Around etc.); good as they are, the majority of the Boys' best work is to be found later on in their career in the 1970s (Sunflower, Surf's Up, Holland), with incredibly beautiful and brilliant songs such as Surf's Up, The Trader, Till I Die and All I Wanna Do. Unfortunately, these albums go mostly overlooked, and The Beach Boys continue to be judged by their early work (you wouldn't judge The Beatles on Please Please Me alone!!) Don't make the same mistake and don't underestimate this fantastic band - perhaps the best ever! Get listening :) x
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From sethmadsen 04/03/2016 23:29
Pet Sounds and Smile (Brian Wilson's version released in the 2000s) are pretty good, but Beach Boys are bit overrated for me. Most of their stuff is pretty lame. Either just bad or poppy boy band stuff. They had some really cool arrangements due to Brian Wilson, some solid harmonies and the such, but I would rank them a bit lower as a band. They would probably make my top 100, not top 20.
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From JoanOfArc 06/29/2015 13:14
Brian Wilson is a pure genius. Essential albums is Pet Sounds, Surf's Up, Friends and Smile Sessions. Dennis Wilson i kinda underrated. He wrote "Forever" and "Slip in through" for example. Those tracks are awesome. Carl Wilson best track is "Long Promised Road".
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From Aruji 05/19/2014 00:48
They are one of the greatest bands of all time. Everyone who only listened to Pet Sounds needs to check out their other records. Even though they might be not as good (bar The SMile Sessions) there is a lot of wonderful music to discover.

Recommended albums: Pet Sounds, The SMile Sessions, Love You, Today!, Friends, Sunflower, Surf's Up, Summer Days (And Summer Nights), Wild Honey, Holland
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From Gowi 03/11/2014 21:59
My favorite band and the most nostalgic for me. All of my love of melody, harmony, and baroque pop comes from this sunny band that made a decades worth of masterpieces of pop music.
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