The Beach Boys discography

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The Beach Boys discography

The Beach Boys in 1964
Releases
Studio albums 29
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 36
Singles 82

The Beach Boys are an American rock band that were formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961.[1] Initially rising to become the most popular surf rock band in the U.S. during the early 1960s, the band's mastermind and chief songwriter, Brian Wilson, took The Beach Boys' music to ever increasing levels of sophistication and artistry between 1964 and 1966. This resulted in the band becoming one of most popular international acts of the decade and arguably the only American group to effectively challenge the success of The Beatles in terms of mainstream appeal and critical recognition.[1] Following a nervous breakdown, Brian retreated from the spotlight and relinquished his role as musical leader, leaving the other band members to continue on through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s with Brian as an inconsistent participant.[1] In the 21st century, The Beach Boys continued as a touring band under the stewardship of original member, Mike Love[1] until the return of Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and early member David Marks in 2012.

The Beach Boys' discography from 1961 to 1984 was originally released on the vinyl format, with the 1985 album, The Beach Boys, being the group's first CD release. Over the years, The Beach Boys catalogue has been released on reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, CD, MiniDisc, and most recently, as music downloads from a number of digital media vendors. The discography of the group consists of 29 studio albums, 4 live albums, 34 compilation albums, and 82 singles. The release dates and sequence of The Beach Boys albums in the UK up to Pet Sounds differ significantly from the original U.S. releases.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
CAN
[5]
1962 Surfin' Safari
  • Released: October 1, 1962
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
32
1963 Surfin' U.S.A.
  • Released: March 25, 1963
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
2 17 US: Gold[6]
Surfer Girl
  • Released: September 16, 1963
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
7 13 US: Gold[6]
Little Deuce Coupe
  • Released: October 7, 1963
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
4 US: Platinum[6]
1964 Shut Down Volume 2
  • Released: March 2, 1964
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
13 US: Gold[6]
All Summer Long
  • Released: July 13, 1964
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
4 US: Gold[6]
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
  • Released: November 9, 1964
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
US: Gold[6]
1965 The Beach Boys Today!
  • Released: March 8, 1965
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
4 6 US: Gold[6]
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
  • Released: July 5, 1965
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
2 4 US: Gold[6]
Beach Boys' Party!
  • Released: November 8, 1965
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
6 3
1966 Pet Sounds
  • Released: May 16, 1966
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
10 2 42
[A]
40
[A]
US: Platinum[6]
1967 Smiley Smile
  • Released: September 18, 1967
  • Label: Brother
  • Format: LP
41 9
Wild Honey
  • Released: December 18, 1967
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
24 7 41
[B]
1968 Friends
  • Released: June 24, 1968
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
126 13
1969 20/20
  • Released: February 10, 1969
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP
68 3 41
[B]
1970 Sunflower
  • Released: August 31, 1970
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
151 29 79
1971 Surf's Up
  • Released: August 30, 1971
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
29 15 32 22
1972 Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"
  • Released: May 15, 1972
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: 2xLP[C]
50 25 42 40
1973 Holland
  • Released: January 8, 1973
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
36 20 37 12 UK: Silver[7]
1976 15 Big Ones
  • Released: July 5, 1976
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
8 31 17 6 US: Gold[6]
UK: Silver[7]
1977 Love You
  • Released: April 11, 1977
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
53 28 90 66
1978 M.I.U. Album
  • Released: October 2, 1978
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
  • Format: LP
151 70
1979 L.A. (Light Album)
  • Released: March 19, 1979
  • Label: Caribou
  • Format: LP
100 32 70 88
1980 Keepin' the Summer Alive
  • Released: March 24, 1980
  • Label: Caribou
  • Format: LP
75 54 64 79
1985 The Beach Boys
  • Released: June 10, 1985
  • Label: Caribou
  • Format: LP, CD
52 60 67 74
1989 Still Cruisin'
  • Released: August 28, 1989
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: LP, CD
46 10 75 US: Platinum[6]
AUT: Gold[8]
1992 Summer in Paradise
  • Released: August 3, 1992
  • Label: Brother
  • Format: CD
53
1996 Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
  • Released: 19 August 1996
  • Label: River North
  • Format: CD
101
2012 That's Why God Made the Radio
  • Released: June 5, 2012
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, LP, DD
3 15 31 14
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
US 200
[2]
AUS
[4]
CAN
[5]
US
[9]
1964 Beach Boys Concert
  • Released: October 19, 1964
  • Label: Capitol
1 3 Gold
1970 Live in London
  • Released: May 1970
  • Label: Capitol
75
[D]
1973 The Beach Boys in Concert
  • Released: November 19, 1973
  • Labels: Brother, Reprise
25 29 25 Gold
2002 Good Timin': Live at Knebworth England 1980
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Labels: Brother, Eagle
Gold
2013 Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour
  • Release: May 21, 2013
  • Label: Capitol
94
2014 Live in Sacramento 1964
  • Release: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Capitol

Compilations[edit]

(*) Contains a considerable number of previously unreleased recordings; (**) All previously unreleased recordings;

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US[2] UK[3] AUS[4] CAN[5]
1966 Best of The Beach Boys 8 2 US: 2× Platinum[6]
UK: Platinum[7]
1967 Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 2 50 3 US: 2× Platinum[6]
UK: Platinum[7]
1968 Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 153 9
Stack-O-Tracks (All previously released titles, but with vocal tracks removed)
1970 Good Vibrations NR 77
Greatest Hits NR 5
1974 Endless Summer 1 23 1 US: 3× Platinum[6]
CAN: Gold[10]
1975 Spirit of America 8 79 25 US: Gold[6]
Good Vibrations – Best of The Beach Boys 25 NR 69
American Summer (1975)
1976 20 Golden Greats NR 1 26 NR UK: Platinum[7]
GER: Gold[11]
AUT: Platinum[8]
SWI: Platinum[12]
1981 Ten Years of Harmony 156
1982 Sunshine Dream 180 NR
Be True to Your School
1983 Rarities
The Very Best of The Beach Boys NR 1 8 UK: Platinum[7]
1986 Made in U.S.A. 96 67 US: 2× Platinum[6]
1990 The Complete Beach Boys 50 Greatest Hits (3CDs) (Digital assembly by Ron McMaster)
All-Time Greatest Hits (10 Best Series)[13]
California Gold - The Very Best of The Beach Boys FRA: Gold[14]
SWE: Gold[15]
Summer Dreams - 28 Classic Tracks NR 2 10 UK: Platinum[7]
ARG: Platinum[16]
1991 Lost & Found (1961–62) (*) NR
1993 The Beach Boys...Summer Dreams![17]
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys (*) US: Gold[6]
1995 The Best of The Beach Boys NR 25 UK: Silver[7]
The Greatest Hits – Volume 1: 20 Good Vibrations 95 NR US: 2× Platinum[6]
FRA: Gold[14]
1997 Pet Sounds Sessions (Box) (*)
1998 Greatest Hits NR 28
Endless Harmony Soundtrack (**)
Ultimate Christmas (*)
1999 The Greatest Hits – Volume 2: 20 More Good Vibrations 192 NR
2000 Greatest Hits Volume Three: Best of the Brother Years 1970–1986
2001 Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace of a Musical Legacy (**)
The Very Best of The Beach Boys NR 34 UK: Platinum[7]
2002 Classics Selected by Brian Wilson 159 112
2003 Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys 16 46 37 US: 3× Platinum[6]
AUS: 2× Platinum[18]
CAN: Platinum
2005 The Platinum Collection (Sounds of Summer Edition) NR 30 UK: Silver[7]
2007 The Warmth of the Sun 40
2008 The Original US Singles Collection The Capitol Years 1962–1965 NR
2009 Summer Love Songs
2011 The Smile Sessions (*) 27 25
2012 50th Anniversary Collection 'Zinepak (Walmart exclusive)[19] 86
50 Big Ones: Greatest Hits 116 30
Greatest Hits
2013 Made in California (*)
The Big Beat 1963 (*)
2014 Keep an Eye On Summer – The Beach Boys Sessions 1964 (*)

Singles[edit]

Listed below are Beach Boys A-sides issued in the US. For Beach Boys singles not issued under the group name, charting B-sides, EP tracks, featured tracks, Christmas singles and non-American A-sides, see other songs.

1961–1965 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
SWE
[21]
CAN
[22]
1961 "Surfin'" 75
1962 "Surfin' Safari" 14 48 1
"Ten Little Indians" 49 6
1963 "Surfin' U.S.A." 3 27
[23]
12 6 6
"Surfer Girl" 7 17
"Be True to Your School" 6 78 6
1964 "Fun, Fun, Fun" 5 9
"I Get Around" 1 7 33 10 1 US: Gold[6]
"When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" 9 27 39 1
"Dance, Dance, Dance" 8 24 52 6 7
1965 "Do You Wanna Dance?" 12 95 9 17
"Help Me, Rhonda" 1 27 16 5 1
"California Girls" 3 26 58 6 2
"The Little Girl I Once Knew" 20 7
[24]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

1965–1970 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
NOR
[25]
SWE
[21]
CAN
[5]
NL
[26]
1965 "Barbara Ann" 2 3 2 1 2 2 17
1966 "Sloop John B" 3 2 17 1 1 2 1
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" 8 17 4
"Good Vibrations" 1 1 1 2 3 2 2
[27]
US: Gold[6]
1967 "Heroes and Villains" 12 8 13 7 5 10
"Wild Honey" 31 29 25 14 20
"Darlin'" 19 11 28 15 17
1968 "Friends" 47 25 50
"Do It Again" 20 1 1 5 5 10 3
"Bluebirds over the Mountain" 61 33 90 54 9
1969 "I Can Hear Music" 24 10 10 5 35 4
"Break Away" 63 6 83 38 20
1970 "Add Some Music to Your Day" 64 43
"Cottonfields" 103 5 1 1 1 13
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

1970–1978 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US AC
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
NL
[26]
CAN
[5]
1970 "Slip On Through"
"Tears in the Morning" 4
1971 "Cool, Cool Water"
"Long Promised Road" 89 72
"Surf's Up"
1972 "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" 29
"Marcella"[F] 110 20
1973 "Sail On, Sailor"[G] 49 28 73
"California Saga: California" 84 37 85
1976 "Rock and Roll Music" 5 36 35 11
"It's O.K." 29 33 36
"Everyone's in Love with You"
1977 "Honkin' Down the Highway"
1978 "Peggy Sue" 59 46 97 61
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

1979–1986 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US AC
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
CAN
[5]
1979 "Here Comes the Night" 44 37 90 73
"Good Timin'" 40 12 36
"Lady Lynda" 39 6 54
"It's a Beautiful Day" 45
1980 "Goin' On" 83
"Livin' with a Heartache"
"Oh Darlin'"
1981 "The Beach Boys Medley" 12 20 47 16 15
"Come Go with Me" 18 11 20
1984 "East Meets West"
(with The Four Seasons)
1985 "Getcha Back" 26 2 97 81 26
"It's Gettin' Late" 82 20
"She Believes in Love Again" 26
1986 "Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue" 68 79 73
"California Dreamin'" 57 8 40
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

1987–2012 singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[20]
US AC
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
GER
[28]
CAN
Country

[5]
CAN
[5]
1987 "Wipe Out"
(with The Fat Boys)
12 2 30
"Happy Endings"
(with Little Richard)
1988 "Kokomo" 1 5 25 1 7 3 US: Platinum[6]
FRA: Silver[29]
"Don't Worry Baby"
(with The Everly Brothers)
41
1989 "Still Cruisin'" 93 9 78 28 51 55
1990 "Somewhere Near Japan"
"Problem Child" 38
1992 "Hot Fun in the Summertime" 17 66
"Forever"
(with John Stamos)
97
1996 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
"I Can Hear Music"
(with Kathy Troccoli)
16
"Little Deuce Coupe"
(with James House)
31
[30]
2012 "That's Why God Made the Radio" 30
"Isn't It Time"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

Other songs[edit]

1962–1964 songs[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions
US
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
NOR
[25]
SWE
[21]
CAN
[31]
PHI
[32]
1962 "409" 76
"Summertime Blues" 8
[33]
1963 "Shut Down" 23
"Little Deuce Coupe" 15 17
"In My Room" 23 78
"Little Saint Nick"[H]
1964 "Hawaii" 9
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love"[I] 120
"Don't Worry Baby" 24 33
"She Knows Me Too Well"[J] 101
"Little Honda" 65 11 8 1 15
"Wendy" 44
"The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" 3 1 8
[34]
"The Man with All the Toys"[K]
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

1965–1996 songs[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions
US
[20]
UK
[3]
AUS
[4]
NOR
[25]
SWE
[21]
CAN
[5]
PHI
[32]
US
Country

[20]
1965 "Please Let Me Wonder" 52
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" 3
[35]
1966 "Caroline, No"
(as Brian Wilson)
32 16
"You're So Good to Me" 17
"God Only Knows" 39 2 17 6
1967 "Then I Kissed Her" 4 14 10 2
"Gettin' Hungry"
(as Brian Wilson and Mike Love)
"How She Boogalooed It" 10
1972 "Student Demonstration Time" 62
1974 "Child of Winter"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
(with Elton John)
2 16 13 1
"Wishing You Were Here"
(with Chicago)
11
"The Warmth of the Sun" 66
1979 "Sumahama" 45
1996 "Fun, Fun, Fun"
(with Status Quo)
24
"Long Tall Texan"
(with Doug Supernaw)
69
"Don't Worry Baby"
(with Lorrie Morgan)
73
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, was not released in the country or the information is unknown

Other album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
1991 "Crocodile Rock" Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1966 "Sloop John B"
"Good Vibrations"
1967 "Surf's Up"
1968 "Friends"
"Do It Again"
"Wake the World"
1969 "Break Away"
1971 "Don't Go Near the Water"
"Long Promised Road"
1976 "That Same Song"
1985 "Getcha Back"
"It's Gettin' Late"
1986 "Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue"
"California Dreamin'"
1987 "Happy Endings" (with Little Richard)
"Wipe Out" (with The Fat Boys)
1988 "Kokomo"
1989 "Still Cruisin'"
1990 "Somewhere Near Japan"
"Problem Child"
1991 "Crocodile Rock"
1992 "Hot Fun in the Summertime"
"Forever" (as Jesse & The Rippers)
1993 "Summer in Paradise"
1995 "Summer of Love"
1996 "Fun, Fun, Fun" (with Status Quo (band))
2011 "Do It Again" (2011 version)
2012 "That's Why God Made the Radio" (lyric video)
"That's Why God Made the Radio"

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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