* ArchivePanic: ''Twenty-seven'' studio albums (nineteen if you don't count ''15 Big Ones''-onward), a massive supply of unreleased songs and outtakes, hours of studio sessions, a frankly absurd amount of ''Smile'' material, and an endless deluge of illuminating footage of concerts, interviews, promos, and other assorted segments. And people keep discovering new stuff all the time.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/TheBeachBoys Has its own page.]]
** ''Music/PetSounds'', ''[[Music/{{Smile}} [=SMiLE=]]]'', ''Music/{{Sunflower}}'' and ''Surf's Up''.
*** Dennis Wilson's superb solo album ''Pacific Ocean Blue'' would also fit as well.
** "Good Vibrations", at the time it was produced, was already being hailed as one of the greatest pop singles ever recorded. More than 40 years later, its reputation hasn't faded one little bit.
** For each individual member (Bar David Marks):
*** Music/BrianWilson: "Surf's Up"
*** Carl Wilson: "The Trader"
*** Dennis Wilson: "(Wouldn't It Be Nice To) Live Again"
*** Mike Love: "Big Sur"
*** Al Jardine: "Lady Lynda"
*** Bruce Johnston: "Disney Girls (1957)"
*** Blondie Chaplin: "Sail On, Sailor"
*** Ricky Fataar: "We Got Love"
** The 1997 stereo remix of ''Pet Sounds'' deserves special mention. There's just ''so much more'' you can hear in the music compared to the original mono version. In particular, the descending trombone on the chorus of "Here Today" is much, much more prominent. And is just one of the greatest things ever.
* BetterThanCanon: Even with the release of both Brian and The Beach Boys' versions of ''Smile'', there are still a good number of people who prefer various bootlegs/fanmixes, particularly those that combine the two.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Kokomo" provided the band with a very unexpected #1 hit in 1988 upon being featured in the TomCruise movie ''{{Film/Cocktail}}''.
* BrokenBase: The albums the band recorded prior to 1973 are pretty much universally agreed to be great, and the ones after 1977 are agreed to pretty much suck (each for the most part). Though the pre-'67 era of the band can itself be divided between the earlier surfing/cars/girls hits and the more sonically and thematically ambitious (if still pop-oriented) ''Today!''/''Pet Sounds''/''Smile'' stuff. The former accounts for most of the group's airplay on oldies radio and attracts audiences to the Mike Love-led touring band, while the latter is the basis for most of the group's critical acclaim and the inspiration for indie-rock revivalists like the Elephant Collective bands.
* CoveredUp:
** The Beach Boys did not write "Barbara Ann"- it was a cover of a song by a band called The Regents. Nor did they write "Sloop John B", which was actually a reworked version of a West Indies folk song.
** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by the Ronettes, and although the Phil Spector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with the Beach Boys.
** In the other direction, the Beach Boys wrote and performed the original version of "Little Honda". However, it was the Hondells who had a Top Ten hit with the song.
* CriticalDissonance: ''Music/PetSounds'' was one of the first albums to have this happen, drawing critical raves but comparatively slow sales.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/TheBeachBoys Has its own page.]]
* EarWorm: "Wouldn't it be nice!"
** Get around round round... I get around!
** I've been in this town so long that back in the city I've been taken for a lost and gone...
*** A complex earworm? Absurd!
*** The "Heroes and Villains" harpsichord motif in and of itself. Rather fittingly, one of the songs incorporating it is "Do You Like Worms?".
** "Ding! (Ding!) Dang! (Whoo!) Ding and a ding dong! Ding! (Ding!) Dang! (Whoo!)..." [[note]]Although granted, it was apparently as much, if not more of a worm to Brian himself. Just one of the many examples of Brian's obsession with the riff of "Shortenin' Bread", numerous lengthy session were dedicated to this piece, which resulted in a MinisculeRocking ear worm of insane proportions.[[/note]]
** Acually... about 60% of The Beach Boys' output was just made out of worms...
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dennis Wilson, transitioning from pretty-boy drummer to highly sophisticated songwriter in nothing flat.
** Murry Wilson got his own [[http://www.peterbagge.com/baggeextras/swfs/MurryWilson1.swf cartoon series]].
** Among the people who have written lyrics for the band, Roger Christian is gaining a following for writing the lyrics for "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Don't Worry Baby".
* FaceOfTheBand: Brian. Though Dennis and Carl both have a lot of fans.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Most fans would like to forget that the Boys kept making albums after ''Holland''.
** 1977's ''Love You'' is the last Beach Boys album of new material which is generally respected amongst the fanbase. It's also the last album before Mike Love generally took over. Coincidence?
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The 1964 AlbumFiller track "Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson" features Mike and Brian playfully insulting each other and mocking each other's singing styles. Not so funny in light of the real life hostilities that would eventually develop between the two.
** There's also Brian's "I'm Bugged at My Old Man". Given what we now know of Brian and Murry's relationship, the track is more than a little uncomfortable to listen to.
** 1988's "Kokomo" contains a reference to "that Montserrat mystique" among its litany of tropical vacation-paradise islands. Most of the island of Montserrat was rendered uninhabitable by volcanism in the 90s, and its devastated economy is still struggling to recover.
** Early pressings of the ''All Summer Long'' album mistitled the song "Don't Back Down" as "Don't ''Break'' Down".
* GatewaySeries: Along with Music/TheBeatles, The Beach Boys are a common entry point for '60s pop and oldies in general. ''Pet Sounds'' is also a common gateway for BaroquePop.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: During the late 60's and early 70's when the band was tanking in America, they found much greater success elsewhere, especially in Europe. Examples include:
** "Do It Again" (#20 US; #1 UK and Australia)
** "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" (#61 US; #9 Netherlands)
** "I Can Hear Music" (#24 US; #4 Netherlands)
** "Break Away" (#63 US; #6 UK)
** "Cotton Fields" (#103 US; #1 Australia, Norway, and Sweden)
* GrowingTheBeard: ''The Beach Boys Today!'' marked the point when they moved from simple pop-rock songs to something more sophisticated, a transition that would reach its fullest flower with ''Pet Sounds''.
** [[http://30daysout.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/beach-boys.jpg In an alternate sense as well.]]
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Any of their ballads, especially "Don't Worry Baby", "God Only Knows" and "Forever".
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** PaulMcCartney makes a guest appearance on the ''Smiley Smile'' song "Vegetables"... chomping on celery.
** Ricky Fataar, otherwise known as [[TheRutles Stig O'Hara]], joined the band for a few years in the seventies.
** That's Music/StevieWonder on harmonica in "I Do Love You", and Music/RingoStarr on drums in "California Calling"!
* MagnumOpus: ''Music/PetSounds''.
** Recently, (as was Brian's intention) ''[[Music/{{Smile}} [=SMiLE=]]]'' has supplanted it so some extent for a good number of fans. Although it needs be said that many still view ''Music/PetSounds'' as a truer Magnum Opus as it is actually a complete, cohesive work.
* MemeticMutation: AH-UUM-BOP-DIDDIT, AH-UUM-BOP-DIDDIT...
** I'm a genius, too.
** I'm pickin' up good vibrations/She's givin' me excitations (Ooh, bop bop, good vibrations/bop bop, excitations (Good, good good, good vibrations))
* MemeticMolester: Mike Love because [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBFsJk6PWu0 it's a love thang]].
* MisattributedSong: You have to feel sorry for [[JanAndDean Jan and Dean]]. Even though they preceded the Beach Boys, they were ultimately overshadowed by them, and even worse, many of their hits are often erroneously assumed to be Beach Boys songs.
** This isn't helped by the fact that Brian Wilson co-wrote several of their songs, and even provided backing vocals for "Surf City". And the fact that the Beach Boys covered one Jan and Dean hit, "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", on their first live album does nothing to clear up the confusion with regards to ''that'' song, and the fact that [[JanAndDean Dean]] does lead on their song Barbara Ann.
* MisBlamed: People blame Mike Love exclusively for the collapse of ''Smile'', when in reality the cause was much more complicated, with factors including not just Mike Love, but also Van Dyke Parks, Capitol Records, the other Beach Boys, a royalties lawsuit, and Brian Wilson's own ailing psyche.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: A good 38 years after ''Smile'' was aborted, Brian Wilson finished it.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Caroline, No" was originally called "Carol, I Know", but Brian misheard it as Caroline. [[ThrowItIn They decided to go with the new title anyway]].
** ''[[DaveBarry Well since she put me down, there's been owls pukin' in my bed]]''...
* MostWonderfulSound: You'll never hear anything more angelic than Carl Wilson's voice in your life.
** Brian's voice isn't far behind.
** ALL of their voices, actually. All 6 (or 9) of them were very good lead singers, but it's the combination of their voices, blending perfectly in some of the best vocal harmonies in the history of music that makes the Beach Boys' music.
** Gotta give some credit to Chaplin and Fataar, too. People tend to be split on whether Chaplin's soulful voice was a good fit for the Beach Boys sound, but most everyone agrees his performances are great.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Mike Love and Al Jardine came ''so close'' to this on ''Holland''; Mike penned "Big Sur", and Al penned "The Beaks of Eagles" and "California". All three of these songs are sublimely beautiful, melancholy, and poetic, but the two never wrote anything like them since.
** Let's be fair: "The Beaks of Eagles" is an adaptation of a Robinson Jeffers poem.
** This can also be said for Bruce Johnston and "Disney Girls (1957)" on ''Surf's Up''.
* TheScrappy: Mike Love is mostly remembered for either being the primary factor in the collapse of ''Smile'', perpetuating The Beach Boys as a corny nostalgia act even to this day, or both.
** The [[{{Website/Reddit}} subreddit]] devoted to the band features a picture of Love as the downvote button, which gives an idea of how many fans dislike him.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: In spades. When most people think of The Beach Boys, they do not think "one of the greatest and most influential bands of the last 50 years" as much as they think "oldies group".
* SignatureSong: "Good Vibrations".
** "Forever" and "God Only Knows" are such signature songs for Dennis and Carl Wilson that on their 2012 reunion tour, the Boys performed the two songs using a large video projector with old footage of Dennis and Carl singing the lead vocals.
** "California Girls" has become very popular again recently due to a KatyPerry song with a very similar title.
* {{Squick}}: The song "H.E.L.P. Is on the Way" provides a fair amount of this, as I'm sure no one wants to imagine Mike Love stark naked in front of a mirror. It only gets worse as the band begins to describe stomach pumps and enemas.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Mike Love hated ''Music/PetSounds'', saying it was "fucking with the formula." The album also confused the teeny-bopper fanbase, even if it's in hindsight one of the greatest albums of all time.
* TooCoolToLive: Dennis and Carl Wilson.
* VindicatedByHistory: Despite having a hit single with "Sloop John B", ''Music/PetSounds'' was not a big seller initially. Years later it would be recognised as one of the greatest pop albums of all time.
* TheWoobie: Brian Wilson, in every possible way.
* WTHCostumingDepartment:
** Mike Love's a legend when it comes to clothing, particularly his [[http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,1990.msg116121.html#msg116121 many hats]].
** The group were still donning their trademark candy-striped shirts as late as 1967, which did absolutely nothing for their hipness quotient at the time.
* {{Yoko Oh No}}: There seem to be multiple camps in the Beach Boys fandom over whether or not Brian's latest wife Melinda is a controlling she-devil, the only reason Brian's doing so well today, or both.

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