Top 12 Beach Boys songs featuring Brian Wilson on his 81st Birthday

He was the main creative force behind The Beach Boys during the 1960’s

Top 12 Beach Boys songs featuring Brian Wilson on his 81st Birthday

Singer, songwriter and the main creative force behind the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson was born on June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California, U.S. Brian co-founded the Beach Boys in 1961 with his brothers Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. The band. which started as a Pop/Surf Rock act, went on to became one of the most experimental towards the late 1960’s, influencing other bands and artists such as The Beatles. Their masterpiece, “Pet Sounds” released in 1966, was hugely influential on The Beatles creating their 1967 masterpiece “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Wilson’s unorthodox approaches to pop composition and mastery of recording techniques, made him one of the biggest Pop and Rock composers and musicians of our time, but with fame and success came also mental illness. As he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, together with his diminished musical contributions, his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. During the 1970’s, he was increasingly reputed for his hermitic lifestyle and substance abuse and it wasn’t up until the late 1990’s that Wilson returned to the music industry, recording and performing again consistently as a solo artist. Brian Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. We celebrate his 81st birthday by looking back at the Top 12 Beach Boys songs featuring Brian Wilson.

12 – “Fun, Fun, Fun”, 1964

11 – “Surfin’ Safari”, 1962

10 – “California Girls”, 1965

9 – “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, 1963

8 – “In My Room”, 1963

7 – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, 1966

6 – “I Get Around”, 1964

5 – “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”, 1966

4 – “God Only Knows”, 1966

3 – “Heroes and Villains”, 1967

2 – “Sloop John B”, 1966

1 – “Good Vibrations”, 1967


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