Editors’ Notes Corralling the most important tunes by an American institution isn't easy, but this collection comes pretty close to perfection. Celebrating a half-century of music, the 50-track 2012 anthology covers everything from early-'60s surf-rock anthems like "Surfin' Safari" to such baroque-pop masterpieces as "God Only Knows," and it runs all the way through to "That's Why God Made the Radio," the 2012 hit that marked the eagerly awaited reunion between the long-estranged Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Along the way, covers of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields" and The Ronettes' "I Can Hear Music" serve as reminders that The Beach Boys were more eclectic than many realize.

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