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The Beach Boys Today! (album) by The Beach Boys 

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The Beach Boys Today!
The Beach Boys Today! by The Beach Boys (1965)
Overall rank: 923rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 384 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1965 (8th)
Top 100 albums of the 1960s (92nd)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (923rd)

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The Beach Boys bestography

The Beach Boys Today! is ranked 3rd best out of 55 albums by The Beach Boys on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Beach Boys is Pet Sounds which is ranked number 14 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 97,352.

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Members who like this album also like: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Revolver by The Beatles and Rubber Soul by The Beatles.

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From JimagineL 05/15/2018 23:01
Brian Wilson begins here to show his true potential as a songwriter, a beatiful record that set the tone to Pet Sounds. "Please Let me Wonder" is among their best tracks for sure.
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From PaperVinnie 03/20/2018 14:24
Just before they hit their creative peak, Brian Wilson was already a genius, and this is where he starts maturing and makes the foundation for the Beach Boys' legacy.
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From IhopeIthinkIknow 05/28/2017 16:51
great beach boys album. the first half is traditional poppy beach boys songs which are all great fun, and the second half are beautiful ballads. this insistence on segregation hurts the pacing a little, but at 28 minutes long, that's not a huge issue.

85/100. favorite songs: she knows me too well, please let me wonder, don't hurt my little sister
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90/100
From TheHutts 01/25/2017 21:47
Brian Wilson stopped touring (he was replaced live temporarily by Glen Campbell, then by future group member Bruce Johnston), becoming a full time arranger and writer for the group’s studio recordings. 1965’s Today! is often regarded as their first masterpiece; it’s full of signs of Brian Wilson’s genius, even if it a bit rough around the edges. The stunning focal point of the record is the run of five ballads on the second side, some of the most full realised pop music every committed to tape at the time
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From rileytfindley 09/21/2016 16:57
This record is incredibly underrated, as is most every album the Beach Boys ever released apart from Pet Sounds (and Smiley Smile, which maybe gets too much credit). While not exactly a very mature or experimental record, Today! holds the same qualities that makes something akin to Help! by the Beatles so enjoyable.

There are the singles, some of the group's most popular singular songs, like 'Do You Wanna Dance?' and 'Help Me, Rhonda' that make this record relevant in a charting sense, but the lyrics really shine through on the more confrontational, and tonally deceptive track 'Don't Hurt My Little Sister'.

Setting aside The Smile Sessions, this album has some of their best group vocal delivery. It's a pleasure to listen to; easy to digest and approach.
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From lanadeleswift 09/07/2016 23:41
It introduced the first version of Help Me, Ronda which is a feat of its own. This is a key point for when they starting developing their sound from a more artistic standpoint. Not many songs about teen love, cars, surfing, etc. Just emotion
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65/100
From nitomano 07/08/2016 05:34
Favoritas: Help Me Rhonda, Dance Dance Dance, I'm So Young, Do You Wanna Dance
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From garycottier 03/25/2016 12:05
One of the Beach boys best. A fun first side and a beautiful second. Side two is a kind of dry run for pet sounds, while side one is for the more typical beach boys material, although the sounds are much more mature, with much more interesting and adventurous chord changes. The best examples of these on the first side are the glorious, help me Rhondda, and the beautiful duo of, when I grow up to be a man, and, don't hurt my little sister. Just listen to those incredible vocal arrangements. Side two is given over to the more slower and complexed numbers. Please let me wonder, kicks off the second side, a second side in more ways than one, it's apparently the first song Brian Wilson wrote stoned. The beautiful cover, I'm so young is wonderful, with those pretty vocals. In the back of my mind, is probably the darkest track on the album, with Dennis taking the lead, where he sings of Brian's fears. They obviously ran out of songs for the last track but it's worth it just to hear Dennis mention Dick Reising. It's a brilliant album, and certainly the first record where the beach boys were started to be taken seriously.
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From sulmagnificent 03/13/2016 00:41
Perfect from start to finish, it's their Hard Day's Night
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From LittleM1971 03/29/2015 21:23
love this one
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