Best-ever Beach Boys’ Song: Surf’s Up


It’s one rare instance of the polls being correct!

By Blurt Staff

The votes are in and the victor has been announced: “Surf’s Up,” the elegiac, complex Beach Boys song that graced the 1971 album of the same name (and had also been originally mooted for the ill-fated Smile), is the greatest BB song of all time. That’s according to Mojo magazine, which has the band gracing the cover of the latest (June) issue. The accompanying feature includes testimonials from journalists, former bandmembers and even musicians such as Todd Rundgren and Wayne Coyne, and there’s a CD, Pet Sounds Revisited, boasting some surprisingly good renditions of Pet Sounds compositions – among them, the Flaming Lips’ “God Only Knows,” “Gaz Coombes’ “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” and Saint Etienne’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”

Listen to a couple of versions of “Surf’s Up” below. The other tracks in the top ten: Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, California Girls, ‘Til I Die, Caroline No, Heroes and Villains, Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” Wouldn’t It be Nice, I Get Around.


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