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Beach Boys Faves

Don’t Worry Baby

Brian cited the song as his attempt to capture the essence of his all time favorite record, “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes, who would later cover this song. At one time, Wilson listened to his 45 record of the song he “could never do” up to 100 times a day.

“Don’t Worry Baby” is a song written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, produced by Wilson and first recorded by The Beach Boys. The band’s version, a tender ballad with falsetto lead vocal by Brian, was first released on their 1964 album Shut Down Volume 2. It was also released as the B-side of The Beach Boys’ first U.S. number-one hit single, “I Get Around”, also reaching number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its own right. The single was released in the United States in May 1964 through Capitol Records. It was released a month later, in June 1964, in the United Kingdom.

The song “Don’t Worry Baby” is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. It is ranked as the 176th greatest song of all time in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and Pitchfork Media placed it at number 14 on its list of “The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”. (Read More On Wikipedia)

2 thoughts on “Beach Boys Faves

  1. You picked great ones, no doubt. You did not mention any songs in the oft-neglected 1968-1976 era.

    Time To Get Alone
    I’ll Bet He’s Nice
    Country Air
    This Whole World
    Surf’s Up
    Feel Flows

    so many more… That era of the Beach Boys gets overlooked so often

  2. Thanks for your feedback Rob. The actual voting for the best songs was done via Facebook where the voter had the option of adding his favorite song to the list. So actually this is a pretty good reflection of their favorites, although not representative amongst Beach boys fans worldwide of course..

    Of the songs you listed only Surf’s Up was voted for (getting 2 votes)

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