25 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Beach Boys transformed pop into a resplendent art form thanks to their sun-kissed harmonies and Brian Wilson's tender genius. Early hits like the achingly ethereal “Don't Worry Baby” explore teen love and insecurity through the prism of surf and hot-rod culture. In 1966, they graduated to psychedelia with the landmark “Good Vibrations”—an ecstatic symphony piece bursting with swirling vocals and kaleidoscopic textures. Despite their stylistic detours over the years, the breezy splendor of 1988's “Kokomo” proves they've never ventured far from the surf and sand.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Beach Boys transformed pop into a resplendent art form thanks to their sun-kissed harmonies and Brian Wilson's tender genius. Early hits like the achingly ethereal “Don't Worry Baby” explore teen love and insecurity through the prism of surf and hot-rod culture. In 1966, they graduated to psychedelia with the landmark “Good Vibrations”—an ecstatic symphony piece bursting with swirling vocals and kaleidoscopic textures. Despite their stylistic detours over the years, the breezy splendor of 1988's “Kokomo” proves they've never ventured far from the surf and sand.

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