* ArchivePanic: '''''27''''' studio albums, 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 ''Music/SurfsUp''.
*** Music/DennisWilson's superb solo album ''Music/PacificOceanBlue'' 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 50 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"
*** Music/DennisWilson: "(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 Creator/TomCruise movie ''Film/{{Cocktail}}''.
* BrokenBase: The albums the Beach Boys 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), with the stuff in between falling squarely into LoveItOrHateIt territory.
** What's more, their pre-1973 era can itself be divided between the earlier surfing/cars/girls hits and the more sonically and thematically ambitious (and less commercially successful) material from ''Pet Sounds'' onward. 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 doo-wop group called The Regents. Nor did they write "Sloop John B", which was actually a reworked version of a West Indies folk song (variously known as "The John B. Sails" and "The Wreck of the John B.").
** Nor did they write "I Can Hear Music". The song was originally performed by The Ronettes, and although the PhilSpector influences are unmistakable in the Beach Boys' cover, the song is still mainly associated with The Beach Boys.
** "Little Girl (You're My Miss America)" and "I'm So Young", to the point most people can't name their original artists.[[labelnote:*]]They're, respectively, Dante and his Friends (under the title "Miss America"), and The Students. The former was co-written by Herb Alpert, of Tijuana Brass fame.[[/labelnote]]
** In the other direction, the Beach Boys wrote and performed the original version of "Little Honda". However, it was the Hondells, a studio group produced by Gary Usher, who had a Top Ten hit with the song.
*** "Custom Machine" became a minor hit for the duo of Bruce & Terry (future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and future [[Music/TheByrds Byrds]] producer Terry Melcher).
* CriticalDissonance: ''Music/PetSounds'' was one of the first albums to have this happen, drawing critical raves but comparatively slow sales.
** "Kokomo" was and continues to be slammed by critics and hardcore fans alike, but it didn't stop it from becoming a #1 hit back in 1988 and from being one of their most well-known songs overall.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/TheBeachBoys Has its own page.]]
* EarWorm: "Wouldn't it be nice!"
** "Round round get around... I get around!"
** "Everybody's gone ''surfin[='=]''/Surfin' U.S.A."
** "I've been in this town so long that back in the city I've been taken for lost and gone..."
*** A complex ear-worm? 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]]
** "Darlin'" was acknowledged as being pretty damn catchy in an episode of Series/TheBigBangTheory when Sheldon keeps humming the tune without knowing the name of the song before [[https://youtu.be/ux3INzSAgAE?t=2m24s finally remembering it.]]
** 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".
** The production and songwriting work of Gary Usher has also gained a following thanks to his collaborations with Brian Wilson.
** Bruce Johnston had the daunting task of taking Brian's place as the bassist and pianist after Brian quit touring. He managed to do well, though, and became a valued member of the band. Plus, he wrote "Disney Girls (1957)", which is certainly worthy of respect.
* FaceOfTheBand: Brian. Though Dennis and Carl both have a lot of fans. For the first couple of years, it was Mike.
* 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?
* FountainOfMemes: Murry Wilson's drunken ramblings that were caught on the "Help Me Rhonda" session tapes feature one quotable line after another. Besides the immortal "[[SmallNameBigEgo I'm a genius too]]" there's also "loosen up sweetie", "sing from your heart", "syncopate it", "you don't appreciate the good help I've given you," and on and on.
* 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 eventually developed between them.
** 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 mis-labeled the song "Don't Back Down" as "Don't ''Break'' Down". Took on a whole new meaning with Brian's deteriorating mental and emotional state as the '60s progressed.
* GatewaySeries: Along with Music/TheBeatles, The Beach Boys are a common entry point for '60s rock and psychedelia in general. ''Pet Sounds'' is also a common gateway for BaroquePop.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: During the late '60s and early '70s 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 ''Music/PetSounds''.
** [[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".
* HilariousInHindsight: Bruce Johnston appeared as a life guard in the music video for "Getcha Back". Several years later, the band guest starred in an episode of ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''.
* 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))
** "Don't fuck with the formula."
** "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN"
* MemeticMolester: Mike Love because [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBFsJk6PWu0 it's a love thang]].
* MisattributedSong: You have to feel sorry for Music/JanAndDean. 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, while Dean Torrance actually sang lead on one Beach Boys hit ("Barbara Ann"), does absolutely nothing to clear up the confusion.
* 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 the other Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks, Capitol Records, a royalties lawsuit, Brian Wilson's own ailing psyche, and [[SoGoodWeMentionedItTwice Mike Love]].
* 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]].
** ''[[Creator/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 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 music history 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.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** [[https://youtu.be/oZSAQX2uuUY?t=227 Mike Love's acceptance speech]] at the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. To say this speech is infamous is a '''''MAJOR''''' '''understatement'''. Ever seen footage from a wedding where the speech-giver's completely drunk and acts like a total jerk the whole time? This is pretty much what Love's speech will remind you of. Mike Love was a total savage in this speech, acting really angry for no reason ''at all'' and taking shots at the fellow inductees. Carl Wilson was so horrified that he handed his award over to one of the performers and said "Our career is over". Oh, you want to know why Mike was acting so moody that night? He explained years later that he '''''forgot to meditate that day'''''. {{Not making this up|Disclaimer}}, folks.
*** The speech was so notorious it became a meme that very night! Elton John and Bob Dylan both noted in their subsequent speeches "Thank God Mike Love didn't mention me." Mike Love also took shots at TheBeatles, but was later filmed having a friendly chat with RingoStarr, so some wonder if the whole thing was in jest. Then again, [[NiceGuy it's Ringo]], and it takes a lot to get him riled up.
** Another infamous piece of history that Mike will forever be associated with is of course the "Don't fuck with the formula" quote. Whether or not Mike actually said it (he claims he didn't) the fans will never let him forget about it. Hell, Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an entire ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_fuck_with_the_formula page]]'' dedicated to it.
** "Darlin'" is sadly going to spend a ''long'' time being known as "the Shamy song" due to it being featured on an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Just look up any upload of the song on YouTube and look at the comments.
* PainfulRhyme: A few, generally falling under NarmCharm. But, there's zero excuse for this gem from the ill-fated 1977 Christmas album sessions
-->''"Melekalikimaka" is "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii talk-a.''
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Mike Love and Al Jardine on ''Music/{{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. The same can be said about Bruce Johnston with "Tears in the Morning" from ''Music/{{Sunflower}}'' and "Disney Girls (1957)" on ''Music/SurfsUp''.
* 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 "group that elevated pop and rock to the level of classical alongside The Beatles" as much as they think "campy baby-boomers boys band" (what doesn't help is that even today, their earlier surf rock-era material is much more well known in the mainstream than anything from their ''Pet Sounds''-era and beyond).
** Even when Pet Sounds is brought up, the cultural impact and innovation of the album can be lost on many young listeners who didn't grow up during the era.
* SignatureSong: "Surfin'U.S.A., "I Get Around", as well as "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 Music/KatyPerry song with a very similar title ("California Gurls").
* SoBadItsGood: ''Love You'' has this reputation to some.
* {{Squick}}: The song "H.E.L.P. Is on the Way" provides a fair amount of this, as 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.
* UncannyValley: The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/30/Beach_Boys_-_Do_You_Wanna_Dance%3F.jpg sketched version]] cover for the single of "Do You Wanna Dance?". The band's faces look unnerving, to say the least. ''Especially'' Al Jardine's.
* 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.
** You can say that their albums between ''Music/PetSounds'' and ''Music/{{Holland}}'' have been vindicated, as they didn't get much notice upon release, but has become incredibly popular since.
* 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.
* YokoOhNo: 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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