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The Beach Boys

Often considered the greatest American band of all time, the Beach Boys defined the surf-rock sound of the ’60s and beyond. The group’s classic lineup—starring brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine—ruled the radio with the likes of “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around” and “Help Me, Rhonda.”

Their 1966 album Pet Sounds made even more history, however, thanks to the singles “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.” Pet Sounds status as a critical masterpiece went on to inspire much of the indie rock movement throughout the ’00s. Though the line-up started to shuffle (especially as Brian Wilson became more reclusive following his aborted Smile experiment), the band always maintained a monumental presence on the road.

In 1988, the Beach Boys scored a major comeback on the charts with “Kokomo” and earned even more attention when the surviving members reunited in 2012. In addition to mounting a sold-out tour, the group recorded the extraordinary album That’s Why God Made the Radio, ensuring their timeless sound will never go out of style.

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