List of cover versions of Beach Boys songs

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This is a list of cover versions of Beach Boys songs recorded by notable music artists. The Beach Boys were a critically and commercially successful band whose music is defined as being culturally significant. Through their immense influence, many notable artists began covering their original songs while various commemorative tribute albums have been created. Some of them feature song selections based on a certain era, particular album, or other thematic choice.

Artists who have covered songs from the solo career of the Beach Boys' members are not included.

Key[edit]

  Denotes Beach Boys' related tribute albums or performances.
  Denotes a recording with presence of one or more Beach Boys.
  Denotes a single release that charted.

List[edit]

Artist Year Song Appearance Note(s)
1910 Fruitgum Company 2007 "Little Saint Nick" Bubblegum Christmas
The A-Bones 1990 "Drive-In" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
A Mighty Wind 2013 "God Only Knows" BioShock Infinite
Adventures in Stereo 1998 "Wonderful" Smiling Pets [1]
Rick Altizer 2002 "Surf's Up" Making God Smile
The Aluminum Group 2000 "Caroline, No" Caroline Now!
American Spring 1972 "Darlin'" (as "Thinkin' Bout You Baby") Spring [2]
"This Whole World"
"Forever"
The Apples in Stereo 2001 "Heroes and Villains" Let's Go! [3]
Avenged Sevenfold 2017 "God Only Knows" The Stage (Evolving)
Backstreet Boys 2007 "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Jeff Beck 2007 "Surf's Up" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
"Surfin' U.S.A."
Best Coast 2017 "Little Saint Nick" Amazon Music [4]
Frank Black 1993 "Hang On to Your Ego" Frank Black
Norman Blake 2000 "Only With You" Caroline Now!
David Bowie 1984 "God Only Knows" Tonight [5][6]
Boys Choir of Harlem 2001 "Our Prayer" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Jonatha Brooke 2004 "God Only Knows" Back in the Circus [7]
Junior Brown 1996 "409" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Sawyer Brown 1996 "I Get Around" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
T. Graham Brown 1996 "Help Me, Rhonda" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
California Music 1974 "Don't Worry Baby" single
Glen Campbell 1977 "God Only Knows" Southern Nights [5]
Kate Campbell 2002 "Add Some Music to Your Day" Making God Smile
Larry Carlton 1997 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Captain & Tennille 2007 "Little Saint Nick" The Secret of Christmas
Eric Carmen 2000 "Caroline, No" I Was Born to Love You
Carpenters 1973 "Fun, Fun, Fun" Now & Then
Dori Caymmi 1997 "Caroline, No" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Alex Chilton 2000 "I Wanna Pick You Up" Caroline Now! [8]
2013 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Electricity by Candlelight [9]
"Surfer Girl"
"Solar System"
Elvis Costello ft. the Brodsky String Quartet 1993 "God Only Knows" The Juliet Letters [6]
Cub 1993 "Surfer Girl" Betti-Cola
Rivers Cuomo 2008 "Don't Worry Baby" Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
2011 "God Only Knows" [5][10]
Jamie Cullum 2007 "Sail On, Sailor" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
The Cynics 1990 "Be True to Your School" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 2011 "God Only Knows" Horse Power [5]
Darlin' 1995 "Darlin'"
Das Damen 1990 "Johnny Carson" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Neil Diamond 1977 "God Only Knows" I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight [5]
DM3 1998 "Caroline, No" Smiling Pets [1]
Dolour 2002 "This Whole World" Making God Smile
Doopees 1995 "Caroline, No" Doopee Time
Dos Dragsters (Sea Foam Green) 1990 "Pet Sounds" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Earth, Wind & Fire 2007 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Kat Edmonson 2012 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Way Down Low
Elements 1997 'Til I Die Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Eliane Elias 1997 "Our Sweet Love/Friends" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Evan and Jaron 2001 "I Get Around" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Jad Fair 2000 "Do Ya" Caroline Now!
Feelds 1998 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Smiling Pets [1]
Ferron 1999 "Don't Worry Baby" Inside Out: The IMA Sessions
The Flaming Lips 2012 "God Only Knows" MOJO Presents Pet Sounds Revisited [8]
Fleetwood Mac 1980 "Farmer's Daughter" Live [11]
FORMS 1998 "Heroes and Villains" Smiling Pets [1]
The Free Design 2000 "Endless Harmony" Caroline Now! [12]
Kim Fowley 2000 "Almost Summer" Caroline Now!
Glenn Frey 2012 "Caroline, No" After Hours
Bill Frisell 2014 "Surfer Girl" Guitar in the Space Age!
Charly Garcia y Pedro Aznar 1991 "God Only Knows" Tango 4 [13]
David Garland 1993 "I Went to Sleep" I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
"In My Room"
"Cabinessence"
"In the Back of My Mind"
"Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)"
"I Wanna Pick You Up"
"You're So Good to Me"
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
"Mt. Vernon and Fairway - Theme"
"Wonderful"
"'Til I Die"
"Meant for You"
Vince Gill 2001 "The Warmth of the Sun" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, & David Crosby 2001 "Surf's Up" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Grant Lee Buffalo 1995 "In My Room" Friends (Original TV soundtrack)
David Grubbs 1998 "Wind Chimes" Smiling Pets [1]
Don Grusin 1997 "Surfer Girl" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem 1979 "Little Saint Nick" John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Handsome Dick Manitoba 1990 "Dance, Dance, Dance" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Hanson 1997 "Little Saint Nick" Snowed In
Harpy 1998 "Cool, Cool Water" Smiling Pets [1]
Jason Harrod 2002 "In My Room" Making God Smile
Justin Hayward 1989 "God Only Knows" Classic Blue
Joey Heatherton 1972 "God Only Knows" The Joey Heatherton Album
The High Llamas 2000 "Anna Lee, the Healer" Caroline Now! [8]
The Hollyridge Strings 1965 "Little Saint Nick" Christmas Favorites
The Hot Doggers 1963 "Surfin' U.S.A." Surfin' U.S.A. [14]
"Surfin'"
"Surfin' Safari"
James House 1996 "Little Deuce Coupe" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Mari Iijima 1989 "Little Saint Nick" The Christmas Song
Stevie Jackson 2000 "Good Time" Caroline Now
Jan and Dean 1963 "Surfin'" Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin
"Surfin' Safari"
"Little Deuce Coupe" Drag City
1965 "Little Honda" Command Performance
"I Get Around"
1971 "Vegetables" Jan & Dean Anthology
1982 "Shut Down" One Summer Night/Live
"Surfin' U.S.A."
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"California Girls"
"Good Vibrations"
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
1985 "Be True To Your School" Silver Summer
"Surfer Girl"
2001 "California Saga: California" Live In Concert: Surf City
The Jesus & Mary Chain 1988 "Surfin' U.S.A." Barbed Wire Kisses
Billy Joel 2001 "Don't Worry Baby" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Elton John 2001 "God Only Knows" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Elton John and Brian Wilson 2001 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Daniel Johnston 2006 "God Only Knows" Do It Again: A Tribute to Pet Sounds
Tsuyoshi Kawakami 2003 "Pet Sounds" Moodmakers Mood
Phil Keaggy 2002 "Good Vibrations" Making God Smile
Toby Keith 1996 "Be True to Your School" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Eugene Kelly 2000 "Lady" Caroline Now!
Steven Khan & Gabriela Anders 1997 "Don't Worry Baby" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Jan Krist 2002 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Making God Smile
The Langley Schools Music Project 2001 "Good Vibrations" The Langley Schools Music Project
"God Only Knows"
"In My Room"
"I Get Around"
"Help Me, Rhonda"
"You're So Good To Me"
"Little Deuce Coupe"
John Legend 2007 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Frank Lenz & Richard Swift 2002 Caroline, No Making God Smile
Peggy Lipton 1970 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" single
Charles Lloyd 2010 "Caroline, No" Mirror [15]
2013 "God Only Knows" Hagar's Song [16]
The Lost Dogs 2002 "With Me Tonight" Making God Smile
Darlene Love 2007 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Lulu with Sting 2002 "Sail On, Sailor" Together
Shelby Lynne 2007 "Surfer Girl" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Phil Madeira 2002 "Heroes and Villains" Making God Smile
The Manhattan Transfer 1995 "God Only Knows" Tonin'
Aimee Mann and Michael Penn 2001 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Ricky Martin 2001 "California Girls" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
"Help Me, Rhonda"
Kevin Max and Jimmy Abegg 2002 "Help Me, Rhonda" Making God Smile
Michael McDonald & Billy Preston 2007 "Don't Worry Baby" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
John McEntire 1998 "Let's Go Away for Awhile" Smiling Pets [1]
McFly 2004 "Little Saint Nick" Eastenders Christmas Party
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes 1992 "Sloop John B" Blow in the Wind
Medicine 2001 "Til I Die" Never Click
Melt Banana 1998 "Surfin' U.S.A." Smiling Pets [1]
"You're Welcome"
Vince Mendoza ft. John Abercrombie 1997 Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Kate Miner 2002 "God Only Knows" Caroline Now!
Katrina Mitchell & Bill Wells 2000 "Wind Chimes" Caroline Now!
Mandy Moore 2004 "God Only Knows" [5]
Thurston Moore 1998 "Here Today" Smiling Pets [1]
The Mooseheart Faith 1990 "Wind Chimes" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Lorrie Morgan 1996 "Don't Worry Baby" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Litto Nebbia 2002 "Surfer Girl" Tributo Brian Wilson
"Caroline No"
"Please Let Me Wonder"
"The Warmth of the Sun"
"Til I Die"
"God Only Knows"
"Let Him Run Wild"
"Wonderful"
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
"Girl Don't Tell Me"
Willie Nelson 1996 "The Warmth of the Sun" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Olivia Newton-John 1974 "God Only Knows" Long Live Love [5]
Jim O'Rourke 1998 "Fall Breaks and Back to Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)" Smiling Pets [1]
Oberhofer 2010 "Be True to Your School" Live: Big Ugly Yellow Couch Session [6]
The Olivia Tremor Control 1998 "Do You Like Worms?" Smiling Pets [1]
"Little Pad" [nb 1]
OnoTetsu 1998 "Tones" Smiling Pets [1]
The Original Sins 1990 "Help Me, Rhonda" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Overboard 2008 "Little Saint Nick" Tidings
Paper Dolls 1968 "Darlin'" [17]
Peanut 1966 "I'm Waiting For The Day"
The Pearlfishers 2000 Go Away Boy Caroline Now!
Pennywise 1996 "Surfin' USA" MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean
1997 "I Get Around" MOM II: Music for Our Mother Ocean
Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra 2000 "Pet Sounds" Caroline Now!
Louis Philippe 1988 "Little Pad"
1991 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Rainfall
Pizzicato Five 1996 "Passing By" Sister Freedom Tapes
Doug Powell 2002 "'Til I Die" Making God Smile
Psychic TV 1986 "Good Vibrations" [18]
The Queers 1996 "Don't Back Down" Don't Back Down [6]
"Little Honda" Don't Back Down [6]
The Ramones 1993 "Surfin' Safari" Acid Eaters (Japan version).
Collin Raye 1996 "Sloop John B" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Records 1990 "Darlin'" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Red Hot Chili Peppers 2007 "I Get Around" Musicares Presents A Tribute To Brian Wilson
Rockabye Baby! 2006 "Surfer Girl" Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Beach Boys [19]
"In My Room"
"Surf's Up"
"Let's Go Away for Awhile"
"Our Prayer"
"The Warmth of the Sun"
"Caroline, No"
"God Only Knows"
"Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)"
"You Still Believe in Me"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
David Lee Roth 1985 "California Girls" Crazy from the Heat [nb 2]
Darius Rucker & Matthew Sweet 2001 "Sail On, Sailor" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Todd Rundgren 1976 "Good Vibrations" Faithful [nb 3]
Saint Etienne 2000 "Stevie" Caroline Now! [8]
2012 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" MOJO Presents Pet Sounds Revisited [12]
Chris Schlarb 2013 "'Til I Die" Psychic Temple II
Timothy B. Schmit 1996 "Caroline, No" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Marilyn Scott 1997 "In My Room" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her 1998 "You Still Believe In Me" Smiling Pets [1]
Secret Chiefs 3 1998 "Good Vibrations" Smiling Pets [1]
The Secret Goldfish 2000 "California Saga: Big Sur" Caroline Now!
Sharky's Machine 1990 "I Wanna Pick You Up" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
She & Him 2011 "Christmas Day" A Very She & Him Christmas
"Little Saint Nick"
Shonen Knife 1996 "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" The Birds & the B-Sides
Short Hair Front 1998 "I'm Waiting for the Day" Smiling Pets [1]
Carly Simon, David Crosby, and Jimmy Webb 2001 "In My Room" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Paul Simon 2001 "Surfer Girl" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Sixpence None the Richer 2002 "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Making God Smile
Sonic Youth 1990 "I Know There's an Answer" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Souvenir 2000 Ne Dis Pas (Girl Don't Tell Me) Caroline Now!
Sports Guitar 1998 "Wonderful" Smiling Pets [1]
Aaron Sprinkle 2002 "I Know There's an Answer" / ("Hang On to Your Ego") Making God Smile
Peter Stampfel & the Bottle Caps 1990 "Gonna Hustle You" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Duglas T. Stewart 2000 "Lines" Caroline Now!
Michael Stipe 2004 "God Only Knows" [5]
Joss Stone 2005 "God Only Knows" Mind, Body & Soul [5]
Randy Stonehill 2002 "Love and Mercy" Making God Smile
Straight No Chaser 2008 "Little Saint Nick" Holiday Spirits
Nikki Sudden & the Mermaids 1990 "Wonderful" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
"Whistle In"
Sugar Ray 2001 "Little Saint Nick" MTV: TRL Christmas
The Surfaris 1964 "Be True to Your School" Hit City '64
"Little Deuce Coupe"
1965 "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" It Ain't Me Babe
"California Girls"
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs 2006 "The Warmth of the Sun" Under the Covers, Vol. 1
Taylor Swift 2011 "God Only Knows" [5]
Chip Taylor & Evie Sands 2000 "Let's Put Our Hearts Together" Caroline Now!
Terry Scott Taylor 2002 "Vegetables" Making God Smile
Takeshi Terauchi 1972 "Surfin' USA" Manatsu no Umi wo Buttobase!! - Takeshi Terauchi To Subarashii Ereki Yarotachi
Thee Headcoats 1990 "409" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
They Might Be Giants 2004 "Caroline, No" Indestructible Object [6]
Triumvirat 1978 "Darlin'" A La Carte
Kathy Troccoli 1996 "I Can Hear Music" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Untamed Youth 1990 "Chug-A-Lug" Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Ricky Van Shelton 1996 "Fun, Fun, Fun" Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
The Vandals 2000 "Kokomo" Fear of a Punk Planet (Anniversary Edition)
Bobby Vee 1966 "Here Today" single
M. Ward 2015 "You're So Good to Me" More Rain
Westlife 2003 "I Get Around " Unbreakable Tour
Andy Williams 1967 "God Only Knows" [5]
Brooks Williams 2002 "Pet Sounds" Making God Smile
Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Jubilant Sykes, & Boys Choir of Harlem 2001 "Good Vibrations" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson ft. various artists 2014 "God Only Knows" single, "BBC Music version" [nb 4]
Wilson Phillips 2001 "You're So Good to Me" An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson
Wilson Phillips 2004 "Dance, Dance, Dance" California
"In My Room"
World Famous Blue Jays 1990 "This Car of Mine " Smiles, Vibes & Harmony
Tatsuro Yamashita 1972 "Wendy" Add Some Music to Your Day
"Don't Worry Baby"
"Help Me Rhonda"
"Car Crazy Cutie"
"And Your Dream Comes True"
"Your Summer Dream"
1984 "Girls on the Beach" Big Wave
"Please Let Me Wonder"
"Darlin'"
1989 "God Only Knows" Joy
Yellowjackets 1997 "God Only Knows" Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson
Yo La Tengo 1997 "Little Honda" I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
2009 "Shut Down" Fuckbook
"Shut Down, Part II"
2013 "A Day in the Life of a Tree" Super Kiwi

Footnotes[edit]

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