Released in August 1968, The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 was primarily put together to compensate for the poor U.S. sales of The Beach Boys' Friends album. The album marked the LP debut of the 1965 single "The Little Girl I Once Knew".
The Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 hit number 153 in the US during a 6-week chart stay. In the UK, it reached number 9.