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The Best Beach Boys Albums of All Time

Updated May 30, 2018 5.2k votes 631 voters 10.9k views46 items

List RulesThis list includes Beach Boy studio albums only, so if you add an album, make sure it's a proper studio release.

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Beach Boys are one of the greatest surf rock bands, best 60s rock bands and are included in an elite group of bands inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Longtime fans and new listeners alike can enjoy this list of the best Beach Boys albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. 

This Beach Boys discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Beach Boys albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included The Beach Boys singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Beach Boys album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Beach Boys album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the best Beach Boys album of all time?" or "What are the top Beach Boys albums?" then this list will answer your questions. The list you're viewing is made up of many different albums, like Pet Sounds and Surfin' USA. This list of popular Beach Boys albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • 1
    Pet Sounds
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    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksI Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, God Only Knows (live), Here Today

    Length (mins)00:36:27

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Art rock

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  • 2
    Smile
    206
    47
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    The Beach Boys Today!

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksDo You Wanna Dance?, Don't Hurt My Little Sister, Dance

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Surf rock, Surf music, Baroque pop

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    Surf's Up
    195
    80

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksStudent Demonstration Time, Take a Load Off Your Feet, Don’t Go Near the Water

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Pop music, Blues-rock, Baroque pop

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  • 5
    Sunflower
    177
    66

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksOur Sweet Love, At My Window, All I Wanna Do

    Length (mins)00:36:51

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Blues-rock, Soul music, Jazz fusion

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  • 6
    Summer Days and Summer Nights
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    Wild Honey
    140
    54

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksI'd Love Just Once to See You, Darlin', Wild Honey

    Length (mins)00:24:26

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic soul

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  • 8
    Friends
    140
    53

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksPassing By, Diamond Head, Be Still

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Pop music, Classical music, Folk music

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    Smiley Smile
    132
    52

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksWonderful, Good Vibrations, Gettin' Hungry

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Minimal music, Avant-garde music, Psychedelic pop

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  • 10
    Surfer Girl
    104
    40

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksIn My Room, South Bay Surfer, Your Summer Dream

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock and roll, Surf rock, Surf music

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  • 11
    Holland
    124
    48

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksSail On Sailor, The Trader, Leaving This Town

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop rock, Soul music, Blues

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  • 12
    All Summer Long

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksBe True to Your School, In My Room, Carl's Big Chance

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll, Surf rock, Surf music

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    20/20
    104
    43

    20/20

    1969

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksOur Prayer, Blue Birds Over the Mountain, Bluebirds Over the Mountain

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock, Country rock

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  • 14
    Love You
    112
    47

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksGood Time, Ding Dang, The Night Was So Young

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Pop music, Punk rock, Synthpop

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    Shut Down, Volume 2

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksDenny's Drums, Fun, Fun

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock and roll, Surf rock, Surf music

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  • 17
    Little Deuce Coupe

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksBe True to Your School, Car Crazy Cutie, Spirit of America

    Length (mins)00:25:25

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock and roll, Surf rock, Surf music

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  • 18
    Surfin' USA
    72
    47

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerNick Venet

    TracksLet's Go Trippin', Noble Surfer, Misirlou

    Length (mins)00:24:40

    Genres (Music)Rock and roll, Surf rock, Surf music

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  • 19
    That's Why God Made the Radio

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksThe Private Life of Bill and Sue, Strange World, Shelter

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Baroque pop

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  • 20
    California Girls

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksYou're So Good To Me, Girl Don't Tell Me, California Girls (stereo)

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Surf rock, Surf music, Psychedelic pop

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  • 21
    Surfin' Safari

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerNick Venet

    TracksSummertime Blues, Little Girl (You're My Miss America), 409

    Length (mins)00:24:59

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock and roll, Garage rock, Surf rock, Surf music

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  • 22
    Christmas Album

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    TracksBlue Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, I'll Be Home for Christmas

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Christmas music

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  • 23
    Carl and the Passions: "So Tough"

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksMarcella, He Come Down, Cuddle Up

    Length (mins)00:34:26

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Blues-rock, Soul music, Blues

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    Beach Boys' Party!

    ArtistThe Beach Boys

    ProducerBrian Wilson

    TracksThere's No Other (Like My Baby), You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, Barbara Ann

    Length (mins)00:31:07

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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